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Ghana eyes world record in medical drone service

ACCRA, Ghana launched a fleet of drones Wednesday to carry medical supplies to remote areas, with President Nana Akufo-Addo declaring it would become the "world's largest drone delivery service." The craft are part of an ambitious plan to leapfrog problems of medical access in a country...

S.Africa President heads to floods hotspot as 51 die

JOHANNESBURG, At least 51 people have been killed in flooding in South Africa, a local official said Wednesday, as President Cyril Ramaphosa flew into the deluged eastern region of the country. Heavy rains have lashed South Africa in recent days, with the southern and eastern parts of...

Road accident kills 19 wedding guests in Nigeria

KANO, Nineteen wedding guests in the northern Nigerian state of Jigawa died when their bus lost control and burst into flames, police said Wednesday. The 18-seater was carrying 40 women and children returning from a wedding when its front tyre burst, causing it to skid off the...

Algeria’s richest man held in jail in graft probe

ALGIERS, Algeria's richest man Issad Rebrab has been detained in jail on the public prosecutor's orders, state media reported Tuesday, a day after his arrest as part of a corruption probe. The crackdown on alleged graft follows the resignation of veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in early...

Ugandan pop star opposition MP placed under house arrest

KAMPALA Ugandan police said Tuesday it had placed pop star MP Bobi Wine under "preventive arrest" as the fiery government critic warned his opposition movement would not be cowed into silence. Wine's confinement under house arrest in Kampala came as the United States rebuked the government for...

37 dead in another boat sinking in DR Congo

KINSHASA, Thirty-seven bodies have been recovered after another boat sinking in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Tuesday, a week after a vessel capsized with nearly 130 people on board. Sixteen survivors were found near the spot where the boat sunk on a river in the...

Egypt hosts Africa summits on Sudan, Libya crises

CAIRO, Egypt Tuesday hosted African leaders for summit talks on the upheavals in Sudan and Libya, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned against "a slide into chaos". President Sisi called for a coherent regional response, as protests continue in Khartoum despite the toppling of Omar al-Bashir earlier...

Uganda Airlines revival afoot as new Bombardier jets arrive

ENTEBBE Uganda has received two Bombardier CRJ900 jets in its push to revive the national carrier Uganda Airlines, which was grounded almost two decades ago. The aircraft touched down at the Entebbe International Airport at 9.55am (0655GMT) on Tuesday morning, with President Yoweri Museveni gracing the ceremony....

South Africa floods, mudslides kill 23: minister

JOHANNESBURG, The number of dead from floods and mudslides that crushed homes in the South African port of Durban early Tuesday has risen to 23, authorities said. Among those killed were a six-month-old baby and a child aged around 10, they added. "Last night the weather conditions...

Bobi Wine calls for mass strike against Ugandan police

KAMPALA Ugandan opposition MP Bobi Wine has called for mass protests against the actions of police and other state injustices meted out on Ugandans, reports the privately-owned Observer newspaper. "We are encouraged by the people of Algeria who in the past weeks forced a dictator to resign, and...

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10 dead, 30 children hurt as Nigeria policeman rams car into crowdTen people were killed and more than 30 injured when a policeman rammed his car into a group of children during an Easter procession in northeast Nigeria. He was later killed himself by the angry crowd,...

Ugandan police detain Bobi Wine, sources say

KAMPALA Ugandan police detained pop star-turned-MP Bobi Wine on Monday after shutting down one of his concerts and firing tear gas at his fans, the singer's wife and supporters said. "He has been arrested in Busabala, where he was to address the media on the cancellation of...

Sudan protest leaders suspend talks with army rulers

Protest leaders on Sunday said they suspended talks with Sudan's military council as they urged people to intensify their protest outside army headquarters in Khartoum and in other towns. "We will continue the sit-in and we are suspending our talks with the military council. "We are...

South Africa still waiting on post-apartheid promises

Johannesburg, The election 25 years ago of South Africa's first black president, the late Nelson Mandela, who inspired the struggle against apartheid, was a time of soaring hope that the bruised country would reconcile after decades of discrimination and inequality. "You have mandated us to change...

