Scientists to investigate Cabo Verde whale deaths

Scientists to investigate Cabo Verde whale deaths

Authorities in the Cabo Verde islands are looking for clues as to why 163 whales washed up on a Boa Vista beach this week, launching a massive rescue effort that included everyone from police and fire professionals, to maritime and fisheries staff. Volunteers from Norte and Bofareira, two nearby communities,…

Prince Harry raises landmine awareness in Angola

Prince Harry raises landmine awareness in Angola

Britain’s Prince Harry visited the Luengue-Luiana National Park in Angola on Friday, part of a three-nation tour of southern Africa alongside his wife, Meghan, and their new baby. Yet for all the attention the royal family attracted, the son of the late Princess Diana wanted to call attention to the…

Sall on hand to open Senegal’s new mosque

Sall on hand to open Senegal’s new mosque

President Macky Sall was on hand Friday as a new mosque – billed as West Africa’s largest – opened in Dakar. Sall attended the ceremony, his motorcade winding among massive throngs that gathered in the Grande Mosquée Massalikoul Djinane in the Bope section of the city, where Senegal’s Mouride Brotherhood…

French mourn Chirac as African leaders extend condolences

African leaders were quick to extend their condolences after hearing the news that former French president Jacques Chirac had died in Paris. Chirac, 86, had a history of illness. President George Weah was among those who expressed his sorrow over the loss of Chirac, who considered himself a friend to…

U.S. returns museum antiquities find to Egypt

The United States has returned a gold coffin worth US$4 million to Egypt, after it was stolen from the Minya region during the 2011 revolution, made its way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and was discovered on display in February. The ceremony to return the Gold…

Johannesburg sky lights up for Batman Day

Johannesburg was on the map as the world celebrated Batman Day, with lights throwing the “bat signal” onto prominent buildings in a host of cities around the globe. All told, there were 13 cities on six continents participating in the event, which comes on the third Saturday of September and…

Liberia’s Weah promises inquiry into deadly Muslim school fire

Liberia’s President George Weah has promised a thorough investigation into a fire disaster that left at least 28 people dead, including children who were “charred to death,” the presidency said in a statement. Another four people were hospitalized in critical condition. The fire broke out in the early morning hours…

Mugabe funeral held in Harare

A state funeral was held for former president Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on Saturday, but the moment of honor in Harare was one of mixed messages and conflicting emotions. That’s been the case since Mugabe, the 95-year-old founder of the independent nation, died in a Singapore hospital on September 6….

Some 25 African migrants die each week – on the continent

About 25 African migrants die every week – some 1,300 annually – before they ever leave the African continent or take the risks of the dangerous Mediterranean Sea or Gulf-route journeys. That’s according to International Organization of Migration, which has published new numbers through its Missing Migrants Project (MMP) report….

Malema, EFF reject apology after SA reporter’s on-air insult

South African broadcaster EWN has apologized to Julius Malema, head of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, after reporter Barry Bateman was accused of insulting Malema on tape while wrapping up a press conference at HAWKS police headquarters in Pretoria on Tuesday. “Bateman was caught on camera using derogatory words…

Official: Bahamas storm damage more like a tsunami disaster

The death toll continues to rise in the Bahamas, where news crews report an increasingly dire situation as survivors of powerful Hurricane Dorian – some six days later – remain trapped on portions of the island nation where the damage has been described as apocalyptic. Thousands of people are still…