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The dollarisation of Zimbabwe's economy has been good for many in the country but not for money traders on the formerly booming black market.

Nigeria warns militants against violence

The Nigerian government warned Niger Delta militants on Wednesday against issuing threats of violence.

Darfur rebels hail court decision on al-Bashir

A Darfur rebel group has hailed a court's decision to order a review of the dropping of genocide charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Zim in urgent need of maize after dry spell

Zimbabwe needs to urgently import 500 000 tonnes of maize to avert shortages after the staple crop was hit by an extended dry spell.

Malawi man arrested for posters on gay rights

A man has been arrested for putting up posters championing gay rights, police said, adding they were searching for others involved in the campaign.

AU wraps up summit on Africa’s crises

African leaders on Tuesday wrapped up their annual summit less divided and looking at brighter economic prospects.

African leaders: Madagascar must respect accords

The AU wants Madagascar's rival politicians to stick to the agreements meant to help the island out of a prolonged crisis.

African leaders urged to tackle al-Qaeda threat

Senegal's president urged African leaders on Monday to join forces in the fight against al-Qaeda's North African branch.

Côte d’Ivoire faces mounting election pressure

The international community is upping the pressure on the West African country of Côte d'Ivoire to hold a presidential election.

Bloc urges Somali regions to battle Islamist militia

An East African regional bloc on Monday urged two Somali breakaway regions to jointly battle Islamist militia that it said had extended to the areas.

Couple held by Somali pirates for 100 days appeal for help

Alone, frightened and increasingly desperate, a gaunt Rachel Chandler spoke of her "cruel" treatment at the hands of her Somali kidnappers.

Nigerian rebels end truce, threaten oil attacks

Nigeria's main militant group lifted a three-month ceasefire on Saturday and threatened attacks against Africa's biggest energy sector.

Awkward summit as Africa ponders role of Gadaffi

After an awkward year with Libyan leader Moammar Gadaffi as chairperson, many at the AU fear he will seek re-election.

HRW: EU must maintain sanctions on Mugabe

The EU should maintain its travel ban and asset freeze on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's inner circle, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Friday.

Somalia Islamist group bans video games

Somalia's Hezb al-Islam insurgent group on Thursday slapped a ban on video games in areas under its control.

Zanu-PF: No concessions until sanctions lifted

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's party will not make concessions in talks with its partners in the unity government until sanctions are lifted.

Nigeria Senate calls on president to clarify absence

Nigeria's Senate said on Wednesday President Umaru Yar'Adua should formally notify Parliament about his absence in line with the Constitution.

Morocco taps devolution to break Sahara deadlock

Plans by Morocco to devolve some power to its regions appear unlikely to convince campaigners in Western Sahara to accept Moroccan sovereignty.

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