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Kamuina Nsapu militia decapitates 40 police officers after ambush in central Congo-Kinshasa, deadliest attack since insurgency erupted last December following president Kabila's refusal to step down 

Improved relations between Niger delta locals and central government after diplomatic visits by vice-president Osinbajo during Buhari's medical leave, appreciated different approach not to be seen as attempted break with the president according to spokesman 

Mass graves increasingly common in Congo-Kinshasa as military intensifies operations against local militias protesting president Kabila, government denies using excessive violence 

Pope Francis apologizes for Catholic priests' involvement in Rwandan genocide in 1994, current president Kagame says new chapter has begun in relations with Vatican 

8,000 year old cave paintings in Chad vandalized with graffiti, youths write own names in French and Arabic on world heritage 

South Africa government proposes legislation banning foreigners from buying agricultural land, wants to increase land ownership among blacks 

Domestic anger over Mugabe foreign travels while country struggles financially – during 2017 president has visited China, Mali, Ethiopia, Singapore, Ghana, Swaziland and Mauritius 

At least ten dead in northern Kenya as fighting erupts between pastoralist communities, president Kenyatta sends troops to curb conflict which has worsened due to severe drought 

Vice president Mnangagwa and wife Grace most likely successors to Mugabe, according to summary from The Standard, defense minister Sidney Sekeremayi considered outsider 

France rules out supporting secessionist movements in Biafra or other parts of Nigeria, says breaking up of current state is unthinkable 

Leader of Anglican church in Nigeria demands Buhari to take killings of Christians seriously 

Two UN officials, a Swedish woman and an American man, kidnapped in Congo-Kinshasa 

President Buhari returns to Nigeria after nearly two months of medical leave in London for unknown illness, says vice president will remain in charge at least over the weekend 

Poachers kill giant tusker elephant Satao II in Tsavo National Park in Kenya, arrested before theft of tusks, only 25 similar animals thought to exist 

Kenya government retracts offer of 50% salary increase for medical doctors as unions have not ended strike, says negotiations are over and doctors expected to return to work immediately 

Zimbabwe High Court declares child beating illegal in trial of teacher who struck six-year-old, case will proceed to constitutional court for confirmation 

Boer Afrikaner Volksraad warns ANC not to start civil war by accepting EFF motion which would allow nationalization of land without compensation 

Three ministers fired by Guinea's president Alpha Condé after seven dead and dozens injured in protest related to teachers' strike 

More than 31,000 South Sudanese migrants have fled to Sudan since start of year according to UN refugee agency, five million people in country expected to have no reliable source of food by July 

Poachers reduce number of forest elephants in Minkébé National Park by 81% since 2004, according to survey conducted by measuring elephant dung 

Suicide bomber kills 39 and injures 50 at market in Somali capital Mogadishu, no group has claimed responsibility 

Robert Mugabe should be nominated and elected even if he is dead, says wife Grace 

Ghana bans fishing for two months to enable fish population to recuperate, entrepreneurs wonder how to pay employees in the mean time 

South Sudan general resigns and accuses president Kiir of supporting tribalism in military, claims government forces systematically abuse civilians 

Ban on conflict mineral trade defeats purpose, easy for warlords to shift to other sources of income, artisanal mining and related livelihoods destroyed 

Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo new president of Somalia, incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud admits defeat 

Unrest in Nigeria as President Buhari extends his two-weeks and counting sick leave in London, still unknown what condition the leader is suffering from 

Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger set up counter-terrorism force to combat Islamists in Sahel region, await approval from UN Security Council 

Étienne Tshisekedi, popular opposition leader in Democratic Republic of Congo, dead at 84 – jeopardizes peaceful transition of power from Joseph Kabila where Tshisekedi was supposed to lead transitional government 

Gorillas killed when their territories overlap areas with coltan deposits, locals earn more exporting minerals to China than preserving apes 

900 churches in northern Nigeria destroyed by Boko Haram since 2009, according to Christian youth organization 

Water shortage forces bureaucrats in Pienaar, South Africa to visit toilet in shopping mall 6 kilometers away 

Zimbabwean state agricultural experts expect good harvest despite persistent rains requiring drainage and slowing down weeding 

Nigerian bishop encourages Christians to buy swords to defend themselves against Islamic extremists after dozens killed in recent weeks, derives right to self-defense from Luke 22:36 

