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Grief Across the World As Michael Jackson Dies

Michael Joseph Jackson, the man who gave the world the best break dance and the biggest selling record in human history, has been reported dead two months to his 51st birthday. He died yesterday in a Los Angeles hospital in the United States , closing the chapter on the story of a man who became world-famous as a child, charmed the world with his...

MV Yenagoa - 'For 10 Months, We Lived Between Life And Death' in Somalia

Graham Egbegi, captain of the ship, MV Yenagoa Ocean, hijacked on August 5, 2008 by Somali pirates, yesterday said he and nine others aboard the ship lived daily for 10 months between life and death in the camp of the pirates. Egbedi, David Akpoguma, Namo Musa, Usman Ochoche Agida, Lucky Edoja, John Nkanu, Effiong Joseph, Emma Okon Timothy, Okuns...

Yesterday's Deadly Explosions Death of Somalia Toll in Beledweyn Town Increases

The death toll of yesterday's deadly suicide explosion has increased as the people in Beledweyn town are burying the dead bodies in the town, officials told Shabelle radio on Friday. People in the town say that the situation of the town is calm today after heavy explosion convulsed the town on Thursday which caused more casualties adding that more...

Minister's Wife Denies Acid Attack in Uganda

A minister's wife and a colleague implicated in an acid attack on her co-wife have been charged with attempted murder, which they denied. Harriet Halima Nsimiire Rukutana is one of the four wives of higher education state minister Mwesigwa Rukutana. She is jointly charged with Bright Niwaninda. Rukutana's niece, Hope Ashaba, also faces the same...

The Exit of Gabon's President Omar Bongo , Africa's Longest Serving Leader

Like the controversy surrounding his reign, the death of Africa's longest-serving ruler, Gabon's President Omar Bongo Ondimba, also came under dispute until finally confirmed yesterday. He died at the age of 73 in a Spanish hospital. Though he epitomized sit-tight leadership during his lifetime, he was equally a charismatic figure surrounded by a...

Gabon's President Omar Bongo Confirmed Dead

Gabon's President Omar Bongo, 73, has died in a hospital in Spain. After conflicting reports about Bongo's death throughout Monday, Gabon's Prime Minister Jean Eyeghe Ndong has confirmed that Bongo had died, news agencies reported. Bongo reportedly suffered a heart attack. Bongo was in Spain receiving treatment for cancer. He stepped down from day...

More Deaths Feared in South Africa's Illegal Mining Boom

News reports this week that over 60 illegal miners died in a single accident in an abandoned gold mine has underlined the human cost of South Africa's deepening recession. The latest in a string of illegal mining accidents occurred in part of a mine shut down by Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony), the world's fifth largest gold mining...

Xenophobic Attacks - Tutu Apologises to Nigerians

Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, yesterday apologised on behalf of millions of his compatriots in South Africa for last year's xenophobic attacks on other Africans, including Nigerians, resident in the country, describing it as "a totally shameless thing to do." Tutu, who gave the convocation address at the first convocation ceremony of the...

Suicide Bomber Kills Two in in the Somali capital Mogadishu

At least two people including a Somali government soldier has been killed and three others have been injured after suicide bomber targeted a base of government soldiers in the Somali capital Mogadishu, an official told Shabelle radio on Sunday. Abdifatah Ibrahim Shaweye, Mogadishu deputy mayor told Shabelle that a foreigner exploded a car loaded...

Tragedy! Luxury Bus Rams Into Stationery Tanker Loaded With Diesels in Nigeria

TRAGEDY struck in Edo state today when a luxury bus rammed into a stationery tanker loaded with diesel killing over fifty persons on the spot. The incident which occurred between the university town of Ekpoma in Esan West Local Government Area and Irrua at about 5:30pm threw residence of the area into mourning. it was said that the tanker exploded...

Democratically-Elected President of South Africa Zuma Inaugurated in Lavish Ceremony

African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma may be a commoner, but his inauguration as the fourth democratically-elected President of South Africa Saturday was a lavish ceremony fit for a Zulu king. Despite an early downpour of rain - a blessing in African tradition - five thousand guests wrapped in colourful blankets and protected by a sea of...

Kenyan Government Cannot Fail to Prosecute Extra-Judicial Killings

When stock is taken of the Kenyan coalition government's first year in office no marks will be awarded to its handling of extra-judicial killings in the country. Human rights activists claim that the police have murdered about 500 people in the past 16 months. The government, constituted after a mediation process between President Mwai Kibaki and...

Seven Killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu as Mortars Rain Down on Parliament Building

At least 7 people including civilians were killed Saturday in the Somali capital Mogadishu after suspected insurgents targeted the parliament building with mortars, Radio Garowe reports. At least three of the mortars hit inside the parliament building, which is located in Mogadishu's Abdiaziz district. Somali lawmakers had voted and approved the...

Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili Attacked

Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili was the victim of an assassination attempt on Wednesday, according to the chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), South African President Kgalema Motlanthe. In a statement issued by the South African government, Motlanthe said Mosisili was attacked at his home in Maseru. The Lesotho...

Zimbabwe New Evidence On Tsvangirai Crash Raises More Questions

The BBC reports that early findings from an investigation into the road crash that killed Susan Tsvangirai suggest that it might not have been a genuine accident. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's wife was killed when their Land Cruiser vehicle was side swiped by a truck along the road from Harare that heads to Chivhu. John Simpson a reporter for...