Category: Africa

CENTRAL AFRICA – Ebola outbreak

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Two of the first 16 people to receive an experimental treatment for Ebola have recovered in the current outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization said Monday. Five experimental Ebola therapies have been approved to treat people infected with the […]

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ZIMBABWE – President Mnangagwa says he was ‘inches’ from Bulawayo explosion

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived an apparent bomb attack at a rally in the city of Bulawayo. Mnangagwa said an object “exploded a few inches away from me – but it is not my time”. Video footage from White City Stadium shows an explosion happening close to Mnangagwa as he was leaving the stage […]

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WORLD – Outrage over ‘naked’ school choir in South Africa

MTHATHA – A “naked” choir performance by a group of South African schoolgirls has led to calls for investigation by the country’s education minister. Angie Motshekga said she was “extremely disappointed” after seeing footage of the Xhosa girls performing wearing only a small apron, known as an “inkciyo”. The basic education minister said it was […]

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NIGERIA – Students ‘tied to cross and whipped’ for being late

OGUN STATE – Three people have been arrested in Nigeria for allegedly tying late students to crosses and flogging them with horsewhips on a Nigerian roadside. The three – including the headteacher – were taken into custody after a police officer stumbled across the incident in south-western Ogun State. Pictures show at least two young […]

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CENTRAL AFRICA – Ebola outbreak in Congo spreads to large city

KINSHASA — Congo’s Ebola outbreak has spread to a crossroads city of more than 1 million people in a troubling turn that marks the first time the vast, impoverished country has encountered the lethal virus in an urban area. “This is a major, major game-changer in the outbreak,” Dr Peter Salama, the World Health Organization’s […]

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EAST AFRICA – At least 44 killed as dam bursts in Kenya

NAIROBI – At least 44 people have died after a dam burst in northern Kenya after weeks of torrential rain, officials said Thursday. Residents have been evacuated from affected areas as 40 people remain missing, a regional commissioner of Rongai division, Mwongo Chimwanga said. “Waterways have been opened to discharge water from one of the […]

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Thousands attend Winnie Mandela’s funeral

WORLD – Crowds gathered in South Africa for the funeral of the anti-apartheid campaigner, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Thousands of mourners crowded into a stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, where the campaigner was given a high-level send-off. Her casket was draped in the national flag, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy. Mrs Madikizela-Mandela, former […]

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ZIMBABWE – Mugabe’s gone . . . Zimbabwe’s president resigns, ending 37-year rule

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe has resigned, bringing an end to 37 years of rule and sparking jubilant celebrations in the nation’s streets. A letter from Mugabe read out by the speaker of parliament said the decision was voluntary and he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power. The news abruptly […]

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ZIMBABWE – Ruling party sacks Robert Mugabe as leader

Zimbabwe’s ruling party has sacked Robert Mugabe as its leader, as pressure intensifies for him to step down as president. Zanu-PF appointed ex-Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired by Mr Mugabe two weeks ago, in his place. The party has given Mr Mugabe, 93, until 1000 GMT on Monday to resign as president, or face […]

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ZIMBABWE – Residents gather in thousands near Mugabe's official residence, urging his departure

Thousands of Zimbabweans have gathered near State House, President Robert Mugabe’s official residence. While Mugabe lives in a private mansion elsewhere, State House is where official functions are held. It is where negotiations have taken place for the departure of Mugabe, who is under military house arrest. Huge crowds have rallied Saturday in the capital, […]

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EAST AFRICA – Mugabe under house arrest . . . Zimbabwe under military control after army seizes power

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s military leaders have seized control of the impoverished southern African nation, placing longtime leader Robert Mugabe under house arrest and deploying armored vehicles to the streets of the capital, Harare. Mugabe, 93, the world’s oldest living leader, was unable to leave his home, according to Jacob Zuma, the President of neighboring South […]

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EAST AFRICA – Plague spreads . . . 124 dead, nearly 1200 infected

ANTANANARIVO – A plague outbreak in Madagascar has infected 1,192 people since August, with 124 deaths, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Madagascar’s National Bureau of Risk Management and Disaster reported on Monday. The majority of cases, 67 per cent, were the pneumonic form of the disease, which can spread […]

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AFRICA – WHO cancels Robert Mugabe goodwill ambassador role

The World Health Organization has revoked the appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following a widespread outcry. “I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns,” WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. He had previously praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health. But critics pointed out […]

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Ghana sends first satellite into space

ACCRA –– Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space. GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre. Cheers erupted as 400 people, including the engineers, gathered in the southern Ghanaian city to watch live pictures of the launch. The first signal […]

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UGANDA – Mini-skirt ban for civil servants

KAMPALA – Public servants in Uganda are facing a strict dress code after the government issued a circular warning them to “dress decently”. Female staff have been told not to show any cleavage, wear brightly coloured nails, braids or hair extensions, sleeveless or transparent blouses. Men must wear long-sleeved shirts, jackets and ties, while trousers […]

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ALGERIA – Man jailed for dangling baby from window

ALGIERS – A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling a baby out of a window in order to attract “likes” on Facebook. The man posted a picture of himself holding the baby out of a window in a high-rise building with the caption: “1,000 likes or I […]

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MOROCCO – Fossils of early humans discovered

RABAT –– The idea that modern people evolved in a single “cradle of humanity” in East Africa some 200,000 years ago is no longer tenable, new research suggests. Fossils of five early humans have been found in North Africa that show Homo sapiens emerged at least 100,000 years earlier than previously recognised. It suggests that […]

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