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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces threat of impeachment after undeclared cash is stolen from president's farm and the theft was not reported to police, independent panel appointed by parliament claims gross misconduct and a breach of the constitution

Ugandas first satellite will among other things carry out 3D printing of human tissue in space and investigate how weightlessness affects the function of the ovaries, PearlAfricaSat-1, which is a joint project with the Japanese university Kyushu Institute of Technology, was postponed on November 7th from NASA facility in Virginia, USA

Cameroon's President Paul Biya celebrates 40 years in power but has not appeared in public since July this year, the second longest-serving leader in Africa after Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo who has been in office since 1979

Ethiopian government forces have reached a ceasefire with regional forces from Tigray, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken praises the efforts of African Union mediators and the hosting of South Africa and US Special Envoy Mike Hammer, the conflict has been ongoing for two years

63-year-old man in Zambia stoned to death on suspicion of being a sorcerer, found partially burned in a pool of blood with deep wounds on his face, ten arrested, six of whom women

At least 100 people killed and 300 injured after twin car bombings in Mogadishu, death toll expected to rise, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud says Somalia's winning war with al-Shabaab remains, al-Shabaab says it is committed to fighting until the country is ruled by Islamic law and asks civilians to stay away from government areas

Misuzulu kaZwelithini, 48, crowned new king of the Zulu people, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa hands over formal certificate during ceremony at football stadium in Durban, has no formal power, first coronation in South Africa in more than 50 years

Peace talks between the Ethiopian government and regional forces from Tigray take place in South Africa, comes are after two years of war which has left thousands dead, the delegation from Tigray arrives in a US military plane along with the US special envoy to the Horn of Africa

At least 220 dead in two days of tribal fighting between the Hausa and Berta tribes in Sudan on the border with Ethiopia and South Sudan, fighting reignited earlier in October over a land dispute, the provincial government has declared a 30-day ban on gatherings

Cough syrup linked to 66 deaths among children in The Gambia, four different medicines produced in India contaminated and causing acute kidney damage according to WHO

More than 50 killed in airstrike in northern Ethiopia's Tigray region, school building sheltered by war-displaced people hit, one of the deadliest attacks in the two-year civil war

The people of Wuru Community, Ghana used to pay tax to the Tumu Municipal Assembly but had to stop because they saw no reason for the payment, Mr Harduna Atiah, a businessman and caretaker of the community say that there are no roads to link Wuru to other Ghanaian communities, no transportation, no health facilities, poor educational infrastructure and no means of modern technology for farming

For almost two years internet and phone has been shutdown in Tigray, the most northern region in Ethiopia, since fighting erupted between Tigrayan rebels and government forces in November 2020, the head of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who hails from Tigray, said he had been unable to reach his relatives back home or send them money, the government, who last year said that they were developing a home-grown social media platform to replace Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, says shutdowns are needed to curb violence, but critics accuse authorities of using them as a weapon of war

Burkina Faso's President Paul-Henri Damiba deposed in the country's second coup in a year, new leader Ibrahim Traore says a group of officers decided to remove Damiba due to his inability to deal with a worsening armed islamist uprising, all borders closed indefinitely, all political and civil society activities suspended and a curfew from 9pm to 5am has been announced

Long-time spokesman Chris Anu elected president of Cameroon's self-declared Republic of Ambazonia, the separatist movement is said to currenty be losing support due to allegations of infighting, corruption and human rights abuses

Amnesty International calls for an investigation into the Ethiopian June 18th ethnic massacre where the Oromo Liberation Army killed more than 450 Amhara civilians, burned down buildings and looted, government forces arrived hours after the attack ended despite early emergency calls

Zimbabwe's central bank says that gold coins will be issued as legal tender in late July to act as a store of value and reduce the demand for US dollars, inflation rate in the country more than doubled last month to 191%, economist Prosper Chitambara says that the measure will not fix the inflation problem as that is caused by money supply growth

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa says his ruling Zanu-PF will never surrender its authority to the opposition, comments that they already defeated whites after a protracted war of independence and that the remnants who want to ferment violence and chaos in the country will be dealt with, the comments follow a time of increasing politically motivated violence countrywide with four opposition supporters killed since March

At least 35 teenage girls rescued from baby factory hotel in south-eastern Nigeria where they were used as sex slaves and their babies sold on the black market, three suspects arrested accused of abducting the teenagers, engaging in sexual slavery and prostitution, and operating a baby factory

