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Hundreds Feared Dead As Egypt Migrant Boat Capsize


Survivors from a boat which capsized off the Egyptian coast on Wednesday have told the BBC that hundreds of people may have drowned. The boat was carrying between 450 and 600 migrants when it capsized eight miles (12km) off the coast, they say. The numbers have not been confirmed. Authorities say they have rescued 163 […]

Niger Bans Export of Donkeys as Demand from Asia Rises


Niger has banned the export of donkeys, warning that a three-fold increase in trade, mainly to Asian countries, is threatening its donkey population. “If the export continues the animals will be decimated,” a government official has told the BBC. China imports many donkey hides, using the gelatin in medicinal tonics, aphrodisiacs and anti-ageing creams. In […]

Rivers Group Warns Sylva Against ‘Deadly’ Media Attacks On Justice Odili


BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A socio-cultural group, Rivers Truth Movement, has accused a former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, as the mastermind of the “deadly media attacks” on Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court which it claimed was politically motivated. The group has, however, warned Sylva to desist or face the wrath […]

Egypt Convict Former Auditor of Spreading False News


Egypt’s former top auditor, who was sacked after alleging government corruption, has been given a prison sentence for spreading “false news”. Hisham Geneina was fired in March by President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi after estimating corruption had cost Egypt $67.6bn (£51.3bn) over four years. He was sentenced to a year in jail and fined $2,200 but […]

Morocco Moves to Rejoin African Union After 32 Years


Morocco has formally announced its wish to rejoin the African Union, 32 years after leaving the organisation. In a message to the AU summit in Rwanda, the Moroccan King Mohammed VI said the time had come for his country to retake its place within its institutional family. Morocco left the AU in 1984, after the […]

EgyptAir crash: Recorder shows pilots ‘battled fire’


Pilots of the EgyptAir jet that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May battled to extinguish a fire, the cockpit voice recorder reportedly shows. The data, revealed by sources close to the investigation but not yet made public, backs up evidence from the flight recorder of smoke in the cabin. Recovered wreckage also showed signs […]

Sudan Accuses Foreign Aid Agencies of Violating its Airspace, Issues Strong Warning

Canadian Air Force fighter CF-18 Hornet (L) and Portuguese Air Force fighter F-16 patrol over Baltics air space, from the Zokniai air base near Siauliai November 20, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Sudan’s military has accused foreign aid agencies of violating its airspace, and has said it will “firmly deal” with them, the AFP news agency reports. A cargo plane flying for “international and regional NGOs” breached Sudan’s airspace on 17 and 20 May, a military statement quoted by AFP says. “Sudan’s army warns that any aircraft that violates […]

EgyptAir Crash: Signal from Emergency Beacon ‘Detected’


Search teams looking for the flight recorders of the EgyptAir plane have picked up a radio signal from an emergency locator transmitter, Egyptian investigators say. This could help to narrow the search area for the “black boxes” to a 5km (3 mile) radius in the Mediterranean Sea. A deep-water operation will start in the coming […]

30 Die, 77 Rescue As Another Migrants Boat Sinks Into Mediterranean Sea


BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – No fewer than 30 migrants have died, while 77 were rescued by EU naval units, after another boat capsized in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast. The alert about the latest accident was raised by a Luxembourg reconnaissance plane which saw the sinking boat. After, ships from an EU task […]

EgyptAir Plane Wreckage Found in Mediterranean

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Egypt found wreckage including seats and luggage Friday from the EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean, as investigators tried to unravel the mystery of why it swerved and plummeted into the sea. Search teams spotted personal belongings of passengers and parts of the Airbus A320 about 290 kilometres (180 miles) north of Egypt’s coastal […]

Tunisian Police Raid Two Suspected Terror Hideouts


BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Police raids on suspected terrorist hideouts in Tunisia left four officers and at least two suspects dead Wednesday. Police stormed a terror cell north of Tunis where a number of militants from across the country had gathered to plan what the police called “synchronized attacks.” Two militants were killed and […]

Djibouti President Sworn In for Fourth Term

Ismael Guelleh

Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh was sworn in for a fourth term in office Sunday in a ceremony attended by several regional heads of states and dignitaries. Guelleh took the oath of office at his presidential residence in the capital, Djibouti City. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, Somali President Hassan […]

With Machar Back, Can South Sudan Now Heal?

Riek Machar

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar returned Tuesday to the capital after fleeing two-and-a-half years ago as civil war broke out. Now back in Juba, he was sworn in as the country’s top vice president under President Salva Kiir. Machar’s and Kiir’s forces have waged a brutal war against each other since December 2013, a […]

Gunmen Kill 140 near South Sudan Border


Ethiopia says armed men have killed 140 people near its border with South Sudan and abducted at least 39 children. Ethiopia’s Communications Minister Getachew Reda said the attackers were members of South Sudan’s Murle tribe. He said security forces were chasing the attackers and had killed 60 so far. Ethiopia is hosting thousands of South […]

Most Passengers Freed in Hijacked EgyptAir Plane


LARNACA, Cyprus, March 29 (Reuters) – A man thought to be strapped with explosives hijacked an Egyptian plane on a flight between Alexandria and Cairo on Tuesday and forced it to land in Cyprus, Egyptian officials said. After the EgyptAir plane landed at Larnaca airport, the hijacker released all the people onboard except four foreign […]

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