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Nigeria: Trump seeks to help Abuja in its fight against terror

US President Donald Trump has agreed to assist Nigeria in its fight against Islamic terrorism, a spokesman for Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari said on Twitter following a call between the two leaders Monday.

Nigeria hunger crisis leaves 'hundreds of thousands at risk of dying'

The weakest are already dead. Children and the elderly have disappeared from villages because of a hunger crisis in north-eastern Nigeria. Desperation could soon prompt thousands to flee to Europe.

South African president survives in-party challenge to his rule

Scandal-ridden South African President Jacob Zuma has survived an unprecedented challenge to his rule within his own party, which said Tuesday it "did not support" a call for him to step down.

Four killed in South Africa floods

Four people have died in flash floods which swept over South Africa's economic metropole Johannesburg and nearby areas, the South African Government News Agency reported Thursday.

Push for closure of domestic ivory markets sparks controversy

The United States and 29 African countries on Monday pushed for a large-scale ban on the domestic ivory trade in an attempt to stop the dramatic decline of Africa's elephant populations.

Key conference to protect endangered species opens in Johannesburg

A key conference opened Saturday in Johannesburg to discuss eventual changes to trade controls on some of the world's most endangered animal species, ranging from elephants to sharks.

South Sudan accepts UN plan to send 4,000 additional peacekeepers

South Sudan's transitional government on Sunday accepted the deployment of an additional 4,000 UN peacekeepers following three days of negotiations with diplomats from the United Nations over the security situation in the east African country.

South Africa records more than 18,000 murders over 12-month period

The murder rate in South Africa, which has one of Africa's highest crime rates, has increased by 20 per cent over the past four years, according to the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

South African school accused of discrimination against afro hairstyle

Protests have erupted at a South African girls' school after teachers were accused of making racist remarks about black pupils' hairstyles, the local news agency ANA reported Monday.

South African prosecutors seek longer prison term for Pistorius

South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority is seeking permission to appeal the six-year prison sentence handed to athlete Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, describing it as "shockingly too lenient."

South Sudan's hopes of peace dashed after decades of warfare

When South Sudan became independent from Sudan five years ago, hopes were high that independence would bring peace and development to the nation devastated by decades of civil warfare.

South African anti-apartheid veteran calls for Zuma's resignation

Anti-apartheid veteran Ahmed Kathrada has called on South African President Jacob Zuma to resign as pressure mounts on the head of state over improper spending on his rural home.

Killer of anti-apartheid hero Hani set for parole in South Africa

A Polish immigrant who assassinated a South African anti-apartheid hero shortly before the country's first multiracial elections was granted parole on Thursday.

Need for peace and security before Niger can develop, president says

Niger's presidential election passed without incident on Sunday with President Mahamadou Issoufou saying the country, which is fighting Islamist insurgents on multiple fronts, will need peace and security before it can develop its economy.

More UN peacekeepers accused of "sexual exploitation" and rape in CAR

UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) raped or sexually exploited at least eight women and girls between October and December 2015, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday.

South Africa's Zuma to pay back millions used for home upgrades

President Jacob Zuma offered Wednesday to pay back millions of dollars in taxpayer money used to install luxurious features at his sprawling homestead in rural South Africa.