Egyptian security forces kill 12 suspected militants after bus bombing

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces have killed 12 suspected Islamist militants in Cairo, the Interior Ministry said on Monday, a day after an explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people....

Blast injures South African tourists near Egypt’s Giza pyramids

CAIRO (Reuters) - An explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people on Sunday, mostly South African tourists, near a new museum being built close to the Giza pyramids in Egypt, two...

Sudanese military and opposition resume talks after street violence

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s ruling military council restarted talks late on Sunday with an alliance of protest and opposition groups that is pushing for a civilian-led transition to democracy. Both sides have signalled that...

Schwarzenegger ‘will not press charges’ over South Africa attack

Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will not press charges after being attacked at an event in South Africa. The 71-year-old was talking to fans at his Arnold Classic Africa sporting event on Saturday...

No charges over SA attack, says Schwarzenegger

Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will not press charges after being attacked at an event in South Africa. The 71-year-old was talking to fans at his Arnold Classic Africa sporting event on Saturday...

Egypt explosion: Tourists on bus injured near Giza pyramids

Media playback is unsupported on your device Bomb targets tourist bus in Egypt An explosion targeting a tourist bus has injured at least 16 people near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids in Giza. South...

Blast injures SA tourists near Giza pyramids

Media playback is unsupported on your device Bomb targets tourist bus in Egypt An explosion targeting a tourist bus has injured at least 16 people near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids in Giza. South...

Explosion hits tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza pyramids – security sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - An explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people near a new museum being built close to the Giza pyramids in Egypt on Sunday, two security sources said. Most...

Sudan crisis: Arrests over protesters’ killings

Media playback is unsupported on your device Dozens of people were injured in the clashes The suspects in the killings of at least five pro-democracy protesters in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, have been arrested, the military...

Mali violence: Nigerian peacekeeper killed in Timbuktu

A Nigerian UN peacekeeper has been killed and another injured by unidentified assailants in Timbuktu, in northern Mali, the UN says. A separate incident in Tessalit left three Chadian peacekeepers injured. Nearly 200 members of the...

Bodies of ‘twins’ found in clean-up of Kenya river

Kenya's authorities say the bodies of two babies, thought to be twins, have been found during a clean-up of a river in the capital, Nairobi. This is the eighth such discovery in recent months. Officials...

At disaster forum, storm-hit Mozambique says will seek help to build back better

GENEVA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mozambique, which was battered by two cyclones in March and April, will hold an international conference in two weeks’ time to drum up funding to help it build back...

Boeing says it has corrected simulator software of 737 MAX jets

(Reuters) - Boeing Co has made corrections to simulator software that mimics the flying experience of its 737 MAX jets, which were involved in two fatal crashes, and the company has provided additional information...

Ethiopia starts rationing electricity for homes and industries

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia has started to ration electricity for domestic and industrial customers after a drop in water levels in hydroelectric dams led to a production deficit, the minister for water and...

South Africa’s Ramaphosa appoints head of anti-corruption unit

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa followed up his election pledge to tackle corruption by appointing a veteran lawyer to lead a newly formed anti-graft unit, his office said on Friday. Ramaphosa...

Kenya’s ex-President Daniel arap Moi ordered to pay for land grab

A court in Kenya has ordered former President Daniel arap Moi to pay 1.06bn shillings ($10.5m; £8.2m) in compensation to a widow for illegally seizing her land. Mr Moi transferred to himself 53 acres of...

Germany to return Portuguese Stone Cross to Namibia

The German Historical Museum has announced it will return a 15th century monument to Namibia after it was taken during the colonial era. The Stone Cross is a Portuguese navigation landmark placed on the southwest...

Cannes 2019: Mati Diop ‘a little sad’ to make history

The first black female director in competition at the Cannes Film Festival has said she was inspired by her "need to see black people on screen". French-Senegalese Mati Diop made history on Thursday when Atlantics...

U.N. says Somali militants using home-made explosives to step up attacks

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somali Islamist insurgents are making their own explosives, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters, as they mount more frequent and deadly attacks. The findings are a blow for...

Airlines face scramble to restore 737 MAX flights once regulators approve fix

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Once global regulators clear Boeing Co’s 737 MAX to fly again after deadly crashes, airlines which have put their fleets into mechanical hibernation since March will scramble to begin the biggest...

