Category: Africa

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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EGYPT – Ambush attack

CAIRO — Masked gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least 28 people, and Egypt responded by launching airstrikes against what it said were militant training bases in Libya. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi announced the retaliatory action hours after the bus was riddled with machine-gun fire […]

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IVORY COAST – Mutinous military

IVORY COAST – Gunfire rocked cities in Ivory Coast on Monday as a mutiny by disgruntled soldiers gathered pace in defiance of government action against a revolt that threatens the country’s rapid emergence from a civil war. The troops who rebelled over delayed bonus payments controlled the second city Bouake, and heavy gunfire also hit […]

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SOUTH AFRICA – Town hit by riots after white farmers get bail

CAPE TOWN – Riots have hit a small town in South Africa after a magistrate granted bail to two white farmers accused of murdering a 16-year-old black boy. Anger erupted in the maize producing town of Coligny, after residents learned that the two suspects had been freed on Monday. Three houses were torched and white-owned […]

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SOUTH AFRICA – Nineteen children killed in bus crash

PRETORIA – At least 19 children have been killed in a minibus crash near the South African capital, Pretoria, emergency services and officials say. The children died after the vehicle burst into flames following a collision with a truck just north of the capital. There were understood to be both primary and secondary school-aged children […]

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Nigeria suspends spy chief

LAGOS – Nigeria’s foreign spy chief Ayo Oke has been suspended after anti-corruption officers found more than $43m in a flat in the main city, Lagos, the president’s office has said. Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into how the spy agency headed by Oke came into possession of the money, his office added. Oke […]

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Egypt unearths eight mummies

CAIRO – Egyptian officials unearthed eight mummies, 10 colorful sarcophagi and numerous figurines in 3,500-year-old tombs, the Ministry of Antiquities announced Tuesday. An Egyptian archaeological mission found the tombs in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near Luxor in southern Egypt. The main T-shaped tomb belonged to a city judge named Userhat and is typical of […]

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Vaccinations underway as meningitis kills hundreds in Nigeria

ABUJA – A meningitis outbreak has killed 489 people in Nigeria this year, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The country’s Centre for Disease Control reported 4,637 suspected cases. Meningitis is a serious infection of the thin lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, which can cause brain damage. “Stereotype C,” a new strain […]

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