: Africa (149) | Ghana seeks new dawn for struggling power sector

Ghana's new government is looking to fix a crippling power crisis with a complete overhaul of its deficit-ridden energy sector including a boost for solar energy. | Tanzanian Muslims detained without trial protest

Dozens of Tanzanian Muslims accused of terror offences have said they would boycott pre-trial trial hearings to protest spending four years in custody, their families barred from visiting. | AFP photographer arrested in eastern Libya

AFP's photographer in the Libyan city of Benghazi, Abdullah Doma, has been arrested at his home by the security services of eastern Libya, his family has said. | Pilot killed in Libya fighter jet crash

A Libyan air force pilot was killed as his fighter jet crashed in the east of the country after carrying out strikes on a nearby jihadist stronghold, says a military source. | Lab opens at Egypt's pyramids to restore pharaonic boat

Egypt is inaugurating its largest on-site antiquities laboratory, to restore the second ceremonial boat of Pharaoh Cheops, known for building the largest of Egypt's iconic pyramids | UN: Malaria outbreak kills over 4 000 in Burundi this year

An outbreak of malaria has killed over 4000 people in Burundi so far this year, the United Nations has said, a dramatic rise over the 700 victims the government announced just two weeks ago. | Sweden: UN, DRC must probe deaths of Swede, American

Sweden's prime minister says the UN and the DRC must investigate after three bodies, including those of Swedish and American investigators with the United Nations, were found in central DRC. | Over 60 000 S Sudanese enter Sudan in three months: UN

More than 60 000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan in the first three months of 2017, says the UN refugee agency, fleeing famine and war in the world's youngest nation. | Malawi's plans for major electoral reform are way overdue

The proposed change to Malawi's electoral system is straightforward and makes logical sense. Yet it's more complex and if adopted would revolutionise local politics, writes Jimmy Kainja. | 'I left my licence at home': Police drag 'naked' stripper from stage

A stripper dragged from the stage mid-performance in Zimbabwe's eastern city of Mutare has told a court that she left her licence at home, it's been reported. | Women in Ghana pay a heavy social price for not having children

Infertility is tied to the instability of romantic relationships in Ghana, writes Jasmine Fledderjohann. | Self-proclaimed pastor gets 15 years for raping girl, 8

A self-proclaimed pastor has reportedly been sentenced to 15 years behind bars after being found guilty of raping an 8-year-old congregant in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. | Governor fired as new violence hits Morocco province

Moroccan authorities have fired a provincial governor after angry protesters clashed with police, leaving dozens of officers reportedly injured, an interior ministry source says. | UN will do 'everything possible' after DRC killings: Guterres

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres confirmed that bodies found in the DRC were indeed those of two UN experts, and vowed the world body will do "everything possible" to bring justice. | Ruby rush brings gangland turf war to Mozambique

The stakes are high in Montepuez where the discovery of rubies has led to violence among miners that has turned the northern town into what some describe as Mozambique's own version of the Wild West. | Doctor who stopped to help crash victims 'hit by truck'

An off-duty doctor who stopped to help victims of a serious road accident in Zimbabwe was hit by a lorry and both his legs were broken, a press report says. | Israel warns citizens against visiting Egypt's Sinai

Israel has issued a severe travel warning to its citizens advising against visiting Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. | I Coast ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo acquitted of crimes against humanity

An Ivory Coast jury has acquitted former first lady Simone Gbagbo of crimes against humanity during the 2010-11 post-election crisis in a stunning verdict after the prosecution had sought to jail her for life. | White House says Egypt's Sisi to visit April 3

The White House announced Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will make an "official visit" to Washington on April 3, ending years in which the Egyptian president had been kept at arm's length amid rights concerns. | Prosecutors demand life sentence for ex-first lady Gbagbo

Prosecutors have demanded a life jail term for Ivory Coast's former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, who is on trial for alleged crimes against humanity. | Top Africa stories: Buhari, Mujuru, DRC

Ex-vice president Joice Mujuru has blamed Zimbabweans for "allowing President Mugabe to hold them 'hostage'", and Nigeria's "ailing" president Muhammadu Buhari has reduced his working hours. | Ethiopia sends 16 to prison for trying to create new state

An Ethiopian court has sentenced 16 people to prison after finding them guilty of trying to create a separate state in the tense Oromia region. | Tunisian official 'caught red-handed taking bribe'

A Tunisian allegedly caught red-handed taking a bribe is among three regional officials sacked by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, who has vowed to fight graft. | Judge orders release of British woman detained in Rwanda

The pregnant wife of an exiled Rwandan opposition official, held incommunicado for a fortnight before being charged with treasonous acts, is to be released, her lawyer has said. | Gabon president launches 'dialogue' after election unrest

Gabonese President Ali Bongo has launched a forum of political and social groups on resolving a crisis sparked by his re-election last year, but the talks are boycotted by his rival Jean Ping. | Mali's former rebels agree to join peace conference

