Dozens of African migrants thrown overboard by smugglers and feared dead: IOM

3 March 2021, 9:41 PM
Dozens of African migrants are feared to have died on Wednesday after smugglers threw them overboard off Djibouti as they were en route to Yemen, hoping to enter Saudi Arabia to find work.
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Sudanese asylum seeker who killed French official had no terrorist motives: Prosecutor 20 February 2021, 5:40 PM

A Sudanese asylum seeker who fatally stabbed an employee at a migrant reception centre in the southern French city of Pau on Friday had no terrorist motives, the Pau prosecutor said on Saturday.

Insecurity, suspicion will mar vaccine rollout in Africa war zones 20 February 2021, 11:20 AM

Somali cattle herder Omar Hussein isn't joining the global scramble for a COVID-19 vaccine; he's not sure the jab will even reach his besieged town in southwestern Somalia.

Eswatini King says had COVID-19, recovered after Taiwan sent drugs 20 February 2021, 4:30 AM

Eswatini's King Mswati III said he had recovered from COVID-19 after Taiwan President TsaiIng-wen sent antiviral medication to help him.

Two killed as Gabon citizens protest coronavirus restrictions 20 February 2021, 2:58 AM

Two people have died after demonstrations in Gabon's two major cities, the Prime Minister said on Friday, as anger over restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 spilled over into street stand-offs.

Ethiopia’s regional Tigray forces name conditions for peace with government 19 February 2021, 9:23 PM

Forces fighting Ethiopia's military in the Tigray region laid out eight conditions on Friday for beginning peace talks, including the appointment of an international mediator and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid.

Ghana expects first delivery of AstraZeneca vaccine shots 19 February 2021, 4:17 PM

Ghana is expecting a first delivery of just over 350 000 AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine shots by the end of next week, a plan presented by health officials on Friday showed.

Egypt’s Sisi offers support to Libya’s new PM 19 February 2021, 1:05 PM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met incoming Libyan prime minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh in Cairo on Thursday and offered his country’s support in achieving stability in its troubled neighbour,‮ ‬the presidency said in a statement.

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Africa COVID-19 deaths surpass 100 000 after second wave 19 February 2021, 7:43 AM

Africa’s reported COVID-19 death toll surpassed 100,000 on Friday, a fraction of those reported on other continents but rising fast as a second wave of infections overwhelms hospitals.

Congo confirms two new Ebola cases, including one far from centre of outbreak 19 February 2021, 2:27 AM

Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed two new cases of Ebola, including one far from the centre of the outbreak, provincial Health Minister Eugene Nzanzu Salita said on Thursday.

Zimbabwe starts COVID-19 vaccinations, vice-president gets first shot 18 February 2021, 2:55 PM

Zimbabwe kicked-off its COVID-19 vaccination programme on Thursday after receiving a donation of 200 000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China earlier in the week.

90 million COVID-19 doses to be shipped to Africa a good start, says WHO 18 February 2021, 11:15 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it wants to see accelerated rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa.

Senegal takes delivery of China’s Sinopharm vaccine 18 February 2021, 1:31 AM

Senegal received its first delivery on Wednesday of COVID-19 vaccines, which it purchased from China's Sinopharm.

Gunmen kill student, kidnap 42 in attack on Nigerian school 17 February 2021, 11:19 PM

Unidentified gunmen killed a student in an overnight attack on a boarding school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger on Wednesday and kidnapped 42 people including 27 students, the state governor said.

Nigeria’s president dispatches security chiefs to rescue abducted students 17 February 2021, 2:52 PM

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched security chiefs to coordinate rescue operations for students abducted by unidentified gunmen in the northern state of Niger on Wednesday, his spokesman said.

Trial of ‘Hotel Rwanda hero’ set to begin amid family’s fears of injustice 17 February 2021, 11:37 AM

Paul Rusesabagina has faced down murderous militias and been feted in Hollywood. On Wednesday, the former hotelier, depicted as a hero in a movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, will defend himself against charges of terrorism in a Kigali courtroom.

