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Somalia: 7 killed in suicide car bomb explosion near presidential palace in Mogadishu, Al-Shabab claim responsibility

A suicide car bomb which exploded near the presidential palace in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday has killed at least seven people. District police chief Mucawiye Ahmed Mudey told reporters that at least eight others had been injured. Militant group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack targeted a convoy heading towards the […]

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Some 20% of Nigerians lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic

Nearly 20% of Nigerians lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a research study conducted by the United Nations Development Programme and Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics has found. The report offers a detailed ledger of the pandemic’s uneven impact across both the formal and informal sectors. “Wealthier nations can afford to institute the […]

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Swarm of bees kill at least 63 endangered African penguins near Cape Town

Swarm of bees killed 63 endangered African penguins in a rare occurrence near Cape Town, bird conservationists in South Africa say. The protected birds, from a colony in Simonstown, were found on a beach with multiple bee-stings but no other physical injuries. Post-mortems found that the birds had been stung around the eyes. “This is […]

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Insurance companies lose business as pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia drop

A fall in the number of pirate attacks off the Somali coast is forcing down the cost of piracy insurance for commercial ships. International navies have cracked down on pirates, including strikes on their coastal bases, and ship firms are increasingly using armed guards and defensive measures on vessels including barbed wire, scaring off Somali […]

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Burundi: Lake Tanganyika’s water levels rise displaces thousands, mostly children

Natural disasters have forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes in Burundi in recent years, the Save the Children charity says. Most of them had lived on the shores of Lake Tanganyika where water levels had risen because of heavy storms, causing floods and landslides. People described waking up at night to find […]

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Jolidee Matongo: Johannesburg mayor killed in car crash

The mayor of Johannesburg tragically died in a car crash, he was 46. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute. Jolidee Matongo had been campaigning with Mr Ramaphosa before the vehicle accident happened. Details are sketchy, but local media have shown images of the front of a car badly smashed up. Mr Matongo only became […]

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West Africa bloc sanctions Guinea and Mali over coups

West Africa’s main regional bloc has imposed sanctions against the military government in Guinea and those slowing Mali’s post-coup transition. The move on Thursday was agreed at an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra to respond to last week’s putsch in Guinea and perceived slow progress towards constitutional […]

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Head of Islamic State in Sahara killed by French troops: President Emmanuel Macron

The head of Islamic State group in the Sahara has been killed by French troops, President Emmanuel Macron has said. Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi formed Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) in 2015. The group is blamed for most attacks in the region, including the targeted killing of French aid workers in 2020. Mr […]

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Ethiopian military claims to have killed more than 5,600 Tigray rebel forces

The Ethiopian military claims it has killed more than 5,600 members of the Tigray rebel forces it is fighting in the north of the country. A bloody conflict has been raging since November, but the statement from senior general Bacha Debele gave no timescale for the casualties. Correspondents say they may be from recent battles. […]

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Toxic leak from Angola diamond mine kills 12, leaves 4,500 sick in DR Congo

A toxic leak from a massive diamond mine in Angola killed at least 12 people and left 4,500 sick, a minister in Democratic Republic of Congo says. The leak turned a tributary of the River Congo red and killed huge numbers of fish, which some people ate, said Environment Minister Eve Bazaiba. Reuters reported the mine […]

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Gunmen abduct more than 70 students in northwest Nigeria

Nigerian police say gunmen have abducted more than 70 students in the country’s northwest, in the latest in a series of school attacks targeting pupils. Zamfara state police spokesman Mohammed Shehu said in a statement that a large group of attackers stormed the Government Day Secondary School in the remote village of Kaya on Wednesday […]

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Boko Haram insurgents kill at 16 soldiers at military post in southern Niger

Boko Haram insurgents attacked a military post in southern Niger, killing 16 soldiers and wounding nine more, the defence ministry has said. About 50 attackers from the group were killed in the resulting combat in the West African country’s Diffa region and significant quantities of weapons were recovered, the ministry said in a statement on […]