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36 people missing after boat sinks in Congo river

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Authorities say the cause of the accident is still unknown

West African leaders agree billion-dollar anti-jihadist plan

Sep 15, 2019 - 10:07 AM

The fund would help reinforce the military operations of the West African countries in their fight against jihadist attacks in the region

ECOWAS. (From L-R) Presidents Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast, Idriss Deby of Chad, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, Faure Gnassigbe of Togo, Macky Sall of Senegal, and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria pose after the opening ceremony of ECOWAS G5 security summit in Ouagadougou on September 14, 2019. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Filipino poet featured in South African literary festival

Sep 07, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Award-winning poet Jim Pascual Agustin read some of his works at Poetry in McGregor, now on its 7th edition

POETRY FESTIVAL. Award-winning poet Jim Pascual Agustin at Poetry in McGregor in Western Cape in South Africa. Photo courtesy of San Anselmo Publications Inc

Tensions ease in South Africa-Nigeria xenophobia row

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:26 PM

An aide of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says, 'we will work with South Africa to find solutions to their problems which have become our own problem. We will work as brothers'

A man can be seen laying on the ground after being arrested by members of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police in Johannesburg Katlehong Township, during a new wave of anti-foreigner violence on September 5, 2019. Tensions eased between twin African powerhouses South Africa and Nigeria on September 5, after Pretoria temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in the rival state following a wave of attacks on foreign-owned stores there that claimed 10 lives. GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray tours South Africa

Aug 12, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Cat explores South Africa's wonders

Pinoy math wizards win 35 awards in South Africa contest

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:39 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine team wins a total of 35 awards at the 2019 South Africa International Mathematics Competition

Lipa City mayor tightens belt to fund senior pension, PWD allowance

Aug 06, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Lipa City Mayor Eric Africa orders a city hall-wide austerity measure

SAVING. Lipa City Mayor Eric Africa speaks to members of the press during a meeting held Monday, August 5. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

IMF slashes Mideast growth projections over Iran sanctions

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The International Monetary Fund projects 2019 economic growth for the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan would be 1%, its worst since the IMF put them in one group in 2009

Africa poses critical challenge for World Bank, IMF

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:15 PM

There is a need for massive investment in infrastructure and job creation in the coming years just to keep pace with Africa's growing population

POVERTY. People walk along an open sewer in a slum in Africa. Photo from Shutterstock

South Africa's Zuma bats away graft inquiry questions

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Zuma confirms meeting the Gupta brothers to discuss the 'New Age,' the newspaper that he had encouraged them to set up in 2010, but denies knowing about alleged harassment of civil servants by Gupta executives

JACOB ZUMA. Former South African president Jacob Zuma arrives at the state commission that is probing wide-ranging allegations of corruption in government and state-owned companies in Johannesburg on July 16, 2019. Photo by AFP

South Africa's Zuma tells graft probe he's a victim of conspiracy

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Jacob Zuma is accused of overseeing mass looting of state assets during his 9-year tenure before being ousted by the ruling ANC party in 2018 and replaced by his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa

ZUMA. Former South African president Jacob Zuma arrives to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on July 15, 2019 in Johannesburg. Photo by Wikus de Wet/AFP

Sudan braces for mass protest as demonstrators fear violence

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:06 AM

The 'million-man' march comes at a time when Ethiopia and the African Union are mediating between the protesters and generals

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 22, 2019 A man poses for a "selfie" photo with a cell phone as he awaits the arrival of the deputy head of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitaries, during a rally in the village of Abraq, about 60 kilometers northwest of Khartoum.  Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

Huawei turns to Africa to offset U.S. blacklist

Jun 09, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Huawei's presence in Africa goes far beyond selling smartphones and building mobile networks – it provides training at top universities, and offers 'smart city' services

SECURITY THREAT? Chinese telecommunications equipment provider Huawei beefs up its presence in Africa after the United States blacklisted it. Photo from Shutterstock

AU suspends Sudan until civilian-led authority established

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Calls for the African Union to take action have mounted after the crackdown on June 3 on protesters who had camped outside army headquarters in Khartoum

CRACKDOWN. Members of Sudan's security forces patrol on June 6, 2019 in Khartoum. AFP PHOTO

Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as president of South Africa

