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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 […]

Egypt unearths eight mummies

Egypt unearths eight mummies

CAIRO – Egyptian officials unearthed eight mummies, 10 colorful sarcophagi and numerous figurines in 3,500-year-old tombs, the Ministry of Antiquities announced Tuesday. An Egyptian archaeological mission found the tombs in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near Luxor in southern Egypt. The main T-shaped tomb belonged to a city judge named Userhat and is typical of […]

Vaccinations underway as meningitis kills hundreds in Nigeria

ABUJA – A meningitis outbreak has killed 489 people in Nigeria this year, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The country’s Centre for Disease Control reported 4,637 suspected cases. Meningitis is a serious infection of the thin lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, which can cause brain damage. “Stereotype C,” a new strain […]

ETHIOPIA – Death toll reaches 62 in landfill collapse

ETHIOPIA – Death toll reaches 62 in landfill collapse

ADDIS ABABA – The death toll has reached 62 from the collapse of a mountain of trash at a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported Monday, as relatives waited for news of the dozens of people said to be missing. The first funerals began. Security officials […]

SOUTH AFRICA – ‘Get out’

SOUTH AFRICA – ‘Get out’

PRETORIA – On a street corner in Pretoria, South Africans gather just meters from the immigrants they’re marching against. The Somali traders form a protective line, some armed with sticks and rocks. Riot police wedge themselves and their armoured carriers between the two sides. A police helicopter hovers directly above, scattering dust and trash. “Get […]

Dozens of migrants drown off Libya

TRIPOLI – The bodies of 74 migrants have been recovered by the Libyan Red Crescent after washing up on the country’s northern coast near the city of Zawiya. Circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear but a torn rubber dinghy was reportedly found nearby. Volunteers, who responded to a call Monday morning, say they believe the individuals […]

South Sudan declares famine

South Sudan declares famine

KHARTOUM – The government and the United Nations report that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine. A combination of civil war and an economic collapse have been blamed. There have been warnings of famine in Yemen, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria, but South Sudan is the first […]

SOMALIA – Militants ram car bomb into hotel

SOMALIA – Militants ram car bomb into hotel

MOGADISHU – Islamist militants rammed a car bomb into the gate of a hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, jumped clear and stormed inside on Wednesday, killing 28 people, government and medical officials said. Gunfire rang out as four militants burst into the Dayah Hotel, which is popular with politicians. A second explosion shook […]

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