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African Union congratulates all African Rio Olympics teams

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, congratulates all African countries and Africans in the Diaspora that participated in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de J ...

Jean Ping, former top diplomat out to topple Gabon dynasty

Gabon's main opposition presidential candidate Jean Ping is among a few Gabonese figures to be well-known internationally.  By Samir Tounsi (AFP/File) Thursday, August 25, 2016

Libreville (AFP) - Gabon's leading presidential challenger Jean Ping is a career diplomat determined to wrest power from the Bongo dynasty in Saturday's election after serving the family for two decad ...

Gabon's old guard hopes to unseat Bongo dynasty scion

Gabon President Ali Bongo greets supporters in Moanda ahead of presidential elections.  By Marco Longari (AFP) Thursday, August 25, 2016

Libreville (AFP) - The increasingly disgruntled people of Gabon go to the polls Saturday in a presidential election in which a last-minute opposition pact has robbed incumbent Ali Bongo of a clear run ...

Gabon's Bongo finds new pep on the campaign trail

Gabon President Ali Bongo sits for make up ahead of a televised electoral debate in Libreville.  By Marco Longari (AFP) Thursday, August 25, 2016

Libreville (AFP) - Ali Bongo of Gabon, who is running for a second seven-year term in Saturday's presidential election, has spent more than half his 57 years cruising the corridors of power. Known ...

Post Arab Spring, lifespan drops across region: study

In Syria -- ravaged by a civil war that has left more than 290,000 people dead and displaced millions since March 2011 -- average life expectancy has been cut by six years.  By Bulent Kilic (AFP/File) Thursday, August 25, 2016

Paris (AFP) - The conflict and civil strife that has erupted across the eastern Mediterranean region since the Arab Spring began in 2010 has shortened lifespans and damaged health, according to a stud ...

Tutu hospitalised for recurrent illness: daughter

South African archbishop Nobel peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu, pictured on October 14, 2015, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, gaining worldwide prominence for his strong opposition to South Africa's apartheid regime.  By Rodger Bosch (AFP/File) Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Johannesburg (AFP) - South Africa's retired archbishop Desmond Tutu was on Wednesday hospitalised for a nagging infection, one of his daughters said. The 84-year-old Nobel Peace laureate "admitted ...

Tunisia unity govt to be unchanged despite doubts: source

Tunisia's premier-designate Youssef Chahed speaks during a press conference to present his proposed new unity government list after he submitted it to the president on August 20, 2016 in Carthage, near the capital Tunis.  By Fethi Belaid (AFP/File) Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tunis (AFP) - Tunisia's proposed unity government line-up will remain unchanged despite reservations among several allied parties ahead of a vote of confidence, a source close to premier-designate You ...

South Africa documents may offer clues on UN chief's death

The UN General Assembly in December 2014 adopted a resolution that called for a full investigation to finally shed light on ex-UN chief Dag Hammarskjold's death.  By Anwar Amro (AFP/File) Wednesday, August 24, 2016

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday pushed for a further inquiry of the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed ex-UN chief Dag Hammarskjold, saying do ...

Massacre suspects torched by mob in eastern Congo

Residents told AFP that Butembo had been tense all day, with protesters barricading roads and searching vehicles from areas where Rwandan Hutu rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) are active.  By Charly Kasereka (AFP/File) Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Butembo (DR Congo) (AFP) - An angry lynch mob burnt to death two people Wednesday who were suspected of links to rebels accused of murdering villagers in northeast Congo. "I condemn the death of th ...

Boko Haram kills 10, abducts 13 near Chibok: locals

Armed jihadists on motorcycles invaded the northeastern Nigerian town of Kubrrivu at dawn on Saturday, killing 10 people and abducting 13 women and children, locals tell AFP.  By  (AFP/File) Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram Islamists have killed 10 people and abducted 1 ...

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Suicide bomber kills 3 in north Cameroon

Mora is home to the headquarters of a multi-national force fighting Boko Haram, which groups troops from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger.  By Reinnier Kaze (AFP/File) Sunday, August 21, 2016

Yaoundé (AFP) - Three civilians were killed and around 20 others wounded on Sund ...

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DR Congo opposition strike call slows business

Joseph Kabila took over after his father was assassinated in 2001, before being elected in 2006 and 2011.  By Junior Kannah (AFP/File) Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Kinshasa (AFP) - Business slowed in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Tuesd ...

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Libya parliament rejects UN-backed unity government

Libya's internationally recognised parliament has passed a vote of no confidence in the UN-backed unity government.  By Abdullah Doma (AFP/File) Monday, August 22, 2016

Benghazi (Libya) (AFP) - Libya's internationally recognised parliament on Monday ...

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Zimbabwe police fire teargas to disperse protest

Robert Mugabe has been in power since Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980.  By Jekesai Njikizana (AFP/File) Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwe police on Wednesday fired teargas and water cannon and b ...

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South Africa ready to pay Marikana damages, says government

The Marikana mine workers were gunned down on August 16, 2012 after police were deployed to break up a wildcat strike that had turned violent at the Lonmin-owned platinum mine northwest of Johannesburg.  By Mujahid Safodien (AFP/File) Thursday, August 18, 2016

Johannesburg (AFP) - The South African government is ready to pay out compensati ...

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