May 25, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Foreign heads of state from more than 40 countries are among 36,000 people who witnessed the event replete with pomp, military honors and an air force flyover at a rugby stadium in Pretoria

South African Deputy President and ANC Presidential candidate Cyril Ramaphosa looks on as he attends a plenary meeting at the NASREC Expo Centre during the 54th ANC national congress on December 17, 2017 in Johannesburg.  South Africa's ruling African National Congress holds its 54th national conference, with the party expected to elect its new leader, who will probably become the country's next president. / AFP PHOTO / GULSHAN KHAN

South African parliament reelects Ramaphosa as president

May 22, 2019 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) Ramaphosa will be sworn in on Saturday, May 25, and is expected to name a deputy president and cabinet at the weekend

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, President of South Africa and the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa (C) greets a voter as he arrives to cast his vote for the general elections at the Hitekani Primary School, Chiawelo, Soweto, on May 8, 2019. File photo by Michele Spatari/AFP

Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked at South Africa sports event

May 19, 2019 - 11:28 AM

'Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about,' says the actor and former politician

US actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (C) is seen at the Arnold Classic Africa, a multi-sport festival held at the Sandton Convention Centre on May 18, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

South African president vows to speed reforms after election win

May 15, 2019 - 9:14 PM

'We identified a number of reform issues that we needed to address, we are now going to do that with greater speed,' says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

REFORMS. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018. File photo by Themba Hadebe/Pool/AFP

ANC wins closely-watched South Africa poll with absolute majority

May 11, 2019 - 12:49 AM

Seats in parliament are allocated based on vote share and the party with the most representatives selects the president, who will be sworn in on May 25

WIN. Supporters of the ruling party the African National Congress cheer as they arrive at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg to attend the ANC's final presidential election campaign rally on May 5, 2019. File photo by Marco Longari/AFP

ANC takes strong early lead in closely-watched South Africa poll

May 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

With more than two-fifths of voting districts tallied, the Electoral Commission puts the ANC well ahead, with its closest rival the Democratic Alliance trailing with a distant 25%

ELECTIONS. President of South Africa and the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa (C) greets a voter as he arrives to cast his vote for the general elections at the Hitekani Primary School, Chiawelo, Soweto, on May 8, 2019. - South Africans began voting today in national elections which the ruling ANC, in power since 1994, is favourite to win despite corruption scandals, sluggish economic growth and record unemployment. The ANC has won all the past five elections, but today's vote is set to be an electoral test on whether the party has staunched a decline in popularity. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

Mozambique fears 'devastating' floods after Cyclone Kenneth

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:57 PM

'We are very worried because, according to the forecasts, heavy rain is expected for the next 4 days,' says a spokeswoman for the UN World Food Program

AFTERMATH. Residents stand next to a road partially destroyed by floods after heavy downpours in Pemba, on April 28, 2019, after the destruction caused by Cyclone Kenneth. Photo by AFP

25 years after apartheid, South Africans still not free – president

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:04 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa 'cannot be a nation of free people when so many still live in poverty'

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018, as the heads of the BRICS group -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- met in Johannesburg for an annual summit dominated by the risk of a US-led trade war. Five of the biggest emerging economies on July 26, stood by the multilateral system and vowed to strengthen economic cooperation in the face of US tariff threats and unilateralism. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Themba Hadebe

African summit urges Sudan 'democratic transition' within 3 months – Egypt

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:56 PM

African leaders at an emergency summit in Cairo agree on 'the need for more time' for Sudanese authorities and political actors 'to implement peaceful, organized and democratic transition measures'

AFRICAN SUMMIT. A handout picture provided by the Egyptian Presidency on April 23, 2019 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) hosting African leaders for summit talks on the upheavals in Sudan and Libya, in the Egyptian capital Cairo. AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY

Ibon Foundation claims attack on website

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:19 PM

(UPDATED) On Twitter, Ibon Foundation executive director Sonny Africa says they are working on resurrecting the site

Africa's richest man withdrew $10 million just to look at it

Apr 07, 2019 - 9:40 PM

'When you're young your first million is important, but after, the numbers don't mean much,' says Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote

Nigerian businessman and Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote leaves the Elysee presidential Palace following a meeting between French President and French and African businessmen on October 7, 2016 at in Paris. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Sudan protesters rally outside army HQ for 2nd day – witnesses

