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Coronavirus – Africa: WHO concerned as COVID-19 cases accelerate in Africa

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 2,068 total views,  28 views today BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), April 2, 2020/ — With more than 6000 COVID-19 cases reported in Africa, the virus is threatening fragile health systems on the continent. Infections are increasingly spreading not only between African countries but within different localities in the hardest-hit countries. For instance, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where COVID-19 cases were at first confined to Kinshasa, now a handful of cases have been reported in the easternmost regions of the country that were until recently in the grip of…

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Somali Governor Killed In Al-Shabaab Suicide Blast: Official

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 314 total views,  15 views today BY AFP,Mogadishu, Somalia, Mar 30 –  A governor in Somalia’s Puntland has been killed in a suicide bombing claimed by the al-Shabaab jihadist group, police and hospital sources said Monday. Abdisalan Hassan Hersi, governor of Nugaal region, succumbed to his injuries after being rushed to hospital in Garowe, the capital of Puntland where the blast occurred Sunday. “The doctors tried to save the governor’s life but unfortunately he died from his injuries,” Mohamed Weli, a police officer in Puntland, told AFP by phone. “He was in…

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South Africa begins ‘unprecedented’ military-patrolled lockdown

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 2,465 total views,  18 views today BY AFP,27TH MARCH,2020-South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown on Friday, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus across the continent. Some 57 million people are to be restricted to their homes during South Africa’s three-week total lockdown which began at midnight. Kenya, Rwanda and Mali are some of the African countries that have imposed restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has been confirmed to have infected 3,203 people and…

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South African President announces three-week lockdown over coronavirus

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 1,410 total views,  9 views today BY RUETERS,24TH MARCH,2020-South Africa will enforce a three-week lockdown over coronavirus, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Monday. In a televised address to the nation, Ramaphosa said the 21-day lockdown will begin at midnight Thursday and he called on the country to “urgently and dramatically” escalate its response. “Immediate, swift and extraordinary action is required if we are to avoid human costs of this virus,” said Ramaphosa, adding that if the nation failed to act swiftly, it could face “a human catastrophe of enormous proportions.” In the week…

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Call for calm as Uganda coronavirus cases rise to nine

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 690 total views,  2 views today BY DAILY MONITOR,KAMPALA,24TH MARCH,2020-Uganda has confirmed eight new cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), bringing the total to nine. Speaking to journalists in Kampala on Monday night, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng urged Ugandans to stay calm and maintain hygiene after confirming the new cases. “All the eight cases are Ugandan nationals who travelled back from Dubai, UAE; two on March 20 and six on March 22, 2020 aboard the Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines flights. This brings the total number of Covid-19 confirmed cases in the…

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Ethiopia Confirms First Coronavirus Case

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 1,043 total views,  3 views today BY UPESINEWS REPORTER ,NAIROBI, 13TH MARCH 2020-Ethiopia’s Health Ministry Friday confirmed the country’s first coronavirus case, the second in East African region after Kenya. The ministry confirmed a positive case through its twitter handle urging the country’s 105 million citizens to observe basic hygiene. “Let us step up and maintain precautionary measures. Now is the time. Frequent hand washing is key,” the ministry stated. The patient who tested positive was identified as a 48-year-old Japanese citizen who arrived in Ethiopia on March 4 from Burkina Faso. Ethiopia has…

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Nigeria confirms first case of coronavirus – health ministry

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 1,358 total views BY REUTERS ,LAGOS,28TH FEB 2020-Nigeria’s health ministry said on Friday it has confirmed a coronavirus case in Lagos state. “The case which was confirmed on 27/02/2020 is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020,” the health ministry said in a post on Twitter. The confirmed case is an Italian man who arrived in Nigeria three days ago. The health minister Osagie Ehanire, in a statement, said the Italian citizen works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy…

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Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak dead at 91

