• 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

  • 79 children kidnapped by armed group in Cameroon

    Armed assailants have kidnapped about 79 children and three staff members from a school in north-western Cameroon during the night, government and military sources have said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction from Bamenda, a city in the English-speaking Northwest Region where separatists are fighting to form a breakaway state. “In total 81 people were kidnapped including the [school] principal. They were taken to the bush,” a military source told Reuters. Another source ... ► 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