Gambia no longer Islamic republic, name change signal from new president Barrow that increased rule of law is on agenda 

Nigerian residents affected by Shell oil spills cannot sue for relief in the UK, according to ruling by UK High Court, lawyers promised to appeal the judgement 

About 1.8 million at risk of starvation in Northeastern Nigeria as Islamists block food transports, according to UN World Food Programme 

Al-Shabab claims to have killed dozens of Kenyan troops in attack on Somalia military base 

At least 28 dead and 43 injured after car bombing and storming of hotel in Somalian capital Mogadishu, al-Shabaab claims responsibility 

Equatorial Guinea applies for OPEC membership and could thereby become cartel's 14th member, daily production 32.5 million barrels 

Seven Zimbabwean immigrants killed in South Africa by group The Community with xenophobic motive, according to social media reports 

Morocco builds first high-speed railway in Africa, will operate between Tangier and Casablanca 

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba commits to deal with illegal immigration despite criticism, says inhabitants of city must respect the law 

14 members of pro-government militia Gatia killed in Kidal in northeastern Mali, former rebels of Coordination of Azawad Movements blamed for the attack but have not yet responded to allegations 

Robert Mugabe Jr rents 10 room villa in Dubai for USD 42,000 per month, Grace Mugabe claims money comes from family's successful farming business 

Mugabe's Zanu PF party plans to increase its social media presence ahead of 2018 elections, in spite of earlier opposition 

Cameroon bans two organizations demanding independence for southern part of country, claims they threaten state security and national unity 

Yahya Jammeh steps down from post as Gambia's president following intervention from neighboring countries, leaves the country for exile in Equatorial Guinea 

Violence in Nigerian Port Harcourt during pro-Trump Biafra demonstration, where he is said to support independence — eleven dead reported by protesters, only a few wounded according to police 

Competition over leadership of Namibian tribes in campaign for German reparations for 1904 genocide — chiefs council opposed to US court lawsuit 

Boko Haram claims responsibility for attack on University of Maiduguri, motive said to be University mixing Islam and democracy, suicide bomber was 7-year-old 

Senegalese troops enter Gambia to ensure power transfer to country's newly elected President 

Winner in Gambia presidential election Adama Barrow sworn in as president in country's embassy in Senegal, Yahya Jammeh refuses to resign despite persuasion attempts from regional leaders 

Approximately 60 dead and 100 injured after suicide attack on military camp in northern Mali, al-Qaeda affiliate says bombing was punishment for cooperation with France 

At least 52 dead, 200 injured as Nigerian military aircraft mistakingly bombs refugee camp near Cameroon border 

Gambia's president Jammeh declares state of emergency citing unwarranted foreign interference, could allow cancellation of newly elected Barrow's inauguration says opposition 

Zimbabwe pastor detained for prophesying soon-to-be 93-year-old Mugabe's death in October – was already in court for wearing the national flag when arrested 

Two dead in bomb attacks against University of Maiduguri in Nigeria, Boko Haram believed to be perpetrators 

Group of elders in Niger Delta ask militant Niger Delta Avengers to not resume bombing of oil pipelines 

At least 6 killed and 14 injured in suicide bombings in northeastern Nigeria probably carried out by Boko Haram, terrorist group's seven-year-old insurgency has caused 15,000 deaths 

26 dead in plague outbreak in two regions of Madagascar, the location somewhere from endemic area lacking cases reported since 1950 

Morocco bans sale, manufacture and marketing of burkas - manufacturers and dealers are given 48 hours to get rid of stock before it is confiscated 

Nana Akufo-Addo sworn in as President of Ghana, pledges tax cuts 

Chad closes border to Libya after rebel groups are moving south in the country 

Mutiny in Ivory Coast over after negotiations between mutiny leaders and government, terms of the deal not public but soldiers expect pay on Monday 

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 92, blows at least 36 million USD on foreign and domestic travel first 10 months of 2016, exceeding cost of several ministries and country's entire parliament, unclear whether wife's expenses are included 

Zambia introduces menstruation law giving women right to one day leave per month, sufficient to inform employer on same day 

Mutiny in Ivory Coast military spreads, soldiers want USD 8,000 and a house each, president Ouattara claims to have reached agreement with troops 

Drone collides with passenger airplane in Mozambique, damages plane's nose cone, no passengers injured 

Ongama Mtimka: South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa best equipped to save ailing ANC, has experience of uniting adversaries and building strong movements, will however face difficulties convincing the public 

