Tag: Africa

Trump Denies Calling Haiti, African Countries ‘Shitholes’

President Trump on Friday denied referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries” during a bipartisan meeting with senators on Thursday. A Democratic aide told NBC News that lawmakers were in the Oval Office discussing changes to the visa lottery system when talk turned to immigrants from Africa and Trump asked why…

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe Reportedly Stepping Down In Apparent Coup

On Wednesday, Zimbabwe’s military denied on state TV that it had overthrown longtime President Robert Mugabe, despite tanks in the streets and reports of explosions and gunfire. The ruling ZANU-PF party later tweeted that former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom Mugabe had ousted last week, had stepped in as interim president, and South Africa’s News24…

Navy Seal Member Killed In Action In Somalia

One U.S. military member was killed and two others were wounded Thursday in Somalia, when they were attacked by small-arms fire on a mission about 40 miles outside of Mogadishu, the Pentagon announced. The operation was against al Qaeda-linked militants in the country, officials said Friday. “U.S. forces are assisting partner forces to counter al…

1 Boko Haram Kidnapped Nigerian Girl Found [VIDEO]

The first of the missing Chibok girls was found and reunited with her family in Nigeria, activists say. About 218 girls remain missing two years after their disappearance. They were believed to be abducted by Boko Haram militants. Amina Ali Nkeki, now 19, was found near the Cameroon border in a forest on Tuesday, and…

Mozambique Debris Likely From MH370 [VIDEO]

According to the Australian govt., debris found on the beaches of Mozambique is highly likely to be from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the examination of the two pieces of debris had been completed. “That such debris has been found on the east coast of Africa is…

22 Dead as Gunmen Attack Somali Hotel [VIDEO]

A jihadist attack on a Somali hotel Friday has left at least twenty two people dead and dozens more wounded, officials said. Al-Shabaab militants allegedly set off a car bomb at a gate near the Somali Youth Hotel, located in capital city Mogadishu. Officials confirmed that all three attackers were killed by police.

20+ Dead in Somali Restaurant Attack [VIDEO]

At least 20 people are dead after al-Shabab militants stormed a beachfront restaurant Thursday evening in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Security officials ended the siege on Friday after a long firefight, with special forces reportedly going room to room in pursuit of the gunmen who took refuge inside the restaurant after killing people. Witnesses…

Pistorius Granted Conditional Bail [VIDEO]

A South African court granted Oscar Pistorius conditional bail Tuesday after he was convicted of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The double-amputee sprinter will remain under house arrest and his case has been postponed until April. Pistorius appeared at a bail hearing at the Pretoria High Court, where he sought leave to appeal…

Oscar Pistorius Verdict Changed to Murder

A South African appeals court overturned an earlier manslaughter verdict and found Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder on Thursday. The double-amputee Olympic athlete was convicted last year of culpable homicide for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013, after shooting her four times through a locked door. Justice Eric Leach overruled the decision, ruling that…

Nigeria Market Blast Kills 32, Wounds 80 [VIDEO]

An explosion at a market in the Ne. Nigerian city of Yola on Tuesday killed 32 people and injured 80 others, according to local police and witnesses. No one claimed responsibility, but officials suspected Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group that has killed thousands across the country. Yola has twice been hit by deadly blasts…

At Least 25 Killed in South Sudan Plane Crash [VIDEO]

A plane crashed in South Sudan shortly after taking off from the busy Juba airport, killing at least 25 people. Reports said the Antonov cargo plane crashed just 800 meters from the runway Wednesday, landing in thick woodland along the shore of the Nile River. Initial reports – from witnesses, news reporters and a government…

Oscar Pistorius To Be Released From Jail To House Arrest On Tuesday [VIDEO]

Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic runner who shot his girlfriend to death on Valentine’s Day 2013, can leave prison and move to house arrest next week, South Africa’s Department of Corrections said Thursday. A parole board at the prison where Pistorius has served nearly a year of his five-year sentence for manslaughter made the decision. It…

Facebook to Launch Satellite in 2016 [VIDEO]

Facebook is planning to launch a satellite to bring Internet access to remote parts of Africa, Mark Zuckerberg announced Monday. The social network is teaming up with French-based provider Eutelsat and aims to launch the first satellite in 2016. The initiative is part of its Internet.org project, which critics have said gives the social network…

Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion Returns To Work [VIDEO]

Walter Palmer, the 55-year-old man who set off an international fervor by killing a lion in Zimbabwe, returned to work at his dental practice on Tuesday morning without saying a word. Palmer closed his Minnesota office for six weeks after it was discovered he paid $50,000 to kill Cecil the lion near Zimbabwe’s Hwange National…

