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Central African Republic: Fear and Loathing in Bangui - [AI London]In Bangui's Nguingo neighbourhood, up the Oubangui river from the city center, people are scared.
Egypt: Over Twenty Soldiers Killed at Check-Point - [Aswat Masriya]North Sinai -At least 25 members of the Egyptian security forces were killed in a blast in Sinai's Sheikh Zuweid on Friday, a military source told Aswat Masriya.
Zimbabwe: Ruling Party Faces Possible Split - [Zimbabwe Independent]ZANU PF could be on the verge of a split as its new kid on the block, President Robert Mugabe's 49 year-old-wife Grace Mugabe, who has plunged headlong into turbulent and volatile Zanu PF politics, appears to be deepening divisions in the faction-ridden party, amid speculation Mugabe is aiming for a political dynasty in Zimbabwe.
Zambia: Many Killed in Canoe Accident - [Zambia Reports]Twenty four people from Henga primary school in Gwembe District southern province have drowned while trying to cross Lake Kariba on their way to independence jubilee celebrations.
Botswana: Ruling Party Faces Tougher Opposition - [Deutsche Welle]Voting in Botswana was proceeding smoothly on Friday in a general election in which the ruling party faces an unprecedented test against a recently united opposition.
Congo-Kinshasa: Military Reshuffle Signals a Political Landscape in Motion - [African Arguments]In September 2014, the Congolese government carried out a reorganization of its armed forces (FARDC). Congo is a huge country covering many local realities, each of which has its own threats, balance of power, conflict potential and economic assets.
South Africa: Star Runner Mulaudzi Dies in Crash - [SAPA]Olympic silver medalist long distance runner Mbulaeni Mulaudzi died in a car accident, Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula's office confirmed on Friday.
Mozambique: Frelimo's Nyusi Leading Presidential Race - [SANF]The leading candidate to be the next President of Mozambique comes from the northernmost province as the country begins to shift focus to the resource-rich north, and back to its roots.
Zimbabwe: University of Zimbabwe Bans Kissing and Sex - [Capital FM]The Zimbabwe students’ union on Thursday made war not love over a new code of conduct banning students from kissing on campus at the country’s top university.
Botswana: Voting Underway in Tight Presidential Elections - [AEP]Voting is currently ongoing in Botswana as they elect a president and parliament to rule the country for the next five years in an election expected to be the most competitive in the country's history. The atmosphere is calm and peaceful so far.
Tunisia: Tunisia On High Alert Ahead of Election - [Magharebia]Tunis -Tunisian security forces, working alongside the army, plan to mobilise all of their resources to secure election day, Interior Ministry Spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told Magharebia.
Tunisia: 'Terrorists' Hide-Out Raided - [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -The intervention of security forces in Chebbaou, delegation of Oued Ellil ended successfully after 28 hours of negotiations but also of firefight with the terrorist group holed up in a house, Interior Ministry's spokesman Mohamed Ali Laroui said Friday.
Mozambique: Ruling Party Leads with Wide Margin - [AIM]With the official results of last week's general election now in from all 11 of Mozambique's provincial constituencies, it is clear that Filipe Nyusi, the candidate of the ruling Frelimo Party, has won with around 57% of the vote - considerably less than the over 60% predicted at the start of the vote tabulation.
Africa: Conundrum Over Discordant U.S. & European Trade Policies - [ECDPM]Washington, DC -The Africa Leaders Summit, held in Washington in early August, marked a welcome and important turning point as trade and investment became a top priority in US-African relations. At the same time, this development has placed the US and the EU on a collision course as it concerns trade with Africa.
South Sudan: Dozens Die in Fresh Lakes State Clashes - [Sudan Tribune]Rumbek -At least 15 South Sudan army soldiers were killed when they clashed with pastoralists in Lakes state's Rumbek North county, police officials told Sudan Tribune.
Liberia: Liberia's Graft Agency Submits Top Dogs for Prosecution - [FrontPageAfrica]Recommendations for prosecution of officials of government has now become a cliché with several reports from the Ministry of Justice, General Auditing Commission, the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission all stockpiled and awaiting action from the Executive Branch of Government. Despite the public declaration that corruption is the public enemy number one with a promise by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her regime to fight the menace head-on, there are no known cases of prosecution against indivi
Nigeria: Minimum Wage - Labour Vows to Resist Removal From Exclusive List - [This Day]Abuja -Nigeria's labour movement has vowed to resist the decision of the Senate to remove the minimum wage from the Exclusive list to the Concurrent legislative list, saying such move would create more economic hardship for Nigerian workers.