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 1,308 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, CAIRO, Egypt Feb 25 – Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for three decades before he was ousted amid the Arab Spring protests in 2011, died Tuesday at age 91. The burly autocrat with the trademark sunglasses went on to spend years behind bars for his role in the deaths of protesters but was freed in 2017 after the convictions were overturned. His death was confirmed by the presidency and on state TV, and his son Alaa Mubarak tweeted that “this morning my father,…

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TZ journalist Erick Kabendera finally freed after pleading guilty

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 1,318 total views BY AFP,DAARESALAAM,24TH FEB,2020-Journalist Erick Kabendera finally walked to freedom on Monday, almost six months after being arrested on charges of money laundering, tax evasion and leading an organised crime gang. Of the three charges, Kabendera was cleared of that of leading an organised crime gang and left with the money laundering and tax evasion charges. Kabendera pleaded guilty to the charge of money laundering and was fined TZS100 million, which he paid, thereby securing his freedom. The court also ordered him to pay TZS250,000 as a fine for…

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Arrest warrant issued for SA opposition leader Julius Malema

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 365 total views BY CORRESPONDENT,24TH FEB,2020-A bench warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of Julius Malema, a fiery leader of one of South Africa’s main opposition parties, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The warrant was issued over Malema’s failure to appear in court with a co-accused in court on charges related to the firing of a rifle in public. Malema faced five charges following allegations that he discharged a firearm at an Eastern Cape political rally in 2018. A video shared on social media purportedly shows him taking a semi-automatic…

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Truce at last as Sudan’s Riek Machar sworn in as vice president

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 358 total views BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,22ND FEB 2020-south Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar took the oath of office as First Vice President on Saturday formally rejoining the government. According to the Daily Nation,Dr Machar and three other vice presidents of South Sudan were sworn in, on the deadline to form the new unity government. The country had until Saturday February 22 to form the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU). The leaders who were sworn in are First Vice President Machar, Second Vice President James Wani Igga, Third Vice President…

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20 killed in stampede at service by Tanzanian preacher

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 2,613 total views BY AFP,MOSHI,2ND FEB,2020-Twenty people in Tanzania were trampled to death at an open-air evangelical Christian church service in the north of the country, officials said on Sunday. Kippi Warioba, district Commissioner in the northern town of Moshi, said he feared the number of dead could still rise from the accident which took place on Saturday. “So far, 20 people have died, but the death toll could increase as there were also wounded,” Warioba told AFP. At least 16 others were injured in the crush, he said. WHAT HAPPENED…

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11 inmates die in DR Congo capital’s main jail

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 2,780 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, KINSHASA, DR Congo, Jan 7 – Eleven prisoners have died since the start of the year in Kinshasa’s biggest prison, staff and NGO sources said on Tuesday, blaming shortages of drugs and food. “We have recorded 11 deaths since January 1. The latest three died yesterday (Monday) because there were no medicines to treat them and their families lacked the resources,” an official at the Makala prison told AFP, asking not to be named. “Since last October, the state has disbursed no funds to supply the…

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Uganda’s Museveni begins jungle march to highlight liberation struggle

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 1,021 total views BY AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, KAMPALA, Uganda, Jan 4 – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday began a six-day march through the jungle to re-trace the route through which his guerrilla forces seized power three decades ago, which critics dismissed as a bid to rally support ahead of 2021 elections. Museveni is one of Africa’s longest-ruling leaders, having seized power in 1986 after taking part in rebellions to end the brutal rule of Idi Amin and Milton Obote, and is expected to seek a sixth term in office in…

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Massive car bomb kills at least 76 in Mogadishu, scores injured

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 7,386 total views,  1 views today BY AFP,MOGADISHU,28TH DEC 2019- massive car bomb has exploded in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu, leaving at least 76 people dead and scores injured, an ambulance official has said. The Saturday blast occurred in a busy area of the city where traffic is heavy because of a security checkpoint and a tax office. The wounded were carried on stretchers from the site, where the force of the explosion left charred and twisted remains of vehicles. Mogadishu is regularly hit by car bombings and…

