Scores killed in Sudan’s Darfur clashes

Tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur region have killed at least 83 people in the latest bout of violence, according to a tally by the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD). “The death toll from the bloody events taking place in the city of al-Geneina has increased since Saturday morning [to] 84,” CCSD, a local branch of the country’s doctors’ union, said in a statement on Twitter, the statement added that the clashes left 160 wounded, including members of the armed forces. Saturday’s clashes initially pitted the Massalit tribe against Arab nomads in al-Geneina, about two weeks after the United Nations … Continue reading Scores killed in Sudan’s Darfur clashes

25 feared drowned in Congo River barge sinking

At least up to 25 people are feared to have died after a barge sank on the Congo River, authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) northeastern province of Tshopo said. “A barge, which was leaving Kisangani for Basoko, sank on Friday evening. The toll today is six bodies which have been recovered, 237 survivors and 19 missing,” Tshopo’s vice governor, Maurice Abibu Sakapela, told the AFP news agency on Tuesday. “The public prosecutor has opened an inquiry. Some people have already been arrested,” he said before adding that “overloading and the poor state of the vessel” were … Continue reading 25 feared drowned in Congo River barge sinking

Gunmen kill six Virunga National Park rangers

Gunmen have killed six rangers in Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to authorities. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack on Sunday morning but officials blamed Mai-Mai fighters, members of one of the dozens of armed militias battling for control of the DRC’s mineral-rich eastern borderlands. “Preliminary investigations indicate that the Rangers were taken by surprise and had no opportunity to defend themselves, and that those responsible for the attack are local Mai-Mai groups,” park authorities said in a statement. “Virunga … Continue reading Gunmen kill six Virunga National Park rangers

100 people killed after attacks on Niger villages

Niger’s prime minister says 100 people are now known to have been killed in Saturday’s attacks by suspected jihadists on two villages. Brigi Rafini said 70 people were killed in the village of Tchombangou and 30 others in Zaroumdareye – both near Niger’s border with Mali. It was one of the deadliest days in living memory, as Niger grapples with ethnic violence and Islamic militancy, no group has said it carried out the attacks. According to local mayor Almou Hassane, those responsible travelled on “about 100 motorcycles,” AFP news agency reports, they split into two groups and carried out the … Continue reading 100 people killed after attacks on Niger villages

Dozens dead in Cameroon bus crash

In a tragic occurence in Cameroon, at least 37 people were killed and 18 others seriously injured in a bus crash in Cameroon’s western village of Nemale, officials said. The 70-seater bus was on its way to the capital, Yaounde, from the western town of Foumban when it crashed into a truck while trying to avoid a crowd of people on the road about 2am local time (01:00 GMT) on Sunday, Absalom Monono Woloa, a senior government official in the area, said. “Most of the travellers were either going to spend New Year’s Day with their families, returning from Christmas … Continue reading Dozens dead in Cameroon bus crash

Attackers kill dozens in western Ethiopia

More than 100 people have been killed by unknown attackers in a village in western Ethiopia, the country’s human rights commission has said, a nurse at a local clinic told the BBC that more than 30 people had been admitted to the facility, including some in a critical condition. Some of the victims were shot, while others were stabbed, the nurse added, Wednesday’s attack in the Benishangul-Gumuz region came a day after a visit by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. In a statement, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said the attack took place in the village of Bekoji, which lies in … Continue reading Attackers kill dozens in western Ethiopia

Another Nigeria kidnapping: Mahuta children rescued after gun battle

Police in Nigeria say they have rescued at least 84 schoolchildren who were abducted on Saturday. They say the children were seized by gunmen as they returned home to Mahuta village after taking part in a religious ceremony. The children were released following a gun battle between the abductors, security forces and local vigilantes, it is the second mass kidnapping in Nigeria’s Katsina state in eight days. On Friday, 344 schoolboys who had been kidnapped from their boarding school in Kankara town a week beforehand were released. In a statement following the latest abductions, Katsina state police said that at least … Continue reading Another Nigeria kidnapping: Mahuta children rescued after gun battle

South Africa’s lottery probed as 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 drawn and 20 people win

An unusual sequence of numbers drawn in South Africa’s national lottery has sparked accusations of fraud after 20 people won a share of the jackpot, Tuesday’s PowerBall lottery saw the numbers five, six, seven, eight and nine drawn, while the PowerBall itself was, you have guessed it, 10. The organisers say the sequence is often picked, but some have alleged a scam and an investigation is under way, it is extremely rare for multiple winners to share the jackpot. The organisers said 20 people purchased a winning ticket and won 5.7m rand ($370,000; £278,000) each, another 79 ticketholders won 6,283 … Continue reading South Africa’s lottery probed as 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 drawn and 20 people win

Vendee Globe: Kevin Escoffier ‘safe and sound’ after rescue off Cape of Good Hope

France’s Kevin Escoffier is “safe and sound” after being rescued by fellow Vendee Globe round-the-world competitor Jean Le Cam off the Cape of Good Hope, Escoffier was in third place when he had to abandon his leaking yacht and float in a raft as he waited for help. Le Cam, who diverted to help Escoffier, retrieved his compatriot, 40, at around 01:00 GMT on Tuesday having initially seen his raft at 16:15 GMT on Monday. “A huge relief. Kevin is onboard Hubert safe and sound,” Le Cam tweeted, race organisers said both sailors appeared well and that the news was … Continue reading Vendee Globe: Kevin Escoffier ‘safe and sound’ after rescue off Cape of Good Hope

Ghana’s former President Jerry Rawlings dies aged 73

Ghana’s former leader Jerry Rawlings, who seized power twice in military coups but went on to bring democratic rule to the West African country, died on Thursday at the age of 73, the country’s president said. President Nana Akufo-Addo said Rawlings died on Thursday morning at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in the capital, Accra, where he had been receiving treatment after a short illness. “A great tree has fallen, and Ghana is poorer for this loss,” the president said. Akufo-Addo ordered flags around the country to be lowered to half-mast for seven days of national mourning from Friday and … Continue reading Ghana’s former President Jerry Rawlings dies aged 73

Nigerian lawyer wants Arabic words removed from currency

A court in Nigeria’s commercial city of Lagos is due to hear a case filed by a lawyer against the Central Bank of Nigeria to demand the removal of Arabic inscriptions in the local currency. Malcolm Omirhobo also wants the Nigerian army to remove the inscription from its military logo saying it portrays Nigeria as an Islamic state, contrary to the country’s constitutional status of a secular state. The lawyer wants the Arabic inscriptions replaced with either English or any of Nigeria’s three main local languages – Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo. However, the central bank denied the inscriptions were a … Continue reading Nigerian lawyer wants Arabic words removed from currency

Over 20 people dead in Guinea post-election violence

Nearly two dozen people have been killed in violence that erupted following a disputed presidential election in Guinea last week, state television reported on Monday, as international envoys attempted to soothe tensions in the West African nation. The RTG state news channel said 21 people had been killed since October 19, including officers of the security forces six fewer than figures compiled by the opposition, which claims 27 have died. President Alpha Conde, 82, won a hotly contested October 18 election, according to official results announced on Saturday, setting the stage for a controversial third term, but his main opponent … Continue reading Over 20 people dead in Guinea post-election violence