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February 15, 2018 5:35 pm gmt |
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Cyril Ramaphosa is the new president of South Africa after he was elected unopposed in the National Assembly on today (Thursday) afternoon. Ramaphosa was nominated as a candidate by ANC backbencher Patrick Maesela, and the nomination was seconded by his colleague Joan Fubbs. None of the opposition pa...
In Africa
January 29, 2018 9:37 am gmt |
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Donald Trump writes to African leaders that he ‘deeply respects’ the people of Africa and that he will be sending his top diplomat, secretary of state Rex Tillerson top visit the continent in March this year. The remarks were made in a letter addressed to African leaders ahead of the 30th African Uni...
In Africa
January 28, 2018 11:34 am gmt |
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African leaders arrived for the 30th Ordinary Session of African Union (AU) in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa on Sunday (January 28). The theme of this year’s summit is “winning the fight against corruption: A sustainable path to Africa’s transformation,” according to a...
In Africa
August 24, 2017 7:36 am gmt |
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Angolans have voted in a parliamentary election marking the end of nearly four decades in power for President José Eduardo Dos Santos. Mr Dos Santos is not contesting the poll, but his party the MPLA is expected to be victorious when the results are announced later this week. The presidency would the...
In Africa
June 21, 2017 5:56 am gmt |
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At least 40 people have been killed in fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR), a day after a ceasefire was signed between rebels and the government. The mayor of the town of Bria, north-east of the capital, Bangui, spoke of bodies lying in the streets. The truce, signed in Rome on Monday, inc...
In Africa
May 13, 2017 7:33 am gmt |
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Democratic Republic of Congo’s minister of health said on Friday (May 12) two people had died of a hemorrhagic fever that had tested positive for the Ebola virus in the northern Bas-Uele province, out of nine confirmed cases. The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed later that a third pers...
In Africa
May 8, 2017 8:50 am gmt |
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A group of 82 girls held captive for three years by Islamist militants met Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the capital Abuja on Sunday, May 7, a day after they were released in exchange for several militant commanders, officials said. The girls were among a group of 270 schoolgirls kidnapped i...
In Africa
April 20, 2017 4:32 am gmt |
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United Nations investigators have found 17 new mass grave sites in the central region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Wednesday’s press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York City. Zeid Raad Al Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human ri...
In Africa
April 12, 2017 11:00 am gmt |
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The use of children as suicide bombers by the insurgents of Boko Haram has surged in 2017, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday (April 12). In the countries fighting Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region – Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad – 27 children have be...
In Africa
April 10, 2017 8:42 am gmt |
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A car bomb that exploded outside a military base in the Somali capital on Sunday (April 9) has killed at least 15 people, a military official said. The death toll could rise as a minibus carrying passengers was destroyed in the blast that targeted senior officials leaving the base in a convoy. Major ...
In Africa
March 13, 2017 5:05 am gmt |
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A landslide at a huge garbage dump on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa killed 35 people who were searching for food and other goods there, an official said on Sunday (March 12). Hundreds of people rely on the 50-year-old Reppi dump, the city’s only landfill site, to survive. T...
In Africa
January 23, 2017 10:42 am gmt |
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Yahya Jammeh, exiled Gambian ruler, stole millions of dollars in his final weeks in power, plundering the state coffers and shipping out luxury vehicles by cargo plane, a special adviser for the new president said Sunday. Meanwhile, a regional military force rolled in, greeted by cheers, to secure th...
In Africa
January 9, 2017 9:35 am gmt |
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Sunday marks a 1,000 days since 276 Nigerian girls were abducted from a school in the country’s northeast by Boko Haram fighters. Some of them have since been released while others managed to escape – but nearly 200 girls still remain in captivity. In a message to mark the mass kidnapping...
In Africa
January 9, 2017 8:21 am gmt |
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Five Nigerian soldiers and more than 15 Boko Haram fighters were killed when the jihadists attacked an army base, a military source said on Sunday (Jan 8). Boko Haram attacked an army brigade in Buni Yadi in Yobe state late on Saturday, an army spokesman said by text message, without giving a casualt...
In Africa
December 12, 2016 11:44 am gmt |
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Two girl suicide bombers killed at least three people and wounded 17 at a market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Sunday (Dec 11), a spokesman for state emergency agency NEMA said. The three included the bombers who were two girls aged between 7 and 8 years, according to Abdulkarim J...
In Africa
December 11, 2016 7:16 am gmt |
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A powerful explosion has killed at least three people near the port of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, police say. At least another seven people were injured, police added. The blast was followed by the sound of gunfire. One report said a suicide bomber had targeted a tax collection facility at the po...
In Africa
December 10, 2016 6:27 am gmt |
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56 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a coordinated suicide bomb attack carried out by school girls in north-eastern Nigeria, officials say. The attacks took place on a busy market in the town of Madagali on Friday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Yusuf Mohammed, chairman o...
In Africa
November 29, 2016 6:22 am gmt |
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The first HIV vaccine efficacy study in seven years has begun in South Africa to test whether a modified vaccine candidate can provide effective protection against the AIDS virus, the US National Institutes of Health said. The study — called HVTN 702 — aims to enroll 5,400 sexually active men and wom...
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November 29, 2016 5:13 am gmt |
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The United Nations has reported more than 4 million children have lost at least one parent in Congo over the past two decades, the silent victims of continuous cycles of violence. And more than 26 million orphans live in West and Central Africa, where Congo is located — the second highest number in t...