The main candidates in Malawi’s presidential election

BLANTYRE, Malawi (Reuters) - Malawians vote for a new president, parliament and local government councillors on Tuesday, in an election seen as a tough test for President Peter Mutharika and his governing Democratic Progressive...

Why Zimbabwe faces worst power cuts in three years

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst power cuts in three years, lasting up to 10 hours daily in some areas and threatening mining output in one of the world’s biggest platinum and...

Facebook bans “inauthentic” accounts targeting Africa

Facebook has removed hundreds of social media accounts and banned an Israeli firm due to "co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour" mainly targeting Africa. The fake accounts often posted on political news, including on elections in various countries,...

Africa’s top shots: 10-16 May 2019

A selection of photos from across Africa this week: Images: Getty Images Story appeared first on BBC.com

Ugandan opposition figure says state is financially strangling him

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda’s government is hitting back at a pop star and opponent of President Yoweri Museveni by blocking his concerts and intimidating his business partners, the challenger said on Thursday. The singer-cum-lawmaker...

Nigerian central bank head Emefiele to serve second five-year term

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele was approved for a second five-year term in office on Thursday, when he won a unanimous vote of support in the Senate, parliament’s upper house....

Burundi moves to seize assets of opponents in exile

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Burundi’s Supreme Court has ordered the seizure of assets belonging to opposition activists in exile, the latest swipe in an internationally-condemned crackdown by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government. The ruling applies to...

Niger ambush: Militants kill 28 soldiers near Mali

The bodies of 11 Nigerian soldiers missing since Tuesday's ambush have been discovered, bringing the death toll to 28. Militants killed four US soldiers at the same place in 2017. Niger and other countries...

Sudan opposition says military rulers’ suspension of talks is regrettable

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s opposition alliance said on Thursday the ruling military council’s suspension of talks with protesters for three days was a “regrettable” setback to efforts to forge a new democratic era following...

Death toll from Niger ambush rises to 28 soldiers killed – army

NIAMEY (Reuters) - The death toll from an ambush on Nigerien troops near the Mali border has risen to 28, an army spokesman said on Thursday. The ambush occurred in a region where several...

Sudanese forces clear protesters with gunfire ahead of fresh talks

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) agreed the country’s transition period would last for three years, a TMC member said on Wednesday,...

Sudan crisis: Talks stall as military demands barricades removed

Talks on moving Sudan towards civilian rule have been suspended for three days by the country's military leaders, who demand protesters clear roadblocks. In a televised statement, the Transitional Military Council (TMC) said barricades outside...

Saido Berahino: Stoke City striker guilty of drinking and driving

Footballer Saido Berahino has been found guilty of drinking and driving. The Stoke City striker was almost three times the alcohol limit when his Range Rover was stopped in London's West End at about 03:00...

At least 17 Niger soldiers killed in ambush – gov’t spokesman

NIAMEY (Reuters) - At least 17 soldiers in Niger were killed and 11 went missing in an ambush near the Malian border, a government spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday. Abdourahamane Zakaria said the attack...

Egypt’s Sisi opens huge suspension bridge over the Nile

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday opened a suspension bridge over the Nile touted as the world’s widest, one of a series of military-led, mega-projects designed to improve infrastructure and...

South Africa’s Ramaphosa says to speed up economic reforms, fix Eskom

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that he would use a new five-year term to speed up economic reforms and fix ailing state power firm Eskom, a week after...

Sudan military council, opposition inch closer to final deal

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) agreed the country’s transition period would last for three years, a TMC member said on Wednesday,...

Sudan opposition holds military responsible for Monday violence

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s opposition alliance said on Tuesday the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces had used live ammunition on Monday and that the military was responsible for what happened. One policeman and three protesters...

Sudan crisis: Clashes in Khartoum leave several dead

Media playback is unsupported on your device Dozens of people were injured in the clashes At least five Sudanese protesters and a member of the security forces have died in clashes in the capital, Khartoum. They...

Gabon finds 200 missing containers of rare hardwood – prosecutor

LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon has recovered 200 containers of protected hardwood out of a larger haul that was confiscated by the authorities earlier this year and then went missing, a senior prosecutor said late...

Liberians grapple with potential loss of U.S. legal status

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (Reuters) - As snow blanketed African markets, churches and graves in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, in February, members of the Liberian community were praying fervently that this would not be their last...

