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Madagascar’s ex-prime minister arrested

Soldiers loyal to Madagascar's new President Marc Ravalomanana have put former prime minister Tantely Andrianarivo under house arrest.

Error, negligence caused Tanzania’s rail smash

An investigation into a train crash in central Tanzania which killed 228 people found the accident was caused by human error and driver's negligence, the investigation team said on Wednesday.

Grassroots funding better way to aid Africa

Visiting US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said that aid to Africa was better used when channelled directly to grassroots-level community projects

Ravalomanana will have to use egg-shell democracy

MARC Ravalomanana was sworn in Monday as president of Madagascar in front of a vast crowd, even as his rivals declared his investiture illegal.

Aid is linked to democracy, warns European Parliament

A member of the European Parliament on Thursday warned there was a direct link between the availability of development aid to African countries and a commitment towards democracy and human rights on the continent.

In hospital, Angolan children sit at death’s door

The child moaning as he lies on a bit of dirty cloth on the hospital floor has more bone than flesh. He has no family, but his fate is shared by thousands of children, victims of the famine and poverty crippling Angola.

Ivory Coast rebels apologise for walk-out

Ivory Coast's rebels apologised to Togo's president on Sunday after walking out of peace talks, a withdrawal that raised fears of new fighting in West Africa's economic powerhouse.

Aids drugs trials win mixed reception in Nigeria

More than 20 people are gathered in the corridor outside Dr Remi Kalejaiye's clinic in a Lagos military hospital, waiting to take part in Africa's first serious attempt to head off an Aids/HIV epidemic.

Aids crisis: Mandela reveals some good news

Former president Nelson Mandela said on Thursday that while South Africa was in the midst of a serious Aids epidemic, a study he commissioned on HIV prevalence showed changing sexual practices, especially amongst the youth.

Mugabe rules out any talks with white farmers

President Robert Mugabe has ruled out any possibility of talks with the country's white farmers, and told them their rights to own property were second to blacks, state radio reports.

Thousands flee Congo Ninjas

Vindza and Kimba, two cities in the heart of Congo's Pool region, have become virtual ghost towns in recent months, as residents flee to the forest to escape fighting between government troops and rebels.

Mswati torpedoes lawsuit: gets engaged

In a move that appeared to end an embarrassing episode for Swaziland's royal family, King Mswati III has become engaged to a woman whose mother is suing to prevent the pair from marrying, royal sources said on Monday.

Bob hits back at European sanctions

Zimbabwe banned British Prime Minister Tony Blair and scores of his top officials from traveling here and imposed visa requirements on British citizens in retaliation for European sanctions, state radio reported on Friday.

EU sparkles across sea for clandestine Africans

Hundreds of pairs of eyes stare out from the northernmost point in Africa across a thin stretch of deadly choppy water.

Launching Nepad: devil is in the detail

Details of a mechanism to compel African states to practise good governance would still take some time to be finalised.

Low turn-out marks 2nd round elections in Mali

The impoverished African nation of Mali voted in the second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, but with most people ignoring calls to vote and leaving polling stations largely deserted.

Zimbabwe’s economy heads for meltdown

Restaurant customers in Zimbabwe pay with thick wads of local currency bulging in their bags and pockets. Real estate buyers hand over deposits of millions of Zimbabwean dollars stuffed into suitcases and car trunks.

Carriers fight for a slice of the African sky

Several foreign and local companies are fighting for a slice of the African skies, which only account for about 2,5% of the global air traffic and witnessed an ''annus horribilis'' in 2001.

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