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Zimbabwe outlaws corporal punishment

Zimbabwe's High Court judges have ruled that the use of corporal punishment on children at school and in the home is illegal - though the constitutional court still has to confirm the ruling.

Survivors receive food and medical care in Tripoli upon their rescue
Survivors receive food and medical care in Tripoli upon their rescue

97 missing after asylum seeker boat sinks off Libya

At least 97 people are missing and believed to have drowned after their Europe-bound boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday, according to the Libyan coast guard.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed with U.N. Secretary general Antonio Guterres in Mogadishu [Feisal Omar/Reuters]
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed with U.N. Secretary general Antonio Guterres in Mogadishu [Feisal Omar/Reuters]

Somalia leader declares country a 'war zone'

 Somalia's new president has declared the country a war zone and instructed the army to prepare a new offensive against the al-Qaeda linked group al-Shabab.

The announcement by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Thursday comes amid a worsening security situation as al-Shabab steps up deadly bombings in the capital since the country's new leader took office in February.

A car bomb blast on Wednesday at a Mogadishu restaurant killed at least seven people.

Mr Gigaba: "Wealth... remains concentrated in the hands of a small part of the population"
Mr Gigaba: "Wealth... remains concentrated in the hands of a small part of the population"

New South Africa finance minister Gigaba calls for radical reform

South Africa needs to "radically transform" its economy, the country's new finance minister has said.

The treasury has been seen for too long as belonging to "big business, powerful interests and international investors," Malusi Gigaba said.

"This is a people's government," he told his first news conference since President Jacob Zuma fired his respected predecessor, Pravin Gordhan.

The soldiers are being prosecuted for raiding an arms depot in Yimdi [Nabil El Hadad/Reuters]
The soldiers are being prosecuted for raiding an arms depot in Yimdi [Nabil El Hadad/Reuters]

Suspects in arms depot raid claim torture, humiliation

About 20 Burkinabe soldiers on trial at a military tribunal over a failed raid on an arms depot last year have said they were tortured to extract their confessions.

Almost all of them said they had suffered beatings, humiliation and food deprivation at the police camp where they were held after their arrest following the raid in January 2016, for which they have been on trial since Tuesday.

A wounded man is assisted after the suicide car bomb attack on Tuesday [Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP]
A wounded man is assisted after the suicide car bomb attack on Tuesday [Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP]

Car bomb kills at least 5 in Somalia's capital

Mogadishu, Somalia - A deadly car bomb blast targeting a security checkpoint near the Presidential Palace in the Somali capital has killed at least five people and wounded several others.

Security officials at the scene told Reuters news agency on Tuesday the checkpoint 500 metres from the palace was rammed by a car bomb driven by a suicide attacker, causing the explosion outside a theatre.

Gunmen killed 17, injured 11 in Nigeria market attack: Police
Gunmen killed 17, injured 11 in Nigeria market attack: Police

Police: Nigeria market attack kills women, children

Gunmen have killed at least 17 people - mostly women and children - after invading a farming community in central Nigeria, drawing condemnation from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

Armed men on motorcycles and in a car carried out the attack in Zaki Biyam in Benue state on Monday, police spokesman Moses Yamu told AFP news agency on Tuesday.

Cameroon says Boko Haram militants have infiltrated, disguised as refugees
Cameroon says Boko Haram militants have infiltrated, disguised as refugees

Boko Haram crisis: Cameroon 'forcing Nigeria refugees home'

The UN refugee agency has criticised Cameroon for the forced return of hundreds of refugees to north-east Nigeria after they had fled from the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency.

The UNHCR said forced returns had "continued unabated" despite an agreement earlier this month.

Jacob Zuma - South African President
Jacob Zuma - South African President

Racially-charged Spur restaurant row causes outrage in South Africa

A Video of a white man threatening a black woman inside a popular restaurant in South Africa has caused outrage.

The film of the incident at a Johannesburg branch of the Spur chain of restaurants has been widely shared.

