11 traders die, 16 rescued as boat capsizes in Nigerian state

Daily Independent ABEOKUTA– No fewer than eleven traders lost their lives when a boat conveying 29 passengers capsized on Tafa River, Maun 2 in Ipokia local government area of Ogun State. Sixteen other passengers were rescued alive while two others, at the time of filling this report, were still missing. Sunday Independent gathered that the

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Malawi nurse suspended over selfie in labour ward showing naked women

CNN A nurse in Malawi has been suspended after her selfie in a labour ward showing a naked pregnant woman in the background surfaced online. Patricia Malichi’s selfie, which has an unidentified pregnant woman lying on a hospital bed at Ndirande Health Centre in Blantyre city, provoked public anger on social media with many Malawians

Seven UN peacekeepers killed in eastern DR Congo

AFP Seven United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an operation against a rebel militia in eastern DR Congo, the UN said on Thursday. Ten other peacekeeping troops were wounded, and another is missing, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York. Several Congolese were also killed or wounded in the joint operation, he said. The

With new Egypt capital being built, what becomes of Cairo?

By Associated Press CAIRO: Billboards across Cairo advertise luxury homes with “breathtaking” views in compounds with names like “La Verde” or “Vinci” in Egypt’s new capital that is under construction in the desert, miles from the Nile-side city which has been the seat of power for more than 1,000 years. Often, what lies behind the

President John Magufuli

Denmark withholds aid to Tanzania after anti-gay comments

By Denmark is withholding $9.8m in aid to Tanzania after “unacceptable homophobic comments” from a senior politician, a minister says. Development minister Ulla Tornaes did not name the official but said she was “very concerned” by the comments. Last month, Paul Makonda, commissioner for the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, called on the public

President Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru: Let churches run schools they built

Daily Nation President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Education ministry to let the management of schools originally managed by churches revert to the different faiths, a move that could take the education system decades back. The President also directed that ownership of the land on which church-built schools stand be given to the churches, meaning the

Cholera outbreak kills 175, affects over 10 000 in Nigeria

AFP Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Monday. The humanitarian group said 10 000 people have been affected by the fast-spreading cholera outbreak and 175 people have died in the

9 children killed in Uganda school inferno, police say

dpa At least 9 children were killed when angered pupils allegedly set their school and dormitory on fire in south-western Uganda, police said Monday. The suspected perpetrators had been recently expelled from the Saint Bernard Secondary School in Rakai district, police spokesman Emilio Kayima told dpa. An unknown number of the injured children were rushed

Rwanda president Paul Kagame

Kagame defends Rwanda courts as key dissident faces trial

By AFP President Paul Kagame insisted on Sunday that Rwanda’s courts will operate freely in the case of leading dissident politician Diane Rwigara, as prosecutors push for her to face 22 years in jail. Rwigara went on trial in the capital Kigali on Wednesday for inciting insurrection and forgery. The 37-year-old denies the charges as

Atiku Abubakar

Nigerian opposition candidate says ‘intimidated’ by govt agents

By AFP THE presidential nominee of Nigeria’s main opposition party alleged on Sunday that he was “intimidated” by armed government agents who searched his private plane at the Abuja airport. Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who will challenge incumbent Muhammadu Buhari in February, said he was manhandled upon his arrival

Leaders meet in Italy to find settlement in Libya

By Associated Press PALERMO: Representatives of Libya’s quarrelling factions and of countries keen on stabilising the North African nation were attending a conference in Sicily Monday aimed at finding a political settlement to bolster the fight against Islamic militants and stop illegal migrants from crossing the Mediterranean to Europe’s southern shores. The driving force behind

Toll rises to 53 dead from bomb blasts in Somalia’s capital

By Associated Press NAIROBI: Somali hospital and police sources say the death toll from Friday’s bombings outside a hotel in Mogadishu has risen to 53 with over 100 injured. Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer, said many of the injured suffered horrific wounds, raising fears that death toll could rise further. The figure

‘Huge’ fall in FGM rates for African girls Rates of female genital mutilation (FGM) have fallen dramatically among girls in Africa in the last two decades, according to new research. The study, published in BMJ Global Health, cited a “huge and significant decline” among under-14s. The practice involves removing all or part of a girl or woman’s external genitalia, including the clitoris.

Angry residents block Ghana accident prone highway

Africa News Protesting residents in a part of Ghana’s capital, Accra, on Thursday blocked vehicular movement on a major highway, after a pedestrian was hit and killed by a speeding vehicle earlier in the day. The increasing spate of deadly accidents on the Adenta – Madina – Aburi highway had been the subject of a

Cameroon kidnapped student speaks after release

Africa News The kidnapped Cameroonian students from PSS Nkwen have finally been reunited with their families. Parents where allowed to take their children home as the school is in complete lockdown. Some of them narrated the ordeal as they recount the horrific moments when the abductors broke in. “It was around 3 a.m. in the

Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema

Zambia blames opposition for anti-China attacks

AFP Zambia’s government accused the opposition on Friday of fuelling “xenophobic” attacks on Chinese nationals after a spate of violent incidents targeting the community and its businesses. Anti-Chinese sentiment in Zambia has grown as the government increasingly hands lucrative contracts to the country while borrowing huge sums from Beijing. Vice President Inonge Wina told parliament

Lions suspected in drowning of 400 buffaloes in Botswana

By AFP More than 400 buffaloes believed to have been chased by lions drowned in a river in northern Bostwana this week, the government said. The mass drowning occurred in Chobe River near the border with Namibia. Early investigations by authorities in both countries “suggest that an exceptionally large buffalo herd was grazing in Namibia