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The latest breaking news, politics and current affairs from Africa.
  1. A six-storey residential building collapsed in Kenya’s capital on Friday, officials said, with at least two people killed and others trapped in the debris.The scene was all too familiar in a city where an audit once found more than half of buildings unsafe for habitation.Video footage from the scene showed people cheering as one dust-covered person was carried away on a stretcher, one arm outstretched. Soon afterward the crowd hushed as another person was carried away, covered completely by a…
  2. At least 58 migrants heading to Europe died as their makeshift boat sank off the coast of Mauritania, but 83 survivors managed to swim to shore, the International Organisation for Migration said.The migrants “were mostly clandestine immigrants trying to reach Spain, coming from Banjul in Gambia,” Mauritania’s interior ministry said in a statement released Wednesday night.“At least 58 people are confirmed dead after a vessel carrying migrants sank as it approached the coast of Mauritania,” the…
  3. At least 23 people were killed and 45 injured when fire broke out after a gas tanker exploded at a ceramics factory in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday, a district police chief said.Six of the wounded were in critical condition, said Brigadier General Hassan Abdullah, northern Khartoum’s Bahri district police director.The casualties include employees of various nationalities including some from Asian countries, medical sources said.The fire came after a gas tanker exploded while…
  4. The wealth of Zimbabwe’s former long-time president Robert Mugabe was long a mystery. Now the first official list of assets to be made public says he left behind US$10 million and several houses when he died in Singapore in September.Some in Zimbabwe view that estate as far too modest for Mugabe, who ruled for 37 years and was accused by critics of accumulating vast riches and presiding over grand corruption.The report by the state-run Herald newspaper on Tuesday did not mention any overseas…
  5. A bus plummeted off a hill in Tunisia on Sunday morning, killing 26 passengers who were on an excursion in the country’s north, government officials said.The regional bus, which was carrying 43 people and belonged to a private local company, veered off a winding road after the driver failed to manoeuvre a sharp turn and crashed at the bottom of a ravine, the Interior Ministry said.The accident was one of the deadliest ever in a country whose poor road safety record has sparked criticism of…
  6. Mali’s president urged citizens to support foreign troops struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency he said threatens the country’s existence, after protests against the presence of French forces in the West African nation.“These foreign troops are here because we asked them to, because we need their help,” Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said in a statement on public broadcaster ORTM on Saturday.The statement came less than a week after 13 French soldiers were killed in an accident involving two…
  7. Namibian president Hage Geingob on Saturday won the country’s presidential elections with a diminished majority of 56.3 per cent, the worst performance of any ruling party candidate for nearly 30 years.Geingob was declared president of this week’s vote, retaining his position and the ruling South West Africa People’s Organisation’s (SWAPO) long dominance of power, despite a recession and a corruption scandal that has fuelled popular discontent.SWAPO presidents have traditionally won by over 70…
  8. Forty-one people died in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, after torrential overnight rains, with some swept away by landslides, a top city official said on Tuesday, giving a provisional toll.“The loss, in terms of property and lives, is really huge,” said Kinshasa’s vice-governor, Neron Mbungu, adding that the dead included a child who was electrocuted.Three of the city’s 26 districts were especially badly hit, he said.A bridge connecting the districts of Lemba and Ngaba…
  9. Thirteen French soldiers were killed in Mali when two helicopters collided while fighting insurgents in the country’s restive north, officials said on Tuesday, the heaviest single loss for the French military in nearly four decades.The accident occurred late on Monday while the helicopters were reinforcing ground troops pursuing the insurgents in the Liptako region, near the borders of Burkina Faso and Niger, the armed forces ministry said.Mali has been besieged by a wave of deadly strikes…
  10. An aeroplane being delivered to Tanzania’s national airline has been impounded in Canada over a Namibian-born farmer’s US$33 million compensation claim, Tanzania’s foreign minister said on Saturday.The DHC Dash 8-400 aircraft, a turboprop also known as the Bombardier Q400, which seats up to 90 people, is the second to be seized in connection with case.In August, an Airbus 220-300 aircraft was seized in South Africa’s Johannesburg airport, after it landed on a flight from Tanzania, but was…