Rollout of new Ebola vaccine begins in Congo

14 November 2019, 8:46 PM
Health authorities in eastern Congo have introduced a new Ebola vaccine produced by an American medical company, aid group MSF said on Thursday, to help combat the world’s second-worst outbreak of the virus on record.
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Sao Tome turns to China for development 4 January 2018, 10:41 AM

Tourists to Sao Tome and Principe, a scattering of islands off the coast of western equatorial Africa that once served the slave and sugar trades of Portuguese colonial rulers, are rare.

Surgery deaths in Africa twice global average: Study 4 January 2018, 7:57 AM

Death rates for patients undergoing surgery in Africa are double the global average even though they tend to be younger, scientists said on Wednesday, adding that many deaths were likely preventable.

Ethiopia to free all political prisoners 3 January 2018, 5:10 PM

The Ethiopian Government, on Wednesday, ordered the release of all its political prisoners and the closure of its notorious Maekelawi prison camp.

Catholic head in Congo slams state’s ‘barbarism’ 3 January 2018, 7:57 AM

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Congo on Tuesday condemned a crackdown on protests against President Joseph Kabila as “barbarism”.

Sudanese refugees return home from CAR 2 January 2018, 6:03 PM

Sudanese refugees who fled fighting in Darfur are going back home from neighbouring Central Africa Republic (CAR) where they have lived for the last 10 years.

Gunmen kill 14 churchgoers in Nigeria shooting 2 January 2018, 6:10 AM

Gunmen killed at least 14 churchgoers returning from a midnight service on Monday in Nigeria's Rivers State, a police source told AFP, the latest violence to hit the oil-rich region.

2 pregnant women deliver as military free 700 persons from Boko Haram captivity 1 January 2018, 5:03 PM

Two women of the 700 persons rescued from Boko Haram insurgents have delivered at a military holding facility in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno. The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 8 Division, Col. Timothy Antigha, disclosed in a statement issued in Maiduguri. Antigha said that over 700 persons abducted by Boko Haram insurgents had […]

Zimbabweans wish to return home 1 January 2018, 2:08 PM

Some Zimbabwean nationals who have crossed into South Africa through the Beit Bridge border post near Musina in Limpopo say they hope that the New Year will bring positive changes to their country.

36 dead in central Kenya bus crash 1 January 2018, 7:49 AM

Thirty-six people were killed and 11 injured early Sunday morning in a head-on collision between a bus and a lorry on a road in central Kenya, police said. “The death toll is now 36,” said Rift Valley traffic police chief Zero Arome, explaining the initial toll of 30 had risen, “after six passengers succumbed to […]

36 dead in central Kenya bus crash 31 December 2017, 5:51 PM

Thirty-six people were killed and 11 injured early Sunday morning in a head-on collision between a bus and a lorry on a road in central Kenya, police said.

Congo security forces accused of killing two during anti-government protests 31 December 2017, 3:07 PM

Congolese security forces shot dead two men on Sunday during protests against President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down from office, Human Rights Watch said. Catholic activists had called for protests after Sunday mass, one year after Kabila committed to holding an election to choose his successor by the end of 2017 – an election […]

DRC braces for unrest as church vows to defy demo ban 31 December 2017, 9:35 AM

Crisis-wracked Democratic Republic of Congo was bracing for fresh unrest on Sunday after the country's influential Catholic church vowed to defy a protest ban and hold a "peaceful march" to urge implementation of a deal for President Joseph Kabila to leave office.

Liberia’s president Weah meets supporters 31 December 2017, 7:33 AM

Thousands of supporters of newly elected President George Weah waited all day outside his Monrovia's Party headquarters on Friday to get a glimpse of their chosen leader.

