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Kenyan village, wildlife is like family

NAIROBI, Kenya Residents of the Olboma manyatta, a traditional Maasai village on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya, live a rare existence, cheek by jowl with the wild things of the African savannah.…

Suicide bomb blast rocks Somali capital Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia Major casualties are feared following a huge explosion in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday claimed by al-Shabaab, a terror group based in the country. The attack was a suicide car bomb blast that took place…

Who Broke Over 2,500 Child Marriages

Theresa Kachindamoto remembers the first early marriage she ended, days after becoming the first female Chieftain of her people, the Ngoni, in Malawi. it had been a trivial spectacle until one among the women left the sport to breastfeed…

China’s ‘Soft Power’ in Africa Has Hard Edges

China’s Xi Jinping recently told Chinese Communist Party officials to fashion a kinder, gentler image for China. Given the nation’s cratering global public-opinion ratings, his concerns make sense. “We must focus on setting the tone right,…

Africa’s locust outbreak is far from over

NAIROBI, Kenya The crunch of young locusts comes with nearly every step. The worst outbreak of the voracious insects in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, and their newest generation is now finding its wings for proper flight. The…

Death toll in Africa from coronavirus tops 10,000

KHARTOUM, Sudan The death toll in Africa from the novel coronavirus topped 10,000 Tuesday, according to a statistics website. The number of fatalities on the continent from the coronavirus now stands at 10,166 while 195,045 people have…

Ethiopia to fill disputed dam, deal or no deal

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia It’s a clash over water usage that Egypt calls an existential threat and Ethiopia calls a lifeline for millions out of poverty. Just weeks remain before the filling of Africa’s most powerful hydroelectric dam might…

‘Uganda IDPs face hunger amid virus pandemic’

Thousands of Ugandans forced to live in camps due to floods are facing starvation amid the coronavirus outbreak, local media reported. The floods last month affected more than 100,000 people, most of them women and children. There are at…

Mass grave found south of Tripoli: Libya gov’t

TRIPOLI, Libya A mass grave was found south of Tripoli, the Libyan Interior Ministry said Saturday. The grave was discovered in Sadiyah area which was recaptured from forces loyal to eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar, the ministry said in a…

Sudan, Egypt resume talks on Nile dam project

KHARTOUM, Sudan Sudan and Egypt have resumed talks on pending issues over the Nile dam project in Ethiopia, the Sudanese Council of Ministers said Tuesday. The council said in a statement that the meeting was attended by Sudanese…

Libya: Haftar militias strike hospital in Tripoli

Militias loyal to Libya’s renegade commander Khalifa Haftar launched a rocket attack Thursday on the capital Tripoli. Tripoli Central Hospital and some civilian settlements were targeted, according to a statement by the press center of the…

Militants increasing attacks on Burkina Faso mines

BOUDA, Burkina Faso Jihadists burst into the gold mine where Moussa Tambura worked in Burkina Faso, forbidding everyone from smoking and drinking. It wasn’t long before the men returned and leveled the place to the ground. “They attacked…

7 dead in northern Kenya cholera outbreak

NAIROBI, Kenya At least seven people have died and over 100 have needed medical attention due to a cholera outbreak in northern Kenya, authorities said on Thursday. According to an official, 134 people have been discharged after treatment…

WHO sets up Ebola vaccination sites in DR Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday it has set up Ebola vaccination centers in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a day after a second virus-linked death in the country's northeastern region. Pop-up vaccination sites…

COVID-19 pandemic: Great danger awaits Africa

COVID-19 pandemic, which first occurred in China and turned into a global disaster spreading across the whole world, poses a great danger to African countries that do not have proper and robust health infrastructure. The outbreak, which was…

Amnesty urges Zimbabwe to reveal fate of activist

Amnesty International renewed Friday its call for Zimbabwean authorities to help reveal the fate of a critic of former President Robert Mogabe’s policies. “Itai Dzamara is a well-known activist and had been a vocal critic of Robert Mugabe…

South Africa confirms first case of coronavirus

JOHANNESBURG South Africa on Thursday confirmed its first case of coronavirus, a man who had visited Italy. “The National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that a suspected case of COVID-19 has tested positive,” the health…

Al-Shabaab attacks two military bases in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia Al-Shabaab militants launched twin attacks Wednesday on military bases in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, killing at least four soldiers, said officials. The first attack took place at the el-Salini military base…

Freelance journalist shot dead in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia A Somali freelance radio and TV journalist was shot dead late Sunday by unknown gunmen in the town of Afgoye in the Lower Shabelle region. A media rights group and the Somali presidency condemned the killing of Abduwali…

Rhino, elephant poaching declines in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG The number of rhinos killed for their horns in South Africa has been reduced for a fifth consecutive year as authorities tighten their grip on poachers, the environment ministry said Monday. A total of 594 rhinos were killed…

Somali woman promotes peace through art

MOGADISHU, Somalia A famous young female Somali painter is speaking through her paintings across Somalia, and people are noticing. Nujuum Hashi Ahmed’s paintings are about the day to day life of the common Somali citizen. Her paintings…

UN appeals for $358M for refugees in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia The UN needs $358 million to care for refugees being sheltered in Ethiopia, UN officials said Monday. Kisut Gebre Egziabher, Ethiopia spokesperson for the UNHCR refugee agency, told that this sum would be enough to…

South African military plane crash-lands in Congo

GOMA, Congo A South African air force plane crash-landed and caught fire Thursday at the Goma airport in eastern Congo but there were no casualties, authorities said. The C-130BZ military aircraft was transporting 59 passengers and eight…

Libya and the Salafi pawns in the game

A rogue warlord general, backed by countries like the UAE and France, has been attempting to gain control of Libya using a varied repertoire of methods, including military force and propaganda. Particularly, in his war against the UN-backed…