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A US military drone attack in southern Somalia killed 18 al-Shabab fighters after American and local forces on the ground came under attack, the US Africa Command said. The air strike was carried out Friday in self-defence after fighters were "observed manoeuvring on a combined patrol," while the US also responded with "indirect fire", a military...
The number of people who died in the Lake Victoria ferry disaster in Tanzania has hit 170. The MV Nyerere capsized with hundreds of people, more than its 100-passenger capacity, on Thursday afternoon. The ferry was preparing to dock at Ukara Island from Bugolora Island in northern Mwanza when it toppled...
The Tanzanian government has declared four days of national mourning following the ferry disaster in Lake Victoria on Thursday. "I have decided to declare four days of national mourning starting today," President John Magufuli said in a televised address on Friday. MV Nyerere capsized with hundreds of people and many are...
Kenya on Friday overturned a ban on Rafiki, a film about a lesbian love affair and the first ever movie from the country to be shown at the Cannes film festival. Director Wanuri Kahiu brought the court action after the Kenya Film Classification Board banned Rafiki for "promoting lesbianism," meaning...
Zambian court has ordered the arrest of rhumba star Koffi Olomide, who is from Democratic Republic of Congo, on Friday for allegedly assaulting a photographer six years ago. Olomide, 62, whose real name is Antoine Christopher Agepa Mumba, was due to appear in court on Friday but did not show...
Tanzanian rescue workers scrambled Friday to find scores of people feared drowned after a ferry capsized in Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, killing at least 86 people. The MV Nyerere may have been carrying as many as 200 passengers — double the ferry’s capacity — when it capsized close to...
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has signed the Finance Bill 2018 into law a day after it was endorsed by MPs in a chaotic sitting. Speaking at State House on Friday morning, the President said he would not relent on the war against corruption. “I give my commitment that I will ensure proper...
At least 42 people drowned when a ferry sank on Thursday in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria and government officials feared the final death toll could be more than 200, a senior local official said. Ukerewe District Commissioner Colonel Lucas Magembe told Reuters that the rescue mission to find survivors from the...
Ugandan singer and opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, was virtually shepherded home by police on Thursday as soon as he arrived at Entebbe International Airport from the US, where he had gone for treatment his wife says. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, was taken from the...
Four soldiers have been arrested in Somalia after a nine-year-old schoolgirl was shot dead in the capital, Mogadishu, police say. Deqa Dahir died and another girl was wounded when bullets hit their school bus while it was stuck in a traffic jam, Amnesty International said. Soldiers opened fire in an apparent...