Apr 07, 2019 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) 'We won't leave this area until he steps down," a protester says, referring to President Omar al-Bashir

TEAR GAS. Sudanese protesters run for cover from tear gas canisters fired by police outside the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 6, 2019. Photo by AFP

WWF orders probe into allegations of abuse by rangers

Mar 05, 2019 - 11:14 PM

According to an in-depth Buzzfeed investigation into anti-poaching practices across 6 countries, the World Wide Fund for Nature funds 'vicious paramilitary forces' who have killed and tortured people in national parks in Asia and Africa

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Bashir declares year-long state of emergency across Sudan

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Protesters accuse the government of mismanaging their economy and call on President Omar al-Bashir to step down

UNREST. Sudanese protestors burn tires during an anti-government demonstration on January 18, 2019 in the capital Khartoum. Photo from AFP

NBA, FIBA unite to operate 12-team African pro league

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:46 PM

The Basketball Africa League, the first NBA collaboration on a league outside North America, will be launched in 2020

NEW VENTURE. NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the Basketball Africa League is an important step in developing the game in Africa. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP


Sudan opposition head backs protester calls for Bashir to go

Jan 26, 2019 - 12:10 PM

"This regime has to go immediately," opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi Mahdi tells hundreds of worshippers at a mosque in Omdurman, after nearly daily anti-government protests.

UNREST. Sudanese protestors burn tires during an anti-government demonstration on January 18, 2019 in the capital Khartoum. Photo from AFP

Zimbabwe crackdown 'taste of things to come' – presidential spokesman

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:26 PM

The crackdown has underlined fears of a return to the violent repression of Robert Mugabe, who was ousted from power by the military 14 months ago

New interim Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on after he was officially sworn-in during a ceremony in Harare on November 24, 2017. Zimbabwe's newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed during his inauguration speech on November 24 to protect foreign investments in the country as he sought to lay out his economic credentials. "In this global world no nation is, can, or need be an island. All foreign investments will be safe in Zimbabwe," he told a crowd of tens of thousands at his inauguration ceremony.  / AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN

U.N. condemns 'vile' killing of 8 peacekeepers in Mali

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the UN's special representative for Mali, says the 'cowardly' attack 'demands a robust, immediate and concerted response from all forces'

Israel and Chad renew diplomatic ties as Netanyahu visits

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:15 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno sign defense and security cooperation agreements

PROBE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses American-Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on February 21, 2018. Two new corruption investigations announced this week, hot on the heels of a police recommendation that Netanyahu face charges in two other cases, have fuelled growing speculation he could be forced to step down or call an early election. Photo by  Thomas Coex/AFP

'Zebra' tribal body paint cuts fly bites 10-fold – study

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:47 PM

It is known that zebras get bitten far less than animals with a single fur color, so a team of researchers decided to see if the light stripes painted on humans would have a similar deterrent effect

WATCH: Salah seals great day for Egyptian football

Jan 09, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah bags the African Player of the Year title anew as Egypt wins the Cup of Nations hosting rights

SENSATIONAL. Liverpool star Mohamed Salah tallies 44 goals for Liverpool last season. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Boko Haram raids military posts in northeast Nigeria

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Fighters from the ISIS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province overrun the posts in Borno state on Tuesday, January 1, military and militia sources tell Agence France-Presse

South Africa launches minimum wage ahead of election

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:51 PM

'Millions of South African workers will benefit. This is the result of many decades of tireless struggle and is a powerful demonstration of the shared resolve of all social partners to tackle poverty and inequality,' says South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa

NEW YEAR. South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa gives his new year's address. Screengrab from the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa Youtube

Starbucks' expansion runs out of steam in South Africa

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Taste Holdings, the local licensee of Starbucks in South Africa, struggles to control operational costs and debt

Hundreds of people queue during the official opening of South Africa's first Starbucks store, also the US coffeehouse chain's first store in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Johannesburg on April 21, 2016. (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP)

ICC prosecutor says risk of 'grave crimes' in Congo ahead of vote

Dec 20, 2018 - 9:36 PM

Problems pile up ahead of the Congolese vote, with violence at electoral rallies, inter-ethnic conflict, militia attacks in the east and an Ebola outbreak

'Breaking Bad' Nigeria? Fear of a new narco-state

Dec 20, 2018 - 1:58 PM

More and more meth labs are sprouting in Nigeria, stoking fears that the country will follow in the footsteps of Mexico

52,000 displaced by 'horrific violence' in west Niger – U.N.

