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Zimbabwe key opposition leader Roy Bennett dead at 60 after helicopter crash in mountainous rural area of northern New Mexico, details of why he was in area not immediately available

Equatorial Guinea says last month's alleged coup attempt probably planned on French territory without governmental involvement

New ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa urges "creation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, prosperous and equitable society", vows to pursue land expropriation in manner not impeding economic development or agricultural production, wants ANC politicians who seek no benefit for themselves or their families

Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda launch joint military effort against Islamist rebel group ADF, group accused of attack that killed 15 United Nations peacekeepers and wounded another 53 last month

Several H&M stores in South Africa stormed and vandalized in protest against ad with black boy in "coolest monkey in the jungle" hoodie

At least 29 killed and 2 missing as tropical cyclone hits eastern coast of Madagascar with wind speeds of up to 190 km/h, more than 13,000 people displaced

Ambazonia separatist leader arrested by Nigerian police, seeks independence for English-speaking region of Cameroon and has been based in Nigeria since declaration of autonomy in October 2017 which was followed by unrest

20 Nigerians sold as slaves in Libya for USD 735, were forced to do farming before being dumped in desert, according to survivors who describe horrific conditions

Zimbabwe's Agriculture Minister Perrance Shiri orders audit of Mugabe's farms in line with country’s one farm per family policy, Mugabe family presumed to own at least 14 farms totalling around 16,000 hectares

Chad denies involvement in alleged coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea late December, says its 60 arrested citizens are mercenaries "and should be treated as such"

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa rules out forming coalition government after visiting colon cancer battling opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, claims there currently is no need

Tanzania fines five TV stations for airing Legal Human Rights Centre evaluation of ward by-election exposing human rights violations and power abuse, regulatory authority chairman says broadcasting threatened peace and jeopardised public safety

Ghana's Catholic church calls on government to take immediate measures against foreign agents aquiring land in country as livelihoods of peasant farmers are undermined, a third of Ghana's crop land acquired by foreign countries according to 2010 numbers

Tanzania threatens to close down churches that mix religion and politics after church leader used Christmas sermon to accuse President John Magufuli of quietly turning country into one-state rule

At least seven killed by security forces, several injured and 123 arrested during Sunday’s anti-government protests in Democratic Republic of Congo, according to UN who condemns the use of force against peaceful demonstrators as well as the violent suppression of fundamental rights and freedoms

Democratic Republic of Congo orders internet and SMS services cut across country ahead of planned anti-government Catholic demonstrations, says demonstrations banned and gatherings of more than five people to be dispersed

General Constantino Chiwenga named vice president of Zimbabwe, described as force behind President Mnangagwa's ousting of Mugabe

Kilometers of gas queues in Nigeria inspire free market where the product is sold for twice as much as the state's official gas price, the government blames the crisis on greedy private players

George Weah wins Liberian presidential election with more than 60% of votes, former footballer only African to have won Ballon d'Or

White farmer returns to farm stolen at gun point by Mugabe regime riot police, met by scores of black Zimbabweans jubilant at sign that new president Mnangagwa makes good on vow to stop illegal land seizures and restore property rights

Zimbabwe's new agriculture minister Perrance Shiri orders illegal farm occupiers to vacate land immediately, emotive issue in country after violent invasion of white-owned farms in 2000 by Mugabe supporters which triggered broader slump that saw GDP almost halve between 2000 and 2008

14 UN peacekeepers killed and 53 injured after assault on base in North Kivu province in Congo-Kinshasa, rebel group ADF suspected to be behind attack

At least 50 killed as suicide bomber blows himself up at mosque in northeastern Nigerian town of Mubi, attack blamed on Boko Haram

Robert Mugabe resigns as president of Zimbabwe, letter of resignation read by speaker of the parliament followed by wild celebrations

Uganda police force opens its health facilities to public to ease pressure that is mounting following doctors strike

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe holds talks with army after being put under house arrest, Grace Mugabe is possibly also in family compound, Zanu-PF youth wing leader makes televised apology for criticising head of military

Army tanks seen heading for Harare and military blocking major roads in to the city, according to local media and eyewitnesses, follows rising tensions between the military and Mugabe's Zanu-PF

Zimbabwe's sacked Vice President Mnangagwa blocked from leaving country after trying to cross border to Mozambique wearing sunglasses and simple clothing

Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa fired by Robert Mugabe after accusations of disloyalty, president appears to back wife Grace in upcoming power struggle

Red Cross workers suspected of having embezzled in total USD six million meant to combat Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Mugabe expected to appoint female deputy of his party Zanu-PF after amendment to party's constitution, creates opportunity for wife Grace to disadvantage of Vice President Mnangagwa

Robert Mugabe wants to resume executions in Zimbabwe where death penalty has not been in use since country’s last hangman retired in 2005, cabinet divided on issue

Zimbabwean War Vets association beg exiled white Rhodesians return, their talent needed for rebuilding the ravaged country, says chairman Chris Mutsvangwa