Mozambique: More Evidence of Ballot Box Stuffing - [Mozambique Political Process Bulletin]Reports of impossibly high turnouts are providing more evidence of ballot box stuffing. Turnouts of more than 80% of registered voters are highly unlikely in Mozambique, especially in rural areas where people have to walk long distances. It is much more likely that there has been ballot box stuffing, either putting unused ballot papers into the ballot box, or simply changing the results sheet (edital) at the end of the day.
South Africa: Court Orders Suspension of Broadcaster's COO - [SAPA]Johannesburg -The Western Cape High Court ordered on Friday that SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng be suspended with immediate effect, the DA said.
Libya: Benghazi Welcomes Libyan Army - [Magharebia]Benghazi -Libyan army forces on Wednesday (October 22nd) entered Sidi Khalifa in the eastern suburbs of Benghazi with little resistance from Shura Revolutionary Council fighters.
Tunisia: 27 Candidates to Run for Presidency - [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -The official number of candidates for the presidential election is 27 candidates after the expiry of the deadlines for appeals to the Administrative Court, President of the Independent High Authority for the Elections (ISIE) Chafik Sarsar announced on Friday.
Zimbabwe: Rallies Expose Grace Mugabe Backers - [Zimbabwe Independent]FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe's ongoing countrywide rallies have exposed the group that is behind her comprising high-ranking Zanu PF party officials aligned to Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa's faction.
Nigeria: U.S. Charges Nigerian Who Jumped White House Fence for Felony - [Leadership]New York -Dominic Adesanya, the 23-year-old Nigerian who was on Wednesday night arrested by the United States Security Service officials for jumping the North Lawn fence of the White House has been charged with two counts of felony assault on a police officer for attacking the K-9 dogs, four counts of resisting and unlawful entry, and one count of making threats.
Seychelles: President Michel Meets Leader of the Opposition - [Government of Seychelles]President James Michel met with the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Mr. David Pierre, this morning at State House, as part of their regular schedule of meetings to discuss issues of national importance.
Seychelles: New Member of the Public Service Appeal Board Appointed - [Government of Seychelles]The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Mr David Pierre, has appointed Mr Amedee France Rose as a Member of the Public Service Appeal Board with effect from 29th September 2014, for a period of seven years.
Africa: Greenpeace Africa Applauds Mega Green Initiative Set for SA's Karoo - [Greenpeace]Greenpeace Africa applauds the launch of the 'Giant Flag' in the Karoo. A multi-dimensional project, harnessing several streams of environmental, social and economic activity in a bid to break the cycle of unemployment and poverty in the Camdeboo Municipality.
Malawi: MISA Malawi Statement on Arrest of Journalist Archibald Kasakura - [MISA]The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is shocked and deeply saddened with the detention of journalist Archibald Kasakura, who was arrested by Limbe Police in Blantyre, southern Malawi, for allegedly 'obstructing a police officer on duty'.
Ghana: NRSC Aims to Reduce Road Accidents By 50 Percent By 2020 - [Ghana Govt.]The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) is leading the implementation of the National Road Safety Strategy III (NRSSIII) which was launched in 2011.
Mauritius: New Chinese Consular Services Building Inaugurated - [Government of Mauritius]The new Consular Services Building of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China was inaugurated by the Chinese Ambassador to Mauritius, Mr Li Li, this morning in Belle Rose. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Arvin Boolell, was present on that occasion.
Gambia: Promoting Education - [Daily Observer]Education is a crucial factor in the socio-economic transformation of any nation. This is because there is no better resource for development than the people for whom development is meant. Education is important in this as it permits people to expand their capacity to think creatively and to formulate development plans and projects. Also, the more educated the people become, the more they take ownership of the development process.
BBC News - Africa

The latest stories from the Africa section of the BBC News web site.

'Many exposed' to Mali Ebola girl - The authorities in Mali confirm the death of the country's first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl, and say many people were exposed to her.
Tunis 'militant hideout' stormed - Tunisian security forces storm a house in a Tunis suburb to end a stand-off with armed militants, killing six people, officials say.
Rwanda bans BBC over genocide film - Rwanda suspends BBC broadcasts in the Kinyarwanda language with immediate effect because of a controversial documentary about the 1994 genocide.
Women propose sex strike for peace - Female peace activists in South Sudan think nationwide sex strike could force men to end armed conflict.
Frelimo wins Mozambique elections - Mozambique's next president will be Filipe Nyusi from the governing Frelimo party, provisional results from last week's general election show.
Egypt: 29 killed in Sinai attacks - At least 29 Egyptian soldiers are killed in a suspected jihadist car bomb attack and a shooting, Egyptian officials say.
Officials 'blew cash on Vegas trip' - South Africa's gambling board suspended over foreign travel bill.
