Wednesday 18 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Tunisia's navy has found the bodies of 26 migrants at sea a week after their boat collided with a navy vessel, bringing the death toll to 34, the defence ministry said. On October 8, a migrant boat sank following a collision with a navy vessel off the coast of the Kerkennah islands in the Mediterranean. At the time, the defence ministry said eight migrants drowned and 38 others were rescued, while NGOs spoke of dozens still missing. On Sunday night, a navy search and rescue vessel spotted the remains of the migrant boat and pulled out 10 bodies, the ministry said in a statement. The bodies of 16 other migrants were found on Monday, defence...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/17/17)
LOUGA, Senegal (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Watching as dozens of children don robes and belts for a karate class at a youth center in western Senegal, Aissatou and her peers are gearing up for a different kind of fight. Armed only with leaflets, posters and advice, these young volunteers are taking on a deeply entrenched taboo in the mainly Muslim nation: the use of contraception among girls and women. “Girls are scared of seeing relatives at a health center, or being judged by staff,” said Aissatou, one of 50 volunteers in the Louga region who advise young people about family planning and encourage them to seek health services at the youth center. “We offer a safe space to discuss sex,...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Somalia's allies sent planes carrying medical supplies and doctors Tuesday, while the diaspora rallied to donate blood to help the country cope with the crushing aftermath of its worst ever bombing. At least 276 people were killed and 300 injured on Saturday when a truck packed with explosives blew up in a busy commercial district, according to the government, however medical sources suggest the death toll could be over 300. The disaster quickly overwhelmed the fragile health system of a country which has experienced nearly three decades of civil war and anarchy and is heavily dependent on foreign aid.
(Reuters (Eng) 10/17/17)
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - When Somalia’s deadliest truck bomb exploded on Saturday, Abdi Ali Ibrahim raced to the smoking crater just meters from where his beloved sister Asha had a small business selling fuel. The truck had detonated next to a fuel tanker causing a huge fireball and the road was strewn with body parts. Hopeful that Asha, a pregnant mother-of-two, may have been injured and taken away by ambulance, Ibrahim embarked on a frantic round of Mogadishu’s hospitals, starting with...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
More than 20,000 migrants, including pregnant women and babies, are being held either in detention centres or by traffickers in Libya's people-smuggling hub Sabratha, the UN said Tuesday, warning of abuse "on a shocking scale". The UN refugee agency said Libyan authorities were holding more than 14,500 migrants who had previously been kept captive by smugglers in and around Sabratha, to the west of Tripoli. The migrants were discovered in farms, houses and warehouses in and around the coastal city after a force allied with Libya's UN-backed unity government drove out a rival militia earlier this month. They have been taken to a hangar in the city and are gradually being transferred to official detention centres where aid...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/17/17)
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia’s navy has recovered 26 more bodies of Tunisian migrants who drowned when their boat sank last week in a collision with a navy vessel, bringing the death toll from the incident to 34. The incident has caused anger in Tunisia where the families of some of the migrants who drowned protested in two towns. In the southern town of Kebili, protesters burned a local government building last week. Last Monday, the navy recovered eight bodies after...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
The death toll in the sinking of a Tunisian illegal immigrant boat has risen to 34, the spokesman of Tunisian Ministry of National Defense Belhassen Oueslati said Monday. Sixteen corpses among these victims were discovered on Monday in a large operation carried out by the Tunisian Navy. And another body was discovered on Monday a little far from the place of sinking. On October 8, a Tunisian naval vessel crashed into a boat carrying aboard Tunisian illegal immigrants, 38 of...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Boko Haram jihadists have raided a military base in northeast Nigeria, killing one soldier and injuring nine others before seizing weapons and ammunition, security sources told AFP on Monday. The attack happened on Friday morning and targeted Nigerian troops in the town of Marte, near Lake Chad, a senior officer said. "They killed one soldier and severely wounded nine others," said the source, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media. The...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/17/17)
NYANYADZI, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In this drought-prone region of eastern Zimbabwe, relying on rain to grow crops no longer makes sense. That’s one reason Joseph Zviuya, a small-scale farmer in the Nyanyadzi area, looks with satisfaction at the canal near his fields that is now overflowing with irrigation water. “This water is our lifeline; without this irrigation scheme we are hopeless,” the farmer in Zimbabwe’s Chimanimani district told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. As climate change has brought worsening...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
The brother of a Nigerian government minister, who was kidnapped last month after an attack on the zoo he runs, has been released, police and his family said on Monday. Andy Ehanire, whose brother is a junior health minister, was kidnapped from the Ogba Zoological Garden and Nature Park in Benin City where he is director and chief executive. Three police officers were killed in the attack on September 24. Ehanire's cousin, Osato Ehanire, said he was "released on Saturday...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Somalia on Monday appealed to the international community to provide assistance to enable the government to respond to the crisis following bomb attack in Mogadishu on Saturday, which has so far claimed more than 276 lives. The ministry of humanitarian affairs and disaster management said the government has appointed a team of ministers to coordinate and oversee the overall response to the national crisis. The ministry said a government-led National Emergency Operations Center has also been activated in line with the national disaster management policy to help respond to the crisis.
