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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

Danish photographer sparks outrage in Egypt after posting image of woman in a sexual pose atop pyramid, Andreas Hvid claims he and the anonymous woman scaled the wonder after hours, Egyptian antiquities minister claims the act was a “violation of public morality”

Robert Mugabe has been receiving medical treatment in Singapore for last two months, is no longer able to walk but expected to return to Zimbabwe next week, according to president Emmerson Mnangagwa

France to return 26 royal statues taken by the French army in 1892 to Benin, not an isolated or symbolic case according to French president Macron who wants to define an international framework for returning artworks to African countries

Morocco finishes construction of the fastest rail line in Africa, Tangier-Casablanca line covers 350km in 2h10m at 320km/hr, France loaned the kingdom EUR 2 billion to finance half the project which took 7 years to complete

Fighting in Congo leaves 8 UN and 12 Congolese soldiers dead, an operation aimed at containing Allied Democratic Forces rebels is ongoing in an area experiencing ebola outbreak

Mass grave with 200 bodies discovered on Ethiopian border, former administrator of strife-torn Somali region Abdi Mohammed Omer recently arrested and accused of stoking ethnic tensions and violence

American Charles Wesco shot dead in English-speaking part of Cameroon during cross-fire between government forces and Ambazonian separatists, the missionary moved to the region two weeks earlier together with wife and eight children, both sides blame each other for the murder

Angolan government claims 380,000 illegal immigrants left country following "Operation Transparency", the crackdown focused on illegal diamond trade and most immigrants fled to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo

London scientists intend to release 10,000 genetically modified mosquitoes in Burkina Faso to end malaria, only 40 species of 3,500 are able to carry malaria and the genetic modification targets female reproduction

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to sign agreement excluding his 2.8 million hectares from government land reform drive, Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize says consensus yet to be reached and that it's a "somewhat slippery issue"

50 dead and over 100 wounded after oil tanker collides with small vehicle in Democratic Republic of Congo

Talks underway for Chinese to take control of Zambian national power utility ZESCO, Chinese government already controls state broadcaster ZNBC, Zambia's sovereignty at risk due to "predatory infrastructure financing" defaults

6 dead and 14 injured after suicide car bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia, al-Qaeda-affiliated local militant group al-Shabab blamed for the attack which also leveled nearby buildings

Nearly 400 inmates escape Tripoli prison after riot in the wake of nearby militia battles, most of the escaped were common criminals or former supporters of the Gaddafi regime

Mnangagwa declared electoral victor in Zimbabwe presidential race as Constitutional Court denies election rigging, the successor to Robert Mugabe and member of ruling ZANU-PF claimed 50.8% of the votes, narrowly avoided runoff election against MDC leader Nelson Chamisa with 44.3% of the votes

Foreign affairs minister of Africa's eSwatini determined to maintain diplomatic allegiance to Taiwan, the former Swaziland is the last African diplomatic ally to recognize Taiwan's sovereignty

South African government delivers repo demand to white farmland owners during public holiday, the government initially offered 1/10th of the asking price in earlier negotiations, head of the Department of Rural Development and Land Affairs says the courts will have to determine what "just and equitable" compensation would be

Zimbabweans increasingly rely on mobile phone payment systems in a post-hyperinflation cash-less society, economic disaster plus scarce foreign currency supplies lead to 3 tier pricing system between USD, reserve bank bond notes and EcoCash mobile payments

Taiwanese tourist killed by hippopotamus at wildlife hotel at Lake Naivasha in central Kenya, the victim was originally identified as Chinese as Kenya does not recognize the Taiwanese government diplomatically

ANC targets 139 farms to expropriate coming weeks, also considers tax for land owned by "absent landlords"

Zimbabwean soldiers patrol Harare streets day after security forces backed by armored vehicles and military helicopter killed six unarmed demonstrators protesting the election

Emmerson Mnangagwa's ZANU-PF wins 109 out of Zimbabwe's 210 parliamentary seats with 58 seats still to be announced, can change constitution at will with 30 additional seats, opposition calls election rigged but ZANU-PF denies accusations

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa says constitution to be changed to more explicitly allow land expropriation without compensation, states reform "of critical importance" to economy – around 10% of land in white ownership expropriated from white farmers since 1994, a third of ANC's target

11 taxi drivers killed and four critically wounded in South Africa after gunmen assault minibus returning from funeral, police investigating possible motives, ten people killed in violence related to rivalries among minibus taxi drivers in Cape Town over one weekend in May

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa says his government is "racially blind", promises white farmers that their land won't be taken as "invasions is a thing of the past" and rule of law must apply, asks farmers to work together with the government ahead of July 30 elections

Ghana national football association dissolved after allegations of corruption against chairman Kwesi Nyantakyi

Pastor bitten to death by crocodile during baptism at Lake Abaya in Ethiopia

At least 29 killed under unclear circumstances in Menka in one of Cameroon's Anglophone regions, army spokeman says government troops surrounded hotel after tipped off to separatist rebels' presence and that "several terrorists were neutralized" after long firefight

Amnesty International accuses Nigerian army and militia group Civilian Joint Task Force of raping thousands of women and girls who escaped Boko Haram, brigadier general John Agim says report false and that credible intelligence report says organisation released cooked report to demoralize entire military system

Zimbabwe has applied to re-join Commonwealth according to organisation's Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, observers' report on upcoming election in country part of informal assessment to determine re-admission

US ambassador to Cameroon accuses government forces for targeted killings against country's Anglophone separatists, calls for dialogue to end escalating 18-month crisis

Nigerian former vice president Atiku Abubakar to run in next year's presidential election, becoming main challenger of Muhammadu Buhari, wants to privatize parts of state oil firm NNPC and says he is believer in very small government

South African photographer Sam Nzima dead at 83 – took iconic photo of dying 13-year-old Hector Pieterson during 1976 Soweto uprising, which Time Magazine 2016 named one of 100 most influential photographs in history

At least 48 killed after Patel Dam in central Kenya bursts, most structures within three-kilometre radius destroyed

Democratic Republic of Congo Health Ministry confirms two cases of Ebola in Bikoro in northwestern part of country, 17 deaths in area

Nigerian military with support from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin rescues 1,000 Boko Haram hostages, mostly women and children

At least 51 killed by bandits and former cattle rustlers who surrounded village of Gwaska in northern Nigeria, children under age of 10 among dead

Pentagon accuses China of harassing US fighter pilots with military grade lasers in Djibouti – formal complaint issued, demanding that Beijing investigate series of incidents in area where respective countries operate military bases just 18 miles apart

More than 60 killed in suicide attack against mosque and market in Mubi in northeast Nigeria, Islamist Boko Haram whose insurgency has left 20,000 people dead since 2009 suspected to be behind bombing

31 civilian pastoralist Berbers killed by suspected jihadists in northeastern Mali day after 12 civilians killed in attack outside town of Anderamboukane in same area, reprisal for successful attacks on jihadist bases by Tuareg groups according to tribal leader Sidigui Ag Hamadi