Somalia postpones exams after papers leaked on social media

Somalia has postponed national high school exams after discovering that papers were being sold and shared on social media. Any exams that have already been taken have been invalidated, Education Minister Abdullahi Godah Barre...

Four die in Sudan protests as military rulers say won’t allow “chaos”

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Four people died in Sudan late on Monday in violence that broke out after a political transition deal between the mainstream opposition and military rulers, who said they would not allow...

Gabon vows no mercy over theft of hardwood worth nearly $250 million

LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon’s president vowed on Monday to find and punish those responsible for the disappearance of over 350 containers of protected hardwood worth nearly $250 million. In late February and early March,...

Political games hinder efforts to end Ebola outbreak in Congo: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - Attempts to end the second worst Ebola outbreak on record are being hampered by “political games” and distrust of outsiders in two towns in Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior World...

Clashes in Sudan’s capital after deal on transitional power structure

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Violence flared in Sudan’s capital Khartoum late on Monday after the military council and opposition groups said they had agreed to a power structure for the country’s transition following the ouster...

Sudanese forces disperse protest in Khartoum North: Reuters witness

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese police and Rapid Support Forces used tear gas on Monday to disperse dozens of protesters in Khartoum North and removed barriers they had set up on a main street leading...

African swine fever outbreak spreads to fourth province

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - An outbreak of African swine fever, a severe hemorrhagic disease of pigs, has spread to a fourth province in South Africa, the agricultural ministry said on Monday, following a spate of...

Ramaphosa’s economic reforms in focus as ANC adjusts to smaller majority

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Boosting South African growth and overhauling bloated power firm Eskom are post-election priorities for the African National Congress, but a reduced majority may force President Cyril Ramaphosa to compromise on those...

South Africa election: Cyril Ramaphosa vows to tackle ANC corruption

Media playback is unsupported on your device President Ramaphosa dancing after election victory South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to clean the African National Congress (ANC) of "all bad tendencies" in a bid to end...

Tanzania to offer 26 big game hunting blocks in new auction

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania plans to introduce a new auctioning system for big game hunting blocks next month, in a move aimed at enhancing transparency and curbing corruption in that part of...

Islamic State claims it killed 11 soldiers in Nigeria

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State (IS) killed 11 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on the northeastern town of Gajiganna, the group claimed through its news agency AMAQ on Saturday. The Jihadist organisation said the...

Gunmen kill six in attack on church in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Gunmen killed six people in an attack on a Catholic church in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, the mayor of Dablo town, where the attack took place, told Reuters. It was...

Burkina Faso church attack: Priest among six killed

Gunmen have killed six people including a priest as Mass was being celebrated in a church in Dablo in northern Burkina Faso, officials say. The attackers, said to number between 20 and 30, then burned...

Islamic State claims it killed 11 soldiers in northeastern Nigeria

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State (IS) killed 11 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on the northeastern town of Gajiganna, the group claimed through its news agency AMAQ on Saturday. The Jihadist organisation said the...

South Africa election: ANC wins with reduced majority

South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) has been returned to office after winning parliamentary election, but with a reduced majority. The ANC secured 58% of the vote, ahead of the Democratic Alliance (DA) on 21%....

ANC keeps power in South Africa but scandals cost it votes

PRETORIA (Reuters) - The African National Congress easily won South Africa’s general election on Saturday but its share of the vote fell, reflecting anger at corruption scandals and racial inequalities that remain entrenched a...

South Africa’s ANC wins majority in parliamentary election – electoral commission

PRETORIA (Reuters) - The ruling African National Congress (ANC) party won the majority of parliamentary seats with a 57.5% share in this week’s South African vote, the electoral commission said on Saturday. The ANC’s...

South Africa’s Ramaphosa targets reforms after election win

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa led the African National Congress (ANC) to victory in Wednesday’s election, but a drop in its share of the vote underlines the challenge he faces restoring...

South Africa’s election: Five things we’ve learnt

Plummeting voter turnout and big gains for fringe parties at either end of the political spectrum are arguably signs of South Africa's maturing democracy, however they could also be seen as evidence of a...

French military frees hostages in Burkina Faso, 2 commandos killed

PARIS (Reuters) - French commandos rescued four foreign hostages including two French citizens from a militant group in Burkina Faso, France’s military said on Friday, adding that two of the elite soldiers were killed...

