Category: African News

Election chief stands by Jammeh defeat

Election chief stands by Jammeh defeat

The Gambia’s Elections Commission head has dismissed President Yahya Jammeh’s call to annul the election he was declared to have lost. Mr. Jammeh said on state television on Saturday that he rejected the result and his party announced they will file a petition to the Supreme Court. Elections head Alieu Momarr Njai told Reuters that “if it goes to court, […]

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Tanker crashes, explodes in Kenya

Tanker crashes, explodes in Kenya

A fiery truck crash in Kenya on Saturday killed at least 39 people and injured many others, according to officials. Around 11:30 p.m. local time, a truck driver heading from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and largest city, to Naivasha lost control going downhill, officials said. The truck rammed into more than a dozen vehicles, according to the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, and […]

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Two young girls used as human bombs

Two girls said to be aged seven or eight have been used to bomb a market in north-east Nigeria, killing at least one other person and wounding 18. Police in the town of Maiduguri, Borno state, say the attack happened when the market was crowded with shoppers. The girls detonated their explosives minutes apart, witnesses said. Both were killed. No […]

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UN: Gambian President must step down

UN: Gambian President must step down

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh must hand over power after defeat in elections, the UN Security Council has said. President Jammeh initially conceded to Adama Barrow in last week’s vote but has since refused to accept the end of his 22-year rule. Mr Barrow said he was sure the military supported him as the country’s new leader. The UN added that […]

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Bomb attack near Coptic cathedral kills 25

Bomb attack near Coptic cathedral kills 25

A bombing near the Coptic cathedral in the Egyptian capital Cairo has killed at least 25 people, officials say. Dozens of others were injured in the blast at St Peter’s church during a Sunday church service. The church is adjacent to St Mark’s cathedral, within the same complex. Photos and video footage showed damage to the church, with shattered windows […]

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Church caves in on Nigerian faithful

At least 60 bodies have been recovered from a church that collapsed in the south-eastern Nigerian city of Uyo. Some reports put the number much higher. The roof of the church caved in on worshippers who had gathered for the ordination of a bishop. Those inside the Reigners Bible Church included Akwa Ibom state governor Udom Emmanuel, who survived the […]

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Deadly blast rocks Mogadishu port area

A suicide car bomber has killed at least 16 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials say. Dozens of others were injured in the explosion early on Sunday. The bomber struck at the entrance of the city’s main port facilities. Residents say the blast could be heard across Mogadishu.

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Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after decade issuing visas

Authorities in Ghana have busted a fake U.S. embassy in the capital Accra run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained authentic visas, the U.S. State Department said. Until it was shut down this summer, the sham embassy was housed in a run-down, pink two-storey building with a corrugated iron roof and flew a U.S. flag […]

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President-elect Adama Barrow of The Gambia

President-elect hails a new Gambia

Property developer Adama Barrow says his shock win of the Gambian election heralds new hope for the country. Yahya Jammeh, an authoritarian president who ruled for 22 years, has confirmed he will step down. “I will help him work towards the transition,” Mr Jammeh said on state TV on Friday evening, after speaking to the president-elect by telephone. Mr Barrow, […]

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Ugandan king charged with murder

The king of a region in Uganda has been charged with murder after clashes with security forces over the weekend in which at least 87 people were killed. Charles Mumbere was detained after government forces raided his palace in the Rwenzururu region on Saturday. The authorities accuse him of launching a secessionist movement to create a new state, to be […]

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