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‘World knows not depth of disaster yet:’ Cyclone kills over 300 in Mozambique, Zimbabwe

  “We already have more than 200 dead, and nearly 350,000 people are at risk,” Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi announced Tuesday, while the government in Zimbabwe said around 100 people had died but the toll could be three times that figure. The UN, meanwhile, said that one of the worst storms to hit southern Africa in decades had also unleashed…

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Algerians take to streets again to protest Boteflika’s bid to stay in power

Algerians hold a fresh protest in the capital shortly after the country’s 82-year-old president said he will stay in power when his term expires next month. The Tuesday rallies saw tens of thousands of protesters, including students, university professors and medics, swarming the central part of Algiers, AFP reported. “Students are committed, the system must go!” the pupils shouted. Tuesday also…

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Iranian hybrid taxis join Senegal fleet

Iran has delivered as many as 30 hybrid vehicles to Senegal to be used in the country’s taxi fleet. The ceremony for handing over the taxicabs was held at the Blaise Diagne International Airport in western Senegal. It was joined by Senegal’s Minister of Air Transport and Development of Airport Infrastructures, Maimouna Ndoye Seck. The project for making the vehicles…

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Fourth month of protests in Sudan, demonstrations go on

Crowds of anti-government demonstrators in Sudan have taken to the streets of the capital Khartoum, chanting “freedom, peace, justice”, three months after unprecedented protests erupted in the country against President Omar al-Bashir over economic woes. Protesters on Monday marched through the northern suburb of Bahari, in an area called Street 60, where they confronted with riot police who hurled tear…

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Ethiopia: Initial analysis shows ‘clear similarities’ between latest Boeing crashes

  The Ethiopian Transport Ministry spokesman, Muse Yiheyis, said on Sunday that a preliminary review of the flight data recorder shows the aircraft’s altitude in both tragedies bumped along sharply as both suffered erratic climbs and descents. “It was the same case with the Indonesian (Lion Air) one. There were clear similarities between the two crashes so far,” said the spokesman,…

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Iran to Export over 14,000 tons of Cement to Somalia

“A 14,500-ton cargo of bagged cement produced in Qeshm will be exported to Somalia on a Tanzanian ship named AMINA-H via Kaveh dock,” Bahrami told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday. He added that loading of the cement cargo started on Tuesday and will take 4 to 5 days. Iranian factories have the capacity to produce over 80 million tons of…

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Algerian President Bouteflika abandons re-election bid amid protests

Algeria’s octogenarian president has abandoned his attempt to contest a fifth term amid nearly-month-long protests against the country’s changeless political scene. Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced the decision not to contest the April polls on Monday, and also postponed the election itself, Reuters reported. The 82-year-old has been in power for the past 20 years, but is reportedly in poor health conditions…

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China, Ethiopia suspend use of Boeing 737 MAX 8 after second deadly crash

  The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a statement on Monday and urged its airlines to suspend the commercial operations of all Boeing 737 MAX jets by 6 p.m. An Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX en route from Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi crashed a few minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people, mostly foreign…

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Somali teens in UK sent away to escape rising knife crime

Somali families living in the United Kingdom are rushing their children back to Africa to avoid them being trapped in knife crimes and growing violence on the streets. The Observer said in a report that many Somali teenagers have been sent back to the Somalia, Somaliland or Kenya as their parents are becoming increasingly worried about their safety in the UK,…

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Ethiopia’s Boeing 737 crashes with 157 people on board

  “We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in accident today,” the airline said in a statement. “It is believed that there were 149 passengers and eight crew on board the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight.” The airline said “search and…

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