DR Congo bans planned anti-Kabila march by Catholics 30 December 2017, 7:44 PM

A planned demonstration against Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila organised by Catholics has been banned a day before it was to take place in the capital, Kinshasa’s governor said Saturday. “The city does not have sufficient numbers of police officers to supervise this march,” Governor Andre Kimbuta said. “Therefore, I do not recognise […]

Deadline looms for collections of Lesotho Special Permit 30 December 2017, 2:34 PM

Lesotho Special Permit applicants who have not yet collected their permits will not be allowed back in South Africa from the 1st January, 2018. Those who have slips and are awaiting the actual permits are requested to collect them at the Lesotho High Commission. Lesotho nationals working, studying or running businesses in The Republic of South […]

Newly elected Liberian President Weah meets supporters 30 December 2017, 10:01 AM

Thousands of supporters of newly elected President George Weah waited all day outside his Monrovia's Party headquarters on Friday (December 29) to get a glimpse of their chosen leader.

Libya’s strongman backs 2018 elections 29 December 2017, 4:22 PM

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has said he will support 2018 elections in the war-torn country, but also implied he would seize power if the polls did not occur.

Weah supporters party through the night on election win 29 December 2017, 7:00 AM

Monrovians flooded the streets to celebrate the victory of former soccer star George Weah on Thursday.

Soccer star George Weah wins Liberian presidential election 28 December 2017, 8:18 PM

Former soccer star George Weah has defeated Vice President Joseph Boakai to win Liberia’s presidential election run-off with 61.5 percent of the vote, based on 98.1 percent of ballots cast, the election commission said on Thursday. The announcement by commission chairman Jerome Korkoyah means Weah will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Liberia’s president next month, […]

Zimbabwe unveils generous Mugabe retirement package 28 December 2017, 7:26 PM

Zimbabwe's ousted president Robert Mugabe will get a residence, a car fleet and private air travel as part of a new government-funded retirement package for former leaders, state media reported Thursday.

Liberia set to learn result of presidential election 28 December 2017, 5:53 PM

Liberia on Thursday was set to learn the results of a landmark presidential poll pitting former football star George Weah against Vice President Joseph Boakai in the first democratic transfer of power after decades and two devastating civil wars. Whoever wins will succeed the continent’s first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who […]

Former Zim army commander sworn in as vice president 28 December 2017, 2:03 PM

Zimbabwe's former army commander who led a military takeover that helped end Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule was Thursday sworn in as one of the country's two vice presidents.

Liberia’s election results expected 28 December 2017, 6:57 AM

The first official results in Liberia's landmark presidential election are expected later on Thursday. The run-off vote on Tuesday was contested by football hero George Weah and current Vice President Joseph Boakai.

Weah’s camp says he set to win Liberia presidential election 27 December 2017, 7:29 PM

Former soccer star George Weah's camp said on Wednesday he was set to win Liberia's presidential election run-off against Vice President Joseph Boakai in the country's first democratic transfer of power in more than seven decades.

US forces kill 13 Shabaab militants in air strike 27 December 2017, 4:21 PM

The United States carried out an air strike on Christmas Eve against the Shabaab Islamist group that left 13 dead, according to a statement released Wednesday.

Counting under way in Liberia presidential run-off 27 December 2017, 6:58 AM

Vote counting was under way in Liberia on Wednesday following a peaceful run-off election for a new president, pitting former international footballer George Weah against Vice-President Joseph Boakai.

Liberians head to the polls in historic, delayed election 26 December 2017, 5:52 PM

Liberia went to the polls on Tuesday for a presidential election that voters hope will mark the country’s first democratic transfer of power in over seven decades, despite it being tarnished by allegations of fraud. Former world footballer of the year George Weah is squaring up against vice president Joseph Boakai, with both men promising […]

Gunmen kill 10 villagers in northern Nigeria: officials 26 December 2017, 3:01 PM

Gunmen have killed 10 people in attacks on two Christian-dominated villages in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, a hotbed of ethnic and religious strife, officials said Tuesday. On Christmas Eve, six people were killed when gunmen suspected to be ethnic Fulani Muslims stormed Ungwan Mailafiya, they said. The killings followed an attack in nearby […]

Tunisian schoolgirls rebel against having to wear uniform 26 December 2017, 9:05 AM

In Tunisian high schools, the dress code is not uniform.

Liberians to choose new leader in delayed presidential vote 26 December 2017, 6:49 AM

Liberians go to the polls Tuesday to select either former international footballer George Weah or Vice President Joseph Boakai as their new president, in a vote that analysts say is too close to call.