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Omar al-Bashir: Sudan ex-leader sentenced for corruption

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 3,441 total views BY BBC NEWS,14TH DEC 2019-Sudan’s ex-president Omar al-Bashir has been sentenced to two years in a social reform facility for corruption. The judge told the court that, under Sudanese law, people over the age of 70 cannot serve jail terms. Bashir is 75. Bashir also faces charges related to the 1989 coup that brought him to power, genocide, and the killing of protesters before his ousting in April. During the sentencing, his supporters started chanting that the trial was “political” and were ordered to leave. They continued their…

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2019 African Economic Conference: A Clarion Call for Bolder Action to Tackle Africa’s Youth Jobs Crisis

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 3,068 total views SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, December 2, 2019/ — The 2019 African Economic Conference (AEC) opened in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh on Monday with a call on African policymakers to take bold steps to tackle red-tape and high startup costs in order to create decent and well-paying jobs for the continent’s youth. Addressing the opening plenary of the three-day conference, Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Sahar Nasr said the conference provided a critical platform to address the challenges of jobs for the youth on…

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Verdict:ICC sentences Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda to 30 years in jail

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 2,410 total views BY UPESI REPORTER,NAIROBI,7TH NOV 2019-The International Criminal Court (ICC) Trial Chamber VI  has resolved to sentence Bosco Ntaganda to 30 years of imprisonment. Bosco was on July 8 found guilty by Trial Chamber VI of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in 2002-2003. He was found guilty of among other  crimes : murder and attempted murder, rape, sexual slavery, persecution, forcible transfer and deportation, murder and attempted murder, intentionally directing attacks against civilians, rape and sexual…

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Catholic church in Rome investigates two nuns found pregnant after missionary trip to Africa

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 1,195 total views BY SOURCES,6TH NOV 2019-The Catholic church in Rome has launched investigation into strange circumstances that led two nuns who took the vow to keep chastity rules got pregnant while on a mission in Africa. The African nuns who belong to different orders in Sicily in Italy were posted to their home country in Madagascar to carry out missionary services but slipped up and got pregnant. According to the Sun ,One of the women, 34, discovered she was pregnant when she underwent a medical scan after complaining of stomach…

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Oscar heartbreak as Nigeria’s Lionheart is disqualified

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 592 total views BY BBC NEWS,5TH NOV 2019-Nigerian film director and actor Genevieve Nnaji has protested against the disqualification of her film, Lionheart, from Oscar’s Best International Feature Film category. The Academy dropped the Nigerian comedy “for having too much dialogue in English”, which violates its rule that requires entries in the international category to have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.” Lionheart, which is Nigeria’s first ever submission to the Oscar, is largely in English, with an 11-minute section in the Igbo language. The film, which has earned strong reviews and…

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New Africa Hotel joins Hotels around the world to create a best brews pop up garden

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 1,788 total views,  1 views today DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 14TH OCT 2019- The Brand Celebrates Global Growth with “Four Points Around the World” Series, Showcasing Best Brews in Each Corner of the World Highlights Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel will celebrate the Four Points Around the World Series by hosting a pop-up beer garden from October 18-26, 2019. The Series highlights the brand’s signature initiative, Best Brews, while also celebrating Four Points’ growth in new and existing global markets. POINT 1: Four Points by Sheraton, one of Marriott…

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Ethiopian Airlines denies it tampered with flight records after crash

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 4,831 total views Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines on Wednesday denied whistleblower accusations that it tampered with the maintenance records of the Boeing 737 MAX jet which crashed in March, killing all 157 people on board. The accident, in which the plane nose-dived into a field outside Addis Ababa, led to the six-month grounding of the aircraft model as numerous reports faulted an automated control system which pushed the nose of the jet sharply downward. The same system error was blamed for the crash of an Indonesian Lion Air plane in October…

