Tuesday 12 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Four people were killed in a blast at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Tuesday. A Nigerian military source confirmed the incident and put the death toll at five. The explosion happened at about 12:30 pm (1130 GMT) on Monday in the border town of Pulka, in the Gwoza area of Borno state, where a Spanish team from the medical charity is providing healthcare. It was initially thought the blast was caused by a suicide bomber. But a military source in the town said later that examination of the blast scene indicated it may have been caused by a mortar shell. Ivan...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Former Paralympic champion and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has been injured in a prison brawl over the use of a public phone, a South African official said on Tuesday. The double amputee -- who is serving a 13-year jail term for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp -- was left with a bruise after "an altercation with another inmate over the use of a public phone" on December 6, according to the department of Correctional Services. "Oscar Pistorius sustained a bruise following an alleged incident with another inmate over the use of a public phone in the special care unit where both offenders are detained at Attridgeville Correctional Centre," spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said. Pistorius was in November 2016 moved...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Two people were killed on Monday when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in far northern Cameroon, a region that has been shaken by attacks blamed on Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists, sources said. "A suicide bomber blew himself up this morning in a mosque in Kerawa," on the border with Nigeria, a regional security official reached by AFP said. "Two civilians and the bomber were killed," the source said, confirming an account by an eyewitness, who said the event took place shortly after morning prayers, when the mosque was relatively empty.
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Amnesty International on Tuesday accused European governments of "complicity" in the detention under horrific conditions of migrants in Libya, especially through their assistance to the Libyan coastguard implicated in people trafficking. "European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya," the rights group said in a report. It accused European governments of "actively supporting a sophisticated system of abuse and exploitation of refugees and migrants by the Libyan coastguard, detention authorities and smugglers in order to prevent people from crossing the Mediterranean".
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
A big roadside poster announces a "Pest Control Campaign" in Sao Tome and Principe, with a man in a white face mask wielding an insecticide spray fuelled by a tank on his back. The island nation in the Gulf of Guinea is at war against malaria, as it has been twice a year since 2003, with such success that the disease no longer routinely claims lives. In mainland central Africa, the incidence of malaria spread by infected female mosquitos is...
(Xinhuanet 12/12/17)
At least two civilians were killed on Monday in a suspected Boko Haram suicide bombing in Cameroon's Far North province, a source told Xinhua. Oumar, a local resident, said the attack occurred at 5:45 a.m. local time when the young bomber detonated inside the Abdoulaye mosque in Kerawa, a town in Mayo Sava department of the province, killing the imam and the muezzin. The bomber died in the blast.
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
A Somali television journalist was killed by a car bomb in front of his children, relatives said, the fifth murder of a journalist in the war-torn country this year. Mohamed Ibrahim Gabow, a journalist working for Kalsan TV, had taken a break from work to spend time with his children. He had just left his home on Monday afternoon when a bomb planted beneath the driver's seat ripped through the car. He later died of his wounds in hospital. "He...
(Xinhuanet 12/12/17)
Judicial officers in Uganda have suspended their strike against low pay after the government announced plans to increase salaries of all public servants. Solomon Muyita, the spokesperson of the judiciary told Xinhua in an interview on Tuesday that the judges and judicial officers under their umbrella organization, Uganda Judicial Officers Association on Monday voted to halt their strike until February 12, 2018. "The members agreed to suspend the strike to wait and scrutinize the proposed new salary structures," said Muyita...
(Xinhuanet 12/12/17)
Workers at the Tanzania-Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) have resumed work after the Zambian government released money for their salary arrears, a union official said on Tuesday. TAZARA workers went on strike last week to press for their two months' salary arrears, a move that paralyzed operations on the Zambian side while operations remain normal on the Tanzanian side. Joachim Mulenga, Crews and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CRAWUZ) chairman for Kapiri Mposhi district in central Zambia, confirmed the workers' resumption...
(Xinhuanet 12/12/17)
The Islamic State (IS) militants abducted three civilians in a Libyan town near former IS affiliates' stronghold Sirte, a military source told Xinhua on Sunday. Three family members, a father and his two children, were reportedly kidnapped from south of the town of Ageela, which is 100 km east of Sirte, a Mediterranean coastal city in northern Libya. The source said the family were on a short trip in a valley and was taken by IS members to unknown locations...
