Thursday, 23 Jan 2020


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 […]

At least 14 killed in Burkina Faso church attack

At least 14 people have been killed after gunmen opened fire inside a church in Burkina Faso. The victims were attending a service at a church in Hantoukoura, in the eastern part of the country on Sunday. The identity of the gunmen is not known and the motive is unclear. Hundreds of people have been […]

‘Masturbation photos’ prompt Tunisia’s #MeToo anger

Photos of a man allegedly masturbating in a car outside a high school in Tunisia have prompted an outpouring of stories by women about the sexual abuse and harassment they have experienced. They are being shared under the hashtag #EnaZeda, which means “MeToo” in Tunisian Arabic. The man in the photos is a recently elected […]

Crowd in DR Congo lynches two suspected militants as UN envoy visits

BENI, DR Congo (AFP) – A crowd in eastern DR Congo on Saturday (Nov 30) lynched two people they suspected of being members of a militia blamed for the killing of more than 100 civilians over the past month, an AFP journalist said. The killings came on the same day that the United Nations peacekeeping […]

DRC army says it killed top rebel leader as civilian toll rises

ADF commander shot dead during operation in eastern DRC, army says, hours after assailants kill 13 in ‘gruesome’ attack. The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) army has said it killed a rebel leader in the country’s northeast, hours after attackers killed at least 13 people in the restive region. The announcement on Saturday morning […]

French army denies ISIS claim for deadly Mali crash that killed 13 soldiers

PARIS (AFP) – An ambush by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants did not cause a collision between two French army helicopters which left 13 soldiers dead in Mali, France’s military chief of staff said on Friday (Nov 29). ISIS’ West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for Monday’s accident, the heaviest single loss for […]

Thousands demand justice for Sudan protesters

Thousands of people have protested in Sudan to demand justice for pro-democracy demonstrators who were killed earlier this year. The crowd gathered outside the presidential palace in the capital, Khartoum, on Thursday. They chanted slogans, waved flags, and also called for the appointment of new senior judiciary officials. Sudan has been in turmoil since long-time […]