Africa

World’s second-biggest diamond discovered in Bostwana

Expert says the 1,111-carat diamond was of “exceptional quality”

10 killed in fighting between Somali soldiers in Mogadishu

Thousands of IDPs are living in the Mogadishu area after fleeing the Islamist group al-Shabaab, droughts or recent flooding.

Egypt to send voice recording of crashed plane abroad for analysis

Suspicious sound was heard in the last seven seconds of recording

Niger police seize bomb-making materials in passenger bus

In a separate operation, police arrested six bandits and impounded three vehicles as well as firearms, a rocket and military uniforms.

South Africa faces US sanction over farm export impasse

US plans to revoke duty-free status for South African agricultural goods in 60 days to help other African exporters

Tanzania’s new president takes oath of office

Tanzanians in high spirit defy heavy downpour to witness the inauguration.

No power blackouts in South Africa until April 2016 – Eskom CEO

Eskom was earlier this year forced to implement power cuts known locally as “load shedding”.

16 aid workers kidnapped by armed group in Congo

The aid workers were kidnapped as they were returning from a research mission.

Central African Republic fixes election for December 3

A run-off presidential vote will be held on Jan. 24 if situation warrants

Four Nigerians named among 57 finalists for 2015 ZIMEO African “Excellence in Media” awards

Four Nigerians are among the finalists listed for the award.

40 bodies ​found on Libyan coastline – Red Crescent

More than 3,000 migrants and refugees have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egyptian President

Egypt arrests three journalists in five days, whereabouts of two unknown

Hundreds of people have been kidnapped or arrested and held in undisclosed locations by security forces in Egypt in recent months‎.

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AU seeks comprehensive approach to post-Ebola recovery

The Council commended the three most affected countries for their resilience and continued efforts to eradicate the EVD.

South African students vow to fight for free education

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse students

South African police, students clash outside Zuma’s office

The week long demonstration by students is seen as the first signs of the post-apartheid ‘Born Free’ generation flexing its muscle.

Boko Haram terrorists storm village in Cameroon, kill 8

Cameroon is part of an 8,700-strong regional force led by Nigeria that is fighting the militants.

Kenyan parliament passes repressive media bill

CPJ says a combination of legal and physical harassment is making it difficult for journalists to work freely in Kenya

Egyptian court orders release of Mubarak’s sons from prison

Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were convicted of embezzling state funds

Beyond the pardons, press freedom still under threat in Egypt

CPJ research shows that currently at least 18 journalists are behind bars in Egypt for their work

AFRICA: UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, highlights importance of urban planning as tool for development

Two-thirds of Africa`s projected total population of 2.5 billion people will require urban services by 2063.

Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi President

Burundi opposition leader shot dead in capital

The chairman of the main opposition party was killed in May.

Ghana man joins Islamic State, family says

Boko Haram, West Africa’s deadliest Islamist militant group, swore allegiance to IS leader, Abu al-Baghdadi in March.

South African ex-police officers convicted of killing Mozambican

Macia was dragged behind a police van for more than 200 metres following a minor traffic altercation.

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21 killed in Somalia suicide bomb attacks

One attack took place in Mogadishu and another at a military training base in the southern port city of Kismayu

Oscar Pistorius

South Africa blocks Pistorius’ early release

South Africa says releasing Pistorius on Friday would be illegal.