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:34 AM

In addition to the number of local residents fleeing, 53,000 other refugees from Mali continue to suffer from violence in the area

BLOCKED.African migrants from Niger prepare to board buses as they are repatriated to their country by Algerian authorities at a transit center for migrants in Tamanrasset in southern Algeria. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

East Africa may lose its crown as 'cradle of mankind'

Nov 30, 2018 - 2:39 PM

The findings suggest that the ancestors of modern people were present in north Africa at least 600,000 years earlier than scientists thought

NEW DISCOVERY. This handout image obtained November 29, 2018 shows an Oldowan core (stone tool) freshly excavated at Ain Boucherit from which sharp-edged cutting flakes were removed. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED SAHNOUNI/HANDOUT

Peacekeeper, priest killed in restive Central Africa

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The charred body of a priest has been recovered in the central town of Alindao, where sectarian clashes have claimed at least 37 lives this week, says Catholic Church

Waste not: South Africa makes world's first human urine brick

Nov 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

In one of the latest innovations in the search for eco-friendly building materials, South African university researchers create bricks using human urine

Dr Dyllon Randall, one of the developers of the world's first bio-brick which uses human urine as one of the binding components, shows off one of the bricks in the lab at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on November 2, 2018 in Cape Town. In one of the latest innovations in the search for eco-friendly building materials, South African university researchers have created bricks using human urine. The first of their kind in the world, the bio-bricks hold out the prospect of a sustainable alternative to standard clay and concrete bricks, they hope.  Rodger BOSCH / AFP

'Holy plant': Legalizing marijuana delights South African users

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:13 PM

For generations, cannabis, known in the country as dagga, has been used as a medicinal herb by traditional healers

Gogo Phephisile Maseko, 44, traditional healer and national coordinator of the Traditional Healers Organisation (THO) of South Africa attends to patients on October 1, 2018 using a blend of cannabis and other herbs in a consultation room at their offices in Johannesburg. South Africa's top court decriminalised in September 2018 the private and personal use of cannabis in a landmark case that pitted law enforcement agencies against cannabis advocates. GULSHAN KHAN / AFP

Is Africa starting to choke on China's lending glut?

Oct 18, 2018 - 10:23 PM

China is the single largest bilateral financier of infrastructure in Africa, exceeding the combined total of the African Development Bank (ADB), the EU, International Finance Corporation, the WB and the G8 countries

WELCOME. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping applauding as he attends the Forum On China-Africa Cooperation - Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 4, 2018. Photo by Lintao Zhang/Pool/AFP

At least 6 police die in Burkina Faso blast – security sources

Oct 06, 2018 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) A police convoy runs into an ambush in Solle town in Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali

Melania Trump kicks off Africa tour in Ghana

Oct 02, 2018 - 10:11 PM

The US First Lady attempts to step out of her husband's shadow, this Africa trip has been seen as an attempt for her to carve her own diplomatic path

AFRICA TOUR. File photo shows US First Lady Melania Trump. AFP Photo.

South African lion cubs conceived artificially in world first

Sep 30, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Scientists hope the technique can be used to save other endangered big cats

The world's first lion cubs born through artificial insemination, Victor and Isabel, rest under a tree at the Ukutula private game conservation centre, northwest of the South African capital Pretoria, on September 14, 2018. They are a product of the successful pregnancy concieved via non-surgical artificial insemination of a lioness with freshly harvested semen from a male lion. Scientists hope that the technique could be applied elsewhere to save endangered wild felines globally. / AFP PHOTO / Phill Magakoe

Young girls primary victims of humanitarian strife

Sep 24, 2018 - 10:12 AM

An NGO says girls in refugee camps suffer abuse from forced marriage to denial of schooling and are '14 times more likely to die than boys in a conflict'

Released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe, wait to meet the Nigerian president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 23, 2018.  The Nigerian president promised on March 23, 2018 to free the remaining Christian schoolgirl still held by the Islamist militants Boko Haram, as he prepared to meet the other released Dapchi students. A total of 104 of the 110 students seized from the school in Dapchi on February 19 were released on March 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by PHILIP OJISUA has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [school girls ] instead of [Christian school girls ]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”