Botswana votes in tight election - Voters are going to the polls in Botswana in what is expected to be the closest general elections in the world's largest diamond producer.
Boko Haram 'abducts more women' - Dozens of women and girls have been abducted from two villages in north-eastern Nigeria by suspected militants despite a reported truce, residents say.
Turtles tracked on swimming frenzy - Small tags stuck to the undersides of baby loggerhead turtles are used to follow the animals' frenetic first hours in Cape Verde.
Ebola blood-therapy team set up - An international team of scientists is set up to determine the effectiveness of using the blood of Ebola-survivors as a treatment.
Kissing ban riles Zimbabwe students - A ban on students kissing in public, imposed by the University of Zimbabwe, is "nonsensical", a student representative tells the BBC.
Somali teenager 'stoned to death' - An Islamic court has stoned an 18-year-old to death in southern Somalia after convicting him of raping a woman, a pro-Islamist news site reports.
VIDEO: Mali confirms first case of Ebola - The Mali government has confirmed that a two-year-old girl has tested positive to having the first case of Ebola in the country.
VIDEO: Namibian house prices create slums - Tamasin Ford reports on the effects of rapidly rising house prices in Windhoek, Namibia.
VIDEO: Lesotho's trout farming fortune - Roderick MacLeod reports on the growing trout farming business in the water-rich African country of Lesotho.
VIDEO: Ebola news: 24 October in 15 seconds - Dozens of people are being monitored in Mali after the country confirmed its first Ebola case. Here is the latest Ebola news for Friday 24 October - in 15 seconds.
VIDEO: Ebola: Scenes of horror in Liberia - There have now been more than 4,800 reported deaths from Ebola, with Liberia the worst affected country. Around 50 new cases are being reported every day in the capital Monrovia.
AUDIO: '19 relatives have died from Ebola' - A pastor who says he has lost 19 members of his family to Ebola has been speaking to the BBC.
VIDEO: Boko Haram 'abducts more women' - Dozens of women and girls from two villages in Nigeria's north-eastern Adamawa state have been abducted by suspected militants, according to local residents.
VIDEO: Sentamu appeal to Ebola-hit countries - People of faith in countries struggling to combat the world's worst outbreak of Ebola should not meet in large numbers, the UK's Archbishop of York says.
Letter from Africa: Silencing the police - Does Kenya's police gagging order have a more serious side?
Letter from Africa: Why do we rely on 'miracle cures'? - Do Ghanaians place too much faith in miracle cures?
Boom times for Ethiopia's coffee shops - Boom times for Addis Ababa's growing number of coffee shops
Senegal's expats go online to buy rams - Going online for Senegal’s sacrificial rams
VIDEO: These boots are made for music - Rwanda band going places with improvised instruments
VIDEO: Songhoy Blues: Banned but unbeaten - The musicians that fled Islamists and gained global acclaim
Ebola drains weak health systems - Ebola pushes West Africa's weak health systems over the edge
Does Nigeria have an image problem? - Are Nigerians too touchy about how they are viewed?
Almaz's story - Abused and unpaid - story of an Ethiopian servant in Saudi Arabia
In pictures: The lure of gold - Photos of men and women who risk all to get rich
In pictures: Mali’s motorbiking eye surgeons - Motorbiking eye surgeons battle preventable blindness in Mali
In pictures: Ethiopia’s thriving art market - Is Ethiopia's thriving art scene killing creativity?
In pictures: Darfur refugees then and now - Residents of camps in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region photographed in 2007 explain how their lives have changed seven years on.
South Sudan in pictures: Threat of famine - Images reveal impact of war, including boy born in Nile marshes
In pictures: Battling Ebola in West Africa - Life and death as West Africa battles Ebola outbreak
Algeria profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, a timeline and leader profile along with current news about Algeria
Angola profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of this south-west African country which has been a major oil producer
Benin country profile - Provides an overview, facts and figures and history of this West African nation seen as one of the continent's most stable countries
Botswana profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of Botswana, a major diamond producer in Southern Africa
Burkina Faso profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of this West African nation
Burundi country profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for Burundi, this small country in Africa
Cameroon country profile - Provides an overview of Cameroon, including key events and facts about this former French and British colony in Africa
Cape Verde profile - Key facts, figures and dates
Central African Republic profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key dates for this land-locked African country
Chad profile - Provides an overview of Chad, including key events and facts about this African country
Comoros country profile - Provides an overview of the Comoros, including key events and facts about this island nation off the coast of Africa
Republic of Congo profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this African country
Democratic Republic of Congo profile - Key facts, figures and dates
Djibouti profile - Provides an overview of Djibouti, including key events and facts.
