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Zimbabwe's import ban fuels smugglers

3 hours 21 min ago
Import restrictions in Zimbabwe have seen traders resort to smuggling in goods over the border.

Behind the hawker hustle

4 hours 25 min ago
Photos of street vendors from across Africa who it is though account for more than half of the continent's work force.

Deadlock in South Africa #FeesMustFall student protests

5 hours 38 min ago
South African students refuse to end their protests against the proposed increase of up to 8% for tuition fees.

US invests $50m in Niger drone base for counterterrorism

12 hours 13 min ago
The US announces plans to build a military air base in Niger that will be capable of deploying drones, as part of anti-Islamist efforts.

Salute or slur?

Thu, 2016-09-29 20:46
Columnist Farai Sevenzo considers why the authorities in Zimbabwe are making efforts to protect the country's flag - and from what it needs protecting.

No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency celebrates Botswana's 50th

Thu, 2016-09-29 19:00
To mark 50 years of Botswana's independence, Alexander McCall Smith writes an exclusive short story featuring his lady detectives.

Somalia says US air strike killed civilians not al-Shabab

Thu, 2016-09-29 15:48
A Somali regional government official has demanded an explanation from the US after 22 civilians and Somali soldiers were allegedly killed in an airstrike.

New data shows 'staggering' extent of great ape trade

Thu, 2016-09-29 14:39
A new database suggests a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes including orangutans, chimpanzees and gorilllas.

Central African Republic militiamen ordered to vacate schools

Thu, 2016-09-29 14:33
Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) are told to leave the schools they are occupying or face forceful eviction by UN troops.

US sanctions allies of DR Congo's President Kabila

Thu, 2016-09-29 12:18
The US imposes sanctions on two top security officials allied to DR Congo's President Joseph Kabila, accusing them of suppressing the opposition.

Caf's Nyantakyi and Camara elected to Fifa council

Thu, 2016-09-29 08:02
Kwesi Nyantakyi and Almamy Kabele Camara are elected to represent Caf in two new seats on the Fifa Council.

Lagos hawkers: Nuisance or necessity?

Thu, 2016-09-29 06:42
The authorities in Nigeria's main city of Lagos are cracking down on street hawkers, blaming them for traffic jams.

Sudan government accused of using chemical weapons in Darfur

Thu, 2016-09-29 03:08
The Sudanese government is allegedly using chemical weapons against its own people, with dozens of children among 200 killed in Darfur, Amnesty International alleges.

Ugandan shot by US police 'pointed object'

Thu, 2016-09-29 00:37
Police in California say they shot dead a Ugandan refugee because he pulled an object that turned out to be an e-cigarette from his pocket, pointed it and assumed a "shooting stance".

African Champions League: Egypt's Zamalek hope to have fans for final against Sundowns

Thu, 2016-09-29 00:02
Egypt's Zamalek want a capacity crowd to attend the second leg of the African Champions League final in Cairo, despite long-running security restrictions.

One in 10 children has 'Aids defence'

Wed, 2016-09-28 21:19
A 10th of children have a "monkey-like" immune system that stops them developing Aids, researchers say.

Alastair Leithead: Is Kenya building a new 'lunatic line'?

Wed, 2016-09-28 19:42
Kenyan plans to build a railway across a national park, but could it be a new version of the so-called "lunatic line" to nowhere, asks Alastair Leithhead.

South African teen wins Google prize for orange peel innovation

Wed, 2016-09-28 12:49
A 16-year-old South African wins a Google prize for using orange peel to develop a cheap super-absorbent material to help soil retain water.

Joshua Chetty: Tennis player handed life ban over match-fixing

Wed, 2016-09-28 11:54
South African Joshua Chetty is banned for life from professional tennis after being found guilty of match-fixing offences.

Trade in endangered pangolins banned

Wed, 2016-09-28 10:53
A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching, has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.

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