Africa

More than 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique storm

by Adrien BARBIER with Zinyange AUNTONY in Chimanimani BEIRA, Mozambique (AFP) — More than a thousand people are feared to have died in a cyclone that smashed into Mozambique last week, while scores were killed and more than 200 are …

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Black boxes show ‘clear similarities’ with Indonesia crash, Ethiopia says

by Chris Stein ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) — Black box data recovered from an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed last week show “clear similarities” with a recent crash in Indonesia of the same type of aircraft, Ethiopia’s transport minister said …

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More than 120 dead after cyclone hits Mozambique, Zimbabwe

by Adrien BARBIER with Zinyange AUNTONY in Chimanimani BEIRA, Mozambique (AFP) — More than 120 people have died and many more are missing in Mozambique and neighbouring Zimbabwe on Sunday after tropical cyclone Idai barrelled across the southern African nations …

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Ethiopia to send black boxes to Europe as questions mount over crash

by Chris STEIN ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) — Ethiopia said Wednesday it would send the black boxes from last weekend’s deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash to Europe for analysis as demand grew for urgent answers over the safety of the Boeing …

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Eight killed, 37 rescued, in Lagos building collapse

by Emmanuel Akinwotu and Celia Lebur LAGOS, Nigeria (AFP) — Rescuers on Wednesday recovered eight bodies and rescued 37 people alive from the wreckage of a collapsed four-storey building in the Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos Children had been attending an …

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Boeing 737 MAX safety record questioned after two tragedies

by Delphine TOUITOU WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — For the second time in less than six months, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 has crashed minutes after takeoff and killed everyone on board, raising fresh questions about the safety of a …

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Greek man saved from Ethiopia crash by being late

ATHENS, Greece (AFP) — A Greek man said on Sunday he would have been the 150th passenger on the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing plane that crashed killing all on board, except he arrived two minutes late for the flight. “I …

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Ethiopian Airlines Boeing crashes killing all 157 on board

by Michael Tewelde in Bishoftu with Chris Stein in Addis Ababa BISHOFTU, Ethiopia (AFP) — A Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing crashed minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa Sunday, killing all eight crew and 149 passengers on board, including tourists, business …

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23 feared dead in flood at disused Zimbabwe gold mine

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — At least 23 illegal gold miners were feared dead in Zimbabwe on Thursday after water flooded two disused shafts in a mining town 145 kilometres (90 miles) south-west of the capital Harare. Rescuers were trying to …

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Death toll now 15 after Nigeria election stampede: hospital

by Joel Olatunde AGOI Agence France Presse PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AFP) — Fifteen people were killed in a stampede at an election campaign rally by President Muhammadu Buhari in southern Nigeria, health officials said Wednesday. In a separate incident on …

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Thousands protest against job losses in South Africa

  DURBAN, South Africa (AFP) — Thousands of South African workers staged nationwide demonstrations on Wednesday to protest high unemployment and government policies that they say have failed to create jobs and are deepening poverty. Workers dressed in red t-shirts, …

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Poverty not an obstacle to excellent healthcare in Africa: Gates

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said Sunday that excellent basic healthcare that would prevent easily treatable but deadly conditions was achievable even in Africa’s poorest nations. “The good news about health is that by spending modest …

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