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Cholera outbreak a major concern at Kenyan refugee camp

The UN Refugee Agency says a culmination of issues, including excess rain, has exacerbated a cholera outbreak at a major refugee site in Kenya. More than one thousand have become sick from cholera at the Dadaab complex, which hosts nearly 350,000 refugees and asylum seekers, the majority of them from Somalia. The water-borne bacterial illness Read More

South African opposition member faces backlash for Facebook remarks

Comments by a white South African woman calling black people “monkeys” have sparked widespread outrage. On Facebook, Penny Sparrow used the word to describe New Year’s revellers on a beach in Durban, and she claims they had made a mess there. Sparrow, a member of the opposition Democratic Alliance, was condemned by many on social Read More

Kenya’s Garissa University reopens after terror attack nine months ago

Garissa University College in Kenya has officially reopened, nine months after the killing of nearly 150 people, mainly students, in an attack by militant Islamist group al-Shabab. Staff had reported to work while students are expected to be back on campus next Monday. Last year’s attack was the deadliest so far by the Somali-based group Read More

South African King Dalindyebo begins jail term over dispute with subjects

A South African king who is a nephew of the late president Nelson Mandela has begun a 12-year prison sentence for kidnapping, assault and arson. King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo reported to prison after his legal attempts to overturn his conviction failed. The case against the monarch was related to a dispute with some of his subjects Read More

Nigeria president Buhari to negotiate with Boko Haram for schoolgirls’ release

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has says he is prepared to negotiate with Boko Haram militants to secure the release of about 200 schoolgirls. He’s even prepared to talk with them without preconditions. Buhari says he had no intelligence on the girls’ whereabouts or their health. Boko Haram seized the girls from their dormitories in the Read More

Long-delayed elections finally held in CAR

The polls have opened in the Central African Republic, in delayed presidential and parliamentary elections aimed at restoring stable government after years of turmoil. Thirty candidates are vying to replace interim leader Catherine Samba-Panza. UN peacekeepers hope to stop a repeat of the violence three weeks ago during a referendum on a new constitution. Samba-Panza Read More

Roch Marc Kaboré sworn in as Burkina Faso President

Burkina Faso has a new leader for the first time in nearly 30 years, as President Roch Marc Kaboré took the oath of office Tuesday. Kaboré promised to “preserve, respect, enforce and defend the constitution” in a ceremony broadcast live on radio and TV. Kaboré’s swearing-in comes 14 months after former president Blaise Compaoré was Read More

WHO declares Guinea to be Ebola-free

Guinea has been declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (WHO), two years after the epidemic began there. Dr. Bruce Aylward, the head of the WHO Ebola Response. made the announcement today in Geneva. The WHO congratulated the government and people of Guinea for showing extraordinary leadership in fighting the epidemic. Guineans are Read More

Fatal blast hits northeast Nigeria village near Maiduguri

Militants in Nigeria have attacked a village near the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, killing 21 people and injuring 91 others. Reports say gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades fired from three trucks during the raid on Sunday evening. Hours later, a female suicide bomber killed one person as people were lining up at a mosque this Read More

Boko Haram close to being defeated, says Nigeria president

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says the military is close to completely defeating Boko Haram. He told the BBC that the Islamist militants could no longer mount conventional attacks against security forces or population centres. Critics of the government argue that it has exaggerated the scale of its success against the militants, and that each time Read More

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