Africa

Violent clashes rage south of Libya’s Tripoli

by Imed Lamloum TRIPOLI, Libya (AFP) — Violent clashes raged Tuesday south of Tripoli, marking an uptick in fighting as the UN envoy for Libya warned of a “long and bloody war”. Heavy artillery fire could be heard from the …

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Bomb blast hits tourist bus near Egypt pyramids

GIZA, Egypt (AFP) — A bomb blast hit a tourist bus near Egypt’s famed Giza pyramids on Sunday, wounding some of them, including South Africans, in the latest blow to the country’s tourism industry. The roadside bomb went off as …

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Niger tanker truck blast toll rises to 76

NIAMEY, Nigeria (AFP) — The death toll from a May 6 tanker truck explosion near the international airport in Niger’s capital has risen to 76, state television reported late Sunday. An earlier official report Tuesday gave 60 dead, including 55 …

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38 killed as floods worsen in Mozambique after second cyclone

by Gregory WALTON PEMBA, Mozambique (AFP) — Heavy rain battered northern Mozambique on Monday as residents and relief workers confronted devastation wrought by Cyclone Kenneth, the strongest cyclone to ever hit Africa, which killed 38 people and destroyed thousands of …

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Libyan air strikes kill four, wound 37: government

TRIPOLI, Libya (AFP) — Air raids on Tripoli Sunday night killed four people and wounded 37, Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) said Monday, blaming the attacks on strongman Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA). This came a day …

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51 killed, 1,000 people displaced by floods in S.Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — Devastating floods in South Africa have left 51 dead and forced more than a thousand people from their homes, according to an updated toll issued Wednesday as President Cyril Ramaphosa flew to the deluged region. …

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UN says over 260 killed in Libya battle as African leaders meet

TRIPOLI, Libya (AFP) — At least 264 people have been killed and over 1,200 wounded in weeks of fighting on the outskirts of Libya’s capital, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, as African leaders called for an immediate ceasefire. The …

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Haftar forces press offensive on Libyan capital

by Imed Lamloum TRIPOLI, Libya (AFP) — Forces backing Libya’s unity government battled to push back an offensive by strongman Khalifa Haftar on Sunday as his troops approached the gates of Tripoli after air raids overnight. Haftar’s self-proclaimed Libyan National …

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Sudan protest leaders halt talks with military

by Menna Zaki and Abdelmoneim Abu Idris Ali KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — Sudanese protest leaders Sunday suspended talks with military rulers, after the army failed to meet their demand for an immediate transfer to civilian rule. The protest leaders had …

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UN in negotiations on Libya ceasefire

by Carole LANDRY UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — United Nations Security Council diplomats began negotiations Tuesday on a British-drafted resolution that would demand an immediate ceasefire in Libya after forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive on …

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At least two dead after rockets hit Tripoli: emergency services

TRIPOLI, Libya (AFP) — At least two civilians were killed late Tuesday as a number of rockets struck parts of Tripoli, emergency services said in the Libyan capital. Another four people were injured, said a spokesman for the emergency services Osama …

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Sudan’s disparate opposition comes together post Bashir

by Bassem Aboualabass CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — After decades of intense divisions, Sudan’s political opposition united recently to form a powerful three-pronged bloc that became part of the protest wave which ousted autocrat Omar al-Bashir last week. During Bashir’s politically …

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