Dozens drown as migrant boat capsizes off Tunisia

At least 65 migrants have died after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean off the coast of Tunisia, the UN refugee agency says. Sixteen people were rescued, UNHCR said in a statement. Survivors say...

Nigeria says ex-president and his oil minister took bribes – court filing

ABUJA (Reuters) - The Nigerian government has accused former President Goodluck Jonathan and his then oil minister of accepting bribes and breaking the country’s laws to broker a $1.3 billion oil deal eight years...

U.N. Security Council calls for ceasefire in Libya

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council called on all parties to the Libya conflict on Friday to commit to a ceasefire and return to U.N.-led mediation, said Indonesian U.N. Ambassador Dian...

Sudanese protesters dig in at sit-in site during Muslim fasting month

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - For Kwanja Edward, stirring a massive pot of porridge on a roadside in central Khartoum to feed protesters camping outside Sudan’s Defence Ministry is the best place to be during the...

Tens of thousands march to demand change in Algeria

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of protesters demanding the removal of Algeria’s ruling elite gathered in the capital Algiers for a 12th successive Friday, defying attempts by the army to ease tensions ahead...

South Africa’s ANC headed for election victory but support ebbs

PRETORIA (Reuters) - The African National Congress was headed for victory in South Africa’s election on Friday, although the party was on course for its worst performance since it took power 25 years ago....

Dozens of migrants drown off Tunisia coast after leaving Libya

TUNIS (Reuters) - At least 50 migrants drowned on Friday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian coast after they had left Libya hoping to reach Europe, the United Nations...

S.Africa’s ANC leads with 57.38% of vote after 90% of voting districts counted

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The African National Congress (ANC) held a commanding lead on Friday in South Africa’s parliamentary election with 90% of the voting districts counted, according to the electoral commission’s website. The ANC...

Two French soldiers killed in rescue of four hostages in West Africa

PARIS (Reuters) - Two French soldiers were killed in an operation to rescue four hostages in the Sahel region of Africa, France said on Friday, adding that the hostages, including a U.S. woman, a...

Nigerian militia frees nearly 900 children used in war on Boko Haram -UNICEF

ABUJA (Reuters) - A regional militia allied with Nigerian government forces freed on Friday almost 900 children it had used in the war against Islamist Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)...

South Africa’s ANC leads with 56.99% of vote after 80% of voting districts counted

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The African National Congress (ANC) held a commanding lead on Friday in South Africa’s parliamentary election with 80% of the voting districts counted, according to the electoral commission’s figures. The ANC...

U.S. air strike kills 13 Islamic State fighters in Somalia – U.S. military

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A U.S. air strike killed 13 Islamic State fighters in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, days after another strike killed three. The U.S. military has stepped...

Jermaine Grant: British man sentenced for ‘bomb making’

A Kenyan court has sentenced a British man to four years in prison for possessing bomb-making material. Jermaine Grant was arrested in 2011, when police allegedly found chemicals, switches and a bomb-making manual at...

Amid criticism, South Sudan signs new deal with U.S. lobbyists

NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Sudan has signed a contract with a U.S. lobbying firm, after cancelling an earlier deal with the same company that drew criticism from rights groups over its aims, documents showed....

France seeks Libya ceasefire, migrant centre struck

TRIPOLI/PARIS (Reuters) - France’s President Emmanuel Macron called on Wednesday for a ceasefire in the month-long battle for Libya’s capital Tripoli after fighting hit a migrant detention centre overnight. With foreign powers aghast at...

South Africa’s ANC seen winning election but support sliding

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The African National Congress faced its toughest electoral test on Wednesday as it sought to reverse a slide in support from voters frustrated by graft and racial inequalities a generation...

France calls for unconditional ceasefire in Libya

PARIS (Reuters) - France on Wednesday called for an unconditional ceasefire in the Libya conflict under international supervision after a meeting between President Emmanuel Macron and U.N.-backed Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj. “Noting that...

Ex-convict’s drawings reveal life behind bars in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) - Some sketches reflect the pain and isolation of prison life, others show inmates lying on the floor, reading or cooking. Together, the dozens of pictures drawn by ex-convict Yassin Mohamed give...

Sudan’s protest coalition calls for civil disobedience campaign

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese protest and opposition leaders called on Wednesday for a campaign of civil disobedience in response to what one of them described as the military’s “disappointing” answer to their proposals for...

