Death toll likely to rise in Ghana explosion

Death toll likely to rise in Ghana explosion

Emergency management officials in Ghana say an enormous explosion in the community of Apiate has leveled it, with the death toll still unknown as responders search through collapsed buildings. Ghana Police Service said the blast happened when a vehicle carrying explosives used for mining was passing through the village, between…

Heightened concern over volcano in Rwanda, DR Congo

Rwandan authorities have asked people living in the city of Rubavu to take precautions because of unhealthy air quality following new activity at the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, just across the border in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) did not directly attribute the poor air…

South Africa’s Desmond Tutu dies at age 90

South Africa’s beloved Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who stood alongside Nelson Mandela in the fight against apartheid and actively worked toward reconciliation in its wake, died on Sunday in Cape Town. He was 90 years old. “South Africa and the world have lost one of the great spirits and moral…

Africa sees surge in COVID cases

Health officials on the African continent are seeing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, with an 83% surge seen during the past week. The surge is driven by both the Delta and the Omicron variants, according to World Health Organization (WHO) experts who provided an update Tuesday. They warn that…

Botswana: Omicron found in foreign diplomats, but visiting from where?

Authorities in Botswana held a Sunday night press conference to discuss the latest information about the B.1.1.529 coronavirus variant first identified there. In the meantime, southern Africans are asking: Where did this variant actually come from? That’s because Botswana’s government said Friday that the four B.1.1.529 cases reported last week…

Islamic State claims role in Kampala blast, death toll rises to 4

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the twin bomb blasts that killed four people in Kampala on Tuesday, saying that three affiliated terrorists were responsible for the attacks along Parliament Avenue. The Ugandan Police Force has said that Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and aligned groups executed the attacks, the latest…

Damaging ‘medicane’ storm reaches Libya

A Mediterranean storm that’s lasted for more than three days has finally reached the coast of Libya, according to France’s Keraunos Observatory. The subtropical storm, sometimes called a “medicane” for some of its hurricane-like features, reached the coastal Derna region on Sunday morning. The French storm experts said much of…