Thursday 29 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/29/17)
Four Nigerian women are taking legal action in the Dutch courts against Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell accusing it of complicity in the 1990s executions of their husbands by the Nigerian military, Amnesty International said Thursday. The civil case has been brought by Esther Kiobel, the widow of Barinem Kiobel, who was hanged in 1995 along with writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and seven others. Three other widows are also joining the action in The Hague. A writ was set to be placed before a civil court in The Hague on Thursday alleging that Shell was complicit "in the unlawful arrest, detention and execution of nine men who were hanged by Nigeria's military government in the...
(Bloomberg 06/28/17)
A standoff between rival militias in the Central African Republic is preventing aid workers in the southeastern town of Bria from collecting bodies that have lain in the streets since Tuesday. “The two warring parties have received nothing but reinforcements in the last 72 hours and residents are very worried,” Gildas Gbeni, who heads the Catholic Church in Bria, said by phone Saturday. “The local Red Cross has collected bodies of fighters and civilians but there are still areas where access is difficult.” Fighting erupted Tuesday between so-called anti-balaka militias and a faction of the FPRC, an organization that belonged to the mainly Muslim rebel alliance that ousted ex-President Francois...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
A South African who has been held hostage by Al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011 is alive and well, his father said Wednesday, having received information from a recently released Swedish captive. Stephen McGown's father Malcolm said he had spoken twice to Johan Gustafsson, who was detained alongside Stephen, since his release earlier this week. "He said they were both well, he says Stephen is well. So there has not been any sort of abuse or anything like that," McGown told AFP. "We just sort of hope that Stephen will come out soon. At this stage he is now on his own,"
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
Suspected acute diarrhoea has killed 38 Sudanese in the past month and 317 since August 2016, the UN said Wednesday, warning the outbreak could worsen ahead of the rainy season. The UN children's agency -- or UNICEF -- said cases of suspected acute diarrhoea were reported across 12 of the North African country's 18 states during this period. "Over 16,600 cases of acute watery diarrhoea in the past 10 months alone were reported with 317 deaths, which is a rate...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
Tanzania's President John Magufuli plans to speed up the building of a hydroelectric dam in one of Africa's largest game reserves, despite criticism from environmentalists and UNESCO. The long-planned dam in the Selous Game Reserve, already listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in danger, could provide 2,100 megawatts of power to a country where only two percent of rural people and 39 percent of urbanites have access to electricity, according to UN figures. In a presidency statement issued Tuesday,...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/17)
Over 50 African migrants are feared dead in the Sahara desert of northern Niger on Tuesday after being abandoned by their drivers, aid workers and local officials said on Tuesday. A convoy of three pick-up trucks were transporting over 70 migrants north through the Sahara Desert towards Libya -- a typical route for West Africans seeking to reach Europe -- when the drivers abandoned them. Twenty-three of the migrants survived after walking to a nearby town for help, the International...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
Kenyan literary icon Ngugi wa Thiong'o, often tipped for the Nobel literature prize, has pulled out of an annual Swedish book fair in protest at the presence of a right-wing extremist newspaper, his publisher said Wednesday. The 75-year-old author of "A Grain of Wheat" (1967) and "Petals of Blood (1975), wrote an e-mail to his Swedish publisher Modernista informing them he would cancel his attendance at the Gothenburg Book Fair "in solidarity with the writers withdrawing and of course with the concerns behind their withdrawal," referring...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
Eight people, including four children returning to school after Eid celebrations, were killed Tuesday by a roadside bomb in eastern Kenya near the border with Somalia, police said. "We have eight victims -- four children and four police," a police spokesman told AFP following the explosion between Mararani and Kiunga, just a handful of kilometres (miles) from the border. The blast bore the hallmarks of similar bombings blamed on Shabaab Islamists who have targeted security forces in the past in the region. Seven police officers and ...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
The bodies of at least 25 migrants who drowned trying to reach Europe were found near Tripoli Tuesday, the Libyan Red Crescent said. Some of the corpses were washed ashore on a beach near the Libyan capital, but most were on rocks off the suburb of Tajoura in a state of decomposition, an AFP photographer at the scene said. The onset of warm weather has seen a surge in migrants boarding boats for the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, putting pressure on rescue services. Italy's...
