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Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed in an attack in the east of the country, its foreign ministry has said. Luca Attanasio died in hospital on Monday after the United Nations convoy he was travelling in came under fire near Goma, a statement said. The convoy reportedly belonged to the […]

Hundreds of residents in Mozambique’s Buzi District are waiting at the Guara Guara administrative post to be evacuated after their houses were destroyed by Cyclone Eloise. Some residents who spoke to a local daily Noticias say they have been queuing for three days now. The National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction says the […]

Tanzania’s former President Benjamin William Mkapa, aged 81, has died, President John Magufuli has announced. Tanzania’s president John Pombe Magufuli through a national broadcast confirmed Thursday July 24 that Mkapa died at a Dar Es Salaam hospital where he was admitted. The president further declared a seven-day national mourning period during which the national flag […]

Police have arrested Norman Chisale, the former bodyguard of Malawi’s ex-president Peter Mutharika, in relation to the importation of duty-free cement worth K5 billion. Chisale was summoned by Police in Lilongwe on Monday and he surrendered himself to the law enforcers today. The arrest follows revelations that over 1.2 million bags of cement were imported […]

Kenya’s education ministry has said that all primary and secondary schools will reopen next year. The ministry said all students would resume studies in their current classes. Education Minister George Magoha said no final-year national examinations would be held for primary and secondary pupils this year. Those exams are usually held in October and November […]

The lawyer who represented Malawi’s new president Lazarus Chakwera in annulling the last election has turned down the post of justice minister, according to Malawi’s Daily Times newspaper. Mordecai Msiska was the lead lawyer in the case that annulled the presidential election in December. Mr Chakwera went on to win the re-run of the election […]

The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has officially been declared over, almost two years after it began. No new cases of the disease have been reported in the north-east of the country, where dozens of armed groups operate, since 27 April. Some 2,280 people died since the outbreak began in […]

At least 20 people have been killed in eastern Burkina Faso when gunmen stormed a cattle market, reports say. Gunmen on motorbikes fired into the crowded market in Kompienga town in the middle of the day on Saturday, eyewitnesses were quoted as saying by local media. It is unclear who was behind the attack. Burkina […]

The number of coronavirus cases remains relatively low in East Africa, but health officials note that border crossings— through which truck drivers pass daily with essential goods — have become hot spots for coronavirus contagion. While most of East Africa has been under varying degrees of lockdown, truck drivers are the heartbeat of regional trade who trek frequented […]

Somalia is investigating how a private Kenyan plane with coronavirus medical supplies crashed near the city of Baidoa, killing all six on board. Police say the African Express aircraft crashed in flames just before it was due to land in Bardale on Monday. Officials say the crash’s cause is not clear but there has been […]