Africa

At least 10 dead in northeast Guinea gold mine collapse

  CONAKRY, GUINEA (AFP) — At least 10 people were killed and others were missing after an illegal gold mine collapsed in northeastern Guinea, local officials and the Red Cross said on Thursday. Accidents in clandestine mines are common in …

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37 dead in attack on mine convoy in Burkina Faso: regional governor

by Julien Besset in Montreal, David Esnault in Abidjan, Armel Baily in Ouagadougou OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AFP) — An ambush on a convoy transporting employees of a Canadian mining company in Burkina Faso killed 37 people on Wednesday, the deadliest attack …

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China launches Sudan’s first ever satellite: official

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — Sudan’s first-ever satellite for conducting research in military, economic and space technology has been launched by China, the northeast African country’s ruling body said Tuesday. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who heads Sudan’s sovereign council, announced the …

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22 people killed in DR Congo mining truck accident: police

LUBUMBASHI, DR Congo (AFP) — At least 22 people were killed and 10 wounded when a mining truck overturned in southeast DR Congo on Friday, police said. The truck owned by the Mining Mineral Resources (MMR) firm tipped over at …

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Ethiopian Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Dakar: official

DAKAR, Senegal (AFP) — An Ethiopian Airlines jet made an emergency landing in Dakar with one of its engines on fire, though all 90 passengers and crew were unharmed, airport and airline officials said. The Boeing 767 aircraft had just …

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Harry and Meghan make pitch for mental health on S.African tour

  By Amy Gibbings Agence France-Presse CAPE TOWN (AFP) — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan on Tuesday gave a royal boost to South African surfers harnessing the power of the waves to promote mental health in poor communities. Help through …

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Seven children killed in Nairobi classroom collapse: medics

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — Seven children died and others were injured when their classroom collapsed on Monday morning in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, medics said. “Seven pupils dead, several injured after a classroom collapsed at Previous Talent Academy in Dagoretti,” …

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Tourist boat capsizes in Senegal, killing four

DAKAR, Senegal (AFP) — Four people died after a boat carrying dozens of tourists capsized during heavy storms in Senegal, authorities and emergency services said Tuesday. The death toll could rise as three passengers were said to be missing after …

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Morocco floods kill 11 in bus accident: local officials

RABAT, Morocco (AFP) — At least 11 people were killed Sunday in Morocco after their bus was overturned by a flood in the kingdom’s southeast, authorities said. Rescue crews evacuated 27 passengers from the bus, including several injured, after it …

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Zimbabwe ex-president Mugabe dies aged 95

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe from 1980 to 2017, has died aged 95, the country’s president announced Friday. Mugabe was first heralded as a liberator who rid the former British colony of Rhodesia of white minority rule, …

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Japan to host Africa aid forum as China looms large

by Shingo ITO TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japan hosts development talks with African leaders this week, looking to boost its presence on the continent and offer an alternative to investments by an increasingly assertive China. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe …

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Two dead, 5 missing after flash flood at Kenyan park

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — Six tourists, including a foreigner, and their guide were swept away Sunday after a flash flood at Kenya’s Hell’s Gate national park, the Kenya Wildlife Service said, confirming at least two dead. Two bodies were recovered …

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