South Africa hit by floods and power cuts

South Africa hit by floods and power cuts

The weather bureau has warned of further floods Heavy rains have battered parts of South Africa, submerging whole neighbourhoods and flooding coal mines and power stations in a nation already hit by electricity blackouts. At least 700 homes have been

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Cameroon government shuts down hundreds of schools

Cameroon government shuts down hundreds of schools

The Cameroon government has shut down more than 260 schools that had been operating informally in the country’s francophone regions. The schools had been opened to help absorb students fleeing the separatist uprising in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions. I travelled to

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Kenya officials hunt lion which mauled man to death

Kenya officials hunt lion which mauled man to death

Nairobi National Park is on the outskirts of Kenya’s capitalImage caption: Nairobi National Park is on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is tracking a lion which has eaten a man in a residential area on

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Sudan ‘to pay Kenya and Tanzania terror victims’

Sudan ‘to pay Kenya and Tanzania terror victims’

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has just concluded his first US visitImage caption: Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has just concluded his first US visit Sudan has promised to pay compensation to families of victims of the 1998 US embassies

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Anger in Ghana over ‘snub’ by US rapper Cardi B

Anger in Ghana over ‘snub’ by US rapper Cardi B

Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty Images Cardi B is America’s most famous female rapper right nowImage caption: Cardi B is America’s most famous female rapper right now There is furore in Ghana after American rapper Cardi B failed to meet local celebrities

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‘Internet fraud academy’ busted in Nigeria

‘Internet fraud academy’ busted in Nigeria

Romance scam Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency says it has arrested 23 people undergoing training in internet fraud scams in a remote village in the south of the country. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the suspects – aged between

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Dozens dead as migrant boat sinks off Mauritania coast: UN

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 United Nations’ migration agency said on Wednesday. The perilous sea passage from West Africa to

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Nigerian prison scam: Head of high-security jail arrested after $1m fraud

Nigerian prison scam: Head of high-security jail arrested after $1m fraud

Hope Olusegun Aroke The head of a maximum-security jail and a prison doctor have been arrested in Nigeria, following allegations that they enabled a prisoner to conduct internet scams. Hope Olusegun Aroke carried out a million-dollar fraud while serving a

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Zambian MP wants criminals caned instead of imprisoning them

Zambian MP wants criminals caned instead of imprisoning them

A lawmaker in Zambia has suggested that some prison inmates should be caned instead of serving custodial sentences in a bid to reduce prison overcrowding. There are currently about 22,000 inmates countrywide with a system designed to accommodate 8,000 prisoners.

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Thai deer found dead with 7kg of ‘underwear, plastic bags’ in stomach

Thai deer found dead with 7kg of ‘underwear, plastic bags’ in stomach

A wild deer which died at a national park in northern Thailand was found to have 7kg (15 lbs) of rubbish inside its stomach, say officials. Men’s underwear, plastic bags, instant coffee sachets and parts of plastic rope were among

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