Tharwa Boulifi, aged 15: Tunisia highlighted incorrectly as religiously tolerant, not possible to criticize Islam, terrorism takes over society 

Railway workers in Uganda on strike against Chinese employers due to poor pay and sexual harassment, claiming that only those who accept sexual advances get paid 

Burundi's Environment Minister Emmanuel Niyonkuru shot dead in capital of Bujumbura, woman arrested 

Tanzania seeking loans of USD 300 million from banking giant Credit Suisse to finance infrastructure projects, also plans to launch Eurobonds in coming year for same purpose 

Boko Haram trains kidnapped young boys to rape, abducted girls testify of daily abuse 

Grace Mugabe pays debt for Kongo-Kinshasa military by delivering elephants, lions and other animals to China as payment for boots and uniforms – Mugabe family known to have close ties to Kabila family 

Vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa prepares to assume power in Zimbabwe as Mugabe expected not to stand for reelection in 2018 

Mugabe's right hand man and governor Cain Mathema weds 23-year-old lover, left previous wife in 2009 to marry 20-year-old housekeeper 

President Muhammadu Buhari announces Nigeria's army has expelled Boko Haram from Sambisa Forest, some of abducted Chibok girls thought to be in area 

Military intervention led by Senegal may happen if Gambian President Jammeh refuses to resign, troops at border ready to secure compliance with will of the people says head of regional cooperation organization 

DRC security forces kill 34 in protests against President Kabila, says Human Rights Watch, political mediation talks sponsored by Catholic Church underway 

Liberia in recession, growth reduced to -0.5%, Finance Minister Boima Kamara reduces public spending by five percent 

Nigeria customs agency seizes 102 sacks of fake rice made of plastic, similar incident previously reported in China 

Raymond Louw: South African comedians and journalists risk jail if ANC's hate speech law proposal becomes reality, has been used by rulers in other African states to silence criticism, government should instead repeal defamation laws as they promised 2015 

South African court declares re-employment of previous chief operating officer of state-owned media corporation SABC "irrational and unlawful", accused of fabricating matric qualification and purging those he disagrees with 

Two seven-year girls blow themselves up in attack on market in Nigerian city of Maiduguri, Boko Haram believed to be responsible but have not yet acknowledged, modus operandi characteristic of the terrorist organization 

Gambian president Yahya Jammeh does about-face and challenges election results at Supreme Court, victorious opposition leader Adama Barrow fears for his safety according to diplomatic source 

Suicide bomber kills at least 16 at port in Somalian capital Mogadishu, terror group al-Shabab probably behind the deed 

50 die as church in Uyo in southern Nigeria collapses during ordination ceremony, state governor was present but escaped injuries 

Two girls perform simultaneous suicide bombings at market in northern Nigeria, 56 dead and 57 injured, bears similarities to Boko Haram bombings although group has not claimed responsibility 

Uche Atuma: Despite resistance from establishment polarized Nigeria must consider peaceful secession rather than violence and new civil war, history shows that the former is clearly preferable over the latter 

Ghana opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo seems to win presidential elections according to radio stations, struggling economy possible reason why current president Mahama gets defeated 

Democratic Republic of the Congo may not be able to afford presidential elections, as President Kabila remains in power despite maximum number of consecutive terms exceeded 

Nigeria president Buhari expected to replace vice president Yemi Osinbajo in 2019 election, perceived as more loyal to competitor Bola Tinubu, replacement likely to come from northern parts of country like Buhari himself 

Thousands of English-speaking teachers and lawyers on strike in Cameroon to protest discrimination in mainly Francophone country 

Zimbabwe opposition party MDC assures leader Tsvangirai cancer diagnosis not cause of worry, treatment for colon cancer in South Africa going according to plan, first public appearence after long absence conducted 

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai asks Mugabe to accept South African rand as currency as country struggles with cash shortage, rejects newly introduced bond notes 

Fake US Embassy in Ghana run by international crime syndicate for ten years, pleased clients bought valuable travel documents, surprised authorities shut operation down last summer, questions remain 

Opposition leader Adama Barrow wins presidential election in Gambia with 45.5% of vote, authoritarian Yahya Jammeh admits defeat after 22 years in power 

Ratio of female African elephants born without tusks up from 6% to 98% in certain areas after poachers eliminate best ivory sources from gene pool