Africa

Tripoli airport hit by rocket fire as UN slams Libya arms violations

by Rim Taher TRIPOLI, Libya (AFP) — The Libyan capital’s sole functioning airport came under renewed fire Sunday, as fighting broke out hours after the UN mission in the country condemned ongoing violations of an arms embargo. The UN mission …

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89 Niger soldiers killed in jihadist attack on camp: govt

NIER, Nigeria (AFP) — A jihadist attack on a military camp in western Niger three days ago left 89 soldiers dead, according to a new toll announced by the government on public radio Sunday. “After a thorough search, the toll …

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63 ‘terrorists’, 25 others killed in Niger army base attack: defense ministry

NIAMEY, Nigeria (AFP) — Heavily armed assailants stormed a military base in Niger on Thursday killing 25 people and leading to fierce clashes that killed 63 “terrorists”, the defense ministry said, in an area where dozens died in a previous …

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Children among 18 killed in Sudan military plane crash: army

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) –Four children were among 18 people killed Thursday when a Sudanese military transport plane crashed after takeoff from West Darfur state, an army spokesman said. The plane crashed five minutes after takeoff from an airport in the …

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Captain, 7 crew abducted from Greek oil tanker in Cameroon port

by Hélène COLLIOPOULOU / Jean-Baptiste KETCHATENG DOUALA, Cameroon (AFP) — Armed men staged a night raid on a Greek oil tanker anchored in a Cameroonian port and abducted eight crewmen, including the vessel’s Greek captain, the merchant marine ministry and …

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Clashes in C. African capital leave at least 11 dead

  BANGUI, CENTRAL African Republic (AFP) — At least 11 people were killed in fighting between militiamen and traders in a restive district of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, two security officials and an imam said Thursday. …

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Algerians protest in thousands to reject talks with new president

  ALGIERS, ALGERIA (AFP) — Students, teachers and other demonstrators rallied in their thousands in Algeria’s capital Tuesday against the newly elected president, rejecting his offer of dialogue with a months-old protest movement. Abdelmadjid Tebboune won 58.1 percent of the …

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Gambian town mourns after Mauritania migrant boat sinking

  By Emil Touray BARRA, GAMBIA (AFP) — Bereaved Gambians shouted in grief and sobbed as they recounted how their loved ones drowned attempting to reach Europe in the worst migrant tragedy off West Africa this year. At least 62 …

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23 killed as fire engulfs Sudan factory

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — Twenty-three people were killed and dozens injured as a fire triggered by an explosion in a gas tanker tore through a factory in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, officials said. Thick plumes of black smoke billowed …

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23 killed as fire engulfs Sudan factory

KHARTOUM, SUDAN (AFP) — Twenty-three people were killed and dozens injured as a fire triggered by an explosion in a gas tanker tore through a factory in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, officials said. Thick plumes of black smoke billowed …

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Zimbabwe facing ‘man-made’ starvation, UN expert warns

  HARARE, ZIMBABWE (AFP) — Zimbabwe is facing “man-made” starvation with 60 percent of the people failing to meet basic food needs, a UN special envoy said Thursday after touring the southern African country. Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur on the …

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More than 40 dead after heavy rain pounds DR Congo capital

KINSHASA, DR Congo (AFP) — Forty-one people died in the DR Congo capital Kinshasa after torrential overnight rains, with some swept away by landslides, a top city official said Tuesday, giving a provisional toll. “The loss, in terms of property …

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