Africa

23 killed as fire engulfs Sudan factory

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — Twenty-three people were killed and dozens injured as a fire triggered by an explosion in a gas tanker tore through a factory in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, officials said. Thick plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky after the blaze broke out at a tile manufacturing unit in an industrial zone of north Khartoum, witnesses said. “The explosion was loud. Several cars parked in the compound of the factory […]

UPDATED: Plane crashes into homes in east DR Congo city, killing 29

GOMA, DR Congo (AFP) — At least 29 people were killed Sunday when a small plane crashed after takeoff into a densely populated area of the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. A survivor among the 19 people — 17 passengers and two crew members — who were aboard the plane was taken to hospital along with 16 others injured on the ground, the North Kivu regional government said. “At this stage, […]

Kenya landslides kill 29 people

  NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — At least 29 people were killed in Kenya when their homes were swept away in landslides during ferocious overnight rainstorms, the government said Saturday. Their homes were hit in the early hours of Saturday amid torrential rains in the Pokot region, 350 kilometres (220 miles) northwest of the capital Nairobi. “We are saddened to confirm that 12 people from Tapach and Parua in Pokot South, and 17 from Tamkal in […]

Egypt oil pipeline fire kills six

CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — Six people were killed and 15 injured when a leaking oil pipeline caught fire in Egypt’s northern province of Bahira on Wednesday, officials said. The head of Egypt’s oil pipelines authority, Abdelmoneim Hafez, said the leak was the work of “thieves” siphoning off oil. The fire broke out on the pipeline near Itay al-Baroud, a village half-way between Cairo and Alexandria, health ministry spokesman Khaled Mugahed said in a statement. The […]

Huge fire at Kenya hospital forces evacuation of 100 patients

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — A massive fire at the oldest hospital in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa forced the evacuation of around 100 patients late Tuesday, the police and Kenyan Red Cross said. Coast regional police commander Rashid Yakub said: “We have established that fire started as a result of a gas cylinder that exploded”. “But luckily we have no casualties because all patients and staff were evacuated in time,” he said. Kenya Red […]

37 dead in attack on mine convoy in Burkina Faso: regional governor

by Julien Besset in Montreal, David Esnault in Abidjan, Armel Baily in Ouagadougou OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AFP) — An ambush on a convoy transporting employees of a Canadian mining company in Burkina Faso killed 37 people on Wednesday, the deadliest attack in nearly five years of jihadist violence in the West African country. The impoverished and politically fragile Sahel country has been struggling to quell a rising jihadist revolt that has claimed hundreds of lives since […]

China launches Sudan’s first ever satellite: official

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — Sudan’s first-ever satellite for conducting research in military, economic and space technology has been launched by China, the northeast African country’s ruling body said Tuesday. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who heads Sudan’s sovereign council, announced the launch of the satellite at a meeting of his top security officials held in Khartoum. China’s state news agency, Xinhua, reported that the satellite was launched on Sunday from north China’s Shanxi Province. “The satellite […]

22 people killed in DR Congo mining truck accident: police

LUBUMBASHI, DR Congo (AFP) — At least 22 people were killed and 10 wounded when a mining truck overturned in southeast DR Congo on Friday, police said. The truck owned by the Mining Mineral Resources (MMR) firm tipped over at Mutetenya village in Tanganyika province, DR Congo’s national police said on Twitter. “All the cargo of cassiterite (a source of tin) spilled down the steep slope,” it added. © Agence France-Presse

Botswana’s President Masisi wins hotly contested election

  GABORONE, Botswana (AFP) — Incumbent president Mokgweetsi Masisi on Friday won a five-year term in Botswana’s elections which saw his ruling party secure more than 51 percent of parliamentary votes, the chief justice said. “Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi is elected President of the Republic of Botswana,” chief justice Terrence Rannowane announced. The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has ruled since independence from Britain in 1966, was declared the winner after attaining the minimum […]

At least 16 dead in anti-Abiy protests in Ethiopia: Amnesty

  ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) — At least 16 people have been killed in violence in Ethiopia this week that began with protests against Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Abiy Ahmed, an Amnesty International researcher said Friday. “Up to now we have confirmed 16 people dead, but the number must be more than that because new reports are emerging which we have not confirmed,” Fisseha Tekle told AFP. He said the violence had […]

Ethiopia PM Abiy wins Nobel Peace Prize for mending ties with Eritrea

  by Johannes LEDEL Agence France Presse OSLO, Norway (AFP) — Hailed as a visionary and reformer, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to resolve the long-running conflict with neighboring foe Eritrea. Abiy was honored “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea”, the Nobel Committee said. The award is […]

Ethiopian Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Dakar: official

DAKAR, Senegal (AFP) — An Ethiopian Airlines jet made an emergency landing in Dakar with one of its engines on fire, though all 90 passengers and crew were unharmed, airport and airline officials said. The Boeing 767 aircraft had just taken off from Dakar airport en route to Addis Ababa when the pilot asked to return and make an emergency landing, Tidiane Tamba, a spokesperson for the Senegal airport told AFP. Ethiopian Airlines confirmed one […]