New Ebola outbreak confirmed in Uganda

New Ebola outbreak confirmed in Uganda

Officials in Uganda confirmed a new Ebola virus outbreak on Tuesday, following the death of a 24-year-old male living in the village of Ngabano, in the Mubende district of the country’s central region. The Ministry of Health said blood samples tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute found the man…

Ruto sworn in as new president of Kenya

Ruto sworn in as new president of Kenya

President William Ruto has taken office in Kenya, following a swearing-in ceremony at the Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi. Ruto, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate declared winner over Raila Odinga following last month’s contentious election, promised to be the leader of all Kenyans and work toward their economic…

SA diamond mine dam fails, fatal deluge hits Charlesville

SA diamond mine dam fails, fatal deluge hits Charlesville

Rescue efforts are under way in South Africa, where a mine tailings dam burst early Sunday and flooded nearby communities. The ensuing mudslides and deluge from the abandoned diamond mine in Jagersfontein claimed at least three lives with others unaccounted for, according to local media reports. The office of Nkosazana…

Humanitarian crisis grows amid Burkina Faso violence

More than 600,000 people in Burkina Faso now face severe food insecurity, with nearly one in 10 people displaced by conflict and in urgent need of assistance. That’s according to a statement signed by 28 different nonprofit agencies, including Oxfam, the Danish Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee and World…

Africa’s oldest dinosaur found in Zimbabwe

An international team of paleontologists led by Virginia Tech has discovered the oldest dinosaur known to Africa, found with its skeleton nearly intact in northern Zimbabwe. The sauropodomorph — a long-necked dinosaur — was named Mbiresaurus raathi, according to a paper published last week in the journal Nature. Its skeleton…

Angola’s UNITA files legal challenge over presidential election

In Angola, opposition presidential candidate Adalberto Costa Júnior has announced that his party does not accept the results of last week’s election, which returned President João Lourenço to office for another term. Júnior maintains that the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) party is the rightful winner…

Sudan flooding wipes out entire villages

Sudan is in the midst of yet another round of severe floods, even as much of the Horn of Africa struggles with catastrophic drought. The Save the Children organization says 83 people have died and another 146,000 have been affected by the flooding. Whole villages have been submerged, with nearly…

Death toll rises to 21 in Mogadishu hotel attack

The death toll in Saturday’s attack on the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu has risen to 21 people, but Somali officials have released few other details about the attack. Gen. Abdi Hassan Mohamed Hijar, head of Somalia’s police force, confirmed that the 30-hour siege had ended early Sunday and that 106…

Algeria mourns dozens lost to fast-moving wildfires

Algerian authorities say they’ve mobilized all resources to combat wildfires that have claimed at least 38 lives in the El Tarf and Setif districts of the country’s northeast. The month of August has seen at least 106 different fires reported through Wednesday, with hundreds more people injured and homes and…

Ruto announced the winner in Kenya presidential election

Deputy President William Ruto, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate, has won the presidential election in Kenya, following a close race against his main rival, Raila Odinga of the Azimio Coalition Political Party. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced results on Monday, using the full seven days permitted…