WHO rescinds appointment of Robert Mugabe as goodwill ambassador after widespread criticism

At least 231 killed, 275 injured in bombing in Somalia's capital Mogadishu

Nigerian court sentences 45 Boko Haram members to between three and 31 years in jail, first convictions in mass trials held behind closed doors with more than 1,600 suspected terrorists

Outbreak of plague in Madagascar continues as 449 cases and 48 deaths have been reported, majority of infections pulmonary plague

More than 100 hippos found dead in Namibia last week, cause is unknown but experts suspect anthrax, 1,300 hippos lived in country before outbreak

Robert Mugabe rearranges government, competitor and vice president Mnangagwa demoted as spy chief Happyton Bonyoungwe takes control of justice department and next year's elections, finance minister Chinamasa replaced by loyal Ignatius Chombo and becomes minster of cyber security

At least 17 killed in independence protests in Anglophone Cameroon according to Amnesty International, internet blocked and electricity cut in area

Six dead and hundreds arrested in western Cameroon as Ambazonia activists declare independence on anniversary of Cameroon's 1961 independence, government says move carries no legal weight

Cameroon orders three days complete lockdown of Anglophone region to stop planned anti-government protests – gatherings larger than four people banned, bus stations, eateries and shops to shut

Brawl in Uganda's parliament as MPs debate presidential age limit, issue controversial as current 75-year limit disqualifies long-standing president Museveni from standing for fourth term in 2021 elections

Thousands in two Anglophone western Cameroon regions demonstrate for independent Ambazonia, government spokesman calls movement terrorist and says "no stone should be left unturned in the process of getting rid of them"

Tunisia becomes first country in MENA to repeal ban on women marrying non-Muslims, President Essebsi said marriage law was "an obstacle to the freedom of choice of the spouse," Tunisia has a 99% muslim population

Kenyan Supreme Court annulls last month's presidential elecion after petition by opposition leader Odinga with claims of hacked electronic voting results, new vote to be held within 60 days, third consecutive election contested by Odinga

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe says banks should lower their interest rates in order to boost investment in agriculture, claims banks are inhibition to progress

Evicted Zimbabwean white farmers initiate proceedings against Mugabe, three ministers and the government, spokesperson refers to binding 2008 judgment where "fair compensation should be paid by the Zimbabwe government for land it had taken"

Buhari distressed by calls for dissolution of Nigeria in his first speech after three months of medical leave in UK, fails to disclose illness

Zimbabwe declares Robert Mugabe's birthday on February 21 national holiday to highlight Mugabe's "brilliantly displayed" values and principles for youths to emulate

Grace Mugabe seeks diplomatic immunity in South Africa where she's under investigation for allegedly assaulting 20-year-old female model with extension chord

Grace Mugabe allegedly assaulted 20-year-old model in hotel room in Johannesburg, failed to turn herself in despite agreement with authorities, may lead to diplomatic incident

Over 300 killed with death toll expected to rise and 2,000 homeless after landslide and heavy flooding caused by night's rain in Sierra Leone

18 dead after gunmen on motorcycles fire randomly on café popular with expatriates in Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou, al-Qaeda affiliates suspected to have carried out attack

Zimbabwe plans building USD 1 billion Robert Gabriel Mugabe University to honor President's "indelible mark in the development of the country's education system"

Hundreds of Nigerians storm Niger Delta crude oil flow station owned by Shell demanding jobs and infrastructure development, army sends reinforcements after protesters said planned two weeks stay at facility

The majority of Boko Haram's suicide attacks are performed by women and children, an increase occurred immediately after the kidnapping of 276 young female students at Chibok

Boko Haram kills 31 fishermen in Nigera in two separate attacks on islands in Lake Chad, fishing ban on Nigerian side of lake recently lifted, similar attack carried out in 2014

Algerian women defy Islamists who demand that they wear burkinis, get targeted by online campaign in which photographs are posted of females in two-piece swimming costumes

Congo-Kinshasa seeks to prevent exchange of images via social media as opposition grows to President Kabila, clashes between anti-government milita and security forces kill at least 14

Paul Kagame re-elected as Rwandian president with 99% of votes in turnout topping 90%, thus enters third presidential period made possible by constitutional change approved by 98% of voters

251 killed in Democratic Republic of Congo between March and June in what UN calls ethnic massacre, new apparently government-backed militia group Bana Mura behind 150 of the murders

Man armed with machete forces his way into home of Kenya's deputy president William Ruto after injuring guard, Ruto had left house hours before attack

Grace Mugabe says her two sons Robert Junior and Chatunga Bellarmine give her "sleepless nights" after their eviction from luxury apartment for partying, drinking and smoking with women, blames attacking spirits for children's mischievous behaviour and says she routinely asks the Lord for intervention

South African opposition parties ask for secret vote on motion of no confidence in president Zuma, are convinced more than the 50 ANC MPs required will vote in favor

