SA Air Force helicopters help rescue 167 people in flood-ravaged Mozambique

At least 167 people were saved and reunited with their families on Tuesday following a successful rescue operation by members of the SA Air Force (SAAF) and IPSS Medical Rescue in flood-ravaged Beira in Mozambique. This follows a trail of destruction left by Cyclone Idai last week, which displaced thousands of people after their homes […]

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Bouteflika agrees to hand over power to elected president

Algeria‘s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has agreed to hand over power to an elected president. This means the opposition will be allowed to take part in the cabinet that will oversee elections. The changing political landscape comes amid massive protest led by thousands of students. Bouteflika conceded to his people’s demands at a news conference in […]

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Zimbabwe seeks to raise $350 million selling shares in state firms

Zimbabwe expects to raise $350 million from selling shares in five state-owned telecommunications companies and a bank, as part of economic reforms being pursued by the government, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said in a statement. The southern African nation’s economy is experiencing a severe dollar crunch and faces more headwinds from a drought this year […]

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Botswana to provide breakfast at primary schools

Botswana’s government resolved on Monday to provide breakfast meals at pre-schools and primary schools, acting upon a 2013 recommendation to align the primary school menu with that of secondary schools. The recommendation was a product of a government team tasked to come up with a menu that provides nutrients to promote optimal health, growth and […]

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Appeal for SA to donate towards flood relief in neighbouring countries, following Cyclone Idai

International relations and cooperation minister Lindiwe Sisulu has appealed to South African NGOs, companies and individuals to make donations towards humanitarian aid for the people of Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai. According to reports, at least 100 people have lost their lives as a result of floods that have left 400,000 […]

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US congressman calls on Sudan to release political detainees

Sudan’s three-month political crisis was discussed as was the detention of an unnamed US citizen. An American congressman visiting the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, has called for the Sudanese authorities to release all political detainees. Gus Bilirakis, a Republican accompanied by a congressional delegation, met with various groups over the weekend, including journalists, businessmen, opposition, and […]

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Iran recalls ambassador to Kenya over jailing of Iranians

Two men were arrested in June 2012 and convicted a year later of planning bomb attacks and possessing military-grade explosives. Diplomatic tensions between Iran and Kenya have risen after Tehran recalled its ambassador to Nairobi over the weekend following a Kenyan court decision to uphold a jail term for two Iranians convicted of planning bombing […]

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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa cuts short visit to UAE to deal with cyclone aftermath

The Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa cut short a trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday to return home and face the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai which moved inland into the eastern part of the country from Mozambique. The information ministry in a statement on Sunday said Mnangagwa had “shortened his trip to […]

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Beira looks like a ‘war zone’ after cyclone Idai: rescue team

Beira in Mozambique looks like a “war zone” in the aftermath of cyclone Idai, which claimed at least 100 lives. That is what Dylan Meyrick from IPSS Medical Rescue wrote on Facebook on Sunday evening. “Beira resembles a war zone! 100% of buildings in the city have been damaged and a huge number of those […]

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Investigators find similarity between Ethiopian Airlines, Lion Air crashes

Investigators have found a piece of a stabiliser in the wreckage of an Ethiopian jet with the trim set in an unusual position similar to that of a Lion Air plane that crashed last year, two sources familiar with the matter said. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday fresh information from the […]

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