Category: Africa

Libya navy seizes oil tanker; detains Filipino crew

TRIPOLI, Libya (AFP) — The Libyan navy said Monday it has seized an oil tanker near the maritime border with Tunisia and detained the 20-member Filipino crew on suspicion of fuel smuggling. Navy spokesman General Ayoub Kacem said the vessel was intercepted on Sunday off Abu Kamash, 170 kilometers (110 miles) west of Tripoli, and its crew transported to the capital to appear before the prosecutor general. The Liberian-flagged tanker belonging to a Greek company […]

Up to 250 feared dead in DRCongo mudslide

by Marthe Bosuandole Agence France-Presse BUNIA, DR Congo – As many as 250 people are feared dead after a massive mudslide swept over a fishing village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as the government came under fire for its slow response. The search for survivors has been called off after last week’s disaster, which devastated Tara, a fishing village on the shores of Lake Albert on the country’s northeastern border with Uganda. Pacifique Keta, deputy head of […]

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

by Saidu Bah Agence France Presse FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AFP) — Sierra Leone began a week of mourning Wednesday as it emerged that 105 children were among more than 300 people who perished in mudslides and torrential flooding, in one of the country’s worst natural disasters. With 600 people still missing in Freetown, President Ernest Bai Koroma described the humanitarian challenge ahead as “overwhelming.” He said flags would fly at half-mast. He called for urgent […]

Hope for a new life: INC inaugurates first eco-farm outside PHL in Ladybrand; inspires South Africans in the area

  (Eagle News) — It was an inspiring scene. South Africans singing in joy as they planted pecan trees and olive trees, as well as various vegetables in a land transformed into an eco-farm by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) to help the people of Ladybrand and other nearby towns in South Africa. In South Africa, where there are many unemployed, this 508-hectare eco-farm, is now seen as the land of promise by […]

Sierra Leone appeals for urgent help after deadly floods that killed more than 300

by Saidu Bah Agence France Presse FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AFP) — Sierra Leone’s president issued a desperate appeal for help on Tuesday, a day after flooding ravaged the country’s capital, killing more than 300 people and leaving hundreds more missing. Touring Regent, one of the worst-hit areas, President Ernest Bai Koroma fought back tears as he said the devastation was “overwhelming us.” “Entire communities have been wiped out,” Koroma said. “We need urgent support now.” […]

312 dead as mudslides, flooding sweep through Sierra Leone capital

by Saidu Bah Agence France Presse Freetown, Sierra Leone (AFP) — At least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless on Monday when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown, leaving excavators to pull bodies from rubble and overwhelming the city’s morgues. An AFP journalist saw several homes submerged in Regent village, a hilltop community, and corpses floating in the water in the Lumley West area of the city, as the […]

17 dead in Burkina Faso restaurant attack: government

  OUGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AFP) — Seventeen people have been killed in a suspected jihadist attack on a restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, the government said Monday. “The attack claimed 17 victims, their nationalities are yet to be confirmed, and eight injured,” according to a government statement, a copy of which was sent to AFP.

Video: Egypt train collision kills at least 37: ministry

  ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AFP) — At least 37 people were killed as two trains collided Friday outside the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, in one of the deadliest in a string of such accidents in Egypt, the health ministry said. The crash also injured 123 people, the ministry said in a statement. Footage on the state broadcaster showed one train had partly keeled over in the crash, and medics were seen moving the dead and injured […]

Rwanda’s Kagame in landslide poll win with around 98% of votes

by Stephanie AGLIETTI Agence France Presse KIGALI, Rwanda (AFP) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame sailed to a third term in office with a tally hovering around a whopping 98 percent of votes, partial results showed Saturday. There had been little doubt that the 59-year-old would return to the helm of the east African nation which he has ruled with an iron fist since the end of the 1994 genocide. With 80 percent of results counted, […]

UN reports 251 killings in DR Congo’s Kasai; 62 children among dead

by Ben Simon Agence France Presse GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The United Nations on Friday detailed more than 250 “extrajudicial or targeted killings” in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region from mid-March to mid-June, counting dozens of children among the dead. The findings, based on interviews with refugees from Kasai who had fled to Angola, blamed state agents for the murders of seven children. The refugees gave harrowing accounts of the violence in the region, […]

Kagame poised for third-term win in Rwanda election

by Stephanie Aglietti Agence France Presse KIGALI, Rwanda (AFP) — Rwandans began voting Friday in a presidential election widely expected to return strongman Paul Kagame to office for a third term at the helm of the small east African nation. Across the country dubbed “the Land of a Thousand Hills,” voters trooped to polling stations covered in the blue, yellow and green colours of the national flag to cast their ballots in the third election […]

Eight killed in Nigeria suicide bombing: authorities

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AFP) – Eight people were killed on Monday when a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, in the latest attack in the restive region. The head of the Borno state emergency management agency, Ahmed Satomi, said the blast happened at about 5:30 am (0430 GMT) in the London Ciki area of Maiduguri, which has been at the epicentre of Boko Haram violence since 2009. “She killed eight […]