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Eggs harvested from last remaining white rhinos

  BBC Scientists say they have successfully extracted eggs from the world’s last two surviving northern white females rhinos. The team of scientists and conservationists, which is trying to save the species from extinction, carried out the process in Kenya where the rhinos are kept in a sanctuary. The procedure involved harvesting five eggs each

US names Nigerians in massive fraud investigation

BBC The US authorities have charged 80 people, “most of whom are Nigerian nationals”, with participating in a conspiracy to steal millions of dollars, prosecutors say. They are accused of using business email fraud schemes and romance scams to con victims – many of them elderly. Police have so far arrested 14 suspects across the

Ebola outbreak spreads to 3rd province in eastern Congo

Associated Press Congo’s year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases, including one death, confirmed in South Kivu, according to the government health ministry. The movement of the potentially deadly disease to a new province highlights the difficulties that health workers in Congo face in controlling the outbreak. Two new patients

Sudan to launch historic transition to civilian rule

AFP Sudan’s military rulers and protest leaders on Saturday are scheduled to sign a landmark deal reached after a bloody uprising which is meant to pave the way for civilian rule. The ceremony will make official a constitutional declaration inked on August 4 between the country’s Transitional Military Council and the opposition coalition of the

Kenya officials exhume man’s body to retrieve uniform

BBC Officials in western Kenya have exhumed the body of a local man to strip him of the uniform he was buried in, according to reports. Martin Shikuku Alukoye was buried in his full Kakamega County Youth Service uniform after drowning this month. Local officials then exhumed the body to retrieve the uniform, despite opposition

President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s president moves to block food imports

BBC President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to block food importers’ requests for foreign currency in a bid to boost local agriculture. He said the country’s foreign reserve should be conserved and used strictly for diversifying the economy not “encouraging more dependence on foreign food import bills.” “Don’t give a cent

File Pic: Poverty has sometimes drivel people into dangerous attempts to siphon fuel from overturned trucks

Tanzania fuel tanker blast: At least 57 killed

By BBC AT least 57 people have been killed in a fuel tanker explosion in Tanzania, police say. Pictures posted online show flaming wreckage scattered over a wide area and charred bodies lying on the ground. Unconfirmed reports say people were trying to siphon fuel from the vehicle, which had overturned, when the blast happened.

Bobi Wine

Uganda’s Bobi Wine charged with ‘annoying’ president

AFP A Ugandan court on Tuesday charged pop star turned leading opposition figure Bobi Wine with “annoying” President Yoweri Museveni, his lawyer told AFP. The singer, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, appeared in court on a prior treason charge after he and other opposition politicians allegedly stoned Museveni’s convoy during a campaign rally in

UN launches new Zimbabwe appeal as millions face food crisis

AFP The UN food agency on Tuesday launched a $331-million appeal for aid donations to feed millions of people in crisis-hit Zimbabwe, which is reeling from a drought and the high cost of food. Around five million people, or a third of the 16 million Zimbabweans, are in need of aid and at least half

1 800 dead as malaria ‘epidemic’ rages in Burundi – UN

AFP Malaria has killed more than 1 800 people in Burundi this year, the UN’s humanitarian agency says, a death toll rivalling a deadly Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. In its latest situation report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 5.7 million cases of malaria had

Libya conflict: Drone strike kills dozens

BBC At least 42 people have died in a drone strike in south-western Libya carried out by the forces of rebel Gen Khalifa Haftar, local officials say. The strike hit a town hall meeting in the town of Murzuq, reports say. Gen Haftar’s forces – which are based in eastern Libya – say they targeted

Ebola crisis: Rwanda shuts border with DR Congo to stop spread of virus

BBC Rwanda has restricted movement across its border with the DR Congo, where an Ebola outbreak has killed more than 1,800 people in the past year. Parts of the border were closed after a third case of Ebola was identified in the Congolese border city of Goma, where two people have already died. At least

Sudan power sharing deal ‘almost finalised’

BBC The African Union mediator trying to resolve the political crisis in Sudan says the details of a power sharing agreement are almost finalised. Hassan Lebatt called on the opposition Forces For Freedom and Change and the ruling military council to restart negotiations as soon as possible and to sign a constitutional declaration that they

Demonstrations in Sudan

School students shot dead at Sudan rally ahead of talks

AFP Four Sudanese school students were among five demonstrators shot dead on Monday during a rally against shortages of bread and fuel, a day before protest leaders and ruling generals are set to hold new talks on the country’s transition. Authorities announced a night-time curfew in four towns following the deaths in the central town

Libya buries bodies of 46 migrants after deadly shipwreck

AFP Libyan authorities buried the bodies of 46 migrants on Sunday after they were plucked from the sea following one of deadliest shipwrecks in the Mediterranean so far this year. Rescue workers said on Friday they had recovered the bodies of 62 migrants from waters off Libya after the overloaded boat went down off the

Salva Kiir

South Sudan’s Kiir bans singing of anthem in his absence

AFP South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has banned anyone from singing the national anthem unless he is present, a minister said on Monday. Information Minister Michael Makuei told AFP that different leaders and institutions were playing the anthem at whim, which was an abuse of the national tune, written shortly before independence in 2011. “For

Ethiopia says army to take over security in troubled south

AFP Ethiopia announced on Monday that soldiers and federal police will take over security in a restive southern region following days of violence that has left at least 18 people dead. “The regular security structure has been unable to ensure rule of law and has been stymied by various agendas,” said a statement read on

Death toll rises after Mogadishu attack

BBC Latest reports from Somalia indicate that at least 17 people have been killed and were 30 injured during a bomb blast and gun attack in the capital, Mogadishu. The Islamist militant group al-Shabab says it carried out the attack. A car bomb was followed by gunfire at a security checkpoint close to the city’s

Ebola victim ‘may have carried virus into Rwanda’

BBC A woman who died this month of Ebola may have carried the disease into Rwanda, Reuters news agency quotes the World Health Organization as saying. Rwanda has never had a recorded case of Ebola. The Congolese woman was a fishmonger who vomited multiple times at a market in Uganda on 11 July, a few