Nigeria bans bushmeat sales to stop the spread of monkeypox, six cases detected in the country this month of the infection that is endemic in the country

South Sudanese ram sentenced to three years at a military camp for killing a woman, the ram's owner is referred to as innocent by the major but a local court has ruled that he is to hand over five cows to the victim's family as compensation, the ram is also to be transferred to the victim's family after its three-year sentence according to local laws

24-hour curfew imposed with immediate effect in Nigerian state of Sokoto after hundreds protested to demand the release of suspects accused of stoning and burning the Christian student Deborah Samuel, Samuel was accused of making a social media post that blasphemed Prophet Muhammad, Kaduna state 500 kilometers from Sokoto bans protests related to religious activity citing moves to organize a similar demonstration

Ethiopia starts generating power from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the 84% finished dam is expected to double the nation's electricity output, Egypt and Sudan critical and vying for a deal with Ethiopia over the filling and operation of the dam as they fear for their Nile water

Nigeria declares a national emergency on ritual killings, bans movies on the popular theme, Deputy Minority Party leader Toby Okechukwu expresses concern that some youths in Nigeria seem stuck in the belief that sacrificing human blood is the surest route to wealth and safety

South African doctor Angelique Coetzee who was one of the first scientists to discover the Omicron strain criticizes the widespread attempts to pressure her into describing the virus as more dangerous than what she could observe, says she could not understand why politicians refused to listen to her first hand experience

White engineers and technicians leave South African electricity public utility Eskom due to affirmative action and a lack of career prospects, Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer said in October that he was absolutely horrified by the loss of experienced staff and particularly alarmed that employees resigned without having alternative employment to go to Europe or the Middle East, trade union Solidarity has highlighted the problem since 2008 blaming affirmative action for the skills shortage

Mali gives French ambassador Joël Meyer 72 hours to leave the country as the relation between the military junta and France worsens further due to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian calling the junta illegitimate and irresponsible, relations between the countries deteriorated sharply this month when the junta went back on an agreement to organize elections in February and proposed holding power until 2025

Sierra Leone locals starving and feeling powerless due to illegal overfishing by mainly Chinese trawlers, fisheries employ 500,000 of the west African nation's nearly 8 million people, represent 12% of the economy and are the source of 80% of the population's protein consumption

Military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo sentences 51 militia members to death for their involvement in the murder of UN experts Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp as well as their interpreter Betu Tshintela in the Kasai region in 2017, the sentences will likely end up as life imprisonment as the country has declared a moratorium on executions

Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore held by mutinous soldiers, Ougadougou's roads empty during Sunday night except for the mutinous soldiers' checkpoints, many protests lately over the government's handling of the Islamic insurgency that started in 2016

Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies aged 90, won 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle against apartheid in South Africa, condemned President Jacob Zuma over corruption and in 2014 admitted he did not vote for the ANC on moral grounds

Tigrayan forces withdraws from neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions in Ethiopia's north, hoping to put international pressure on Ethiopia and allies Eritrea to cease military operations in Tigray, accuses prime minister Abiy Ahmed of wanting to centralise power at the expense of the regions

Congolese rumba added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list, the application was sent in jointly by the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazzaville, joins Cuban rumba, the Central African Republic's polyphonic pygmy music and the drums of Burundi on the list

Zimbabwe tries to restore investor confidence shattered under Robert Mugabe, according to finance minister Mthuli Ncube, says fiscal policy will be prudent and government will not resort to financing deficit by printing money as happened under Mugabe

Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed vows to immediately start leading the army from the battlefront, says that all who want to be hailed by history should join him, tens of thousands of people are estimated to have been killed since November last year when Ahmed ordered a military offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, Awol Allo who nominated Ahmed for the Nobel Peace Prize that he won in 2019 says he is surprised to see the announcement replete with languages of martyrdom and sacrifice

Scientists mystified that Africa make up just 3% of the global total Covid-19 deaths despite low vaccination rates and less resources to fight the virus, high rates of malaria exposure and low average age mentioned as possible reasons, Nigeria with 3000 deaths so far among its 200 million population begins campaign to inoculate half the population before February

FW de Klerk dead at 85 following a struggle against mesothelioma, was the president of South Africa between 1989 and 1994, shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela for helping to negotiate an end to apartheid