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Kenya's Garissa University College (GUC), which Al-Shabaab attacked in April 2015 and killed more than 140 people, mostly students, is set to be awarded a Charter this week, a legal document that authorizes the university to discharge its mandate. President Uhuru Kenyatta was expected to award the Charter in Nairobi on Thursday, completing the turnaround of the university following the attack. The award would bring the number of public universities in the East African nation to 31. Kenya currently has...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
The horrific bombing of a busy street in Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday that has so far claimed 276 lives has shaken the entire world while reigniting fresh debate on the evolving face of terror, analysts said on Monday. Mogadishu became an epicenter of bloodbath when a truck laden with bombs exploded at a street in the central business district lined with government buildings, hotels, restaurants and kiosks. The impact of the explosion was felt within a 2 kilometer...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Flights at Tripoli's international airport have resumed on Monday after hours of suspension for "security reasons," according to a security source. "The airport resumed working after closure for hours for security reasons," the source told Xinhua. "Instead of being transferred to another airport, the flights had been suspended until further notice. Now, flights have landed and departed according to the schedule," The source added. The source revealed that the flights were suspended after "gunmen fired right outside of the airport,...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula fired two rockets towards Israel on Sunday night, Israel's military said in a statement. "Two rockets fired from the Sinai area hit the Eshkol Regional Council," the statement read. Eshkol is a region in southern Israel. A spokesperson for the regional council said there was no immediate report of injuries, adding that the rockets apparently landed in an empty field. The incident came two weeks after Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Tears streamed down Abduweli Osman's cheeks as he stood in the sticky heat outside a Mogadishu hospital, his last stop in the search for his brother who he now believed was dead. The last he and his family heard, Abdukadir Ahmed had decided to pass by a popular commercial district in the Somali capital on Saturday known as KM5, before heading home. But he never arrived. Instead, there came news that the area had been flattened by a truck bomb...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Nigeria said Monday it had confirmed three cases of monkeypox after receiving dozens of reports of the disease since last month in seven states across the country's south. Health Minister Isaac Adewole said 17 suspected cases of the viral disease have been identified in Bayelsa state since the first was reported on September 22. "We have received laboratory confirmation for the monkeypox virus from three of these cases from the WHO Regional Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal," he said in a statement. According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox is a rare disease that occurs mainly...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Militants shot and killed three policemen and two civilians in a "terrorist" attack Monday involving a bank robbery in Egypt's provincial capital of North Sinai, the interior ministry said. It was the latest in a series of attacks in the restive province, where a local affiliate of the Islamic State group is based. The ministry said "terrorist elements" opened fire at policemen guarding a bank in El-Arish, killing three of them, as well as a two civilians, including a woman. The militants then fled the scene with "sums of money", the ministry said in a statement.
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Gaborone (Botswana) - The Botswana government has warned that a heat wave is expected to hit most of the country from Monday until the weekend, with the northern and central parts expected to be hardest affected. Principal meteorologist in the Department of Meteorological Services, Radithupa Radithupa said on Monday that the prevailing extremely high temperatures over the northern half of Botswana are expected to last until Saturday. Radithupa told APA that temperatures of between 38°C and 41°C are expected in...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/17)
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia’s navy said on Sunday it recovered 10 more bodies of Tunisian migrants who drowned when their boat sank last week in a collision with a navy vessel off the country’s coast, bringing the death toll from the incident to 18. Last Monday, the navy recovered eight bodies after the collision with the Tunisian navy boat 54 km (33 miles) off the southern coast, while 38 were rescued. According to testimony from survivors, there were between 70...

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