Tag: Africa

Wildfires in Algeria Kill at Least 37, Including Family of 5

ALGIERS, Algeria—Wildfires raging in the forests of eastern Algeria have killed at least 37 people and wounded 161 others, the civil protection department of the North African country said Thursday. Most of the victims were reported in the wilaya, or region, of El Tarf, near the northern Algeria-Tunisian border, where 34 people were found dead….


Organized Crime and Corruption Fueling Africa’s Illegal Mining Crisis

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—In the shadow of a six-story-high mine dump, excavated sand gleaming white in the sun, a young man, sweat streaming down his bare chest, runs his fingers through a bucket of stony dirt he’s just pulled from the depths of a dark shaft. David Mokushane (not his real name) is a zama zama,…


Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto Declared President-Elect

After six days of verification of votes at the national tallying center in Nairobi, the chief returning officer and chairperson of Kenya’s Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati declared Dr. William Ruto the president-elect of the Republic of Kenya. Fifty-six-year-old Ruto has been serving as the Deputy President of the East African nation since…


Official: Over 50 Deaths From Seasonal Floods in Sudan

CAIRO—Floods triggered by seasonal torrential rains in Sudan have killed more than 50 people and inundated over 8,170 homes since the rainy season started, a senior police official said Saturday. Nineteen fatalities have been recorded in North Kordofan province, followed by Nile River province, which reported seven deaths, said Brig. Gen. Abdul-Jalil Abdul-Rahim, spokesman for…


Fire at Cairo Coptic Church Kills 41, Including 15 Children

CAIRO—A fire ripped through a packed Coptic Orthodox church during morning services in Egypt’s capital on Sunday, quickly filling it with thick black smoke and killing 41 worshippers, including at least 15 children. Several trapped congregants jumped from upper floors of the Martyr Abu Sefein church to try to escape the intense flames, witnesses said….


Vehicle Accident in Southern Egypt Kills 9, Injures 18

CAIRO—A vehicle accident involving an overturned microbus in southern Egypt killed at least nine people and injured 18, authorities said Saturday. The crash took place Friday when the passenger vehicle overturned following a tire blowout on a highway in Minya Province 273 kilometers (170 miles) south of the capital Cairo, provincial authorities said in a…


EXCLUSIVE: Senator Seeks to Expose CCP’s Authoritarian Ambition

The Chinese Communist Party has for years been bent on cementing its influence over the developing world. One U.S. senator is hoping to counter this through an awareness-raising initiative. In a Twitter campaign dubbed “#ExposingTheCCP,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) plans to spotlight the regime’s “sinister relationships” with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa,…


EXCLUSIVE: Senator Seeks to Expose CCP’s Authoritarian Ambitions

The Chinese Communist Party has for years been bent on cementing its influence over the developing world. One U.S. senator is hoping to counter this through an awareness-raising initiative. In a Twitter campaign dubbed “#ExposingTheCCP,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) plans to spotlight the regime’s “sinister relationships” with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa,…


Survival on the Ballot in Nigeria’s High Stakes Election: Church Leader

Presidential elections next year in war-torn Nigeria amount to a “do or die situation” for embattled Christians, according to a spokesman for the northern church associations. “We either confront the evil in this country at the ballot box in February or we perish,” Rev. John Hayab, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria chapter in Kaduna state, told The…


Militants Kill 17 Soldiers in Mali Attack

BAMAKO—Terrorists killed 17 Malian soldiers and four civilians in an attack near the town of Tessit on Sunday, the Malian army said. Nine soldiers were also reported missing and vehicles and equipment were destroyed, it said in a statement released late on Monday, adding that it suspected an ISIS terrorist group affiliate. “On 07 August…