Addis Ababa city authorities ask residents to register their weapons and organise by blocks and neighbourhoods after Tigrayan forces indicated they might advance on the city, Tigreans claim to have captured the strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha including the highway linking the capital of the landlocked nation to the port of Djibouti in the last few days

South African cricket player Quinton de Kock out of the T20 World Cup game against West Indies after refusing to take a knee before the game, Cricket South Africa notes that de Kock refused the global gesture against racism despite it being mandatory and that they await a further report from team management before deciding on the next steps

Swaziland nurses refuse to treat police after colleagues shot during a pro-democracy rally, government spokesperson says that no live ammunition was used and that no nurses have been reported shot, demonstrations have been banned in the country and some internet services shut down

Guinea declared new Ebola outbreak on Sunday when tests came back positive after three people died and four fell ill in the southeast, in first resurgence there since the 2013-2016 outbreak which killed at least 11,300 people

Archaeologists unearth 5,000-year-old mass-production brewery that could produce about 22,400 litres of beer at a time in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos, a mixture of grains and water was heated in the 40 earthenware pots in each of its eight sectors

More than 270 elephants have mysteriously collapsed and died in Botswana since early May, poaching has been ruled out while Covid-19 has not, the country is home to around 130,000 elephants which is a third of Africa’s total

At least 82 killed in ethnic protests in Ethiopia and military deployed in Addis Ababa after Oromo musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot dead in what police called a targeted killing and prominent Oromo opposition leader Bekele Gerba as well as media mogul Jawar Mohammed were arrested, the Oromo who make up the country's largest ethnic group have long complained of being excluded from power

Tourism minister of Ghana invites black Americans to return to Africa, suggests they should not stay where they are not wanted but instead build new life on ancestral continent

Opposition activists in Zimbabwe say torture and sexual abuse is used by state security services to discourage protests, MDC members claim to have been arrested at roadblock and subjected to humiliating treatment for two days before being released

Libyan government forces retake eight cities west of Tripoli from militias loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar, secure the road from the Tunisian border to the Abu Grein area, more than 1,000 government soldiers killed by Haftar's forces since last April

Democratic Republic of Congo records second Ebola death in days following seven weeks without a new case, WHO reports, had been due on Sunday to mark end to outbreak, a group of angry men threw stones at team attempting to decontaminate first victim's home and trace his contacts

Chad's army says it has killed 1,000 Boko Haram terrorists and lost 52 soldiers in a 10-day old operation following an ambush by the jihadists where nearly 100 soldiers were killed

Zimbabwe’s police use water cannon to disinfect markets and exterior of a block of residential flats in highly populated areas of Harare, the country has recorded one death from nine cases of Covid-19 and went into a 21-day lockdown on Monday

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni proclaims Ugandans and other Africans will stay poor if they keep splitting their time between sleeping and doing "things without mathematics", says he's very happy that Archbishop John Baptist Odama together with other church leaders have joined his campaign against sleeping

Dozens of Chinese factories produce thousands of tonnes of zombiefying metarhizium fungus to help fight locust swarms in East Africa, UN warns of worst situation in decades and that the swarms might result in famine affecting 13 million people, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization also works with the Somalian government to prepare a custom metarhizium species in what is described as the largest ever use of biopesticides against the insects

Joint operation by Nigerien and French troops kills 120 jihadists in southwest Niger region of Tillaberi, no losses among the coalition forces, security restrictions ramped up in the area after jihadist attacks killed 174 Nigerien forces over December and January, state of emergency in place in the region for the past two years

At least 22 killed of which at least 14 children killed in Anglophone region of Cameroon after security forces burn down the village of Ntumbo in search for Ambazonian separatists according to UN official James Nunan, Cameroon army spokesman disputes the figures and says only one woman and four children were killed in crossfire and that exploding fuel containers caused the blaze, more than 670,000 internally displaced and 60,000 fled to Nigeria due to the conflict that has been ongoing since 2016

6,032 bodies found in six mass graves in Burundi's Karusi Province, largest finding since nationwide excavation was launched in January, the country's government-run Truth and Reconciliation Commission has mapped more than 4,000 mass graves across the country since being set up in 2014

60% of Zimbabwe's water sources unsafe and 1.9 million people in urgent need of safe drinking water according to UNICEF, the UN body also says the situation is set to worsen in 2020 and that the hyperinflation projected at 481% in November 2019 along with the health worker strike from September to December has made it difficult for especially children and women to obtain basic foodstuffs and services