Egypt profile - Provides an overview of Egypt, including key events and facts.
Equatorial Guinea profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea profile - Provides an overview of Eritrea, including key events and facts for this country on the Horn of Africa.
Ethiopia profile - Provides an overview of Ethiopia, including key events and facts about this ancient former Christian empire in northeast Africa.
Gabon country profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for this west African country
The Gambia profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about The Gambia.
Ghana country profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for this west African country
Guinea country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this west African country.
Guinea-Bissau profile - Provides an overview as well as key facts, figures and dates for this west African country
Ivory Coast profile - Provides an overview of Ivory Coast, including key events and facts about this west African country recently plagued by civil war.
Kenya country profile - Provides an overview of Kenya, including key events and facts of this East African country.
Lesotho country profile - Provides an overview, key facts and history of his small country completely surrounded by South Africa
Liberia profile - Provides an overview of Liberia, including key events and facts about this West African country
Libya country profile - Provides an overview of Libya, including key events and facts about this major oil producer which was ruled by Colonel Gaddafi for 42 years.
Madagascar country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this island nation which lies off Africa
Malawi country profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Malawi
Mali country profile - Concise information about Mali and its people, including figures for area, population, main languages, religions, exports, and more.
Mauritania country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this oil-producing, mainly desert country in west Africa
Mauritius country profile - Overview - Provides an overview of Mauritius, including key events and facts about this ethnically diverse Indian Ocean island nation
Morocco country profile - Overview - Provides an overview of Morocco, including key events and facts about this mountainous kingdom at the far end of the Maghreb
Mozambique country profile - Provides an overview of Mozambique, including key events and facts about this former Portuguese colony and its recovery from a long civil war in the 1980s.
Namibia country profile - Provides an overview of Namibia, including key events and facts about this sparsely populated but stable country on Africa's south-west coast.
Niger country profile - Provides an overview of Niger, including key events and facts about this arid state on the southern rim of the Sahara.
Nigeria profile - Provides an overview of Nigeria, including key events and facts about this oil-rich country with multiple ethnic and religious divides.
Rwanda country profile - Overview - Provides an overview of Rwanda, including key events and facts about this East African country that is still recovering from the genocide of 1994.
Sao Tome and Principe profile - Provides an overview of Sao Tome and Principe, including key events and facts about this oil-rich island nation - one of Africa's smallest states.
Senegal profile - Provides an overview of Senegal, including key events and facts about this west African country
Seychelles profile - Provides an overview as well as facts and figures on this island state situated off the coast of Africa
Sierra Leone country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key dates for this west African country
Somalia profile - Provides an overview of Somalia, including key events and facts about this civil war-wracked country on the Horn of Africa.
South Africa profile - Provides an overview of South Africa, including key events and facts about this diverse country on Africa's southern tip.
South Sudan profile - Provides an overview of South Sudan, including key events and facts about Africa's newest nation
Sudan country profile - Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this African country
Swaziland profile - Provides an overview, basic facts and key events for this small southern African kingdom
Tanzania country profile - Provides an overview of Tanzania, including key facts and events as well as news
Togo profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Togo
Tunisia profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Tunisia
Uganda profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Uganda.
Zambia profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Zambia.
Zimbabwe profile - Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Zimbabwe.
Ceuta, Melilla profile - An overview
Puntland profile - An overview
Reunion profile - Provides an overview, key facts and dates for this Indian Ocean island
Somaliland profile - An overview
St Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha profiles - An overview
Western Sahara profile - An overview
Zanzibar profile - Provides an overview and key facts for the semi-autonomous, island territory that lies off Africa
Enyeama wants Nations Cup cancelled - Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama says he hopes the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is cancelled to help prevent the spread of Ebola.
African women battle age-old opponents - Women's football may be the fastest growing sport in the world but in Africa it is fighting to overcome prejudice and stigma.
Africa in pictures: 17-23 October 2014 - Beach prayers, 'Felabrations' and a cycling president
VIDEO: Zambia's five leaders in five decades - Zambia's five leaders in five decades
VIDEO: Art on motorbikes in Kampala - Many mirrors and plastic helmets for Uganda's boda boda drivers
Tunisia's rival revolutionaries - Tunisia's Islamists and secularists battle for votes
'I am not a virus' - How West Africans are rallying against Ebola stigma
Ebola crisis: 'We need help, serious help' - Sierra Leone sailor asks for world help to battle epidemic
Six surprising Ebola numbers - Six surprising numbers from fight against epidemic
VIDEO: The famine report that shocked the world - How millions responded to Ethiopia’s cry for help
Chimps filmed in 'daring' food raids - Footage reveals wild chimps in Uganda stealing crops at night