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Nigeria has dissolved the special police force at the centre of protests against police brutality. The government said a special presidential directive had ordered the immediate dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars). Protests against the squad were sparked by a video of a man allegedly being killed by police. The demonstrations have intensified despite […]

A court in Kenya has found two men guilty of helping Islamist militants to attack an upmarket shopping mall in 2013. At least 67 people died in the assault by al-Shabab on the Westgate shopping complex in the capital, Nairobi. The state said the four militants who carried out the attack were found dead in […]

Child rights agency UNICEF has condemned the sentencing of a 13-year-old boy to 10 years in prison for blasphemy in northern Nigeria. Omar Farouq was convicted in a Sharia court in Kano State in northwest Nigeria after he was accused of using foul language toward Allah in an argument with a friend. He was sentenced […]

Botswana wives can for the first time own land alongside their husbands, President Mokgweetsi Masisi has said. Until now, the country’s land policy stopped wives from owning land if their husbands already had some. Only unmarried women or the wives of men who did not already own land were eligible. The discrimination left millions of […]

The US President Donald Trump has vowed a response that will be “1,000 times greater in magnitude,” to any attack by Iran. This is after reports that Iran was plotting to kill the US ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks. “Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with […]

Tanzania and Uganda have signed an agreement allowing for the construction of a 1,445 km (898 miles) crude oil pipeline. The $3.5bn (£2.7m) project will connect Uganda’s oil fields to Tanzania’s port of Tanga. The signing ceremony was attended by the presidents of both countries. Oil reserves were found in Uganda in 2006 but production […]

Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege has been placed under the security of UN forces in Democratic Republic Congo after death threats against him. Dr Mukwege won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in treating rape victims in the conflict in eastern DR Congo. He said in July he had been threatened after […]

A senior executive of South Africa’s beauty company Clicks has resigned after protests against a racist advert that led to the closure of 400 outlets. The executive was reportedly part of the team behind the hair advert that sparked outrage for unfavourably comparing white hair to black hair. The company on Tuesday won an interim […]

The Zimbabwean government has said that white farmers whose tracts of land were seized between 2000 and 2001 under a government programme of land reform can apply to get them back. Where the land cannot be given back, the farmers will be offered land elsewhere, according to a joint statement by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube […]

Didier Drogba has been told he is not eligible to stand in upcoming elections to be the next president of the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF). Along with three others, Drogba submitted papers to stand in the polls earlier this month. The FIF’s Electoral Commission ruled that the former Chelsea striker did not fulfil its […]


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