Sudan crisis: Protest leaders suspend talks with army rulers

Khartoum Protest leaders in Sudan have said they have broken off contacts with the ruling military council that replaced ousted leader Omar al-Bashir. They accused it of being composed of "remnants" of Mr Bashir's regime. Thousands of protesters who gathered outside army HQ in Khartoum for...

South Sudan president urges rebel chief to join unity government

JUBA  South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Saturday urged opposition leader Riek Machar to return home "urgently" to help form a government of national unity. A failure by the former vice president to do so would destroy any hope for peace in the war-torn country, he said....

Bashir under money laundering probe after KSh13.2bn found at his home

A large hoard of cash has been found at the home of Sudan's ousted President Omar al-Bashir and he is now being investigated for money laundering, prosecutors say Security services found euros, dollars and Sudanese pounds totalling more than $130 million (£100 million; KSh13.2 billion). The ex-leader...

Jihadists kill more than 60 regime fighters across Syria

BEIRUT, Jihadists have killed more than 60 Syrian regime fighters in 48 hours, a monitor said Saturday, in some of the deadliest attacks on pro-Damascus forces in recent weeks. Kurdish-led forces in March announced the defeat of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" in eastern Syria, but the...

Salva Kiir urges Riek Machar to join South Sudan unity govt

JUBA, South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Saturday urged opposition leader Riek Machar to return home "urgently" to help form a government of national unity. A failure by the former vice president to do so would destroy any hope for peace in the war-torn country, he said....

Donald Trump speaks with Libya warlord Khalifa Haftar

WASHINGTON  President Donald Trump spoke this week with Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan warlord fighting to capture the capital Tripoli, the White House said Friday. Trump and Haftar spoke on Monday "to discuss ongoing counterterrorism efforts and the need to achieve peace and stability in Libya," according to...

Egyptians vote in referendum to extend Sisi’s rule

CAIRO Egyptians start voting Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader presenting himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region. Despite protests from rights groups, the three-day plebiscite is expected to approve sweeping...

Ebola worker killed at hospital in eastern DR Congo

BUTEMBO, A health worker fighting an Ebola outbreak in DR Congo was killed Friday in an attack on a hospital in the eastern city of Butembo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The attack is the latest in a string of assaults on teams grappling with a...

Sudan protest leaders to unveil civilian ruling body

Sudanese Professionals Association to unveil body to take over from military council.

11 sleeping civilians killed in Cameroon Boko Haram attack

YAOUNDE, Boko Haram fighters torched a village in Cameroon's troubled Far North Region overnight and killed 11 civilians in their sleep, security sources told AFP on Friday. "Boko Haram made an incursion at night in the Tchakamari area. The toll is 11," a source close to security...

Nigeria’s ex-CJ Walter Onnoghen appeals graft conviction

LAGOS, Nigeria's former most senior judge who was found guilty of graft charges has appealed his conviction, his lawyers said on Friday. Former Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen was banned from holding office for 10 years by an ethics court on Thursday in a case the opposition said...

Malian PM resigns as anger mounts over massacre

BAMAKO, Mali's prime minister resigned along with his entire government on Thursday following criticism over their handling of an upsurge of violence in the centre of the country and a massacre last month that left 160 people dead. A statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's office...

In South Sudan, illness is as deadly as war

UDIER  By the time he was brought into the remote clinic in northeastern South Sudan, two-year-old Nyachoat was already convulsing from the malaria attacking his brain. After being given medication he lies fast asleep, naked and feverish, attached to a drip, his anxious mother sitting on the...

US praises Sudan, sends envoy to Khartoum

The United States on Thursday praised orders by Sudan's new military leader to free political prisoners and end a night curfew as it dispatched an envoy to Khartoum to encourage a transition to democracy. Makila James, the deputy assistant secretary of state who is in charge of...

Uganda’s top court upholds ruling to remove presidential age caps

KAMPALA  Uganda's top court Thursday upheld a decision to scrap presidential age limits, paving the way for the country's 74-year-old leader, Yoweri Museveni, to seek a sixth term in office. The Supreme Court dismissed a challenge by Museveni's opponents, who had appealed against a ruling by the...

Over 2,000 Zambia villagers win second round against UK’s Vendata

More than 2,000 villagers in Zambia have won the second round of their unprecedented search for compensation over water pollution by Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), a subsidiary of UK's Vedanta Resources. The villagers have since 2007 been seeking justice against the company for poisoning water sources and...
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