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Kenya: 41 passengers rescued after floodwaters swept a bus off a bridge

Fifty-one passengers were rescued after the bus they were traveling in was swept away by floodwaters on a river bridge in northern Kenya, authorities said Tuesday (Apr.9). The bus is still stuck in the river some 30 meters away from the bridge, although the waters are continuing to subside,Tana River county commander Ali Ndiema told …

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Mozambique: over 90 people killed after boat sinks

HARARE, Zimbabwe — A makeshift ferry sank off Mozambique’s northern coast on Sunday, killing more than 90 people including children, local media reported. The overcrowded boat was carrying 130 people and many of those who drowned were children, according to TV Diário Nampula, a local online outlet. The boat was operating between Lunga and the …

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Ghana: Child bride under police protection after marriage to priest

A 12-year-old girl has been placed under police protection in Ghana after it emerged she had been married to a 63-year-old traditional high priest. There was public outrage after footage of Saturday’s customary wedding was shared on social media. The office of the influential priest, who serves an indigenous community in the capital, defended the …

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Nigerian court sentences Chinese businessman to death for murdering girlfriend

A Nigerian court has sentenced a Chinese businessman to death after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Ummu Kulthum Sani in 2022. Frank Geng Quarong was discovered in her room after having stabbed her several times there. The killing of the 22-year-old university student shocked Nigerians and the case was closely followed. Death sentences …

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Nigerian Islamic police arrest non-fasting Muslims during Ramadan

The Islamic police in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano arrested 11 Muslims on Tuesday who were seen eating food during the Ramadan fast. Kano has a majority Muslim population, where an Islamic legal system – Sharia – operates alongside secular law. The Islamic police, widely known as Hisbah, carry out searches of eateries and markets …

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Three Coptic Orthodox Monks Murdered in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG —South African police were on Wednesday investigating the murder of three monks of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox faith. The motive for the fatal stabbings remains unclear. South African police on Wednesday arrested a suspect in connection to the murder in a church of three Egyptian Coptic Orthodox monks. The motive for Tuesday’s fatal stabbings remains …

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Ugandan court backs government’s refusal to register LGBT organisation

Same-sex relations have been illegal in Uganda since the British colonial era and the country enacted one of the world’s harshest anti-LGBT laws in May, outlawing the “promotion” of homosexuality A Ugandan court on Tuesday dismissed a petition by an LGBT advocacy group seeking to compel the government to register it, a lawyer for the petitioner said. Sexual Minorities …

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Parliament passes bill criminalizing LGBT activities in Ghana

Ghana’s Parliament has approved a bill aimed at promoting human sexual rights and family values, commonly referred to as the anti-LGBTQ bill. The legislation prohibits LGBT activities and criminalizes their promotion, advocacy, and funding. Under the new law, individuals engaged in such activities could face imprisonment ranging from six months to three years, while promoters …

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9 people have died in a road crash in South Africa after attending a ruling party election rally

Nine people were killed in a road crash in South Africa on Sunday after attending an election rally by President Cyril Ramaphosa and his ruling African National Congress party. The ANC supporters were travelling on a bus back to their home province of Mpumalanga the morning after Saturday’s rally in the eastern city of Durban, …

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Namibian President Hage Geingob laid to rest at Heroes’ Acre cemetery after state funeral

Namibian President Hage Geingob was laid to rest in the country’s Heroes’ Acre cemetery on Sunday following a state funeral attended by African leaders, the German president and Princess Anne, the sister of Britain’s King Charles III. Geingob died earlier this month at the age of 82 while receiving treatment for cancer. He was Namibia’s …

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