The Sri Lankan-flagged tanker was sailing to Mogadishu
The Sri Lankan-flagged tanker was sailing to Mogadishu

Somali 'pirates' in first hijack for years

 An oil tanker has been hijacked by suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia, reports say, the first such hijacking in the region in five years.

The ship sent a distress signal on Monday evening, saying it was being approached by high-speed boats.

Rebels dismissed the government's claims as 'propaganda' [File: Reuters]
Rebels dismissed the government's claims as 'propaganda' [File: Reuters]

Aid workers kidnapped in famine-hit South Sudan

Aid workers employed by a US-based Christian charity have been abducted in famine-hit South Sudan and negotiations were ongoing for their release.

The local aid workers were taken from a village near Mayendit in Unity state, where a famine has been declared, 680km northeast of the capital, Juba.

The circumstances of the kidnappings were unclear.

Public prosecutor orders release of former president as early as Tuesday following court acquittal.
Public prosecutor orders release of former president as early as Tuesday following court acquittal.

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak to walk free in coming days

Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown as president of Egypt in an uprising in 2011, will be released from detention in a military hospital after a six-year legal battle over accusations of involvement in the killing of protesters.

"He will go to his home in Heliopolis," Mubarak's lawyer Farid el-Deeb said, adding the ageing former president would likely be released on Tuesday or soon after, but would be barred from leaving the country pending an ongoing corruption investigation.

Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote:Richer Than Oprah, Trump & Abramovich Put Together

 Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote group, is now richer than Donald Trump, Republican front-runner; Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea football club and Oprah Winfrey, the richest black woman, put together.

Dangote, who came in at the 51st position of the 2016 ranking by Forbes Magazine, is also richer than the combination of all other Nigerians who made the list.

Despite losing $300 million from $15.7 billion (N3.1 trillion) to about $15.4 billion, (N3.05 trillion) in the latest rankings, Dangote remains the richest black billionaire anywhere on the planet.

At $15.4 billion, the 58-year-old is richer than Abramovich ($7.6 billion), Oprah ($3.0 billion) and Trump $4.5 billion.

Siwaphiwe Mbambo was abducted when her mother's car was taken in Durban
Siwaphiwe Mbambo was abducted when her mother's car was taken in Durban

Abducted South African baby found alive

 A one-month-old girl abducted in an apparent car-jacking in the South African city of Durban on Friday has been found safe and well.

Police stopped a vehicle between Durban and Pietermaritzburg at about midnight on Saturday and found Siwaphiwe Mbambo. Three people have been arrested, one of them the baby's mother, police said.

Two suspects had allegedly car-jacked her vehicle, driving off with the baby.

The UN said more than 7.5 million people were in need of aid [File: Siegfried Modola/Reuters]
The UN said more than 7.5 million people were in need of aid [File: Siegfried Modola/Reuters]

Aid groups criticise South Sudan for $10,000 visa fees

International aid groups have criticised South Sudan's decision to sharply increase foreign worker visa fees, warning it would aggravate a humanitarian crisis in the famine-hit country.

South Sudan's government recently announced it would charge $10,000 for foreigners working in a "professional" capacity, $2,000 for "blue collar" employees and $1,000 for "casual workers" from March 1.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari returns home from London medical leave

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday he will continue to rest and undergo further medical tests in Britain within weeks, after returning home from two months of medical leave.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday's attack
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday's attack

Soldiers killed in Mali attack as violence surges

Eleven soldiers have been killed and five wounded in an attack on a military base in Mali as rival armed groups surrounded the city of Timbuktu.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack near the border with Burkina Faso on Sunday but armed groups, including al-Qaeda affiliates, have been increasingly active in recent months, attacking army posts beyond their usual strongholds in the north.

Felix Tshisekedi will be under pressure to live up to his father
Felix Tshisekedi will be under pressure to live up to his father

Congo opposition leader's son takes over

The son of Etienne Tshisekedi, the Democratic Republic of Congo's late opposition leader, has been chosen as his father's successor.

Felix Tshisekedi, 53, will now lead the opposition coalition in crucial negotiations over the departure of President Joseph Kabila from office.

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