Zimbabwe expected to begin COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday 17 February 2021, 8:50 AM

Zimbabwe is expected to begin its COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Thursday, with healthcare staff, immigration officials and funeral practitioners included in the first phase of the inoculation programme.

Egypt plans reopening of Libya embassy shut since 2014 16 February 2021, 8:27 PM

Egypt is planning to reopen its embassy in Libya's capital for the first time in six years, according to Libyan officials and security sources, marking a shift to a more conciliatory approach to western Libya-based factions.

Suspected militia leaders plead not guilty to Central African Republic war crimes 16 February 2021, 3:54 PM

Two men accused of leading Christian-dominated militias in widespread attacks on Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Tuesday rejected all charges against them at the start of their trial at the International Criminal Court.

WHO has alerted six African countries after Ebola outbreaks 16 February 2021, 3:33 PM

The World Health Organisation has alerted six countries to watch out for potential Ebola cases after fresh outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Niger witnesses a decline in COVID-19 cases 16 February 2021, 8:44 AM

Niger has witnessed a decline in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks following a surge. The country has a total number of 4 695 cases, 4 152 recoveries and 169 deaths.

Guinea tracks potential Ebola contacts, says it can overcome new outbreak 16 February 2021, 12:44 AM

Guinea is tracking down people who potentially had contact with Ebola patients and will rush vaccines to the affected area as soon as possible following at least three deaths from the disease, Health Minister Remy Lamah said on Monday.

‘Dr Okonjo-Iweala’s selection a very significant moment for WTO’ 15 February 2021, 10:25 PM

The General Council of the World Trade Organisation has called the selection of Nigeria's Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the WTO's first African and female Director General a very significant moment for the global body.

Cameroon detains eight soldiers after torture video emerge 15 February 2021, 10:24 PM

Cameroon has detained eight soldiers after a video emerged over the weekend showing them in uniform torturing a victim with a machete until he fell unconscious, the Central African nation's defence ministry said on Monday.

Nigeria reports more COVID-19 contagious mutation from UK: Government 15 February 2021, 6:03 PM

The Nigerian government says it's doing its best to curb the spread of the new strain of COVID-19 from the UK and another suspected strain first detected in South Africa.

Congo’s Tshisekedi appoints new PM, further sidelining Kabila 15 February 2021, 5:33 PM

Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi appointed the head of the state mining company Sama Lukonde Kyenge as the new prime minister, his spokesman said on Monday, the latest in a series of moves aimed at sidelining his predecessor Joseph Kabila. 

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Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala confirmed as WTO DG 15 February 2021, 3:59 PM

Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was selected by consensus to be the next director-general of the World Trade Organisation at a closed-door meeting on Monday, according to two sources attending the meeting.

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Guinea tracks potential Ebola contacts, says can overcome new outbreak 15 February 2021, 2:59 PM

Guinea is tracking down people who potentially came in contact with Ebola patients and will rush out vaccines to the area as soon as it can get them, after three people died of the disease, Health Minister Remy Lamah said on Monday.

Nigeria’s president calls for calm after clashes in southwest Oyo state 15 February 2021, 9:53 AM

Nigeria’s president appealed for calm on Sunday following reports of intercommunal violence between ethnic groups at a market in the southwestern state of Oyo.

Sudan says Ethiopian forces crossed border, raising tensions 15 February 2021, 4:07 AM

Ethiopian forces crossed into Sudanese territory in an act of “aggression”, Sudan’s foreign ministry said on Sunday, marking the latest flare-up in a long-standing border dispute.

Guinea records 4 deaths from first resurgence of Ebola since 2016 14 February 2021, 9:30 PM

Ebola hemorrhagic fever has resurfaced in Guinea, killing four people in the country's first outbreak of the disease in five years, the country's health minister said on Saturday.