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  • Ethiopian PM wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his peacemaking efforts with Eritrea. Ethiopia and Eritrea, longtime foes who fought a border war from 1998 to 2000, restored relations in July 2018 after years of hostility.

  • Ebola virus contained in DR Congo: WHO

    Efforts to halt an Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo have made “significant progress”, with the virus now contained to a far smaller and mainly rural area, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday.

  • Portugal’s Socialists tipped for re-election

    Portugal yesterday voted with Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s Socialists tipped to win a second straight term after presiding over a period of solid economic growth following years of austerity.

  • 25 Mali soldiers killed in clashes

    At least 25 Malian soldiers have been killed and about 60 are missing after jihadists attacked two military posts in the country’s fragile central region, the Malian government said yesterday.

  • Shabaab claims attack on US base in somalia

    The Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for an attack on a US base in Somalia yesterday, as the European Union confirmed a separate strike against a convoy of Italian advisers.

  • Cholera outbreak kills 8 in Sudan

    Eight people have died from cholera in Sudan including six in the war-torn state of Blue Nile, according to the World Health Organisation, amid a surge in the number of reported cases. A total of 184 cases of cholera have been reported in the northeast African country over the

  • 7 children killed in Kenya school collapse

    Seven children died and scores were injured early yesterday when a school building collapsed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, in an accident blamed on shoddy construction. “So far we can confirm that we have seven fatalities,” government spokesman Cyrus Oguna said

  • Zimbabwe’s Mugabe died from cancer

    Zimbabwe’s founding president Robert Mugabe had “advanced cancer” when he died in hospital in Singapore on September 6, the state-

  • 2 Bangladeshi siblings killed in Mozambique road crash

    Two Bangladeshi siblings are killed and three people injured in a road crash in Mozambique.

  • W African leaders pledge $1b anti-jihadist plan

    West African leaders on Saturday announced a billion-dollar plan to fight the rising problem of jihadist violence in the region, at a

  • African leaders gather to remember Mugabe

    Former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe is to be given a state funeral with a dozen African leaders expected to pay tribute to a man lauded as a colonial-era liberation hero.

  • Mugabe's family agree to burial in 'heroes' monument

    The family of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe have agreed to bury him at a monument for national heroes in Harare, a family spokesman says though the date for the ceremony was still unclear.

  • Nigeria to repatriate 600 citizens from S Africa

    Nigeria will repatriate about 600 citizens from South Africa this week following a wave of xenophobic violence which sparked sharp exchanges between the two countries, a Nigerian diplomat said yesterday.

  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe: From liberator to oppressor

    Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe was feted as an African liberation hero and champion of racial reconciliation when he first came to power in a nation divided by nearly a century of white colonial rule.

  • Zimbabwe ex-president Mugabe dies

    Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has died aged 95, the country's President Emmerson Mnangagwa says on his official Twitter account.

  • South Africa wakes up to anti-foreigner violence

    South African police patrolled central Johannesburg yesterday after the financial capital was hit by a new wave of anti-foreigner violence.

  • Indigenous tribes pray for protection of Amazon

    As thousands of fires ravage the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, some indigenous tribes are turning to prayer in a bid to halt

  • Bashir charged over illegal foreign funds

    A Sudanese court yesterday charged ousted president Omar al-Bashir, on trial for corruption, with illegal acquisition and use of foreign

  • ‘Second green lung’ on fire too

    In Nasa satellite images, forest fires in central Africa appear to burn alarmingly like a red chain from Gabon to Angola similar to the blazes in Brazil’s Amazon that sparked global outcry.

  • ‘Because all you can see is death’

    Porto Velho, Brazil (CNN)The smoke is so thick, at times the Cessna airplane had to climb to stay out of it. At times your eyes burn and

  • Why is part of the Amazon burning?

    The thousands of fires burning in the Amazon don't look like the major forest fires of Europe or North America -- instead, they are fueled mainly by branches, vegetation and other byproducts of deforestation in cleared areas, experts say.

  • Five people killed in Algiers stampede

    Five young people were killed and dozens more injured in a stampede at a packed rap concert in the Algerian capital, a spokesman for

  • 5 people killed in stampede at Algiers rap concert

    At least five people are killed in a stampede at a packed rap concert in the Algerian capital on Thursday night, a hospital source says.

  • Sudan swears in ruling council

    Sudan took further steps in its transition towards civilian rule yesterday with the swearing in of a new sovereign council, to be followed by the appointment of a prime minister.

  • Sudan’s Bashir got $90m from Saudi royals

    Sudan’s deposed military ruler Omar al-Bashir has admitted to receiving $90 million in cash from Saudi royals, an investigator told a Khartoum court yesterday.

  • 19 killed in Uganda fuel truck blast

    Nineteen people died when a fuel truck barrelled into other vehicles in a busy town in western Uganda and exploded, police said

  • Sudanese celebrate transition to civilian rule

    Rapturous crowds filled the streets of Khartoum yesterday as Sudan’s generals and protest leaders signed a historic deal paving the way to civilian rule.

  • Sudan allows Al-Jazeera to reopen office

    Sudan has allowed Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera to reopen its Khartoum office, which they had shut down in May, the channel’s

  • 17 seamen kidnapped off Cameroon

    Nine Chinese and eight Ukrainian seamen were abducted on Thursday when two merchant vessels came under attack in Cameroonian waters, sources said yesterday.

  • At least 60 killed, dozones injured

    At least 60 people perished in Tanzania yesterday when a fuel tanker overturned and then exploded as people rushed to syphon off leaking fuel.