Nigeria’s Buhari says MTN fueled Boko Haram insurgency

Mobile phone giant MTN fueled the Islamist-led insurgency in Nigeria by failing to disconnect unregistered sim cards, the Nigerian president has said. Muhammadu Buhari made...

al-Shaabab weakened by US strikes

Al-Shabab fighters had neared the completion of specialist training to conduct "offensive operations" when the US launched a drone strike on their base in...

Free bus tickets for Tanzania teachers

Teachers in a district of Tanzania's main city Dar es Salaam can now travel for free on buses to get to and from school,...

Benin vote count begins as 33 candidates fight for presidency

Votes are being counted in Benin, where 33 candidates are fighting to become president. Thomas Boni Yayi is stepping down as leader in the West...

Mugabe: ‘I can punch you to prove I’m still here’

Zimbabwe's long-serving President Robert Mugabe gave short shrift to a journalist's question about who could succeed him during an interview to mark his 92nd birthday. "Why...

Who is al-Shabab journalist Hassan Hanafi?

Somali journalist Hassan Hanafi was sentenced to death by firing squad by a Mogadishu court on Thursday after conspiring with the al-Shabab militant group in the...

Is this a turning point for Burundi?

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby just met Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza at a mountain-top hotel complex near Kayanza in northern Burundi. While Mr Nkurunziza left without commenting, Archbishop...

‘Do not come to Europe’ – EU’s Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk has warned economic migrants who do not have the correct papers against traveling to Europe, during a new push to...

Record number of presidential candidates in Benin

On Sunday people in Benin are voting for their new president. And the ballot papers are going to have to be long - as there are 33...

African peacekeepers implicated in UN sex abuse claims

Allegations of sexual exploitation or sexual abuse by United Nations peacekeepers have increased, according to a new UN report. There were 69 claims last year, compared...

Oscar Pistorius denied leave to appeal for Steenkamp murder

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been denied leave to appeal against his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Constitutional Court has made...

British Airways pays pilot Simon Wood Africa abuse victims

British Airways has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of money to children who were sexually abused by one of its pilots in Africa. Simon...

Nigeria fuel shortages ground flights

Around 200 Arik Air passengers were stranded as domestic and international flights from Nigeria's biggest domestic airline were grounded earlier due to a lack of fuel. An unknown number of...

East Africa mulls ban on used clothes

One of the issues being discussed by the leaders of the East African Community (EAC) today in Arusha, Tanzania, is a possible ban on...

Africa’s richest man ‘gets richer’

Africa's richest man, Nigeria's Aliko Dangote, has risen up the annual Forbes list of world billionaires, with his fortune increasing to $15.4bn (£11bn). Mr Dankoto is ranked...

Shell being sued over Nigeria oil spill

Oil giant Shell is being sued in London for the second time in five years over spills in the Niger Delta. Two communities are claiming...

Zimbabwe soldiers charged over ‘bomb plot’

Prosecutors in Zimbabwe have reinstated charges against two soldiers accused of planning to petrol-bomb a dairy farm owned by President Robert Mugabe's family, the...

Nigeria ‘abducted girl to be re-united with family’

A 13-year-old Nigerian girl who was allegedly abducted and forced into marriage is to be re-united with her family today in the capital, Abuja, police...