Worst locust plague in decades in East Africa where 20 million people already faced high levels of food insecurity before the outbreak, 70,000 hectares of Kenyan land infested, the insects that can cover 150km in a single day now heading toward South Sudan and Uganda, combatting the infestation made more difficult particularly in Somalia due to al-Shabaab control

Zimbabwe expropriates land from allies of former leader Robert Mugabe, Grace Mugabe and several ministers among those recently issued with eviction letters stating that the farms are underutilised – most of country's commercial farms lying fallow due to bad government policies and corruption, according to the European Union

Burkina Faso arms citizens after Islamist terrorists kill 36 civilians in attacks against two villages and burn one of the villages to the ground, calls for "frank collaboration" between civilians and security forces, militant attacks surging in recent months as Islamic insurgents spill across the borders from neighboring Mali and Niger

Former Zimbabwean Cabinet Minister Jonathan Mayo disappointed as his Mazowe farm is expropriated – Moyo who went into exile after Mugabe's ouster in 2017 calls the decision politically motivated, says he has invested USD 120,000 into the farm which was then valued to USD 723,000, that the farm is one of the country's most productive and that he acquired the farm from the State through a transparent process

Catholic Church in the Central African Republic celebrates 125 years since evangelisation, bishopric cautiously optimistic, clouds on the horizon include waxing influence of Freemasons and Rosicrucianism, no time for complacency

Lesotho police searches for Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's wife Maesaiah for questioning in 2017 killing of the PM's ex-wife, the couple got married two months after the murder

Senegalese artist Akon finalizes agreement for own "Akon City" to be built on 2,000-acre land gifted to him by President Macky Sall, the city that will be situated a five-minute from the country's new international airport is planned to trade only in the digital cash currency AKoin

More than 30 killed and at least 90 injured in car bombing at Ex-Control checkpoint in Somalian capital Mogadishu, children and university students among the casualties, Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab regularly carries out similar attacks

35 civilians including 31 women killed by Islamist terrorists in attack on military outpost in Burkina Faso, 80 jihadists and seven of the security forces also killed in clash

Violence, persecutions and killings of Christians increase from 180 incidents in 2017 to over 800 in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, 60 Christians killed in Burkina Faso in 2019 according to a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, states that countries have poor capability to fight IS terrorists

Zimbabwe's late former president Robert Mugabe left USD 10 million in foreign currency account at local bank, 10 cars, a two-hectare farming plot in Zvimba and two houses in posh suburbs of Harare, but left no will

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Abiy Ahmed, prime minister of Ethiopia, for his efforts to end border conflict with Eritrea

Catholic priest David Tanko killed in Nigeria when his car was set ablaze, was traveling to a peace meeting of local clergymen to discuss a conflict between Tiv and Jukun ethic groups, Taraba State Council said Tiv militia carried out the attack

Tchad declares three months state of emergency in eastern provinces Sila and Ouaddaï where 50 people have been killed in ethnic violence between cattle herders and settled farmers since August 9, President Idriss Déby says military forces will be deployed and civilians disarmed

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa says economic hardship will pass despite being compounded by natural disasters as the Transitional Stabilisation Programme lays foundation for economic turnaround – urges Church to feed the vulnerable and support government's food distribution exercise, blames greed by unscrupulous businesspeople as reason behind escalating prices of basic commodities

Politician breaking wind shuts down session of parliament in Kenya, speaker orders air fresheners brought to the chamber to tackle problem while members blames each other for offending smell

Nigerian state of Borno bans street begging, police spokesman says the command "will not fold its arms and watch unscrupulous elements jeopardise the hard-earned peace and security of the state"

More than 5 million Zimbabweans, about a third of the population, need food aid according to UN, 2.5 million people on cusp of starvation, severe drought and Cyclone Isai named as causes of crisis, UN's World Food Programme was already appealing for USD 294 million but says now an additional USD 331 million is needed

95-year-old former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe hospitalised in Singapore since April, regularly travels to the country for medical check-ups but this time had to be kept under observation, President Emmerson Mnangagwa says Mugabe is making good progress and could be discharged soon

Half of Ebola cases remain undetected in Democratic Republic of the Congo and the epidemic could last up to three years, according to country's new Ebola response coordinator Jean-Jacques Muyembe

Namibia's land reform minister Utoni Nujoma says drought-affected farmers have themselves to blame for not fencing off and not avoiding overgrazing their land the way white farmers do, and that extending resettlement farm program risks turning the whole country into desert, lashes out at communities for "bedevilling mentality of entitlement"

