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Magawa: Gold medal Cambodian rat who sniffed land mines has died

A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said Tuesday. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000 sq m of land which is equivalent of 42 football pitches over the course of his […]

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Twitter removes 3,465 accounts citing “state-backed information operations”

Twitter removed 3,465 accounts operating as “state-backed information operations” that it linked to six countries: China, Mexico, Russia, Tanzania, Uganda and Venezuela. Most of the erased profiles, about 2,048 “amplified Chinese Communist Party narratives” related to the treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang province, the social media giant said in a statement published on Thursday. Another […]

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Tanzania: Seven die after eating poisonous turtle meat

Seven people, including a three-year-old died on Tanzania’s Pemba island after eating poisonous turtle meat. Three others are still in hospital. The meat is a common delicacy among those living on Tanzania’s islands and coastal areas but the authorities have now banned the consumption of turtles in the area. In rare cases turtle meat can […]

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Gunman kills police and private security personnel near French embassy in Tanzania, 5 dead

A gunman shot dead three police officers and an employee of a private security company near the French embassy in the Tanzanian commercial capital Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, President Samia Suluhu Hassan said. Hassan said on Twitter that the attacker had been “neutralised” and “calm has returned”. “I send my condolences to the police […]

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Jobo becomes first tropical cyclone to make landfall in Tanzania after nearly seven decades

Tanzanian authorities warned people to avoid coastal areas as Tropical Cyclone Jobo made landfall on Saturday night. The Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) said the storm weakened as it entered the mainland south of the coast region and Dar Es Salaam. Earlier, the agency had estimated that Jobo would reach wind speeds of between 50 and […]

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Rare tropical storm approaches Tanzania after nearly seven decades

A rare tropical storm was approaching Tanzania and could become the first cyclone to make landfall in the nation in modern records. Tropical Cyclone Jobo, located near Madagascar in the South Indian Ocean, is currently equivalent to a strong tropical storm with winds just shy of 100km/hr. Although Jobo is churning over the very warm […]

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Samia Suluhu Hassan: Tanzania swears in first woman President

Tanzania’s Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Friday was sworn in as the President after the sudden death of John Magufuli from an illness shrouded in mystery. She is the first female president of the East African nation. In her first public address as president, the 61-year-old leader announced 21 days of mourning for Magufuli and […]

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John Magufuli: Tanzania’s President dies aged 61

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has died from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan announced on state television. Magufuli had not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumours have been circulating about his health. Opposition politicians said last week that he had contracted Covid-19, but […]

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Tanzanian Prime Minister dispels rumors about missing President after COVID-19 speculation

The Prime Minister of Tanzania dispelled rumors about President John Magufuli’s health after days of wide speculation that he was ill with Covid-19. Kassim Majaliwa said he was surprised people were questioning the President’s whereabouts, adding that the leader was “fine and continuing with his daily activities,” according to state broadcaster Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation. President […]

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Missing Tanzania’s president has flown to India following Covid-19 complications, opposition claims

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli is in India receiving medical treatment for COVID-19 and is in a serious condition, the nation’s main opposition leader has claimed. Tundu Lissu, who lost last year’s election to Magufuli, on Thursday cited medical and security sources in Kenya for his information that the president had been transferred from a hospital […]

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Tanzania’s President John Magufuli re-elected president with 85% votes, opposition reject results

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli won the presidential election, the National Electoral Commission said late on Friday, a contest dismissed by the opposition as a “travesty” because of widespread irregularities. Magufuli received 12.5 million votes (85 percent) in Wednesday’s election while his main challenger, Tundu Lissu of the Chadema party, got 1.9 million votes (13 percent) […]

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Goats and cheese test positive for coronavirus in Tanzania

Goats and pawpaw (cheese) have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus in Tanzania. As a result, the country’s President John Magufuli dismissed the testing kits as ”faulty”. The COVID-19 testing kits had been imported from abroad, the President said during an event in Chato in the north west of Tanzania, although he did not give […]