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Mugabe to be buried Saturday at rural home

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 774 total views,  1 views today BY AFP,Harare,28TH SEPT 2019- Zimbabwe’s ex-president Robert Mugabe will be buried Saturday afternoon, his nephew said Friday, after the remains were moved from his Harare house to his rural village ahead of the event. The country’s founding leader died in a Singapore hospital earlier this month, aged 95, almost two years after a military coup ended his nearly four-decade rule. After weeks of wrangling between government and his family over the final resting place, the Mugabes have opted to entomb him at his birth place and…

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An American tourist dies as he proposes to his girl friend under water in Tanzania

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 970 total views BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,22ND SEPT 2019-An American  tourist who was  on holiday with his girlfriend in the neighboring Tanzania on Thursday drowned while proposing. Steven Weber and his lover Kenesha Antoine were reportedly staying in a wooden cabin with a bedroom submerged beneath the ocean surface at the Manta Resort, off Pemba Island. A video posted by Ms. Antoine on Facebook, shows Weber swam underwater and held a handwritten note against the bedroom windows. The note read: “I can’t hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I…

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Mugabe’s family agree to burial in ‘heroes’ monument

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 2,273 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, HARARE, Zimbabwe, Sep 13 – The family of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe have agreed to bury him at a monument for national heroes in Harare, a family spokesman said on Friday though the date for the ceremony was still unclear. Mugabe died in Singapore last week aged 95, leaving Zimbabweans torn over the legacy of a leader once lauded as an anti-colonial guerrilla hero, but whose 37-year iron-fisted rule ended in a coup in 2017. His family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe ally…

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50 killed in train derailment in southeast DR Congo

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 960 total views BY AFP,Lubumbashi,12TH SEPT,2019-Fifty people were killed early Thursday when a train derailed in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the minister for humanitarian action, Steve Mbikayi, said in a tweet. “Another disaster! Derailing at 3am local in Tanganyika (province) near Mayibaridi. Provisional toll: 50 dead and several injured,” he wrote. Railways in the DRC have a poor record for safety, hampered by poor tracks and decrepit locomotives, many of them dating from the 1960s. In March, at least 24 people were killed and 31 were injured Sunday when a…

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Robert Mugabe’s body being flown home from Singapore

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 911 total views BY BBC NEWS,11TH SEPT 2019-The body of Robert Mugabe has left Singapore on a private flight destined for his home country of Zimbabwe. The former president had been receiving hospital treatment in the city state before he died last week aged 95. Mr Mugabe was Zimbabwe’s first leader after becoming independent in 1980. He held on to power for almost four decades before being ousted in a coup in 2017. He will be buried on Sunday after a state funeral on Saturday. Obituary: Robert Mugabe From liberator to…

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Opposition leader Machar arrives in Juba

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 739 total views JUBA,SOUTH SUDAN,9TH SEPT,2019-South Sudan’s exiled opposition leader, Riek Machar has arrived in the country’s capital Juba this morning. Machar returned to the country to attend a face-to-face meeting with President Salva Kiir to discuss all the outstanding issues of the peace deal and the way forward. The opposition leader is leading a high-level delegation. He was received at Juba Airport by Presidential Adviser for Security Affairs Tut Gatluak. Machar is being accompanied by Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, a member of Sudan’s Sovereign Council. The peace deal signed last year will…

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Zimbabwe plans Mugabe’s funeral and burial next weekend

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 2,175 total views BY REUTERS,9TH SEPT 2019-The Zimbabwean government plans a state funeral for longtime ruler Robert Mugabe in a sports stadium in Harare next Saturday, with a burial ceremony a day later, it said in memo sent to embassies. Zimbabweans have been confused about when they would get to pay their last respects to Mugabe since his death in a Singapore hospital on Friday after a long illness. Mugabe had dominated Zimbabwean politics for almost four decades from independence in 1980 until he was removed by his own army in…

