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  • Fires triple in Brazil wetlands

    The number of forest fires in the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands, has nearly tripled in 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to satellite data released Thursday. Brazil’s national space agency identified 3,506 fires from January 1 to July 22 in the Pantanal.

  • 20 killed in attacks on villages in western Niger

    Bandits riding motorbikes killed 20 villagers in a string of attacks in Niger's western region of Tillaberi, the governor there tells AFP.

  • Nigerian president's chief of staff dies from coronavirus

    The Nigerian president's chief of staff, Abba Kyari, died after contracting the new coronavirus, two presidency spokesmen says on Twitter.

  • South Africa: first 2 coronavirus deaths, cases top 1,000

    South Africa on Friday reported its first two deaths from the novel coronavirus outbreak as the number of confirmed cases breached the 1,000 mark, the government says.

  • Coronavirus infection

    Virus detected in sub-Saharan Africa, global stock markets tank

    Nigeria reports the first new coronavirus case in sub-Saharan Africa, as global stock markets tank on deepening fears of a pandemic and the World Health Organization warn against the "fatal mistake" of complacency.

  • Lassa fever deaths in Nigeria rise to 41

    The death toll from Lassa fever in Nigeria since the beginning of January has risen to 41 as cases were confirmed in more regions, Nigeria’s disease control agency said.

  • 4 killed in car bombing near Somalia parliament

    At least four people were killed and 10 wounded when a car bomb exploded close to a checkpoint near Somalia’s parliament in the capital Mogadishu yesterday, police said.

  • Massive car bomb kills 90 in Somalia

    At least 90 people were killed and dozens were wounded when a bomb-laden vehicle exploded at a bustling checkpoint in the Somali capital Mogadishu, an international organisation working in the country says, in one of the most deadly recent attacks.

  • S Sudan rivals agree to form unity govt

    South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar yesterday agreed to form a unity government by a February deadline, as they face international censure over faltering peace talks.

  • Brazil’s climate negotiators in dark on Bolsonaro’s aims

    Brazil’s negotiators already face a tough job at United Nations climate talks, given anger at President Jair Bolsonaro’s stance on the Amazon, but it has become doubly difficult as they are in the dark on their own government’s aims.

  • Congo plane crash death toll rises to 27

    At least 27 people are killed, including some on the ground, when a small plane crashed into a densely populated neighbourhood in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, a rescue official says.

  • 55 elephants die in Zimbabwe

    At least 55 elephants have died in a month in Zimbabwe due to a lack of food and water, its wildlife agency said Monday, as the country faces one of the worst droughts in its history.

  • Nigeria rescues 147 from ‘torture house’: state govt

    Police in northern Nigeria have rescued 147 people from an Islamic boarding school where the students were being abused, the fourth such raid in a month, a local official told AFP.

  • Ethiopian PM wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his peacemaking efforts with Eritrea. Ethiopia and Eritrea, longtime foes who fought a border war from 1998 to 2000, restored relations in July 2018 after years of hostility.

  • Ebola virus contained in DR Congo: WHO

    Efforts to halt an Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo have made “significant progress”, with the virus now contained to a far smaller and mainly rural area, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday.

  • Portugal’s Socialists tipped for re-election

    Portugal yesterday voted with Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s Socialists tipped to win a second straight term after presiding over a period of solid economic growth following years of austerity.

  • 25 Mali soldiers killed in clashes

    At least 25 Malian soldiers have been killed and about 60 are missing after jihadists attacked two military posts in the country’s fragile central region, the Malian government said yesterday.

  • Shabaab claims attack on US base in somalia

    The Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for an attack on a US base in Somalia yesterday, as the European Union confirmed a separate strike against a convoy of Italian advisers.

  • Cholera outbreak kills 8 in Sudan

    Eight people have died from cholera in Sudan including six in the war-torn state of Blue Nile, according to the World Health Organisation, amid a surge in the number of reported cases. A total of 184 cases of cholera have been reported in the northeast African country over the

  • 7 children killed in Kenya school collapse

    Seven children died and scores were injured early yesterday when a school building collapsed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, in an accident blamed on shoddy construction. “So far we can confirm that we have seven fatalities,” government spokesman Cyrus Oguna said

  • Zimbabwe’s Mugabe died from cancer

    Zimbabwe’s founding president Robert Mugabe had “advanced cancer” when he died in hospital in Singapore on September 6, the state-

  • 2 Bangladeshi siblings killed in Mozambique road crash

    Two Bangladeshi siblings are killed and three people injured in a road crash in Mozambique.

  • W African leaders pledge $1b anti-jihadist plan

    West African leaders on Saturday announced a billion-dollar plan to fight the rising problem of jihadist violence in the region, at a

  • African leaders gather to remember Mugabe

    Former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe is to be given a state funeral with a dozen African leaders expected to pay tribute to a man lauded as a colonial-era liberation hero.

  • Mugabe's family agree to burial in 'heroes' monument

    The family of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe have agreed to bury him at a monument for national heroes in Harare, a family spokesman says though the date for the ceremony was still unclear.

  • Nigeria to repatriate 600 citizens from S Africa

    Nigeria will repatriate about 600 citizens from South Africa this week following a wave of xenophobic violence which sparked sharp exchanges between the two countries, a Nigerian diplomat said yesterday.

  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe: From liberator to oppressor

    Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe was feted as an African liberation hero and champion of racial reconciliation when he first came to power in a nation divided by nearly a century of white colonial rule.

  • Zimbabwe ex-president Mugabe dies

    Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has died aged 95, the country's President Emmerson Mnangagwa says on his official Twitter account.

  • South Africa wakes up to anti-foreigner violence

    South African police patrolled central Johannesburg yesterday after the financial capital was hit by a new wave of anti-foreigner violence.

  • Indigenous tribes pray for protection of Amazon

    As thousands of fires ravage the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, some indigenous tribes are turning to prayer in a bid to halt