Former rebels in Mali have reversed a decision to boycott a national reconciliation conference after receiving assurances from the government, a spokesperson says. | Number of Kenyans going hungry doubles to 3m: Red Cross

The number of Kenyans needing emergency food aid has doubled in the past three months to three million, says the Red Cross, as the impact of a devastating drought worsens. | Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid

The world's largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as President Donald Trump's proposed budget threatens to pull the US from its historic role as the world's top emergency donor. | Is this the worst beauty pageant prize ever? Winner gets just R130

Imagine winning a national beauty pageant, only to be told your prize is - wait for it -R130 and the audience has had to do a quick chip-round to raise it. | Nigeria's ailing leader Buhari 'reduces his working hours'

Nigeria's "ailing" president Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly reduced his working hours since he returned from medical leave in the UK. | DRC police accuse rebels of killing 39 officers

Congolese national police have accused rebels of massacring 39 of their officers in the violence-wracked Kasai region. | 'Don't allow Mugabe to hold you hostage... tell him to go', Zimbabweans told

Former vice president Joice Mujuru has reportedly blamed Zimbabweans for "allowing Mugabe to hold them 'hostage'", as the southern African country's economic situation continues to deteriorate. | Benin's defence minister quits over constitutional reform

Benin's defence minister has announced his resignation to protest President Patrice Talon's plans to overhaul the constitution. | LATEST: Dad, son among 6 dead in Zimbabwe plane crash

A father and son are among six people killed in a light plane crash in the mist-shrouded Vumba mountains of eastern Zimbabwe, a report says. | Nigerian governor jailed for corruption on bail

A former Nigerian governor sentenced to five years' jail for corruption has been granted bail to seek medical care after just 20 days in prison. | Tunisians demand change to Muslim marriage decree

An alliance of Tunisian human rights groups has called on authorities to scrap a 1973 decree that bans Muslim women from marrying non-Muslims. | Libyan coastguard intercepts 60 Europe-bound migrants

Libya's coastguard has intercepted 60 Bangladeshi migrants as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, says a navy spokesperson. | Critical Tanzanian rapper freed, advised to 'improve' lyrics

Tanzania's government has ordered the release of a popular rapper, jailed over his song lyrics, insisting that President John Magufuli loves his music but advising him to include verses on tax fraud and drug use. | Collective land tenure is under threat in Kenya. Why it needs to be protected

In Kenya there's increasing individualisation of land tenure in pastoral areas. This will hurt the communities in the long term because it doesn't enhance sustainable productive practices, writes Timothy Njagi Njeru. | Top Africa stories: Zim, Tanzania, Rwanda

A popular Tanzanian rapper has been arrested over a song allegedly insulting President John Magufuli, and cash-strapped Zimbabwe is trying to stop banks importing high-denomination US dollar bills. | Death toll in attack on South Sudan aid workers rises to 7

The death toll of an attack on aid workers in South Sudan has risen to seven, with the news that the driver also died | 31 militants killed in attack by Kenya's military in Somalia

Kenya's military says it has killed 31 al-Shabaab extremists in a raid in Baadhade district in southern Somalia | Mali peace conference hit by boycott

Former rebels and Mali's opposition parties have boycotted a national summit enshrined in the country's 2015 peace deal, laying bare divisions with the government and armed groups it relies on for security. | 'If you see a 100 US note in Zimbabwe, it's been sneaked in': central bank

Cash-strapped Zimbabwe is trying to stop banks importing high-denomination US dollar bills - and that means you shouldn't see $100 notes in banks or supermarkets, a report says. | Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera

Somalia's drought is threatening three million lives, according to the UN In recent months. Aid agencies have been scaling up their efforts but they say more support is urgently needed to prevent the crisis from worsening. | Three dead in Boko Haram 'collaboration' killing

Suspected Boko Haram fighters stormed a village in northeast Nigeria and killed three people on suspicion of collaborating with the military, security sources have told AFP. | Kagame hails Rwanda-Israel bond at Washington forum

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has become the first African leader to address Washington's biggest pro-Israel forum, hailing the Jewish state as an inspiration for his own country's rebirth after genocide. | Sudan's Bashir to attend Jordan summit despite warrant

Sudan's official news agency says President Omar al-Bashir will attend Wednesday's Arab Summit in Jordan, despite a long-standing warrant for his arrest by the ICC on charges of war crimes and genocide. | Can Kenya ensure national security while still admitting refugees?

Kenya says it will appeal a high court ruling blocking the closure of the Dadaab refugee camp. The country must now weigh national security against its international obligations, writes Juliet Okoth. | From London to Harare: An activist yearning for an ounce of practice

Leo Zeilig's novel features a superbly crafted cast of characters. It's a page turner for readers interested in the profound questions of radical politics and humanity, writes Heike Becker.