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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 […]

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 […]