Friday, 13 Dec 2019

Africa

Son of Angola’s ex-leader in ‘extraordinary’ trial

The son of the man who ruled Angola for 38 years has gone on trial for corruption in a rare case of such a high-profile official being taken to court. José Filomeno dos Santos and his co-accused helped spirit $0.5bn (£0.4bn) out of the country during his time as head of Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, […]

Flooding in western Uganda kills more than a dozen

Red Cross says at least 16 bodies recovered after torrential rain causes landslides in Bundibugyo district. At least 16 bodies have been recovered after torrential rain caused landslides in western Uganda, the Red Cross has said. “Our team continues to recover more bodies including some that are trapped by cocoa trees in Bundibugyo hills. It […]

The island nation with a novel way to tackle climate change

On board Darryl Green’s small fishing boat, just off the island of Praslin in the Seychelles, the water is so clear we can see the seabed. Brightly coloured fish swim around the hull. “You know at my age I’ve seen the fish size decrease dramatically,” the fisherman reminisces. He’s on board his boat with his […]

Africa-focused evangelist Reinhard Bonnke dies

German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who drew huge crowds in Africa over decades of preaching, has died aged 79. “He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family,” his wife Anni Bonnke said in a statement. The family lives in the United States but Bonnke was best-known for his work with the Christ For All Nations organisation […]

Rwanda cycling chief resigns amid scandal

The president of the Rwanda Cycling Federation has resigned after allegations of corruption and sexual abuse were made against the organisation. Aimable Bayingana and his entire executive team have stood down, according to reports. The Rwanda Investigative Bureau (RIB) said it was investigating the allegations but would not comment further. Mr Bayingana has denied any […]

At least 10 killed in Kenya bus attack claimed by al-Shabab

Seven police officers among the dead after gunmen attacked a bus in northeast Kenya, local media reported. At least 10 people, including several police officers, have been killed when gunmen attacked a bus in northeast Kenya. The vehicle belonging to the Medina Bus Company was attacked on Friday on a lonely stretch of road in the […]

Six-storey building collapses in Nairobi; at least four killed

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – A six-storey residential building collapsed on Friday (Dec 6) in Kenya’s capital, officials said, with at least four people killed and others trapped in the debris. The scene was all too familiar in a city where an audit once found more than half of buildings unsafe for habitation. Associated Press video […]

Risk of more flooding and landslides as rains batter East Africa

Uganda suffers deadly landslides as tropical storm heading for the Somali coast raises fears of new floods. Tropical Cyclone Pawan is making its way to the Horn of Africa and heading for the Somali coast, raising fears of fresh flooding. Several countries in East Africa, including Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti, have reported deadly floods and […]

South Africa's Desmond Tutu 'on the road to recovery' in hospital

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – South African anti-apartheid icon and retired Cape Town archbishop Desmond Tutu appeared “in good spirits” on Thursday (Dec 5) at the hospital where he is being treated for an infection, his successor said. Tutu, hailed as the moral compass of the nation, was admitted to a Cape Town hospital on Wednesday for […]

US to name ambassador to Sudan for first time in 23 years

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said on Wednesday (Dec 4) it would name an ambassador to Sudan for the first time in 23 years as it welcomed the country’s new reformist civilian leader. The United States hailed early steps taken by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to “break with the policies and practices of the […]