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Sierra Leone: How Can Sierra Leone Learn From Fatal Mudslides? - [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -"Freetown and other precarious cities need safer urban planning and land use initiatives"
Congo-Brazzaville: Prime Minister and Cabinet Resign - [Deutsche Welle] The central African nation has been struggling economically since a 2014 drop in oil prices.
Nigeria: Buhari's 'Health Has Improved Tremendously' - Dogara - [Premium Times] The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has spoken on his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in London.
Kenya: Electoral Official's Murder - Two Suspects Held - [Capital FM] Nairobi -Two suspects have been arrested over the murder of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ICT Manager Chris Msando.
South Africa: Family Rejected Settlement, Says Alleged Mugabe Victim's Lawyer - [News24Wire] The family of Gabriella Engels who was allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe is not interested in money, only justice, AfriForum's advocate Gerrie Nel said on Thursday.
Somalia: U.S. Says Airstrikes Kill 7 Al-Shabaab Fighters - [VOA] The U.S. military says seven al-Shabab militants have been killed in a series of airstrikes in southern Somalia.
South Africa: Dlamini-Zuma Says Grace Mugabe Must Face The Law - [News24Wire] The African Union Commission's former chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has reportedly said that women are capable leaders, adding that "the bahaviour of one woman should not be allowed to taint all women".
Zimbabwe: Opposition Youths Take Electoral Reforms Protests to Villages - [New Zimbabwe] MDC-T Youth Assembly says very soon it will take the electoral reforms demonstrations to ward and district levels throughout the country.
South Sudan: A War Without End - Neighbours Carry the Burden of Fleeing Millions - [IRIN] Kijaria -More than a million South Sudanese refugees have now crossed the border into Uganda in what is the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis. Analysts say the chances of forging peace are becoming slimmer and so the war and the flow of desperate people is set to continue, further straining an already struggling aid operation.
Rwanda: Politically Closed Elections - [HRW] Nairobi -Presidential elections in Rwanda on August 4, 2017, took place in a context of very limited free speech or open political space, Human Rights Watch said today, as President Paul Kagame is sworn in for a seven-year term. Human Rights Watch released a chronology of violations of the right to freedom of expression, association, and assembly in Rwanda between the country's December 2015 referendum -- allowing the president to run for a third term -- and the election, which Kagame won with a reported
Zimbabwe: Has Minister Mandiwanzira Illegally Altered Cyber Crime Bill? - [New Zimbabwe] Technology and Courier Services minister, Supa Mandiwanzira, has clandestinely twisted Computer and Cyber Crime Bill and smuggled it to the Attorney General's office for perfection, a senior government official has suggested.
Africa: Dance With the Devil - Europe Finances Libyan Militias to Curb Migration - [African Arguments] By empowering Libyan warlords and constraining rescue missions, migrant numbers to Italy have halved. But at what cost?
Zimbabwe: Zezuru People 'Monopolising the Presidency' - [New Zimbabwe] Zezurus people want to monopolise the post of the presidency in the country which defeats the principles of the liberation struggle, outspoken Independent Member of Parliament for Norton, Temba Mliswa said.
Liberia: How Presidential Candidates Fared At Debate - [FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Great ideas to make Liberia a better country were in abundant supply at the Liberia's 2017 presidential debate at the Paynesville Town Hall, as four candidates vying to become the next president put across their plans to the public.
Tanzania: Cellphones Generate More Tax than Beer - Report - [Citizen] Dar es Salaam -It is official: mobile phones are now leading generators of excise tax, overtaking beer.
Nigeria: Govt Asks Court to Return Nnamdi Kanu to Prison - [Vanguard] The Federal Government has urged a Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the bail it granted leader of the pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and return him to prison.
South Africa: Cape Town Reveals Sites of Proposed New Water Desalination Plants - [News24Wire] Cape Town's Granger Bay, Hout Bay and Dido Bay may soon be home to three proposed new desalination plants that the city intends commissioning to make extra drinking water for its residents and visitors, according to tender documents issued this week.
Africa: Migrants in Yemen Beaten, Starved, Sexually Violated, Chained - [IPS] Rome -African migrants who arrive on Yemen's shores -that's if they are not forced into the sea to drown--risk to fall in the hands of criminal networks who hold them captive for several days to extort money in exchange for their "freedom," according to UN sources.
