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Cyclone Idai: Sharp rise in cholera cases

BBC THE government of Mozambique says the number of confirmed cases of cholera linked to Cyclone Idai has risen sharply to 139, all of them in the devastated port city of Beira. Thousands more are being treated for diarrhoea, an early symptom of cholera, which has killed at least two people. The World Health Organization

Algeria: police fire tear gas at protesters

BBC ALGERIAN police fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse crowds on Friday after protesters calling for the resignation of President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika hurled stones at them. Thousands are gathering for the sixth successive Friday of mass anti-government protests. Earlier this week an army general, Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah, called for the

1st cholera cases confirmed in Mozambique’s cyclone-hit city

Associated Press The first cases of cholera have been confirmed in the cyclone-ravaged city of Beira, Mozambican authorities announced on Wednesday, raising the stakes in an already desperate fight to help hundreds of thousands of people sheltering in increasingly squalid conditions. The five cholera cases were confirmed in Munhava, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in

Ethiopian Airlines says pilots got appropriate training

 Associated Press ETHIOPIAN Airlines’ CEO says the pilots who flew the plane that crashed on March 10 had trained on “all appropriate simulators”, rejecting reports that they had not been adequately prepared to handle the new aircraft. Tewolde Gebremariam said in a statement on Monday that the airline owns simulators to help pilots train on

Mozambique cyclone survivors face ‘ticking bomb’ of disease

AFP SURVIVORS of a powerful cyclone that pummelled southern Africa were to begin receiving emergency medicine, food and tents on Tuesday as floodwaters receded, while the Red Cross warned of “a ticking bomb” of disease in the storm-struck region. Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique’s coast, unleashing hurricane-force wind and rain that flooded swathes of the

Teachers ‘should not think of money’

BBC A Kenyan science teacher who has won a $1m prize (£760,000) after being voted the world’s best teacher has urged his colleagues to teach with passion – and not to think about money. In a BBC Newsday interview, Peter Tabichi, who won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize, described teaching as a “noble” profession. “Through

Ebola cases in DR Congo exceed 1,000

BBC THE number of people known to have contracted Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has exceeded 1,000, making the current outbreak the second largest ever recorded, aid workers say. More than 629 people have died since last August. New cases have increased sharply over the past week, with 58 new cases reported –

Cyclone Idai: More deaths reported in Mozambique

BBC The official death toll from Cyclone Idai, which tore through southern Africa more than a week ago, rose sharply on Saturday as authorities reported scores more deaths. The number of people declared dead in Mozambique rose from 242 to 417, Land and Environment Minister Celso Correia said. The new figure puts the overall death

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Gabon: Bongo returns home after rehabilitation in Morocco

AP President Ali Bongo Ondimba flew home to Gabon Saturday after several months in Morocco recovering from illness. He flew back into Libreville on Saturday afternoon, accompanied by his wife Sylvia, to be welcomed by Prime Minister Julien Nkoghe Bekale and senior members of the government. Several thousand people also turned out at the airport

Death toll from central Mali massacre up to 134 – UN

AP The death toll from a massacre in a central Malian village rose to 134 dead, the UN said, as new video emerged on Sunday showing victims strewn on the ground amid the burning remains of their homes. An ethnic Dogon militia already blamed for scores of attacks in central Mali over the past year

Over 100 Mali villagers killed by gunmen

BBC More than 100 people have been killed in an attack on a village in central Mali by armed men wearing traditional Dogon hunters’ clothing, reports say. Gunmen surrounded the village before attacking people in their homes in Ogossagou in the country’s Mopti region, a local official said. The attack on Saturday targeted members of

Cyclone Idai: Cholera cases reported in storm-hit Mozambique

BBC A week after the flooded Mozambican port of Beira was hit by Cyclone Idai, cases of cholera have been recorded, a humanitarian aid group said on Friday. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned of the risk of other outbreaks, already noting an increase in malaria. The storm has

Ethiopian Airlines CEO denied pilots did not train on 737 Max 8 simulator

CNN The pilots of a jet that crashed in Ethiopia, killing all on board, used a flight simulator to learn how to fly the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane, the airline told CNN. Flight 302 crashed March 10, six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa. It was the second disaster involving a new 737 Max

At least 60 killed in Ghana bus collision

AFP At least 60 people were killed on Friday in a head-on collision between two buses in southern Ghana, police said. The crash happened at about 02:00 (02:00 GMT) in the Bono East region, some 430km by road north of the capital, Accra. “The vehicles were travelling in separate directions when the collision occurred,” police

Cyclone Idai: Rescuers race against time to reach survivors

By BBC Aid agencies are scrambling to reach survivors of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique as the full scale of the disaster becomes clear. Charities say thousands of people are stranded by catastrophic flooding, clinging to roofs or stuck in trees. In the port city of Beira aid workers say they have only two to three

Zambia bans ‘Viagra’ energy drink

By BBC The Zambian authorities have banned an energy drink after it was discovered that it contains an ingredient that’s used in the anti-impotence drug Viagra. At the end of last year a consumer in Uganda complained of a prolonged erection after drinking Power Natural High Energy Drink SX, which is manufactured in Zambia. The

Cyclone Idai: ‘Massive disaster’ in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

By BBC Cyclone Idai has triggered a “massive disaster” in southern Africa affecting hundreds of thousands if not millions of people, the UN has said. The region has been hit by widespread flooding and devastation affecting Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi called it “a humanitarian disaster of great proportion”. He said more

Kenya police seize ‘$20m of fake cash’ from bank

By BBC Police in Kenya say they have arrested six people after seizing fake currency worth more than $20m (£15m) from a branch of Barclays Bank in the capital, Nairobi. “The fake notes in 100 dollar denominations were recovered from the bank’s safe room,” the Directorate of Criminal Investigations added in a tweet on its