Category: Africa

Kenyan troops kill 10 al Shabaab fighters

Kenyan troops kill 10 al Shabaab fighters

 Kenyan soldiers killed 10 fighters from the Somalian militant group al Shabaab in a clash on Monday in eastern Kenya, the military said. Three soldiers were wounded in the morning attack launched by the army in coastal Lamu county, a Kenya Defence Forces statement said. “Following the incident, 10 al Shabaab fighters were killed. The soldiers are in pursuit of […]

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China says new African swine fever outbreak reported in Inner Mongolia

China says new African swine fever outbreak reported in Inner Mongolia

China said on Monday it has confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of northern China, as authorities struggle to contain the highly contagious disease. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said a slaughterhouse in the city of Hohhot reported the outbreak, adding that four pigs were infected with, and two had […]

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Tunisia floods kill at least 4, cause major damage

Tunisia floods kill at least 4, cause major damage

Severe floods have struck northeastern Tunisia, killing at least four people and damaging homes, bridges, roads and fields. Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed visited the town of Nabeul, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of the capital, on Sunday, a day after heavy rains hit the region. He said that “it’s urgent to work so things return to normal.” He […]

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Burials begin as deaths from capsized ferry rise to 224

Burials begin as deaths from capsized ferry rise to 224

Relatives wept in grief on Sunday at the mass burial in Tanzania of many of the 224 people who drowned when a ferry in capsized on Lake Victoria. Colorfully painted coffins were lined up to go into graves on Ukara Island. Grieving family members places wreaths of flowers on the coffins. The overloaded boat tipped over Thursday as it got […]

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Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

 Nelson Mandela’s South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman — the “Long Walk to Freedom” of his autobiography title — is one of the 20th century’s great stories of struggle, sacrifice and reconciliation. Now the United Nations is seeking to harness its soaring symbolism. The unveiling of a statue of Mandela, born 100 years […]

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Crisis demands revamped South Africa defense sector

Crisis demands revamped South Africa defense sector

 Effective collaboration between companies across South Africa’s defense industry and lucrative export markets from Central Asia to Saudi Arabia offer a way out of a crisis in the sector – once a pillar of Africa’s most advanced economy – a top industry figure said. Squeezed global military budgets, domestic economic headwinds and a contracting home market have hit the South […]

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Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130

Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130

Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. The death toll was above 130 but horrified witnesses feared that would rise as a second day of searching neared an end. “This is a great disaster for […]

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Tutu urges regulated euthanasia after campaigner’s arrest

Tutu urges regulated euthanasia after campaigner’s arrest

 Terminally ill people should have the right to a “dignified assisted death,” former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu said Friday, following a murder charge against a local campaigner for the legalization of euthanasia. Lawmakers “should engage, enable and appropriately regulate” the choice of how and when to die for people who are close to death, the 86-year-old Nobel laureate said. […]

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Danish court: Man can be extradited to Rwanda for war crimes

Danish court: Man can be extradited to Rwanda for war crimes

An appeals court in Denmark says a man can be extradited to his native Rwanda where he is suspected of committing crimes against humanity in 1994. The Eastern High Court in Copenhagen on Friday said Wenceslas Twagirayezu can be deported on suspicion of taking part in a massacre in a church and at a university where more than 1,000 people […]

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Egypt court orders release of former president’s sons

Egypt court orders release of former president’s sons

 An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release from detention of former president Hosni Mubarak’s two sons, overturning a ruling by another court whose judge surprisingly told police to arrest them and send them to prison. The judge in the Sept. 15 hearing ordered the detention of wealthy businessman Alaa and one-time heir-apparent Gamal before adjourning the hearings until Oct. […]

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