Sierra Leone: 'Bodies Were Just Washed Away' - Aid Worker Recalls Horror of Mudslide - [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -"The chance of finding more survivors is slim to none"
Tanzania: Opposition MP Urges President Magufuli to Emulate Kenyatta - [Citizen] Arusha -Arusha Urban MP (Chadema) Godbless Lema has called on President John Magufuli to borrow a leaf from Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta to allow his political rivals to practice politics freely.
Rwanda: Kagame to Be Sworn in Today - [New Times] President Paul Kagame will take oath of office, Friday, officially marking the start of a new seven-year term.
Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone 'Still in Shock' After Deadly Floods - [Deutsche Welle] Sierra Leone has begun Thursday mass burials of the hundreds of victims of the deadly flooding and mudslides that hit Freetown. A third of the victims were children. Red Cross has said about 600 are still missing.
Uganda: President Wants Ex-Ministers to Draw Cabinet-Level Pay As Envoys - [Observer] Uganda's budget for maintaining its foreign envoys is likely to go up every time President Museveni appoints former ministers as ambassadors, if government implements a new presidential directive to the public service ministry.
Uganda: HIV Prevalence Higher in Women Than Men - [Monitor] According to the 2016 Uganda population HIV/Aids Impact Assessment (UPHIA) survey, the adult HIV prevalence is higher among women at 7.5 per cent compared to 4.3 per cent among men.
Nigeria: Lagos Second Least Liveable City in the World - Report - [Premium Times] Lagos is the least liveable city in the world after Damascus, a city in war-torn Syria, an annual survey has shown.
Nigeria: Govt Hands Over Presidential Lodge to Lagos State - [Premium Times] Nine months after President Muhammed Buhari approved the handing over of the Presidential Lodge in Marina to the Lagos State Government, the state has officially taken ownership of the edifice.
Nigeria: Hate Speech Will No Longer Be Tolerated in Nigeria - Osinbajo - [Premium Times] The Nigerian government has drawn a line on hate speech in the country, equating it to terrorism.
Kenya: Internal Splits, Outside Pressure Pushed Opposition to Court - Sources - [Nation] Divisions and pressure from the international community pushed the National Super Alliance to seek redress from the Supreme Court after the presidential election loss, it has emerged.
Nigeria: Strike Continues As Govt, Academic Union Meeting Deadlocked - [Leadership] The Industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities will still continue as government awaits the striking lecturers to meet with its National Executive Council and decide when they will call off the strike.
South Africa: ANC Fires Makhosi Khoza As Committee Chairperson - [News24Wire] The ANC has fired outspoken MP Makhosi Khoza as chairperson of Parliament's public service and administration portfolio committee.
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Mass burial for Sierra Leone mudslide victims - The search continues for some 600 people still missing following the disaster in the capital Freetown.
South Africa borders on 'red alert' for Grace Mugabe - Police are instructed to stop Zimbabwe's first lady, accused of assault, from leaving South Africa.
ICC Timbuktu case: Mali Islamist liable for €3m in damages - The ICC says Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi caused €3m of damage when he led attacks on Timbuktu shrines.
Uganda receives one million South Sudan refugees - The UN refugee agency says "urgent additional support" is needed from the international community.
Migrant crisis: Spain rescues 600 people in busiest day - More than 9,000 people have arrived in Spain so far this year - three times as many as last year.
Gabriella Engels: Grace Mugabe 'beat the hell out of me' - South African model Gabriella Engels says she was attacked in a hotel by the wife of Zimbabwe's president.
South Sudan conflict: Poet Emi Mahmoud on Uganda refugee landmark - Emi Mahmoud performs a poem to mark one million South Sudanese refugees arriving in Uganda.
Idi Amin’s orders banished my family - In August 1972, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin announced his plans to expel the country's Asian population
Rescue operation after mudslides - A rescue and recovery operation continues in Sierra Leone’s capital after mudslides kill more than 300.
Kenya elections: Women and young people break new ground - Kenya's historic elections saw the country elect its first female governors and its youngest MP.
Corpses 'piling up' in Sierra Leone - Corpses are "piled up" at the main mortuary in the capital Freetown, reports the BBC's Umaru Fofana.