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Mugabe, the liberation hero turned despot

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 780 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, HARARE, Zimbabwe, Sep 6 – Robert Mugabe, who has died aged 95, used repression and fear to hold on to power in Zimbabwe for 37 years until he was finally ousted when his previously loyal military generals turned against him. After his humiliating fall from office in November 2017, his phenomenal physical stamina seeped away rapidly. First heralded as a liberator who rid the former British colony Rhodesia of white-minority rule, Robert Gabriel Mugabe will instead be remembered a despot who crushed political dissent and ruined…

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Long serving former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugambe dies aged 95

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 914 total views BY BBC NEWS ,6TH SEPT,2019-Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, has died at the age of 95. He died after battling ill health, his family confirmed to the BBC. Mr Mugabe was ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017, ending his three-decade reign. Zimbabwe’s education secretary Fadzayi Mahere tweeted: “Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe.” He was born on 21 February 1924, in what was then Rhodesia. He was imprisoned for more than a decade without trial after criticising the government of Rhodesia in 1964.  

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South Africa’s Leader of EFF party Julius Sello Malema says xenophobic attacks are directed at the wrong people,blames white monopoly capital

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 460 total views,  1 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,5TH SEPT 2019-Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters party (EFF) of South Africa, Julius Sello Malema has finally revealed his stance as far as the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa is concern. According to the EFF leader, the whole situation is fueled by white supremacy In a tweet, Julius maintained his position that the anger towards small business owners who are foreign nationals is misdirected, noting that Africa can and will unite. “Our anger is directed at wrong people. Like all…

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Demonstrators attack South African business in Nigeria: police

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 524 total views BY AFP,ABUJA,4TH SEPT 2019-More than a hundred demonstrators clashed with police near a South African-owned supermarket in the Nigerian capital on Wednesday as resentment simmered over attacks on foreign-owned shops in South Africa. Demonstrators burned tyres and hurled rocks outside a mall in Abuja where a branch of the Shoprite supermarket is located, before being repelled by a dozen police, an AFP journalist saw. “We must avenge the death of our citizens in South Africa,” said one of the demonstrators, Joseph Tasha. Security was ramped up around South…

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South Africa vows crackdown on xenophobic attacks after five die

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 439 total views,  1 views today BY AFP,Johannesburg,4TH SEPT 2019-Five people have been killed in a surge of xenophobic violence in South Africa, police said on Tuesday, as President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to clamp down and the African Union, Nigeria and Zambia condemned the attacks. Hordes of people — some armed with axes and machetes — gathered in Johannesburg’s central business district for a third day of unrest directed against foreigners, hours after mobs burned and looted shops in the township of Alexandra, prompting police to fire rubber bullets to disperse them.…

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Girl, 9, tests positive for Ebola in Uganda

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 1,319 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, KAMPALA, Uganda Aug 30 – A nine-year-old girl who had travelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo has been found to have Ebola, authorities in Uganda said on Thursday. The child, who is of Congolese origin, was diagnosed after exhibiting symptoms at a border crossing in the southwestern Kasese district on Wednesday. She was subsequently isolated and transferred to an Ebola treatment unit. A rapid response team had been dispatched to Kasese to support local teams, the Ugandan Health Ministry said in a statement. Earlier this…

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UK warships to patrol dangerous West African waters

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 2,304 total views,  1 views today BY BBC NEWS AFRICA, 29TH AUG 2019-British warships are expected to patrol the Gulf of Guinea before the end of the year, according to UK Armed Forces Mark Lancaster, who is on a three-day visit to Ghana. He said that the fleet would join forces with members of the regional bloc Ecowas to combat growing insecurity off the West African coast – considered one of the most dangerous stretches of water anywhere in the world. His announcement comes in the wake of the recent kidnapping of 10…

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Rwandan Businessman Shot Dead In Maputo, Mozambique

