ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's ruling party and its allies have won a big majority in parliament, election officials said on Wednesday, based on an early count in a weekend election in which the opposition complained of harassment.
ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina challenged on Wednesday an impeachment vote against him in parliament, where critics say he has dragged religion into politics and failed to deliver on his promises.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African power utility Eskom said on Wednesday it would cut up to 1,000 megawatts of electricity from the national grid from 1700 local time (1500 GMT) until 2200 (2000 GMT).
LILONGWE (Reuters) - Malawi plans to spend $47 million on maize purchases locally and abroad to address food shortages after a combination of floods and drought damaged crops, Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe said on Wednesday.
NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger has detained and charged 643 people since February for their links to the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, Security Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou told parliament.