Senegal's Gueye on target for Everton - Everton are in a strong position to reach the Europa League group stage after a first-leg win over Hajduk Split at Goodison Park.
Aubameyang and Omagbemi only Africans on Fifa shortlists - Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nigeria women's coach Florence Omagbemi are the only Africans on the shortlists for Fifa's annual awards.
Sierra Leone international Khalifa Jabbie makes mudslide donation - Sierra Leone internationla Khalifa Jabbie makes donation to victims of the Freetown mudslide as Caf and Fifa send messages of support.
Piers Edwards: How Nigeria trips up its own athletes - Triple jumper Tosin Oke outlines his frustrations as an athlete battling the Nigerian and international federations that govern the sport.
Flora Drury: A disaster waiting to happen in Sierra Leone? - How geography, climate change and politics contributed to Sierra Leone's latest disaster.
Damian Zane: Africa's 'medical tourist' presidents - The impact on the health service at home of the presidents who go overseas for medical treatment.
Milton Nkosi: Zuma 'on his ninth life' - President Zuma is relishing winning his eighth no-confidence vote. But the celebrations could be short-lived, says the BBC's Milton Nkosi.
Dickens Olewe: Kenya's mixed couples feel election strain - The BBC's Dickens Olewe reports on how election tensions can make life difficult for couples from different ethnic backgrounds.
Martin Bashir: Unity and division as Welby visits East Africa - The archbishop's visit aims to recognise the plight of refugees and hold together the Church of England.
Hunger in first 1,000 days - How child malnutrition affects communities across Ghana.
Eritrea capital Asmara makes World Heritage list - Architecture from the colonial era left an "exceptional example" of modernism, judges say.
Portraits of a migrant - Portraits of Libyan migrants taken on board the vessel that rescued them.
Style in the slum - His neighbours, in what is probably the world's most famous slum, stare but he doesn't care.
Rumble in the jungle - Visiting the boxers of Kinshasa, 43 years after Ali and Foreman fought in the Rumble in the Jungle.
New faces of Africa - The photographers trying to change perceptions of Africa.
Nairobi's new railway - A peek at Africa's newest railway, running from Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to the port city of Mombasa.
The gospel train - For 20 years, a Christian group has held prayers on a train carriage during their one hour commute.
Tradesmen of Kumasi - Documenting the workplaces of a generation of Ghanaians.
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Boko Haram love - In our series of letters from African journalists, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers why women abducted by Boko Haram and then released would choose to return to their captors.
Yousra Elbagir: Big and beautiful in Sudan - In our series of letters from African journalists, Yousra Elbagir explores Sudanese women's appetite for weight gain pills.
Elizabeth Ohene: Satellites and science - In our series of letters from African journalists, veteran Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on whether people are being inspired by science.
Joseph Warungu: Free in Freetown - In our series of letters from African journalists, Kenyan Joseph Warungu makes his maiden visit to Sierra Leone.
Tailor-made - A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans this week.
Desperate straits - More migrants now head for Spain from the "Tangier Triangle" in Morocco, as Gavin Lee reports.
Collecting corpses - Volunteers are working to prevent rotting human remains causing a health emergency.
Distress calls - Italian prosecutors are investigating him and others for aiding and abetting illegal immigration.
Mission impossible - In our series of letters from African journalists, veteran Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on her lack of passion for dogs.
Against the clock - A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans this week.
Kenyans love #GitheriMan - Kenyan social media digests the results of the election while saluting a voter queuing with a bag of beans.
Converted in captivity - Stephen McGown and Johan Gustafsson were captured in Mali in November 2011, and released this year.
No more mining - Thousands of Ugandans have in recent years sought their fortune in the country's gold fields, but authorities have now clamped down hard on the unregistered miners.
A vote for peace - Ten years after a contested election led to 1,500 deaths in Kenya, two perpetrators of that violence are trying to prevent a repetition.
Toxic ties - President Jacob Zuma wins another confidence vote, even with fellow ANC members condemning him and the Gupta family.
Soap, milk and sugar - Many Kenyans fear that Tuesday's fiercely contested general election will trigger ethnic violence between supporters of rival parties, writes the BBC's Dickens Olewe.