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Italian volunteer kidnapped in Kenya freed after 18 months

Silvia Romano, who was seized by gunmen in November 2018, freed near Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. An Italian aid volunteer who was kidnapped in Kenya some 18 months ago has been freed, according to officials in Italy. Silvia Romano, who was working at an orphanage in Chakama village near Kenya’s southeast coast, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen […]

Dozens missing and feared dead after Liberia gold mine collapse

As rescuers search for survivors, officials fear some 50 people have died following incident at Grand Cape Mount county. Dozens of people are missing and feared dead after an informal gold mine collapsed in western Liberia, according to officials. The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) initially said the death toll was at least two people […]

South Africa's Zuma abandons attempt to halt corruption trial

Ex-president’s office announces withdrawal of appeal from constitutional court against his prosecution for corruption. Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s former president, has abandoned a legal bid to halt a corruption trial on charges related to a 1990s arms deal, according to his office. A statement released by his foundation on Wednesday said the Constitutional Court had accepted the […]

Murder, power and army on the streets: Lesotho's deepening crisis

Rising political tension in kingdom prompted South Africa to send officials for talks aimed at calming situation. Lesotho, a tiny mountain kingdom encircled by South Africa, is one of the few countries in the world yet to confirm a case of the new coronavirus that in recent months has crashed economies, strained healthcare systems and […]

Armed group kills 52 in a Mozambique village: Police

Young people ‘massacred’ in gas-rich Cabo Delgado province after they refused to join the group, police say. An armed group in northern Mozambique killed at least 52 people in a village on April 7 after residents refused to join them, police said. “The criminals tried to recruit young people to join their ranks, but there was […]

Hundreds of Tunisians stranded in Libya cross border

IOM chief says Tunisians used force to cross border while Tunisian interior ministry says authorities let them in. Hundreds of Tunisians, stranded in war-wracked Libya for weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, have crossed back into their country, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Tunisia’s interior ministry said. IOM’s chief of mission in Libya, Federico Soda, […]

Crew of Singapore-owned container ship 'kidnapped by pirates' off Benin

BERLIN (AFP) – Eight crew members of a Singapore-owned container ship are missing and thought to have been kidnapped after it was stormed by pirates off Benin, the ship’s German management firm said on Tuesday (April 21). Shipping firm Transeste said that the vessel, the Tommi Ritscher, had been boarded on Sunday while at anchor […]

Armed bandits kill at least 47 in Nigeria's Katsina state: Police

Police say several villages in Nigeria’s northwestern Katsina state attacked early on Saturday. Armed bandits have killed at least 47 people in attacks on several villages in the northwestern Nigerian state of Katsina. The attacks took place in the early hours of Saturday, between 12:30am (23:30 GMT Friday) and around 3am (02:00GMT), Katsina police said in […]

Out of school, forced to fight: Children pay price for Sahel war

Escalating violence, lack of schooling put minors at higher risk of being recruited by armed groups and child marriage. Mopti, Mali – Djan Diagahate was 12 years old last year when he watched a group of gunmen storm his village in central Mali and burn it to the ground. His home and his school – […]

Several killed as Libya's GNA forces approach Haftar stronghold

Government spokesman says GNA-aligned forces overran a camp manned by Haftar’s forces, seizing several vehicles. Libya’s internationally-recognised government has said its forces have killed eight fighters loyal to eastern-based renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar.  The announcement by military spokesman Mohamed Gnunu on Saturday came as forces aligned with the United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord […]