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20 children die in Niger school blaze

At least 20 children have died after they became trapped in a fire at a school in Niger's capital, Niamey. It started late on Tuesday afternoon when the children were in lessons, many in straw-hut classrooms. The flames blocked the school...

Egypt seizes ship that blocked Suez Canal over $900m compensation claim

Egypt will impound the giant container ship that blocked the Suez Canal last month until its Japanese owner pays $900m (£652m) in compensation. One of the Ever Given's insurers, UK Club, said the Suez Canal Authority had rejected its offer...

Niger school blaze: Trapped children die in Niamey

At least 20 children have died after they became trapped in a fire at a school in Niger's capital, Niamey. The fire started late on Monday afternoon when the children were attending lessons in straw classrooms. The flames blocked the school...

Zuma told to suggest penalty over contempt case

Former South African president Jacob Zuma has up to Wednesday to suggest the penalty the country's highest court should impose if he were to be found guilty of contempt. The penalty relates to his ignoring of summons to appear before...

Ghana’s farmers eye sweet success from chocolate

There is a lot of money in chocolate but the producers of the raw material see very little of it. Last year the retail industry was worth $107bn (£78bn), according to one projection, but Ghana - the world's second largest...

Tanzania and Uganda sign $3.5bn oil deal

Uganda and Tanzania have signed three key agreements aimed at developing Uganda’s oil and gas industry, during Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s first trip abroad. The agreement on host government and shareholding for the pipeline, as well as the transportation...

Nigerian singer Teni asks the Giant of Africa to step up

There is no doubt Teni is one of the biggest stars in African music right now. She has just released her debut album, Wondaland, a collection of 17 songs tackling topics including family, sex, body image and police brutality. Surprisingly, it...

Eritrea frees 36 Christians jailed for their faith

The Eritrean authorities have released on bail 36 prisoners who had been in detention because of their faith. Sources told the BBC that 14 of the released prisoners have been in detention for the past four years in the Dahilik...

‘Lost golden city’ found in Egypt reveals lives of ancient pharaohs

The discovery of a 3,000-year-old city that was lost to the sands of Egypt has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological finds since Tutankhamun's tomb. Famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass announced the discovery of the "lost golden city"...

Gunmen kill 11 Nigerian troops

The Nigerian military has said 11 army personnel including a commander - who had been declared missing after an ambush in the central state of Benue - have been found dead. The bodies, some charred, were found in Konshisha area...

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Police grab National Security imposter at Enchi

The Western North Regional Police Command in collaboration with the National Security Operatives in the Region have arrested a...

Institute for Energy Security projects reduction in diesel price

The Institute for Energy Security (IES) is projecting a reduction in the price of diesel on the domestic market during the second pricing window. Petrol...

29-year-old trader gets 20-year jail term for robbing IMF Country Director

An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a 29-year-old trader to 20 years imprisonment for pulling a machete on the Country Director of the International...

No recruitment tension at Foreign Affairs Ministry – Director

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has denied claims of tension brewing within the ministry as a result of "inappropriate recruitment, promotion...

“National Consensus must promote responsible viable small-scale mining” – President Akufo-Addo

“Out of this maiden consultative dialogue, I hope we will build a national consensus around a national policy on small scale mining, that promotes...