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Nine confirmed killed in second mass shooting in US in 24 hours

Nine people have been killed and at least 26 injured in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio – the second US mass shooting in 24 hours. Mayor Nan Whaley said the injured were in several hospitals throughout the city. The shooting began at 1:07 local time in the Oregon district of the city centre. Police […]

CENTRAL AFRICA – Forty-five dead, 200 missing in after boat sinks

At least 45 people have died after a boat sank on Lake Mai-Ndombe in western Democratic Republic of Congo. The provincial governor, Antoine Masamba, said the vessel was carrying more than 400 people, with reports that about 200 passengers are still missing. The majority of those on board were teachers going to collect their salaries, […]

WORLD – South Africa floods kill 51

Fifty-one people have died in floods that ravaged parts of the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa’s southeast, local authorities said. The flooding began on Monday after heavy rain caused mudslides in several towns in Durban, the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal, government spokesman Lennox Mabaso told CNN. “The areas most affected are Amanzimtoti, Chatsworth, […]

Ethiopian Airlines: ‘Clear similarities’ with Indonesia crash

BBC – Flight data from the Ethiopian Airlines disaster a week ago suggest “clear similarities” with a crash off Indonesia last October, Ethiopia’s transport minister has said. Both planes were Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Last Sunday the Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. Transport Minister […]

EAST AFRICA – Kenyan governor charged in murder of pregnant student

Nairobi – Kenyan governor Okoth Obado has been charged in court with aiding and abetting the brutal murder of his ex-girlfriend, a pregnant student. The married governor pleaded not guilty to the charge. Obado’s arrest followed weeks of public anger after the body of Sharon Otieno, 26, was found in a forest. A post-mortem revealed she […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]