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Death Toll Climbs to 64 in the Uganda Capital Kampala Blasts

The death toll in the simultaneous bomb blasts that rocked Kampala last night has climbed to 64 according to Police reports. Simultaneous explosions ripped through crowds watching the World Cup final at Kyadondo rugby club and the Ethiopian restaurant in Kabalagala. Police fear Al Shabab, an Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group was behind the...

Renown Sudanese Basketball Player Dies

Manute Bol, of Sudan, who became famous for playing basketball in the United States and contributed millions of dollars to help the Sudanese, died on Saturday. He was 47. News reports said he died of kidney failure. The Washington Post reported that this was due to complications from a rare skin disease that Bol contracted from a medication he had...

Kenyan Military Joins Hunt for Nairobi Park Bombers

Kenyan Military Joins Hunt for Nairobi Park Bombers The Kenyan Government on Monday called in the military to help investigate a grenade attack on a crusade at Uhuru Park on Sunday in which six people were killed and 104 injured. Military personnel will work with officers from the Criminal Investigations Department and the General Service Unit. So far, investigations have confirmed that three...

Five Dead in Nairobi Blast at Kenya

Five Dead in Nairobi Blast at Kenya Five people died and more than 70 others were on Sunday hurt after two explosions caused a stampede at a 'No' rally in Nairobi's Uhuru Park. The explosions took place as a Nairobi preacher was conducting prayers after the main rally, which was otherwise peaceful. The well-attended rally-cum religious crusade was addressed by religious leaders and...

Tragedy Hits Mandelas on Eve of World Cup in South Africa

Tragedy Hits Mandelas on Eve of World Cup in South Africa Nelson Mandela's family was struck by tragedy on the eve of the opening of the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament, forcing him to withdraw from the opening ceremony. The Nelson Mandela Foundation announced that Mandela had learned on Friday morning that his great-granddaughter, 13-year-old Zenani Mandela, had been killed in a car accident on...

Lead Poisoning Kills 163 in Nigeria

Lead poisoning caused by illegal gold mining has killed 163 Nigerians, including 111 children, since March in several remote villages in northern Nigeria, a senior government official said yesterday. International aid agencies, including the World Health Organisation and the U.S Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, are assisting Nigerian...

More Bodies Found at Sea

The death toll from a boat accident in the Indian Ocean near the Kenyan border has risen to 20. Eight more bodies have been recovered from Tanzanian waters after the vessel capsized in Tanga on Sunday night. The bodies were found along the Tanga coast on Monday night. Tanzanian authorities said mv Fauz, a Kenyan registered boat, had more than 70...

Floods Death Toll Rises to 100 in Kenya

Floods Death Toll Rises to 100 in Kenya More than 100 people have been killed by floods and thousands others displaced as the rains continue to wreak havoc. Some 500 families have been displaced in Trans Nzoia District by the floods that have destroyed human life and vegetation. Kenya Red Cross Society communications officer Nelly Muluka said some of the displaced families risked...

Somali Rebels Fire Mortars At Parliament As MPs Meet

Heavy shelling rocked Somalia's capital today, killing 15 people and wounding dozens, as rebels fired mortars at the country's lawmakers meeting for the first time this year, medics said amid a chaotic session that saw the Speaker ousted. Islamist insurgents, who have fought a three-year war against the fragile interim government, launched their...

More Than 100 Die in Libyan Airline Crash

More Than 100 Die in Libyan Airline Crash More than 100 people died at Tripoli's international airport when a flight from Johannesburg crashed while landing early Wednesday. The airline operating the aircraft, Afriqiyah Airways, said in a statement posted to its website that flight 8U 771 had been in an accident at 6 am on Wednesday, Tripoli time. The flight left Johannesburg on Tuesday...

Fighting in Somalia 's Restive Capital Mogadishu Kills 20, Injures Over 30

The draft constitution passed by Parliament on Thursday will change the face of Kenya by introducing the most far-reaching institutional reforms the nation has seen since independence. If a majority of voters say 'Yes' at the referendum, Kenyans will wake up to a new nation in which the powers of the President will be severely limited, women's...

Authorities to Probe Extra-Judicial Killings in Enugu of Nigeria

Disturbed by the increasing cases of extra- judicial killings by policemen across the country, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo has ordered discreet investigations into the activities of officers involved in such dastardly act with a view to nipping in the bud, such senseless killing of Nigerians suspected to have committed...

Struggling to Reach Cyclone-Hit Villages in Madagascar

Struggling to Reach Cyclone-Hit Villages in Madagascar Tropical storm Hubert battered Madagascar on 10 March, cutting off entire communities in the southeast from emergency aid. A limited amount of relief - mainly food items - has been flown in because of damage to infrastructure, and aid agencies are trying to reach people in need of assistance via the river systems. Dia Styvanley Soa, spokeswoman...

East African Leaders Plan Rescue of Sudan Peace Plan

East African Leaders Plan Rescue of Sudan Peace Plan As Sudan prepares for elections next month, regional leaders met in Nairobi to discuss how to save the Comprehensive Peace Agreement from collapse. There have been doubts whether the remaining phases of the Sudanese peace deal will be implemented in less than nine months as the six-year interim period draws to a close. Members of the Inter-...

52 Escape Death As Plane Overshoots Runway in Nigeria Port Harcourt

52 Escape Death As Plane Overshoots Runway in Nigeria Port Harcourt Forty seven passengers and five crew members narrowly escaped death yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, when a Nigerian Air Force plane veered out of control after landing at the Port Harcourt International Airport. The passengers, comprising journalists, officials of the National Emergency Management Agency as well as other agencies...