Second Ebola death reported in DR Congo

Second Ebola death reported in DR Congo

A second person has died of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following reports of a new outbreak in Equateur Province in the northwestern part of the country. The World Health Organization says the 25-year-old woman died after first exhibiting symptoms nearly two weeks ago. She was…

Durban sees more rain as flood death toll rises to 443

South Africans in the hard-hit flood zones of KwaZulu-Natal province were warned of another round of heavy rain into Saturday, adding to the misery caused by catastrophic flooding last week. The additional rain slowed recovery efforts as emergency workers continue to search for the missing and work to provide humanitarian…

SA floods claim 259 lives, shut down port of Durban

Catastrophic flooding that followed heavy rains in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal has claimed at least 259 lives, according to the disaster management agency leading the emergency response. The rains that began late Monday swamped roadways, stressed dams, and brought towering walls of mud and water down on the…

Blaise Compaoré convicted in Thomas Sankara death

The long journey toward a verdict in the murder trial of Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaoré has ended, with Compaoré sentenced in absentia to life in prison for his role in the 1987 death of beloved revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara. Sentenced by the Ouagadougou court along with Compaoré were…

Saharan dust blasts across North Africa and into Europe

With an eerie orange glow, the normally pristine snows of some ski resorts in Spain have taken on an apocalyptic tone as an enormous cloud of Saharan dust from North Africa blows across Europe. The dust storm is driven by winds from Storm Celia, which is affecting the Spanish-held Canary…

South Africa calls on Russia to withdraw from Ukraine

The South African government on Thursday called on Russia to immediately withdraw forces from Ukraine, becoming one of the first African nations to speak up on the matter outside of a global forum like the United Nations Security Council. “The Republic of South Africa is dismayed at the escalation of…

Ramaphosa, African leaders head to EU-AU summit in Brussels

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa is in Brussels to attend the European Union-African Union summit on Thursday and Friday. Ramaphosa will participate in discussions on climate change and the energy transition during the first day’s sessions, along with a roundtable on technology and transportation. On Friday, he will serve…

Madagascar braces for intense cyclone Batsirai

For the second time in as many weeks, people in Madagascar are bracing for a tropical storm that’s set to make landfall on Saturday. That landfall is expected between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. along the coast between Mahanoro and Mananjar. The 3 p.m. bulletin issued by Météo Madagascar said…