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Ghana sends first satellite into space

Ghana sends first satellite into space

ACCRA –– Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space. GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre. Cheers erupted as 400 people, including the engineers, gathered in the southern Ghanaian city to watch live pictures of the launch. The first signal […]

UGANDA – Mini-skirt ban for civil servants

UGANDA – Mini-skirt ban for civil servants

KAMPALA – Public servants in Uganda are facing a strict dress code after the government issued a circular warning them to “dress decently”. Female staff have been told not to show any cleavage, wear brightly coloured nails, braids or hair extensions, sleeveless or transparent blouses. Men must wear long-sleeved shirts, jackets and ties, while trousers […]

ALGERIA – Man jailed for dangling baby from window

ALGERIA – Man jailed for dangling baby from window

ALGIERS – A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling a baby out of a window in order to attract “likes” on Facebook. The man posted a picture of himself holding the baby out of a window in a high-rise building with the caption: “1,000 likes or I […]

MOROCCO – Fossils of early humans discovered

MOROCCO – Fossils of early humans discovered

RABAT –– The idea that modern people evolved in a single “cradle of humanity” in East Africa some 200,000 years ago is no longer tenable, new research suggests. Fossils of five early humans have been found in North Africa that show Homo sapiens emerged at least 100,000 years earlier than previously recognised. It suggests that […]

EGYPT – Ambush attack

EGYPT – Ambush attack

CAIRO — Masked gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least 28 people, and Egypt responded by launching airstrikes against what it said were militant training bases in Libya. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi announced the retaliatory action hours after the bus was riddled with machine-gun fire […]

IVORY COAST – Mutinous military

IVORY COAST – Mutinous military

IVORY COAST – Gunfire rocked cities in Ivory Coast on Monday as a mutiny by disgruntled soldiers gathered pace in defiance of government action against a revolt that threatens the country’s rapid emergence from a civil war. The troops who rebelled over delayed bonus payments controlled the second city Bouake, and heavy gunfire also hit […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Town hit by riots after white farmers get bail

SOUTH AFRICA – Town hit by riots after white farmers get bail

CAPE TOWN – Riots have hit a small town in South Africa after a magistrate granted bail to two white farmers accused of murdering a 16-year-old black boy. Anger erupted in the maize producing town of Coligny, after residents learned that the two suspects had been freed on Monday. Three houses were torched and white-owned […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Nineteen children killed in bus crash

SOUTH AFRICA – Nineteen children killed in bus crash

PRETORIA – At least 19 children have been killed in a minibus crash near the South African capital, Pretoria, emergency services and officials say. The children died after the vehicle burst into flames following a collision with a truck just north of the capital. There were understood to be both primary and secondary school-aged children […]

Nigeria suspends spy chief

Nigeria suspends spy chief

LAGOS – Nigeria’s foreign spy chief Ayo Oke has been suspended after anti-corruption officers found more than $43m in a flat in the main city, Lagos, the president’s office has said. Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into how the spy agency headed by Oke came into possession of the money, his office added. Oke […]

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