: Africa (145) | 'I don't want to lead a party of thieves': Is Mugabe REALLY serious on corrupt ministers?

"I don't want to lead a party of thieves and corrupt persons." That was President Robert Mugabe talking tough on his 93rd birthday. Sounds promising, don't you think? But there was also this from His Excellency: "If there is evidence, we will pursue that evidence." | Boko Haram suicide bomber kills 1 in northern Cameroon

A Cameroon official says a suicide bomber has killed at least one person near the country's border with Nigeria. | Cameroon expels at least 500 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram

Over 500 Nigerians who fled into northern Cameroon to escape Boko Haram Islamists have been forced to return to Nigeria, the UN refugee agency says. | 2 men sentenced for hate crime attack against Somalis

Two southwest Kansas men have been punished for their roles in a hate crime attack on three Somali that a federal judge said flies in the face of everything cherished in this country. | 'Whites want us to keep working for them': Mugabe

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe says he's worried that whites "have taken over once again" - especially on some farms. | Tunisia parliament adopts anti-graft law

Tunisia's parliament has approved a law to fight widespread corruption that has plagued the North African country's economy since the 2011 revolution. | Zimbabwe's Mugabe praises Trump's 'America First' policy

US President Donald Trump's "America First" policy has an admirer in Zimbabwe's longtime president, who says the policy resonates with his own thinking. | Top Libyan security official wounded in car bomb attack

A Libyan spokesperson says a top security official in the eastern city of Benghazi has survived an assassination attempt by a car bomb. | India's vice president visits Uganda, meets president

India's Vice President Hamid Ansari is meeting with Ugandan officials on the second leg of his African visit. | I Coast hosting bid to save its last chimpanzees

Ivory Coast, which has seen a 90% decrease in its chimpanzees in just 20 years, is to host international talks in July in a bid to save the primates. | Over 100 migrants drowned off Libya shores, survivor says

A survivor of this week's deadly migrant boat disaster says over 100 migrants drowned off the Libyan coast when their boat lost its engine shortly after starting their perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. | Sunni Islam's Al-Azhar in Cairo dialogue with Vatican

Representatives of Sunni Islam's prestigious Al-Azhar institution and from the Vatican have held talks in Cairo following up on a rapprochement launched in 2016. | Christian father and son killed in ISIS hotbed in Egypt

Two Coptic Christians, a father and his son, were found murdered in Egypt's North Sinai, a stronghold of the Islamic State jihadist group, police and medics have said. | Uganda gold refinery raises alarm over conflict minerals

The inauguration of Uganda's first gold refinery has sparked concern over the possibility of dirty minerals from regional conflict zones making their way into the country. | DRC investigating alleged army massacre video

The Democratic Republic of Congo has said it was investigating "facts brought to the public's attention" after a video purportedly showing government troops massacring civilians prompted outrage. | Tunisia torture cases falling but abuses persist: NGO

Cases of torture in Tunisia are falling but abuses persist in prisons and detention centres, a rights group has said. | Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Buhari, Somalia

The EU has given 'birthday boy' Mugabe a "hostile" birthday gift, and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari needs a "longer period of rest" in London. | Body of Egypt's so-called Blind Sheikh brought home from US

Body of blind Egyptian cleric convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York has been brought home after his death in US prison. | Malawi leader Mutharika sacks minister amid 'maizegate' graft probe

Malawi's president Peter Mutharika has fired the country's agriculture minister who is alleged to have profited from a $35m deal to import maize from Zambia. | Frenchman who signed Arabic terrorism confession appeals

A Frenchman arrested in anti-terrorism raids in Morocco is in court to appeal his conviction, claiming he signed a confession in Arabic that he could neither read nor understand. | Schools reopening in Guinea after 3-week strike, violence

Schools began to reopen across Guinea after a three-week strike and violent protests that left seven people dead in the capital this week, an AFP journalist and school staff have said. | Messi promotes hepatitis C treatment in Egypt

Argentinian football star Lionel Messi was in Egypt as the face of an initiative to promote the North African country as a medical tourism destination for hepatitis C patients. | Somalia's new leader inaugurated, vowing to restore dignity

Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has been inaugurated while promising to restore dignity to the troubled Horn of Africa nation. | Mogadishu on lockdown for president's inauguration

Somalia's capital Mogadishu is under security lockdown, with roads closed and commercial flights cancelled ahead of the inauguration of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. | Elephant tramples man, 31, to death as he and friends try to take selfies

A man from Bulilimamangwe district in Plumtree, Zimbabwe was reportedly trampled to death when he and his two friends tried to take selfies with elephants. | Former Gambian spy chief arrested: police source