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 472 total views BY BBC NEWS,27TH AUG 2019-Head of Rwandan community in Mozambique, Louis Baziga, was on Monday shot dead in the capital, Maputo. Reports by BBC indicate that the successful businessman, who ran shops and pharmaceuticals in Maputo, was in his car when he was ambushed by armed men at around midday. Rwanda’s ambassador to Mozambique Claude Nikobisanzwe told the international media that the unidentified gunmen are yet to be arrested. “Mr Baziga was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Police have started investigations; it is too…

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Nineteen die in Uganda after fuel tanker explosion

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 651 total views BY BBC NEWS,19TH AUG 2019-Police in Uganda say at least 19 people were killed in the west of the country on Sunday when a fuel tanker exploded after the driver lost control of the vehicle and it rammed into four cars. The accident happened at a small trading centre in Kasoe town near a major highway between the capital, Kampala, and Kasese town near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. A fire that followed the blast burnt down at least 25 shops nearby. Police spokesperson Fred…

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Toll from Tanzania fuel truck blast rises to 82: hospital

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 3,481 total views,  1 views today BY AFP,14TH AUG 2019-The death toll from a fuel truck explosion in Tanzania at the weekend has climbed to 82 after seven more people died from their injuries, a hospital official said Wednesday. A spokesman for the National Hospital in Dar es Salaam said 32 others were being treated, including 17 in intensive care, following one of the deadliest oil tanker blasts in Africa in recent years. “We are continuing to fight as best we can to save those still alive,” the hospital spokesman, Aminiel Aligaesha,…

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Ebola drugs show ‘90pc survival rate’ in breakthrough trial

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 3,084 total views BY BBC NEWS,13TH AUG 2019-Ebola may soon be a “preventable and treatable” disease after a trial of two drugs showed significantly improved survival rates, scientists have said. Four drugs were trialled on patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is a major outbreak of the virus. Two of those, named REGN-EB3 and mAb114, were more effective in treating the disease, the study found. The drugs will now be used to treat Ebola patients in DR Congo, according to health officials. The US National Institute of Allergy…

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Celebrating Africa’s digital potential on UN Youth Day

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 2,714 total views,  1 views today ACCRA, Ghana, August 12, 2019– By Ime Archibong, Vice President, Product Partnerships at Facebook Many things have been said about the future Africa and its potential, it has been called the Opportunity Continent, the Next Frontier and Africa rising, with all of these true. For me the excitement comes in how Africa can, and will one day lead in the digital economy, not only creating a better future for its young people, but for people across the entire continents, whether here in Africa or elsewhere like…

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President Magfuli declares three days of official mourning following Saturday’s tanker explosion tragedy

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 1,978 total views,  1 views today BY ANN MUNENE,NAIROBI,11TH AUG 2019-Tanzanian President John Magufuli has announced  three days of national mourning following an oil tanker explosion tragedy that hit the East African nation on Saturday. So far the number of those who have died stands at 69  after two more people died while undergoing treatment. The accident occurred in the city of Morogoro which is a major route for transporting cargo and fuel from the port city of Dar es Salaam, which is the country’s’ commercial capital. An eyewitness said the truck…

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60 dead after fuel tanker bursts into flames in Tanzania

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 1,399 total views BY CORRESPONDENT,MOROGORO,10TH AUG 2019-Sixty people died while 70 were seriously injured in Morogoro town, Tanzania, on Saturday morning when a fuel tanker burst into flames. Reports indicated that the victims included motorcyclists who rushed to the scene in Msamvu to collect leaking fuel after the vehicle overturned. Others were food vendors along Dar es Salaam-Morogoro highway. Morogoro Regional Police Commander Wilbroad Mutafungwa confirmed the number of casualties. CIGARETTE The accident occurred about 200 metres from Msamvu Bus Station in Morogoro town. Some witnesses said one of the people…

