Africa

  • Sudan to form 11-member transitional government

    Sudan will form an 11-member “sovereign council” to govern the country for a three-year transitional period until elections are held. The council will be led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the transitional military council that has ruled Sudan since a military coup ousted President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in April this year. Economist Abdalla Hamdok has been nominated by the opposition to serve as Prime Minister in Sudan’s transitional government. Under a ... ► Read more

  • Up to 150 people feared dead after migrant boat capsizes off Libyan coast

    Up to 150 people are missing and feared drowned after two migrant boats capsized while attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Europe on Thursday (local time). If confirmed, it would be the highest number of deaths from a maritime incident in the Mediterranean this year. Ayoub Gassin, a spokesperson for Libya’s coastguard, told the Associated Press two boats carrying around 300 people capsized about 75 miles (120km) east of the capital, Tripoli. Around ... ► Read more

  • Ebola fight hindered by “deadly environment” and “political and social” obstacles, UN Security Council hears

    Eradicating Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is being hampered by “a variety of political and social factors”, the head of the United Nations mission to the country told the UN Security Council on Wednesday (local time). Leila Zerrougui, the UN Special Representative and head of the UN’s Stabilisation Mission (MONUSCO), said that militants have created a “deadly environment” for aid workers who are “being specifically threatened and killed by armed groups” ... ► Read more

  • More than 80 migrants feared dead as boat sinks near Tunisia

    More than 80 people are feared to be dead after their boat sank while fleeing to Europe from Libya. The boat capsized on Wednesday (local time) off the port town of Zarzis in Tunisia. Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), tweeted yesterday: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Tunisian fisherman rescued four people from the capsized boat but one later died in hospital. ... ► Read more

  • Libya attack: UN says preliminary information indicates “war crime”

    The United Nations has said an airstrike on a detention centre in Libya’s capital Tripoli could be a war crime and is calling for an investigation. The number of people killed by the airstrike continues to rise, with some reports putting the death toll as high as 80. At least 130 people are understood to have been injured. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tweeted: Meanwhile, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations ... ► Read more

  • UN demands UK hand Chagos Islands to Mauritius

    The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution demanding that the United Kingdom give control of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius. The non-binding resolution was supported by 116 states, with only six voting against the resolution, and 56 abstentions, including France and Germany. Mauritius claims it was forced to give up the Indian Ocean archipelago in 1965 in exchange for the country’s independence from the UK. Today, the islands form the UK’s British Indian ... ► Read more

  • 16 tourists injured in bomb blast near Giza pyramids

    An explosion targeting a tourist bus has injured at least 17 people near the pyramids at Giza in Egypt on Sunday. Most suffered minor injuries while three have been treated in hospital. The explosive device detonated close to the fence of the Grand Egyptian Museum as the bus was passing. A witness said he heard a “very loud explosion” while in traffic near the site of the blast. According to state broadcaster Nile News TV, ... ► Read more

  • Australia took in accused Rwandan terrorists as part of US “people swap”

    Australia reportedly resettled two Rwandan men accused of murdering eight tourists as part of the “people swap” deal with the United States that was brokered by the Coalition Government. American news outlet Politico reported that Leonidas Bimenyimana and Gregoire Nyaminani were relocated to Australia and accepted as “humanitarian” entrants. In 1999 the two men were charged with terrorism offences by US prosecutors for murdering the tourists, including two Americans, with machetes and axes. They were ... ► Read more

  • Six dead in attack outside Catholic church in Burkina Faso

    Gunmen have killed six people, including a priest, in an attack outside a Catholic church in Burkina Faso, according to the Government. Attendees were leaving the church in Dablo at about 9:00 am on Sunday when they were encircled by about 20 men, who shot six dead. The attackers then burned the church, looted stores and left. It is the second attack on Christians in two weeks, as the country struggles against increasing Islamic militancy. ... ► Read more

  • At least 134 killed in central Mali massacre

    At least 134 Fulani herders were killed by gunmen in central Mali on Saturday, according to a local mayor. Armed men dressed as traditional Donzo hunters encircled and attacked the village of Ogossagou at about 4:00 am (local time), said Moulaye Guindo, the mayor of the nearby town of Bankass. “We are provisionally at 134 bodies recovered by the gendarmes,” Mr Guindo said. He confirmed that another village, Welingara, had also been attacked, but did ... ► Read more

  • Australia, EU and others suspend 737 MAX 8s following Ethiopian Airlines crash

    Australia, the European Union and other jurisdictions have indefinitely banned the Boeing 737 MAX 8 airliner from their airspace, following a second fatal crash within five months. On Sunday a new Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 crashed en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, killing all 157 crew and passengers on board. Investigators are looking for similarities between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and that of a Lion Air MAX 8 that crashed in Indonesia, killing ... ► Read more

  • Crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane’s black boxes found

    The black boxes of a crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane have been recovered, the African airline announced on Monday (local time). The state-owned airline tweeted: Now that the black boxes have been retrieved, investigators can determine what exactly caused the crash, which killed all 157 people onboard. Given that weather conditions were fine when the plane left Addis Ababa for Nairobi, there has been speculation the accident was caused by either a technical fault or pilot ... ► Read more

  • Rare black leopard confirmed in Africa for first time in over a century

    A team lead by Kenya-based biologist Nick Pilford has captured images of a juvenile black leopard, marking the first time since 1909 that a sighting has been confirmed. Using camera traps deployed throughout the bushlands of Loisaba Conservancy in central Kenya in early 2018, the team now has proof of a rare melanistic leopard — commonly referred to as a black panther, an umbrella term for any melanistic big cat. The juvenile female was travelling ... ► Read more

  • Week in Brief: 13 January – 19 January 2019

    Theresa May: Government has confidence of Parliament, time to deliver Brexit British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for bipartisan talks to develop a Brexit deal that will pass the House of Commons. See OPMagazine’s coverage of this story here. NSW Premier under pressure amid fresh calls for pill testing NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is standing firm on her opposition to pill testing, despite pleas from the family of a teenager who died of a ... ► Read more

  • DFAT denies Kenyan media reports of Australian man killed in Nairobi terror attack

    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has denied Kenyan media reports that a 36-year-old Australian man was killed in the Nairobi hotel terror attack earlier this week. Kenya’s The Daily Nation newspaper reported that the man was visiting his girlfriend, and another paper, The Standard, reported that the two were talking on the phone during the attack until he suddenly hung up. The Standard quoted his girlfriend, a university student, as saying he could still be alive ... ► Read more

  • Nairobi terror attack death toll rises to 21

    The Kenyan Government has confirmed 21 people were killed in a terror attack at a luxurious hotel and business complex in Nairobi on Tuesday (local time). Eyewitnesses painted a chaotic scene, with hundreds of people fleeing the complex to escape the attackers. According to the BBC, 28 people have been admitted to hospital for treatement, while 19 remain missing. Al-Shabaab — the Somalia-based extremist group that carried out the 2013 Westgate Mall terror attack that ... ► Read more

  • Islamic extremists claim responsibility for Nairobi terror attack

    At least seven people have been killed and eight left wounded after Islamic extremists launched an attack on a hotel complex in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Kenya’s Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i has assured the public “that the situation is under control and the country is safe.” Al Shabaab — the Somalia-based extremist group that carried out the 2013 Westgate Mall terror attack that killed 67 people — has claimed responsibility. Eyewitnesses have painted a chaotic ... ► Read more

  • 90 elephant carcasses found in Botswana with tusks hacked off

    Ninety elephant carcasses have been found in Botswana with their tusks hacked off, a charity announced on Tuesday. Elephants Without Borders, a charitable organisation dedicated to conserving wildlife and natural resources, said that the grim discovery of nearly 100 elephant carcasses, which took place through an aerial survey over several weeks, is believed to be one of Africa’s worst mass poaching sprees. “We started flying the survey on July 10, and we have counted 90 ... ► Read more

  • Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa wins election

    President Emmerson Mnangagwa has won the Zimbabwean presidential election, according to the country’s electoral commission. Mr Mnangagwa secured 50.8% of the votes beating opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, who won 44.3%. The opposition has rejected the results, with the chairman of Mr Chamisa’s MDC Alliance saying the count could not be verified. By winning just scraping more than 50% of the vote, Mr Mnangagwa has avoided a second run-off election. Taking to Twitter, the President said ... ► Read more

  • Zimbabwe: troops open fire on rioters in capital

    Three people were killed in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare after troops opened fire on rioters on Wednesday, police say. Supporters of the opposition party MDC Alliance began rioting when it was announced that the government party, ZANU-PF, had won a majority of seats in the parliamentary election but that the results of the presidential election were not ready. State broadcaster ZBC reported that the Electoral Commission would announce the presidential results at 12:30 pm ... ► Read more

  • Two suspected rhino poachers have been eaten by lions in South African reserve

    At least two suspected rhino poachers have been mauled to death and eaten by lions on a South African game reserve. The remains of two bodies, possibly three, were found by officials in a lion enclosure in the Sibuya reserve, near the southeast town of Kenton-on-Sea. An anti-poaching team that arrived on the scene also found a high-powered hunting rifle with a silencer, a long axe, and wire cutters. “They strayed into a pride of ... ► Read more

  • WHO concerned by ebola case in urban area of the Congo

    A new case of the ebola virus disease has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a press release on Thursday. The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced that laboratory tests conducted by the National Institute of Biomedical Research confirmed one specimen as positive for the disease. The case occurred in Wangata, one of three health zones in the city of ... ► Read more