Gambian police have arrested ex-president Yahya Jammeh's dreaded former spy chief, a police source says, following allegations of torture and disappearances during his watch. | 'No cause for worry' over Nigerian leader Buhari's health

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari needs a "longer period of rest" in London, but there is "no cause" for worry over his health, his office says. | Egypt activist out of prison but still only half free

It's that time of day — just before 18:00 to be exact — when Ahmed Maher must leave his family and spend the night in a tiny room in the local police station. | Woman, 22, gang raped, slashed with panga and 'thrown under train'

A Kenyan woman, 22, was reportedly gang raped by two men who then slashed her with a panga, before tying her "with ropes to a railway track so that she could be crushed by a train". | Logistics nightmare: Helping the Boko Haram displaced

Humanitarian groups in Nigeria's town of Dikwa are trying to bring aid to at least 57 000 people forced out of their homes by Boko Haram Islamists, whose insurgency has devastated the remote region since 2009. | Morocco tops new survey on quality of African urban life

Four Moroccan cities, led by Marrakesh, have ranked among the top 10 African cities for quality of life in a new survey. | WATCH: EU's 'hostile' present for unsmiling 'birthday boy' Mugabe

An unsmiling President Robert Mugabe blew out the candles on his 93rd birthday cake on Tuesday amid news the EU had renewed sanctions on him and his wife Grace. | S Sudan leader Kiir vows aid access to famine-hit areas

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has vowed the government would ensure that aid reaches areas hit by famine after three years of war that has restricted access for humanitarian workers. | Graca Machel's daughter wins domestic abuse case

Mozambican former first lady Graca Machel's daughter has won a high-profile domestic violence case against her ex-boyfriend, a landmark victory in a country where abuse of women is growing. | Fighting smashes fragile calm in southern Sudan

Clashes between Sudan's government and rebels in South Kordofan province smashed a months-long lull in fighting, the two sides have said. | Nigeria's Buhari to stay in London for 'further rest'

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari needs "further rest" so will extend his month-long medical stay in London, but there is "no cause" for worry over his health, his office has said. | South Sudan promises 'unimpeded' aid access amid famine

South Sudan's president has said his government will ensure "unimpeded access" for all aid organisations, a day after famine was declared for more than 100 000 people in the country suffering from years of civil war. | Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Cyclone Dineo, Guinea

Watch as "tired" President Mugabe shows his age in a barely-audible birthday interview, and at least 100 people are to be airlifted to safety from a flood-hit district of southern Zimbabwe. | Jordan, Egypt back 2-state solution for Israel, Palestinians

Jordan and Egypt are reasserting support for a Palestinian state, days after US President Donald Trump said that peace in the Middle East does not necessarily depend on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. | Algeria reacts to new Bouteflika health scare

Speculation has mounted over Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's health and political future after acute bronchitis forced the 79-year-old to postpone a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. | Nigerians starved of electricity access turn to solar

Nigerians who have been starved of electricity access turn to solar as a US-backed project launches nationwide. | Libya trial of Gaddafi cadres 'seriously' flawed: UN

A trial of dozens of aides to ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is failing to uphold international rights norms in its treatment of defendants, a United Nations report says. | Guinea reaches accord with teachers as schools to reopen

Guinea reaches accord with teachers as schools to reopen after strikes, deadly protest | Red Crescent: At least 74 bodies of migrants wash ashore in Libya

Libya's Red Crescent says 74 bodies of migrants have washed ashore in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean. | Burkina leader fine-tunes govt to face jihadist threat

Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has given government ministers specific responsibility for security and defence in a reshuffle officially announced on state television. | Ghana president says 'inherited' debts from predecessor

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo says he has inherited an economy reeling from huge fiscal deficits, rising inflation and high unemployment despite an IMF programme designed to stimulate growth. | WATCH: President Mugabe's most funniest and shocking moments

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday on Tuesday. | US 'deeply concerned' over alleged DRC video massacre

The United States on Sunday said it was "deeply concerned" over a video purporting to show soldiers shooting dead unarmed civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo. | Hubby turns 'violent' after sex worker wife brings home 60-yr-old client

A "married" Zimbabwean sex worker reportedly left a regional court in Bulawayo stunned when she narrated how her husband resorted to violence after she brought home a 60-year-old "client" at their matrimonial home in December. | Murder trial over 'Novotel captives' opens in I Coast

The trial has opened in Ivory Coast of 10 men, mainly soldiers, accused of kidnapping and killing four men from the Novotel hotel in Abidjan in April 2011.