One dead and 14 injured in clash between park rangers and Pygmies near Kahuzi Biega national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – increased tensions lately as Pygmies dislike being denied access to the 6,000-square-kilometre gorilla haven, and rangers accuse the group of illegal entering and deforesting

Three jihadists sentenced to death for Isis-inspired murder and beheading of two Scandinavian women in Morocco last December, 21 other men accused of playing part in murders or being linked to ringleader Abdessamad Ejjoud awaiting verdict

Ebola confirmed in city of Goma, on eastern border of Democratic Republic of Congo, with a population of over two million, 1,600 have died by the disease since last year's outbreak, Rwanda on high alert

At least 26 people killed in attack on Asasey hotel in southern Somalia, suicide bomber rammed car containing explosives into hotel and followed by gunmen, Islamist terror group al-Shabab claims attack, local politician, three Kenyans, three Tanzanians, two Americans, one Briton and a journalist among dead

Tunisia bans wearing of the niqab in government buildings, citing security reasons, comes after three suicide bombings in Tunis in the space of a week

Two suicide bombers blows themselves up in two separate attacks in Tunisian capital Tunis, killing one police officer and wounding eight other people, as reports came in, President Beji Caid Essebsi was rushed to hospital after suffering "severe health crisis"

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo shows no sign of stopping, "truly frightening" medical research charity says, nearly 1,400 people have died since last August, around 70% of those infected – efforts to contain spread hindered by militia group violence and suspicion towards foreign medical assistance

More than 100 dead after Sudanese military attacks protestors in capital Khartoum, demonstrators demand military council, which ousted president Omar al-Bashir in April, make way for a civilian-led interim body

Four shot dead in Burkina Faso church, islamist militants believed to be responsible, fourth deadly attack on Christians in the country since April

Islamic Boko Haram adopts strategy trying to build turf by courting rather than bringing usual orgy of rape, murder and pillage, civilians suspected of spying however can still expect torture and execution

World's first malaria vaccine Mosquirix, with a 40% protection rate, rolled out in Malawi, Kenya and Ghana, 435,000 people die of malaria each year and children under 5 at greatest risk, mosquitoes become resistant to drugs and insecticides after 10 to 20 years

More than 130 people killed with guns and machetes in ethnic attack on Mopti village in Mali by Dogon hunters accusing the Fulani villagers of ties to jihadist groups

Algeria's president Abdelaziz Bouteflika will hand over power to a democratically elected successor after a new constitution is approved and a national conference is held

Tanzanian village leader beheaded for opposing poaching gangs, Faustine Sanka was helping to police Tarangire National Park, a local youth is being held by police and questioned about the killing

Chinese woman sentenced to 15 years in jail for ivory smuggling in Tanzania, Yang Fenglan nicknamed the "Ivory Queen" smuggled 800 pieces between 2000 and 2014, along with illicit animal trade she operated a prominent Chinese restaurant in Dar es Salaam

Angolan parliament decriminalizes homosexual relations and bans sex-oriented discrimination, first change to penal code since independence from Portugal in 1975

Kenya third African nation to start teaching Chinese to elementary school students from 2020, the place of China in the world economy has grown so strong Kenya stands to benefit, says head of country’s curriculum development institute

Former South African president Jacob Zuma to release music album, Twitter uproar after popular a capella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo agrees to back his struggle songs

Failed coup attempt in Gabon after President Ali Bongo seeks medical treatment in Morocco, Lt. Obiang declared move to "restore democracy" but government forces claimed they had reasserted control 6 hours later

China may be preparing to seize the largest and most lucrative port in Mombasa, as Kenya fails to repay massive debts on shady Chinese loan for underperforming railway

Egyptian security forces kill 40 suspected militants in three coordinated raids in North Sinai and Giza, a day after a bombing on a Vietnamese tourist bus in Giza killed four people, the first deadly attack against foreign tourists in Egypt for more than a year

3 Vietnamese tourists dead and multiple injured following bus bombing in Egypt, no claims of responsibility for device planted behind a wall near pyramids, Egyptian tourism has plummeted in the wake of deadly violence since 2011 Arab Spring revolution

Mozambique government finds 30,000 non-existent persons on payroll, the fraud represented nearly 10% of official public workforce and cost the state EUR 220 million, nearly 50% of government budget is devoted to payroll