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Tanzania buries disaster victims as toll hits 224

Posted by on 23/09/2018
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Tanzania buries disaster victims as toll hits 224

Tanzania buries disaster victims as toll hits 224

UKARA: Tanzania declared the whole nation was in mourning yesterday as the first dozen bodies were buried from a devastating ferry capsize on Lake Victoria that left people 224 dead. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa led “national funerals” on the island of Ukara, where the MV Nyerere had been coming in to dock on Thursday. He […]

Tanzania ferry disaster toll passes 200

Posted by on 22/09/2018
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Tanzania ferry disaster toll passes 200

Tanzania ferry disaster toll passes 200

Tanzanians mourn as president orders arrests NAIROBI: The death toll from a crowded ferry capsizing in Lake Victoria rose sharply to 207 yesterday, a Tanzanian minister said, as rescue workers found a lucky survivor. Public radio quoted the transport minister as updating the number of dead from 170 earlier in the day. Joseph Mkundi, a […]

Botswana fights claims of elephant poaching spree

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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Botswana fights claims of elephant poaching spree

Botswana fights claims of elephant poaching spree

Claims led to global media attention CHOBE NATIONAL PARK: Botswana has rejected claims of a surge of elephant poaching made by a leading conservation charity and put on display carcasses of animals allegedly slaughtered for ivory — some with tusks still intact. Elephants Without Borders (EWB) claimed two weeks ago that it had discovered at […]

Morocco playing cat and mouse with Africans heading to Europe

Posted by on 19/09/2018
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Morocco playing cat and mouse with Africans heading to Europe

Morocco playing cat and mouse with Africans heading to Europe

Number of people reaching Spain hits 38,000 TANGIER: African emigrants are defying a campaign by Morocco to keep them away from land and sea crossings to Spain, which has become the main entry point to Europe for migrants and refugees following crackdowns elsewhere. Moroccan police conduct regular raids of areas popular with people from elsewhere […]

Smugglers pave path for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe

Posted by on 18/09/2018
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Smugglers pave path for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe

Smugglers pave path for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe

Migrants pay on average 3,000-5,000 euros for a complete trip MADRID: They scale barbed-wire topped fences and cross the sea in inflatable boats or jet skis-more than 36,000 migrants entered Spain this year seeking a better life in Europe. Almost all of them relied on smugglers to make the crossing. Ousman Umar, who made a […]

South Africa’s top court legalizes personal, private cannabis use

Posted by on 18/09/2018
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South Africa’s top court legalizes personal, private cannabis use

South Africa’s top court legalizes personal, private cannabis use

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s top court ruled yesterday that private, personal cannabis use was legal in a landmark case that had pitted law enforcement agencies against marijuana advocates and the judiciary. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, delivering the Johannesburg-based Constitutional Court’s unanimous verdict, declared the law banning marijuana use in private by adults “is unconstitutional and […]

Ethiopia ethnic violence leaves at least 23 dead; 200 arrested

Posted by on 17/09/2018
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Ethiopia ethnic violence leaves at least 23 dead; 200 arrested

Ethiopia ethnic violence leaves at least 23 dead; 200 arrested

Mobs of Oromo youths attack ethnic minorities ADDIS ABABA: At least 23 people were killed in a weekend of violence targeting minorities in the ethnic Oromo heartland near Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, police said, a blow to new reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s efforts at reconciliation. The violence escalated on Saturday, the day of a […]

Ethiopia, Eritrea seek to bolster truce in Jeddah

Posted by on 16/09/2018
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Ethiopia, Eritrea seek to bolster truce in Jeddah

Ethiopia, Eritrea seek to bolster truce in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Ethiopia and Eritrea signed an agreement yesterday at a summit in Saudi Arabia, bolstering a historic peace accord between the two former Horn of Africa enemies, officials said. Authorities did not reveal exact details of the new deal signed in Jeddah, but sources close to the Saudi government said it would further help strengthen […]

As water bank runs dry, Uganda greens hills to soak up rain

Posted by on 13/09/2018
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As water bank runs dry, Uganda greens hills to soak up rain

As water bank runs dry, Uganda greens hills to soak up rain

MBARARA, Uganda: In the village of Katebe, Ugandan schoolchildren have little choice but to drink from the same water supply as animals. During the dry season from June to August, Kyakatarihwa dam is the only source of water for people and livestock alike in this remote part of southwest Uganda’s Mbarara district. “We have no […]

Gunmen attack headquarters of Libya National Oil Company

Posted by on 10/09/2018
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Gunmen attack headquarters of Libya National Oil Company

Gunmen attack headquarters of Libya National Oil Company

US to launch drone strikes in Niger against IS, Qaeda TRIPOLI: Armed men yesterday stormed the headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Company in Tripoli killing at least two people, officials said, as witnesses spoke of hearing a blast and gunfire. The attack targeted the country’s vital oil sector, repeatedly disrupted by violence since a 2011 […]

Chinese man arrested after calling Kenyan president a ‘monkey’

Posted by on 06/09/2018
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Chinese man arrested after calling Kenyan president a ‘monkey’

Chinese man arrested after calling Kenyan president a ‘monkey’

NAIROBI: Kenya has arrested a Chinese businessman after a video of him making a string of racist remarks was widely shared on social media, the government said yesterday. The Chinese national, identified as Liu Jiaqi, has been arrested and is being processed for deportation, said Kenya’s immigration department. “His work permit has been cancelled and […]

Fearing expulsion, migrants in Morocco go into hiding

Posted by on 06/09/2018
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Fearing expulsion, migrants in Morocco go into hiding

Fearing expulsion, migrants in Morocco go into hiding

The situation has become increasingly difficult and worrying TANGIERS: “We hide out like wild animals,” said Bamandou Kalli, an 18-year-old Guinean who like dozens of fellow migrants is holed up in Moroccan scrubland in fear of expulsion by the authorities. On the outskirts of Tangiers, a group of migrants rests under the shade of a […]