Kenya Death Toll After Building Collapse Reaches 1

Ghanaian crowned first 'Miss Africa Continent'

Miss Ghana, Rebecca Asamoah, is crowned the first ever Miss Africa Continent in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 30, 2016.  By John Wessels (AFP) Sunday, May 1, 2016

Johannesburg (AFP) - Barefoot, wearing traditional costumes including animal hide skirts and elaborately beaded headdresses, the contestants strutted the stage before Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah was crow ...

With help, Africa targets coordinated fight against Boko Haram

People walk past burnt houses after Boko Haram attacks at Dalori village on the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria.  By  (AFP/File) Sunday, May 1, 2016

N'Djamena (AFP) - With US and European support, African states threatened by Boko Haram are out to smash the militant Islamist group terrorising the region -- but a coordinated response is required if ...

Senegal, Mauritania bet on oil and gas in perilous climate

Energy firms say Senegal and Mauritania's current oil and gas ventures will transform them into net exporters by 2020.  By Spencer Platt (Getty Images/AFP/File) Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dakar (AFP) - While petro-states reel from plunging oil prices and gas producers brace for American exports to hit the market, two west African nations are forging ahead with potentially massive extra ...

Sahel jihadists resorting to soft targets: French commander

General Patrick Brethous said Islamist groups were now selecting easy targets beyond the reach of his Operation Barkhane because they had been outmanoeuvred on home turf.  By Miguel Medina (AFP/File) Sunday, May 1, 2016

N'Djamena (AFP) - The commander of a French anti-jihadist force in Africa's northern Sahel says Islamist insurgents are hitting soft targets elsewhere after losing the initiative in the region. Gen ...

Burundi economy battered by year-long crisis

Burundi had only just begun to recover from a 1993-2006 ethnic-based civil war when it became sucked back into violence after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term in office.  By François Guillot (AFP/File) Sunday, May 1, 2016

Nairobi (AFP) - A year into a political crisis which has claimed about 500 lives, driven a quarter of a million into exile and prompted Western donors to suspend government aid, Burundi's economy is o ...

Five years after bin Laden, Al-Qaeda down but far from out

Replaced as the preeminent global jihadist power by the Islamic State group, Al-Qaeda nonetheless remains a potent force and dangerous threat, experts say.  By Karin Zeitvogel (AFP/File) Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dubai (AFP) - Five years after the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, the network he founded is far from dead even if it has suffered a series of setbacks. Replaced as the preeminent global ...

Seaweed farmers in hot water as Zanzibar struggles

Women harvest seaweed at their farm in the Muungoni area, south of Stone Townin Zanzibar.  By Issa Yusuf (cds/AFP/File) Sunday, May 1, 2016

Zanzibar (Tanzania) (AFP) - Waist deep in sparkling blue water off the white beaches of the Indian Ocean spice island of Zanzibar, seaweed farmer Mtumwa Vuai Ameir gently ties seedlings to wood poles. ...

Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library and IITA convene meeting on Zero Hunger in Nigeria

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Dr Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery; and Prof Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health during the Nigeria Zero Hunger Meeting Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ibadan, 29 April 2016— The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan on Friday held a stakeholder meeting to draw a road ...

56 Bishops witness burial of Rev Pa JMJ Emesin, Father of Igbo Pentecostal Movement, as Igbo Mandate Congress Commends Massive Turnout

Saturday, April 30, 2016

More than fifty six Bishops mostly from the Anglican and Pentecostal Blocks attended the burial of Rev Pa JMJ Emesin, Father of Igbo Pentecostal Movement at Aguleri yesterday. The massive turnout of s ...

South Sudan rebel chief becomes vice-president and urges unity

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar (C) meets with his supporters after landing at Juba international airport on April 26, 2016.  By Samir Bol (AFP) Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Juba (AFP) - South Sudan's rebel chief Riek Machar finally returned to Juba on T ...

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South Africa's Zuma in Iran praises 1979 revolution

President Hassan Rouhani welcomes South African President Jacob Zuma (left) during a ceremony at the presidential palace in the capital Tehran on April 24, 2016.  By STR (IRANIAN PRESIDENCY/AFP) Sunday, April 24, 2016

Tehran (AFP) - South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma praised Iran's 1979 ...

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Algeria's Bouteflika home after Geneva medical check

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 that has impeded his mobility and speech.  By Eric Feferberg (AFP/File) Friday, April 29, 2016

Algiers (AFP) - Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned home to the No ...

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South Africa's anti-apartheid theatre battles on after 40 years

Market Theatre has been credited with helping to drive the South African struggle against the oppressive white regime.  By Gianluigi Guercia (AFP/File) Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Johannesburg (AFP) - South Africa's Market Theatre opened its doors in downtown ...

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Equatorial Guinea's Obiang re-elected president with 93.7 percent

Equatorial Guinea President and candidate Teodoro Obiang Nguema (C) at the polling station on April 24, 2016 in Malabo.  By  (AFP/File) Thursday, April 28, 2016

Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) (AFP) - Teodoro Obiang Nguema, leader of tiny oil-ric ...

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South African court rules dropping of Zuma charges 'irrational'

South African President Jacob Zuma.  By John MacDougall (AFP/File) Friday, April 29, 2016

Pretoria (AFP) - A South African judge on Friday delivered a damning verdict aga ...

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