(APA 06/28/17)
No fewer than 887 Nigerian refugees have been repatriated from Cameroon, following a request from the Cameroonian Government to Nigeria to facilitate their return. Mr. Hanson Tamfu, the External Relations Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Nigeria, said on Wednesday in Abuja that the returnees arrived in Banki, Nigeria's border town with Cameroon. Tamfu said that the request was prompted by fear and suspicions of the Cameroonian authorities that among the refugees might include some elements of Boko...
(APA 06/28/17)
A state media delegation from Zimbabwe is in Namibia for a week-long visit during which it will discuss the renewal of a cooperation agreement that has seen the two countries cooperating in the areas of electronic and print journalism for more than a decade. The two sides are meeting to discuss the renewal of a 2004 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Electronic and Print Media, which they believe has been overtaken by current developments in the media sector such as...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25 million have the disease, the NGO Unitaid said Wednesday. The drug, Dolutegravir (DTG) is the anti-retroviral drug of choice for those living with HIV in developed countries, but its high price has put it out of reach for most struggling with the disease in Africa. "The generic DTG has two advantages: on the one hand, it is...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/17)
Four of South Africa's neighbours have banned poultry imports from the rainbow nation following a serious outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian influenza. Namibia on Tuesday became the latest country to ban South African chickens -- live and uncooked -- following last week's outbreak of the H5N8 strain of bird flu at two South African poultry farms. Windhoek followed Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique, along with Zambia, which had already halted the imports of certain poultry products from South Africa. Namibia's chief veterinary officer Adrianatus Maseke confirmed in a statement "the suspension of import and 'in-transit' movement...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/27/17)
More than 80,000 people have fled their homes in Pool province surrounding Congo Republic's capital since the government began a military operation there last year, a joint U.N. and government statement said. The campaign, involving occasional aerial bombardments, aims to curb what the government says is a resurgent rebellion led by Pastor Ntumi, an enemy of President Denis Sassou Nguesso from the oil-rich country's 1997 civil war. While it has been hard to confirm death tolls and the impact on residents, any clear evidence of escalating violence could be damaging to Sassou Nguesso's ruling party, the Congolese Party of Labour, ahead of legislative elections next month.
(Reuters (Eng) 06/27/17)
An unidentified armed group in Central African Republic shot and killed a Red Cross worker in a town where more than 100 people have died in militia attacks in recent weeks, the Red Cross said on Monday. Joachim Ali, a Red Cross volunteer in the diamond-mining town of Bangassou in the southeast of the country, was killed on Friday evening while on duty at the organization's compound, according to a spokesman. He is the second Red Cross worker to be...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/27/17)
YAOUNDE - As displaced people return to their homes in the capital of war-torn Central African Republic, they will need medical services but renewed violence threatens an already wounded healthcare system, the World Health Organization's Africa director said. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti visited Bangui this week for the launch of the country's latest health development plan, as renewed fighting swept the country. "I think it's fair to say that the security situation is extremely worrying as far as delivery of health...
(RFI(EN) 06/27/17)
Uganda is hosting the first UN-backed Refugee Solidarity Summit to find support for the over 1.3 million refugees in the country over the next four years. Opening Thursday in Kampala, the two-day summit aims to raise two billion dollars a year for the second largest refugee-hosting country globally after Turkey and to showcase Uganda’s celebrated refugee model. Uganda now has a refugee population of 1.3 million and, with more new arrivals each day than any other country, it has earned...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/17)
Egyptian warplanes struck a convoy of 12 vehicles about to be driven across the border from Libya carrying weapons and ammunition, the military said on Tuesday. The military said in a statement that it had acted on "intelligence indicating a number of criminal elements had gathered to cross the border into Egypt using a number of four-wheel-drive vehicles". An official in the armed forces told AFP the vehicles had been on the move from Libya. Air force units...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/17)
A Togolese court has handed a 12-month suspended prison sentence to a university student who led a protest against teaching conditions that turned violent. Monday's hearing saw sentence handed down to Folly Satchivi as well as to another student involved in this month's demonstrations, Marius Amagbegnon. Both were convicted of "disturbing the public order, aggravated by the destruction of public property" and are planning to appeal. They have been held in prison since their arrest on June 14, the first...
(Voice of America 06/27/17)
MORA, CAMEROON — Cameroon has dispatched its defense minister to its northern border with Nigeria following a recent series of suicide bomb attacks that has left dozens dead. Militant group Boko Haram is believed to be behind the carnage. The central African state says the bombers have infiltrated markets and mosques as end of Ramadan feast draws near. Medical staff at the Mora hospital on Cameroon's northern border with Nigeria have attended to at least 50 people injured in six...

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