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Ethnic violence kills 136 in Mali, army generals sacked

  Survivors of the attack said ethnic Dogon hunters carried out the deadly raid a day earlier in Ogossagou, a village in central Mali inhabited by the Fulani community. At least 136 men, women and children were killed in the attack, according to a “provisional toll,” public television ORTM said late Sunday. The television showed images of burned huts and…

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Cyclone Idai affects 531,000 in Mozambique: Minister

Mozambique has recorded more deaths from a cyclone and floods around southern Africa, a government minister said on Sunday, with hundreds left in camps after homes were destroyed. Cyclone Idai lashed the Mozambican port city of Beira with winds of up to 170 kph, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and putting the lives of millions at…

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Al-Shabab attacks Somali government building in Mogadishu

At least 15 people, including an assistant minister, have been killed after al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants stormed a government building and detonated a suicide car bomb in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. The huge explosion shook the heart of Mogadishu on Saturday and a large plume of smoke rose above the scene of the blast, a building that houses Somalia’s ministries of labor…

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Algeria: Hundreds of thousands battle rain to protest Bouteflika

Hundreds of thousands of Algerians took the street of the capital Algiers on Friday, to demand the immediate resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Algerians take part in a demonstration against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the capital Algiers on March 22, 2019. (AFP)   The protesters are taking a stand after the country’s president announced that he would withdraw his…

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Nigerians hold rally to express support for Islamic Movement Leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky

  The slogan-chanting protesters called on authorities to immediately release Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife. Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, has been held in detention since December 2015 and was charged just in April 2018 with murder, culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of public peace and other accusations. He has pleaded not guilty. In 2016, Nigeria’s…

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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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