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Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus

Renowned Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango has died after contracting the new coronavirus, his representatives and official Facebook page have announced. The 86-year-old Cameroonian, best known for the 1972 hit, Soul Makossa, is one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result of COVID-19, the...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 4:18 PM

Afghanistan: Suicide attack in Kabul kills several

A suicide attack targeting a military academy killed at least six people in Kabul early on Tuesday, in what was the first major assault in the Afghan capital in months. Along with the six (two civilians and four military personnel) killed, 12 other people, including five civilians, were wounded...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 11:17 AM

Mali's president acknowledges contact with armed groups

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has for the first time acknowledged contacts with armed groups, an option the government has long rejected. "The number of deaths in the Sahel is becoming exponential and it's time that certain paths be explored," he said in an interview with...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 9:39 AM

Turkey retaliates after Syrian government shelling kills 5 troops

An attack by Syrian government forces killed five Turkish soldiers in northwest Syria on Monday, threatening further escalation in the region after another deadly artillery strike last week. Turkish defence officials said five other troops were wounded in "intense" shelling...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 9:36 AM

Arab League rejects Trump's Middle East plan

The Arab League has completely rejected US President Donald Trump's Middle East plan during an emergency meeting in Egypt's capital, saying it would not lead to a just peace deal. In a statement on Saturday, the pan-Arab bloc said it "rejects the US-...

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 6:17 PM

Dozens killed by suspected rebels in DR Congo

At least 36 people have been killed in a suspected rebel attack in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo's Beni region, where hundreds have died in violence since November, a local official has said. DRC troops have been carrying out a military operation on an armed...

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 2:19 PM

Dozens killed in stampede at General Soleimani's funeral

At least 32 people have been killed in a stampede that erupted in the Iranian city of Kerman at the funeral procession for a top commander killed in an air attack by the United States, Iran's state television said. "Unfortunately because of overcrowding 32 of our citizens lost...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 2:10 PM

Mexico: More than 61,000 missing amid drug violence

The Mexican government said on Monday more than 61,000 people had gone missing as a result of the increasingly violent drug war with powerful cartels, 50 percent more than the government previously estimated. The new figure from the one-year-old administration of Mexico's President...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 8:30 AM

Tens of thousands mourn as Soleimani's body returns to Iran

Tens of thousands of mourners clad in black have filled the streets of the Iranian city of Ahvaz to pay their respects to Qassem Soleimani, the country's most powerful and revered military commander who was assassinated by a US airstrike in Iraq. Soleimani's body was flown to the...

Sunday, January 5, 2020, 12:11 PM

Al-Shabab attacks military base in Kenya

Al-Shabab fighters have attacked a military base in Kenya's Lamu County used by US and Kenyan military personnel, the East African country's army and the armed group said. Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) said in a statement on Sunday that "at around 5:30am an attempt was made to breach...

Sunday, January 5, 2020, 12:06 PM

Erdogan announces plan to send troops to Libya

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced military backing for Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), now that the north African country requested it. In a speech in Ankara on Thursday, Erdogan said that he will on January 7...

Thursday, December 26, 2019, 1:07 PM

Syria: Tens of thousands flee Idlib as bombings intensify

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled Syria's Idlib province to the Turkish border, after an increase in bombings by Russia-backed government forces, creating a new humanitarian challenge as the winter season arrives. United Nations observers said on Friday that at least 18,000...

Saturday, December 21, 2019, 9:01 AM

Trump is impeached: House approves two articles of impeachment

Washington, DC - The United States House of Representatives voted largely along party lines to impeach President Donald Trump for obstruction of Congress and abuse of power related to his dealings with Ukraine. Trump is only the third president in US history to be...

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 8:22 AM

Ex-CAR President François Bozize 'returns home' from exile

François Bozize, the former president of the Central African Republic (CAR), has returned to the country more than six years after he was forced from power and fled abroad, according to his party. "François Bozize has definitely been in the capital of the CAR since yesterday," ...

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 2:16 PM

Mali: President Keita holds crisis talks amid unrest in the north

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has received representatives of political and armed groups as well as civil society in an attempt to foster dialogue in his conflict-wracked country. Saturday's talks in the capital, Bamako, are being billed as a "national inclusive dialogue...

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 10:41 AM

Dozens injured as police clash with protesters in Lebanon

Dozens of people were injured in Lebanon's capital as security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters from the city centre. Sunday morning's violence around the epicentre of the protest site in Beirut was some of the...

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 10:33 AM

'Between life and death': Rescued migrants recall Libya 'hell'

Forty-two-year old Florent* took off his life jacket, knelt to the floor of the Ocean Viking, a migrant rescue vessel, and let out a roar. He looked up, index fingers pointing to the sky as tears rolled down his cheeks, trickling between grease stains and cracked, dry skin on his face. His eyes...

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 2:42 PM

Al-Shabab gunmen attack Mogadishu hotel

Al-Shabab gunmen have attacked a hotel near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital, according to police and the armed group. Fighting was still continuing following Tuesday's attack on SYL hotel in Mogadishu.  "We thought they were police but they started...

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 10:29 AM

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to take stand in genocide case at The Hague

Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi will defend genocide allegations against Myanmar's military on Wednesday amid accusations of mass killings, rape, and expulsion of the Rohingya Muslim minority. The Gambia, a small West African country, launched the case...

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 10:26 AM

Dozens dead as migrant boat sinks off Mauritania coast: UN

At least 58 people, including women and children, were killed after a boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African nation of Mauritania, the UN's migration agency said. The perilous sea passage from West Africa to Europe was...

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 12:55 PM