AT LEAST 21 MISSING AS BOAT CAPSIZES IN NIGERIA

Twenty-one people are missing, feared dead, after their boat capsized in northern Nigeria, emergency services and rescue workers said on Tuesday. The vessel, carrying 30 traders and their wares, overturned in high winds on a river in the Isa district of northwestern Sokoto state during a heavy downpour on Saturday. Eight passengers were rescued and […]

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ANTI-BUHARI COALITION FORMED ‘TO RESCUE NIGERIA’

Almost 40 Nigerian opposition parties have agreed to field a joint candidate to prevent the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari next year. The alliance includes the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and a splinter group that broke away from Mr Buhari’s governing All Progressives Congress (APC) last week. President Buhari, who came […]

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TWO DIE AFTER ZIMBABWE CAMPAIGN BLAST

Two people injured in Saturday’s explosion at a campaign rally in Zimbabwe’s second city of Bulawayo have died, a medical official has said. Solwayo Ngwenya, clinical director of the city’s Mpilo hospital in the city, told AFP other victims had life-threatening injuries. At least 49 people, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s two deputies, were injured in […]

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BANDA IN SECOND BID FOR MALAWI’S PRESIDENCY

Malawi’s former President Joyce Banda, who returned home in April after four years of self-imposed exile, says she intends to contest next year’s election if chosen by the opposition People’s Party. In 2012, Mrs Banda became Malawi’s first female president and only the second woman to lead a country in Africa. She was voted out […]

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ANTI-ERITREA DEAL PROTESTS CONTINUE

Protesters have been out for a second day in northern Ethiopia to express their opposition to last week’s surprise announcement that the government would hand over disputed border territories to Eritrea. Reports say they were chanting slogans and carrying twigs to express their opposition to the decision. They say implementing it would be disrespectful to […]

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BURUNDI’S LEADER VOWS TO STEP DOWN IN 2020

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has said he will not seek another term in office after the end of his current mandate in 2020. He made the announcement in Bugendana, in Gitega province, where the country’s new constitution was signed into law, reports BBC’s Cyriaque Muhawenayo from the ceremony. Last month, Burundians voted overwhelmingly in a […]

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