Nigerian court dismisses oil export claims against Eni, Petrobras

LAGOS (Reuters) - A Nigerian court on Wednesday dismissed government claims that subsidiaries of Eni and Petrobras illegally exported crude oil to the United States, but a lawyer representing authorities in the West African...

Zimbabwe court says main opposition leader illegitimate, party to challenge ruling

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s High Court on Wednesday declared Nelson Chamisa an illegitimate leader of the main opposition MDC party and ordered the movement to convene an extraordinary congress to choose a new leader...

Sudanese protest coalition calls for civil disobedience

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese protest and opposition leaders called on Wednesday for civil disobedience in response to the military’s “disappointing” answer to their interim constitutional proposals. The Transitional Military Council (TMC) said it broadly...

From crime to corruption, South African voters speak out

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans voted in parliamentary and provincial elections on Wednesday, with winding lines at thousands of polling stations where frustration was palpable at the pace of progress since apartheid ended a...

Elephant kills British soldier in Malawi

A British soldier has been killed by an elephant during a counter-poaching operation in Malawi. Mathew Talbot, 22, of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was on patrol in Liwonde National Park on 5 May when...

Botswana gives leaders stools made from elephant feet

Stools made from elephant feet have been presented to three African leaders by their host in Botswana during a meeting on the future of the mammals. President Mokgweetsi Masisi handed over the gifts, covered in...

More than 500,000 at risk in drought-hit Namibia

Namibia is facing a "natural disaster" because of poor rains, President Hage Geingob says. He has declared a state of emergency - the second in three years - over the situation, mobilising all government...

UN to Malta: drop terrorism charges against African migrants accused of hijacking tanker

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office called on Malta on Tuesday to drop terrorism charges against three African teenage migrants arrested for hijacking a small commercial tanker that rescued their vessel...

Tanzania plans cable car for Mount Kilimanjaro

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania wants to boost tourist numbers by putting a cable car on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, and is in talks about the project with a Chinese and a...

British soldier killed in counter poaching operation in Malawi – UK defence ministry

LONDON (Reuters) - A British soldier has been killed while taking part in counter poaching operations in Malawi, Britain’s defence ministry said on Tuesday. Guardsman Mathew Talbot, who served with The 1st Battalion Coldstream...

Three suspects in U.N. experts’ killing escape jail in Congo

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Three suspects in the killing of two U.N. investigators in Democratic Republic of Congo escaped from prison overnight, a defence lawyer in the case said on Tuesday....

Sudan protesters’ sit-in inspires cultural outpouring

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese artist Rashid Drar used to work from home. Now the 44-year-old’s canvas is any empty piece of wall he can find by a month-long sit-in outside the Defence Ministry in...

Bush fire guts four villages in South Sudan, kills 33

JUBA (Reuters) - A bush fire fanned by gusty winds has gutted four villages in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal region, killing 33 people, the president’s spokesman said, adding the toll was likely...

S.Africa’s 2019 wine harvest set to hit lowest in more than a decade

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa, the world’s eighth largest wine producer, is expected to harvest its smallest amount of wine grapes in 14 years this year, as dry conditions and fluctuating weather hit output,...

Two Reuters reporters freed in Myanmar after more than 500 days in jail

YANGON (Reuters) - Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon on Tuesday after spending more...

Cameroon has brief window to try to halt violence -U.N. rights chief

GENEVA (Reuters) - Cameroon needs a rapid and deep-rooted effort to tackle a crisis of violence that has erupted in several areas of the country, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday...

Niger fuel tanker blast kills at least 55

NIAMEY (Reuters) - At least 55 people were killed in Niger when an overturned fuel tanker from which they were siphoning gasoline exploded, the government said on Monday. The incident took place late Sunday...

Two more swine fever outbreaks detected in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Two more outbreaks of African swine fever were detected in South Africa in April, its agriculture ministry said, following a spate of the disease in the country’s North West province earlier...

How Benin’s democratic crown has slipped

The small West African country of Benin was in the vanguard of a new wave of multiparty democracy which spread across the continent since 1991 but its most recent elections have tarnished its...

Nigerian police accused of abusing prostitution suspects

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian police are investigating allegations that officers sexually assaulted women arrested in nightclub raids during a crackdown on prostitution. There has been widespread public outrage over last month’s raids in the...

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