Eritrea bolsters hope for peace with positive response to Ethiopia’s overture

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki plans to send a delegation to archenemy Ethiopia, which has promised a warm welcome

Zimbabwe’s opposition still has no electronic copy of the voters roll

Despite repeated requests, the Movement for Democratic Change says it has been rebuffed daily by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission

Nearly 40 people have been murdered by armed groups in Mozambique since May

Attacks have increased in a region where Anadarko Petroleum is beginning to develop a $15bn liquefied natural gas project

Joyce Banda returns to Malawi and talks about running for office again

Former president Banda fled in 2014 when she lost power after being embroiled in corruption in which government officials stole millions of dollars of public ...

Suspected Boko Haram jihadists behind deadly suicide blasts in Nigeria

Two blasts ripped through the town of Damboa on Saturday evening targeting people returning from celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday and leaving 31 people dead

Hopes turn to mining revival as Nigeria tries to shake its oil addiction

Locals know that a vast deposit of gold sits underneath the jungle of Osun state

Ivory Coast and Ghana to co-ordinate cocoa sales to better influence the market

The two countries supply about 60% of the world’s cocoa and want more leverage on global prices; the deal will also set a ‘decent’ floor price for farmers

ICC sets up €1m fund for Bemba victims

Former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba has been acquitted on war crimes charges

DRC ready to push ahead with Inga 3 project

The plant will form part of a larger Grand Inga hydropower complex and produce as much as 50,000MW

Mining firms have few options left in DRC

New law voids existing agreements and increases costs for companies including Glencore and Randgold Resources

Namibia keeps benchmark rate unchanged to safeguard reserves

The country’s monetary policy committee maintained its key interest rate at 6.75% on Wednesday, to maintain the Namibian dollar’s peg with the rand

Parliament starts ratification of 26-country African free-trade area

SA’s ratification of the TFTA will send a strong signal, says Department of Trade and Industry’s Wamkele Mene

Angola’s Catoca lost about $464m due to government’s sales system

The world’s fifth-largest diamond mine says it had to sell below international prices; President João Lourenço has vowed to reform the industry ...

Ivory Coast’s rare arabusta bean is on the endangered list

More robust than arabica, but with a finer flavour than robusta, the coffee varietal is an Ivorian invention — but the cash-strapped agrarian centre ...

Vietnam moves to shut down free speech on the internet

A sweeping new law, just approved by legislators, would compel companies like Facebook and Google to take down critical posts within 24 hours

Nigeria pivots to domestic investments after naira rout wipes out gains

Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority manages $2.15bn, up from $1.5bn at the end of 2017

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