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Jean Joseph Mukendi, lead advocate for Felix Tshisekedi’s legal team, addresses the constitutional court in Kinshasa on Tuesday   during the opening of a legal challenge to the result of the country’s presidential election, in which Mr Tshisekedi was declared   the winner. Photograph:  Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Neighbouring African countries have rowed back on a call for a recount in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s disputed presidential election. Opposit(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping  and US president Donald Trump: Stock markets have risen on optimism  the two sides are making progress on trade talks.  Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP

The Trump administration has vowed to come up with ways to ensure that China complies with trade commitments it makes to the United States, after thre(...)

Independent National Election Commission (CENI) workers load a truck with voting materials to be distributed to polling stations in Bukavu,  Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: Fredrik Lerneryd/AFP/Getty Images

Polling stations in the Democratic Republic of Congo are ill-prepared for Sunday’s presidential vote, diplomats and an observer mission said, as polli(...)

Rwanda’s president and African Union chairman Paul Kagame, centre, chats with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Photograph: Florian Wieser/EPA

Who needs fixed-line phone networks? Africa has embraced mobile telephony, and with the electronic wallet, the continent that is least integrated in w(...)

Plan proposes a 25% increase in EU spending on Africa to €40bn.

Strategic thinking is evident in the plan announced by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker for an Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable(...)

A Somali soldier walks near the wreckage of vehicles at the scene of a blast outside the compound of a district headquarters in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday. Photograph: Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP

At least six people have been killed, including two children, after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside a district headquar(...)

Supporters celebrate after Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner in the country’s landmark election, in the Harare suburb of Mbare on Friday. Photograph: Luis Tato/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s opposition alliance vowed on Friday to legally challenge the disputed election results that saw the ruling Zanu-PF party hold on to power(...)

Italy is giving the EU five weeks to find a solution to share the migration burden. File photograph: Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

Brussels has promised to fund, equip and staff controversial migrant reception centres if member states will establish them. The European Commission (...)

Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed (L) walks with Eritrea’s foreign minister Osman Saleh Mohammed (R) as Eritrea’s delegation arrives for peace talks in  international airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Yonas Tadesse/AFP

Long-time foes Eritrea and Ethiopia “opened the door of peace” on Tuesday after the first high-level visit from Asmara to Addis Ababa in nearly two de(...)

A Maasai man passes near a zebra carcass near Isinya in Kenya. Photograph: Radu Sigheti/Reuters

Two-thirds of the uncultivated arable land in the world is to be found in Africa. Yet the continent is a net food-importer to the tune of €35 billion (...)

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