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Give offertory in dollars, pastor tells congregants

A Ugandan Anglican Chaplain, Rev Canon Christine Shimanya, has advised congregants to give offertories in American dollars and British pounds reports the Daily Monitor.

Al Shabab militants battle Kenyan forces

Subjected gunmen from the militant Islamist group al-Shabab have attacked a police post in Kenya's coastal town of Lamu near the Somalia border, police confirmed to the BBC.

Libyan army accuses Qatar, Sudan, Turkey of supporting terrorism

Libyan military spokesperson Ahmed al-Mesmary last Tuesday accused Qatar, Sudan and Turkey of supporting terrorism in the conflict-torn Arab country. "By supporting terrorists, Qatar committed crimes against humanity in Libya," Mesmary told reporters at a press conference in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

President Adama Barrow of The Gambia
President Adama Barrow of The Gambia

Gambians refused US visas for robot competition

Several Gambian students have been refused visas to the US to take part in an international robotics competition without being given any reasons, reports Al Jazeera.

The Doha-based broadcaster quotes the Director of The Gambia's ministry of higher education, Moktar Darboe, as saying the students had to pay $170 (£131) each for the visa application.

President John Magufuli
President John Magufuli

Tanzania orders arrest of MP for insulting president

Tanzanian authorities have ordered the arrest of an opposition lawmaker for insulting President John Magufuli.

Police should detain Halima Mdee - a lawmaker from the main opposition Chadema party in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam - for 48 hours, pending criminal charges, the Commissioner of the city's Kinondoni district, Ali Hapi, said.

Mugabe donates $1million to Africa Union

Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, on Monday handed a cheque of $1 million to the African Union (A.U.) Foundation as part of efforts aimed at lessening the body’s dependence on foreign aid.

The 93-year-old formally handed over the cheque to the A.U. Commission (AUC) chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on the floor of the AU headquarters during the 29th Heads of State summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Kenya proposes jail term for impolite tweets

Kenyans risk a fine of $10,000 (£8,000) or jail term of five years for using "impolite, disrespectful or inciting language on social media ", according to a new proposal to regulate online content during the election season, Nairobi News has reported.

The proposal is part of rules being co-authored by two government bodies: the Communications Authority and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission.

• Chad President Idriss Deby
• Chad President Idriss Deby

Tight cash could limit fight against terrorism - Idriss Deby warns

Chad's president, Idriss Deby, an important Western ally in the fight against Islamist militants, has warned  that cash-strapped Chad could be forced to withdraw some of its troops from the fight if it does not get financial help.

Chad has one of the most capable armies in the region and President Deby has played a key role in efforts backed by the West to combat neighbouring Nigeria's Islamic State-affiliated Boko Haram fighters, as well as al Qaeda.

• UN peacekeepers run regular patrols in Bria
• UN peacekeepers run regular patrols in Bria

Deadly clashes in CAR despite ceasefire deal

AT least 40 people have been killed in fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) a day after a ceasefire was signed between rebels and the government.

The mayor of the town of Bria, north-east of the capital, Bangui, spoke of bodies lying in the streets.

The truce, signed in Rome last Monday, included an immediate ceasefire.

Niger hit by deadly floods (Library photo)
Niger hit by deadly floods (Library photo)

Niger hit by deadly floods

At least nine children have been killed in Niger after torrential rains lasting over several days led to the collapse of houses in the capital Niamey, officials have told AFP news agency.

"The children were killed as buildings gave way in different parts of the city," Zourkaleini Maiga, the Secretary General of the local authority, said.

Lipolelo Thabane was going through a prolonged divorce
Lipolelo Thabane was going through a prolonged divorce

Lesotho Prime Minister's wife shot dead

The estranged wife of incoming Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been shot dead ahead of  his inauguration scheduled for today.

Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was travelling home with a friend when both women were shot by an unknown assailant, the police say.

Mr Thambwe is a former rebel leader
Mr Thambwe is a former rebel leader

Belgium investigates DR Congo justice minister

A Belgian judge has opened an investigation against the Democratic Republic of Congo's Minister of Justice, Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, for alleged crimes against humanity related to the shooting down of a plane almost two decades ago.

• Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is facing treason charges
• Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is facing treason charges

Zambia opposition MPs suspended

Forty-eight Zambian MPs from the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) have been suspended for 30 days for boycotting President Edgar Lungu's state of the nation address.

They refused to attend in March as they argued Mr Lungu was not the legitimate winner of last year's election.

Parliament speaker Patrick Matibini said the MPs' boycott was "gross misconduct", Lusaka Times reports.

Many missing in Nairobi building collapse
Many missing in Nairobi building collapse

Many missing in Nairobi building collapse

Several people are reported missing after a seven-storey building collapsed last Monday night in an eastern suburb of the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Emergency response teams have been at the scene in the Kware Pipeline Embakasi area.

The Star, newspaper said dozens of people had been evacuated moments before the collapse.

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

Pope demands Nigerian priests' obedience over Ahiara bishop

Pope Francis has told a group of Nigerian priests to pledge obedience to him or face suspension from the church.

The row is over the refusal by clergy in the diocese of Ahiara to accept the appointment of a bishop made in 2012.

•More than 60,000 cases of rape are reported in South Africa every year
•More than 60,000 cases of rape are reported in South Africa every year

South African girl on murder charge for killing 'would-be rapist'

A 17-year-old girl, who handed herself in to South African police, is expected to appear in court, accused of murder, after killing a man who allegedly tried to rape her.

"She was on her way to a local tavern when she was allegedly attacked by the deceased and fought back," police said.

Mr Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe
Mr Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

Mugabe sacks Zimbabwe's chief prosecutor Johannes Tomana

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has sacked the country's chief prosecutor, Johannes Tomana, after a tribunal found him guilty of misconduct and incompetence.

Local media say he will now face trial for criminal abuse of office.

Mr Tomana was suspended back in February 2016.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

Gaddafi's son Saif freed in Libya

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, second son of the late deposed Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, has been freed from jail under an amnesty law.

His father's preferred successor, he had been held by a militia in the town of Zintan for the past six years.

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