Dozens of alleged Boko Haram suspects died in Cameroon secret custody at military base also used by American and French troops, 101 tortured between 2013 and 2017, according to Amnesty International

South Sudan declares state of emergency in four northern states after months of clan-based militia clashes, all four states former parts of state Bahr el Ghazal until 2015

Uganda plans changing constitution to remove 75 year presidential candidate age limit, current president Museveni will be 77 years old in 2021 election, constitution was changed in 2005 to allow Museveni a third term

Nigeria investigates reports that Cameroonian paramilitary unit killed 97 Nigerian fishermen in Bakassi peninsula after enforcing fishing levy

Nigerian finance minister says country must continue borrowing to fund 2017 budget, record budget planned to spend way out of recession

Not possible to hold presidential election in Democratic Republic of Congo later this year according to electoral commission head Corneille Nangaa, opposition leader Félix Tshisekedi condemns announcement as declaration of war on Congolese people

Botswana bans exports of donkey meat, sales to Asia said to be partial explanation, Ministry of Agricultural Development calls for farmers to ear mark animals to enable identification and taking inventory

Ghana launches first satellite after development at local university with support from Japan space agency Jaxa, to be used for mapping coastlines and laying ground for future space capacity, including monitoring illegal mining

Grace Mugabe grabs former state-owned iconic Mazowe Dam and surrounding land tracts, armed police deployed to keep away infuriated villagers, seizure unlawful according to country's Water Act unless permission granted by President

Niger army kills 14 civilians who were mistaken for Boko Haram militants, were located in restricted zone outside village near Nigerian border

Nigeria could supply all of Africa with food due to good soil and weather suitable for year-round growing, according to president of Arewa South Africa

Nigerian investigator of corruption in judiciary attacked in Port Harcourt and is being treated in hospital for gunshot wounds, had received threatening text messages before incident

Persecution of Christians has increased in Eritrea with 200 arrested by security services in raids on homes, according to Christian watchdog Release International

South Africa president Zuma gives clear support to president Kabila in Congo-Kinshasa despite the latter's term having run out and ongoing civil war

Buhari records Eid greeting to dispell rumors of speech problems, has opposite effect as he sounds weak, initiates new controversy due to president speaking Hausa language spoken in Northern parts of country rather than English

Dissident Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire arrested in connection with speech in support of striking medical students at University of Zimbabwe, already faces charges of trying to subvert government through campaign on social media

Billions spent on rebuilding post-war Angola vanished into individuals’ pockets, according to politicians, businessmen and academics

Botswana ex-president Sir Ketumile Masire dead at age 91

Zimbabwe riot police evict white farmer to give farm to black bishop, more than 15,000 local villagers protest eviction and vow to protest future ones due to wanting the land for themselves, two reporting journalists detained

Famine in South Sudan over says UN, was first official famine in world since 2011

Around half the food aid sent to Nigeria refugees not delivered, according to government blaming theft — millions of people in the north risk starvation

Nigerian vice president threatens growing secessionist movement of Biafra with full force of the law, president Buhari treated in London for unknown illness

Zambia's president Edgar Lungu receives USD 1.2 billion rescue package from IMF despite increasing totalitarianism — has suspended oppositional MPs and arrested opposition leader

Former president Thabo Mbeki tells South Africans to refrain from criticizing Mugabe, compares such statements with colonialism, references right of each nation to choose own leader

Uganda runs out of passports following surge in labor export to Middle East, only issued in emergency cases

South African mining industry threatened by proposed higher black ownership requirements and increased taxation, the producers' Chamber of Mines prepared to fight the plan in court already next week

At least two dead after terrorist attack against luxury resort outside Malian Bamako, one of the dead French national while the other unknown, situation under control according to security ministry spokesperson

Case of bishop found dead in water in Cameroon earlier this month to be investigated, previously suspected to be suicide, follows two other mysterious deaths of priests during last month

Zimbabwean artist Cde Chinx dies of blood cancer, led the Zanla choir during liberation struggle and supported land expropriation, should be declared national hero according to comrades

Lauren Graham: Low voting participation among young South Africans not due to lack of interest, youth engaged in communities but don't believe political parties or voting change anything

Joseph Wandera: Direct and indirect buying of votes will determine Kenyan election, both sides bribe religious groups in order to get support, common for politicians to give small sums of money to poor individuals to buy their vote

Thomas Thabane Prime Minister of Lesotho again after losing elections in 2015 shortly after he was chased out of country during military coup, inaugurated two days after wife was murdered

Djibouti says Eritrea occupies disputed area after Qatar, which has mediated in the border conflict between the countries, pulled back its troops from the area

Two outbreaks of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 in Congo, high risk of spreading nationally and medium risk of spreading internationally

Acting president Osinbajo condemns increasing tension between northern and southern Nigeria, Igbo groups continue to make demands for secession