(Xinhuanet 12/12/17)
Thousands of Africans marched in the South African capital, Tshwane on Tuesday in protest over slave trade reported in Libya. The march was organized by the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) which is an organization based in South Africa comprising of members from 35 African countries. It was attended by the civil society organizations, churches, trade unions and traditional leaders. Speaking to Xinhua on the side-lines of the march, Marc Gbaffou, African Diaspora Forum chairperson expressed shock over the slave trade...
(Xinhuanet 12/12/17)
The Botswana government on Tuesday issued a warning on the outbreak of Listeriosis, a food-borne disease, in neighbouring South Africa. According to a media release from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, there is an outbreak of the disease in their southern neighbour where 557 laboratory cases have been confirmed as well as 36 deaths reported since the beginning of the year. The release said most cases and deaths were reported from Gauteng and the Western Cape. A ministry official...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
The UN force in Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday paid tribute to troops who were killed last week, in the peacekeepers' biggest single loss in nearly a quarter of a century. Tanzanian and Nepalese troops formed a guard for 14 coffins, draped with the Tanzanian flag, in a ceremony near Beni, in North Kivu province. The UN on Sunday revised down the death toll from 15 to 14. While the Tanzanian press has said two other soldiers are missing...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
At least six soldiers died in two separate Boko Haram ambushes in northeast Nigeria, military and civilian militia sources said on Monday. Four troops were killed and 12 injured on Sunday when their convoy was attacked near Damboa, 90 kilometres (56 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. Two soldiers were killed in the same area on Saturday, the sources told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not allowed to talk to the media. A military...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
The United Nations on Tuesday warned that more than 400,000 children in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are severely malnourished and could die within months without emergency intervention. The crisis -- the latest to hit the poverty-stricken, strife-torn central African country -- is unfolding in the vast region of Kasai, the UN's children fund Unicef said. An 18-month-long combination of violence, mass displacement and slumping agricultural output are having a devastating impact on the very young, it said. "At least...
(Reuters 12/11/17)
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Suspected Ugandan rebels killed at least 15 Tanzanian U.N. peacekeepers and wounded 53 others in a raid on a base in Congo that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called the worst attack on the organisation in recent history. Tanzania’s President John Magufuli said he was “shocked and saddened” by the deaths, which come amid rising violence against civilians, the army and U.N. troops in Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern borderlands. The U.N...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
With rifles raised, South African police speed through the streets of Manenberg, responding to yet another call to quell violence in one of the country's most murderous ganglands. Arriving in this drab suburb of the tourist city of Cape Town, a dead body is found lying in the road -- the aftermath of a battle between rival gangs. On the chaotic street, small children peek at the corpse as police shout at onlookers, ordering them to move on. Sporadic gun...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/11/17)
Libya’s U.N.-backed government agreed with Italy on Saturday to establish a joint operations room for tackling migrant smugglers and traffickers as part of efforts to curb migrant flows towards Europe, according to a statement. Migrants are seen on a capsizing boat before a rescue operation by Italian navy ships "Bettica" and "Bergamini" (unseen) off the coast of Libya in this handout picture released by the Italian Marina Militare on May 25, 2016. Marina Militare/Handout via REUTERS Libya is the main...
(AFP (eng) 12/09/17)
A Malian human rights association on Friday called for the immediate resumption of the trial of former coup leader Amadou Sanogo, who is accused of murdering 21 soldiers in 2012. Sanogo, a former army captain who staged a military coup in Mali the same year, went on trial in November 2016 charged with murdering the men, whose bodies were found in a mass grave, but the case has stalled after the defence rejected a forensic analysis of their remains. "We...
(AFP (eng) 12/09/17)
The United Nations suffered its worst attack on a peacekeeping mission in nearly a quarter of a century when suspected Ugandan rebels attacked a base in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing at least 15 peacekeepers. The UN Security Council said Friday the peacekeepers, who were all from neighbouring Tanzania, were killed in the North Kivu province late Thursday, alongside five Congolese soldiers, with 53 personnel wounded. UN chief Antonio Guterres led an outpouring of outrage over the deadly ambush, calling it a "heinous" act. "I condemn this attack unequivocally. These deliberate attacks against UN peacekeepers...

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