Category: African News

Boko Harm kills six Nigerian farmers

Boko Haram fighters over the weekend killed at least six farmers who were working on their land near the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, according to civilian militia members and locals. Gunmen on motorcycles attacked the group who were preparing their fields for the rainy season outside Amrawa village, 16 kilometres from the Borno state capital on Saturday afternoon. “The […]

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Nigeria president seeks treatment in UK

Nigeria president seeks treatment in UK

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking fresh treatment in London for an undisclosed illness. His health has been a major cause of concern in a country where there are fears that a power vacuum could affect its recovery from recession. In a brief message, the president said “there is no cause for worry”. Mr Buhari, 74, has left Vice-President Yemi […]

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Kenya charges 62 for electoral offences

Kenya charges 62 for electoral offences

Sixty-two people have been charged with various electoral offences following highly-contested party primaries in Kenya. A statement from the prosecutor’s office said a serving MP is among those who have been charged. The offences include the bribery of voters and incitement to violence. Kenya’s 8 August vote comes nearly a decade after disputed election results fuelled violence that left more […]

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Buhari misses cabinet meeting for third time to rest

Buhari misses cabinet meeting for third time to rest

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari missed his third straight weekly cabinet meeting yesterday because he needed to rest, officials said, fuelling concerns about the state of his health. A Reuters reporter witnessed the start of the session and Buhari’s failure to arrive for the meeting, which was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The 74-year-old former military ruler has hardly appeared […]

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Kenya raises minimum wage by 18%

Kenya raises minimum wage by 18%

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday raised the minimum workers wage by 18 per cent to cushion low-income earners from high inflation, which hit a fresh 57-month high of 11.5 per cent in April. Kenyatta, who presided over this year’s International Labour Day celebrations in Nairobi, said the raise is aimed at alleviating the plight of the lower strata of […]

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Zuma abandons rally after being booed

Zuma abandons rally after being booed

South African President Jacob Zuma made a hasty exit from a May Day rally on Monday after the crowd of workers that he was due to address became rowdy, with some booing and chanting slogans against him. The labor federation Cosatu abruptly canceled Zuma’s speech and other addresses at the rally it had organised, as TV footage showed scuffles breaking […]

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Nigeria charges 53 over gay wedding

Nigeria charges 53 over gay wedding

Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna have charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding. The accused, arrested last Saturday, have denied the allegations, with their lawyers saying they were illegally detained. The court released the group on bail and the case was remanded to May 8. Homosexual acts are banned in socially […]

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Air strikes kill over 100 Al-Shabab militants in Somalia

Air strikes kill over 100 Al-Shabab militants in Somalia

More than 100 Al-Shabab militants including 20 commanders are believed to have been killed in southern Somalia by U.S. air strikes early Saturday, residents and officials said. The residents and security officers said the warplanes targeted the militants’ hideouts in Wargaduud and El-Adde where several Kenyan soldiers were killed by Al-Shabab militants in January 2016. Among senior Al-Shabab commanders killed […]

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Thousands saved off Libyan coast

Thousands saved off Libyan coast

Thousands of migrants have been saved from the sea near Libya during one of the busiest weekends of the year for rescue workers. More than 2,000 people were rescued on Friday and 3,000 on Saturday in dozens of separate rescues, the Italian Coast Guard said. But at least seven people drowned as aid workers struggled to rescue more than 1,500 […]

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Hero nurse died after Ebola prejudice

Hero nurse died after Ebola prejudice

Liberian nurse Salome Karwah  was one of those named as Time magazine’s person of the year in 2014 for her frontline work against Ebola. She died in Monrovia last week after giving birth to a son. Her husband told the BBC that nurses were unwilling to touch her for fear of contracting Ebola – even though she recently tested negative […]

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