Pistorius to Serve Sentence in Mansion [VIDEO]

Oscar Pistorius will be relocated to his uncle’s mansion when he is released from prison this week, after serving just one sixth of his five-year sentence. He will wear an electronic tracker for the remainder of his term served in “custodial supervision” at the compound, which includes an outdoor swimming pool, private gym, and more…

Obama Making First Kenya Visit on Africa Trip [VIDEO

U.S. President Barack Obama will land in Kenya with a mission to strengthen U.S. security and economic ties, but his personal connection to his father’s birthplace will dominate a trip that Kenyans view as a native son returning home. Obama’s ancestral village of Kogelo is home to his step-grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama as well as…

Three Burundi Coup Leaders Arrested [VIDEO]

Burundi officials said three generals who launched a failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza were arrested Friday, but a fourth coup leader was still at large. Major-General Godefroid Niyombare, who officials said is still on the run, had earlier told AFP that he and his supporters intended to surrender. The failed coup, which left five…

48 Dead in Nigerian School Bombing

A bomb exploded Monday during assembly at a comprehensive secondary school in Potiskum, in Nigeria’s Yobe State, the Leadership news site reported. The Associated Press said the death toll had risen to at least 48 with some 119 injured. The governor of Yobe state said he would demand a full investigation. Potiskum residents have been…

Oscar Pistorius Given Only 5 Years in Jail For Killing his Girlfriend

Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been handed a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend. Legal experts said he was unlikely to spend longer than a year in jail. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide but cleared of murder after firing four hollow-point bullets through a bathroom door at Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013. He said…

5th U.S. Man With Ebola Returns Home

An American photojournalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia is expected to arrive Monday in Nebraska, where he will be treated for the virus. Ashoka Mukpo, 33, will be the second patient to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center’s specialized isolation unit. Mukpo was working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC…

US to dispatch 3,000 personnel to West Africa to combat Ebola

President Obama will announce a major surge in U.S. aid to combat Ebola in West Africa on Tuesday, with as many as 3,000 military personnel to be dispatched to train health workers and build treatment clinics. According to senior administration officials,the Defense Department will divert $500 million to the effort, which will include building 17…

Oscar Pistorius Not Guilty of Murder [VIDEO]

Oscar Pistorius Not Guilty of Murder [VIDEO]: A high court judge in South Africa says Paralympian athelete Oscar Pistorius is not guilty of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa made the partial announcement in a hushed courtroom Thursday as she summed up the evidence presented to the court. She has yet…

Ebola Cases Could Hit 20,000

The record number of 3,069 reported Ebola cases might get much worse, as the UN’s health agency reported Thursday that “the outbreak continues to accelerate.” The World Health Organization believes it could eventually pass 20,000 cases. So far, 1,552 people have died from the virus, but there could be more who have gone unreported. Meanwhile,…

Boko Haram Accused of Kidnapping 100 Men

Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group that made headlines in April when it abducted more than 300 young girls, has apparently turned its attention to males. In an attack on the town of Doron Baga in Nigeria on Sunday, 10 people were killed and about 100 men and boys kidnapped, according to a member of…

WHO authorizes use of untested drugs to fight Ebola

Doctors in Liberia infected with Ebola will receive an experimental treatment known as ZMapp as the World Health Organization says it is ethical to give untested and unproven drugs to help stem the spread of the outbreak. Photo: Health workers prescreen people for the deadly Ebola virus before they enter the Kenema Government Hospital in…

CDC Issues Highest Alert Over Ebola [VIDEO]

CDC Issues Highest Alert Over Ebola On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest possible emergency health alert over the Ebola outbreak. The ramped up alert allows the federal agency to free up hundreds of workers to focus specifically on the Ebola crisis, but it also indicates that the CDC views…

US flights spot large groups of girls in Nigeria

Large groups of girls have been spotted by recent US surveillance flights in remote locations of northeastern Nigeria, US and Nigerian officials say. This new intelligence raises hopes that not all of the 219 kidnapped schoolgirls have been forced into marriage or sex slavery. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has ruled out a rescue operation, saying…

Second Ebola patient Arrives at Atlanta Hospital

Plane carrying second Ebola patient Arrives at Atlanta Hospital A small plane carrying Nancy Writebol, the second American Ebola patient from Liberia, arrived in the United States Tuesday, making a brief refueling stop in Bangor en route to Atlanta and Emory University Hospital. [usatoday]