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1,800 dead as malaria ‘epidemic’ rages in Burundi: UN

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 465 total views,  1 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, BUJUMBURA, Burundi, Aug 6 – Malaria has killed more than 1,800 people in Burundi this year, the UN’s humanitarian agency says, a death toll rivalling a deadly Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. In its latest situation report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 5.7 million cases of malaria had been recorded in Burundi in 2019 – a figure roughly equal to half its entire population. Of those cases, a total of 1,801 died from the…

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Ugandan musician allied to Bobi Wine dies after alleged kidnap, torture

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 2,089 total views BY JOAN WANJIKU/SOURCES,5TH AUG 2019-Ugandan musician Ziggy Wine, who was signed to a recording studio associated with singer-turned-politician Bobi Wine, died on Sunday night. Ziggy Wine, whose real name is Michael Kalinda, reportedly succumbed to injuries sustained after he was allegedly abducted and tortured on July 21, 2019 while on his way to the Firebase Crew studios. Kyadondo East legislator Bobi Wine, taking to Twitter on Saturday, announced that Ziggy was found “beaten beyond recognition, his left eye plucked out, two of his fingers cut off, all his…

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Top Tanzania reporter charged with money laundering

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 1,559 total views Top investigative Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera has been charged with “economic crimes” a week after his arrest. According to the charge sheet, seen by BBC, the charges are as follows: Leading a criminal gang between January 2015 to June 2019 Failing to pay tax, totalling to about $75,000 (£62,000) between January 2015 to June 2019 Money laundering a sum of $75,000 between January 2015 to June 2019. The journalist was not asked to enter a plea and as the charges are considered too serious for him to be granted bail,…

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Nigerian serviceman returns lost parcel full of cash

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 536 total views BY BBC NEWS,22ND JULY 2019-A member of Nigeria’s air force has returned a parcel to its owner that contained 37,000 euros ($41,000; £37,000) in cash, the air force says. Bashir Umar is a member of the force’s Mobile Air Defence Team that is deployed to Kano airport, northern Nigeria, for security duties. The air force in a statement said he was on routine patrol with his colleagues when he found the parcel containing the lost money. Instead of keeping it, the air force says the serviceman found a telephone…

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Cairo flights: Lufthansa resumes services but BA cancellations continue

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 2,691 total views BY BBC NEWS,21ST JULY,2019-Lufthansa has resumed flights from Cairo, but British Airways says services will still be cancelled for another six days as a “precaution”. On Saturday BA alerted passengers who were about to board a plane from Heathrow to the Egyptian capital. German airline Lufthansa also stopped flights between Cairo and Frankfurt and Munich but they resumed on Sunday. BA took the decision to suspend flights on the Heathrow to Cairo route for “security reasons”. The British government said it was aware of BA “notifying passengers” of…

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Africa Sports 

AFCON 2019:Algeria orders military planes to fly fans to Egypt

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 1,845 total views BY AFP,ALGIERS,13TH JULY 2019-Algeria’s hopes of reaching the Africa Cup of Nations final will be boosted by the arrival of another 2,000 fans in time for Sunday’s semi-final against Nigeria in Cairo. Six military planes, along with 10 from Air Algeria, will put on special flights to help encourage the Desert Foxes as they attempt to win the tournament for the first time in 29 years. According to a statement received by AFP, the Algerian Ministry of Defence said that the army high command had taken the decision…

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Africa Local News 

3 Kenyans, 2 Americans and Briton among 26 killed in Kismayo terror attack

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 2,727 total views By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Mogadishu, Somalia, Jul 13 – Twenty-six people were killed and 56 injured in a 12-hour attack by Al-Shabaab jihadists on a popular hotel that ended early Saturday in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo. A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the Medina hotel on Friday before several heavily armed gunmen forced their way inside, shooting as they went, authorities said. It was the largest coordinated attack by the Shabaab in Kismayo since 2012 when it lost control of the city. The victims…

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