Floods in Sudan kill at least 54 people

Floods in Sudan kill at least 54 people

Floods in Sudan have claimed at least 54 lives so far this rainy season, with impacts in almost all of the 18 states in the country. Most of the fatalities have occurred when the roofs of homes collapsed or people were electrocuted. The heavy rains that began August 13 have…

SA blaze claims a dozen homes in resort town

SA blaze claims a dozen homes in resort town

Authorities in South Africa say a fast-moving field fire is now contained in the resort community of St. Francis Bay, but not before the blaze claimed at least 11 homes. There was no immediate word of any injuries. The fire broke out Thursday near Lyme Road North, which runs between…

Algeria deports human rights observer

Algeria deports human rights observer

The Human Rights Watch organization said Tuesday that one of its staff has been deported from Algeria after a 10-day ordeal that saw him briefly detained followed by the seizure of his travel documents. Ahmed Benchemsi, a Middle East communications and advocacy director who holds dual citizenship in Morocco and…

Death toll reaches 75 in Tanzania fuel tanker explosion

The death toll has risen to 75 in Tanzania, following the explosion of a fuel tanker Saturday that attracted dozens of villagers to the scene of its crash. That’s according to the Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, which said the four new fatalities came from among the 43…

Amnesty issues ‘travel warning’ for U.S. because of gun violence

The global human rights organization Amnesty International has issued a travel warning calling for anyone considering travel to the United States to “exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the country due to rampant gun violence, which has become so prevalent in the United States that it amounts to a human rights crisis.”…

ICRC suspends Timbuktu work after yet another vehicle theft

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is suspending operations in the Timbuktu region of Mali after yet another attack by an armed group on Monday, this time again stealing one of the organization’s vehicles. The humanitarian aid organization said the clearly marked Red Cross vehicle was…

Acclaimed author Toni Morrison dies at 88

Toni Morrison, the influential writer who became the first African American woman to receive a Nobel award, has died in New York City. She was 88 years old. “She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends,” her family said in…

Engine catches fire on Botswana president’s flight

Botswanans had a bit of a scare on Saturday when the helicopter carrying President Mokgweetsi Masisi had engine trouble. A Botswana Defence Force presidential helicopter was forced to make an immediate landing as it arrived around 5:30 p.m. at Francistown Airport, upon arrival from Mathangwane. Francistown is Botswana’s second-largest city….

FAO: Locust threat still lingers for Horn of Africa, parts of Sahel

The threat of crop-destroying locust swarms remains for the Horn of Africa and some North African nations, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and its new Early Warning Early Action report. The United Nations agency has been monitoring the threat following “unprecedented spring breeding” that happened earlier this…