AFRICA

Mali: Dozens die after bus falls off bridge

Thirty-one people have died after a bus flipped over and plunged off a bridge in Mali on Tuesday. The bus had been en route to neighbouring Burkina Faso from the Malian town of Kenieba when it veered off a bridge crossing the Bagoe river. At least 10 others were injured …

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Burkina Faso: At least 15 dead in Catholic church attack

At least 15 people have been killed and two others injured following an attack on a Catholic church in north-eastern Burkina Faso on Sunday. It took place during Sunday worship in Essakane village in Oudalan province – close to the border with Mali. Few details have been given. A church …

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Over 55% of candidates failed Mathematics in 2023 NOV/DEC — WAEC

More than half of candidates who sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in November/December failed mathematics, according to results released by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). WAEC’s statement on the release of the 2023 second series WASSCE provisional results said 44.949% of candidates obtained grades …

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Wife of Haiti’s assassinated president indicted in his killing

A judge in Haiti investigating the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse indicted his widow, Martine Moïse, ex-prime minister Claude Joseph and the former chief of Haiti’s National Police, Léon Charles, among others in his killing. Dozens of suspects were indicted in the 122-page report issued by Walther Wesser …

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Liberian president passes drug test

The Liberian leader on Wednesday underwent a drug test which he had promised to do during his address to the legislature on 29 January, just a week after he was sworn in. Liberian President Joseph Boakai has tested negative for drugs and illegal substances. The Liberian leader on Wednesday underwent …

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Hage Geingob: Namibia’s president dies aged 82

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob has died while receiving medical treatment at a hospital in the capital, Windhoek. Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba announced that Mr Geingob had died in the early hours of Sunday morning. “At his side was his dear wife Madame Monica Geingos and his children,” Mr Mbumba said in …

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See list of universities ‘built’ by NDC that Akufo-Addo has renamed

The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has promised to revert the names of public universities which were renamed by the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government to their original names if the NDC comes into office in 2025. Mahama accused President Akufo-Addo and his party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), …

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Nollywood actress sentenced for stepping on naira notes

A Nigerian actress has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for tampering with the currency after she was filmed spraying and stepping on newly issued naira notes last year. Oluwadarasimi Omoseyin was arrested last February in Lagos after the video of her at a party surfaced online. The Nollywood star …

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Nigerian traditional monarch shot dead and wife kidnapped

Armed men have shot dead a traditional ruler, and kidnapped his wife plus one other person in south-western Nigeria, authorities say. The attackers stormed the palace of Segun Aremu, a retired army general and monarch whose official title is the Olukoro of Koro, on Thursday night. It is not clear …

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Stampede kills at least 10 students in Cameroon

A tragedy of unprecedented scale struck this morning at the Lycée Bilingue d’Etoug-Ebe, located in the heart of the political capital. At least ten students died during a stampede Monday morning at the Lycée Bilingue d’Etoug-Ebe, located in the political capital Yaoundé. According to reports, the stampede was when students …

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Life sentence for man who killed his ex-girlfriend’s toddler

A Vaalbank man who went on a shooting spree in November 2020, targeting two of his ex-girlfriends and intentionally killing the toddler of one of the women, has been handed a life sentence. The man was sentenced in the Mpumalanga high court, sitting in Middelburg, on Thursday. Police said 44-year-old …

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Four nabbed over illegal refinery in Abia

The Abia State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested four suspects for operating an illegal refinery in the state.   The state Commandant, Usman Alfadarai said the arrest made after a 48-hour sustained surveillance within and around Obiakpu, Obuzo-Asa, in the Ukwa West area of …

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