500 vultures found dead after consuming poisoned elephants

No fewer than 500 vultures had been killed in Botswana’s central district after consuming three elephants laced with poisonous chemical. Authorities at the country’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks said on Friday that a total of 537 vultures and two tawny eagles were found dead at the site. “The breakdown included 10 cape vultures, […]

Gunmen kill 41 people in central Mali – Mayor

Unidentified gunmen on motorbikes attacked two villages in central Mali, killing at least 41 people in a part of the country where ethnic reprisal attacks have surged in recent months, a local mayor said on Tuesday. The attacks on Monday evening on the villages of Yoro and Gangafani 2 compound a dire security situation in […]

ECOWAS finance ministers inch closer to single currency

West African finance ministers and central bank governors agreed on technical issues surrounding the creation of a single currency for the Economic Community of West African States next year. “At a ministerial level, we’ve established a roadmap” for the establishment of a new currency, Ivory Coast Finance Minister Adama Kone told reporters Tuesday after the […]

Former Egyptian president Mursi buried in Cairo, son says

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi has been buried alongside other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, his son, Ahmed Mursi, said on his Facebook page on Tuesday. The burial was attended by members of the family in Cairo’s Nasr City after authorities refused burial in Mursi’s home province of Sharqiya in the Nile […]

Kenya reassures public after Ebola false alarm

Kenya sought to reassure the public and foreign visitors on Monday after a suspected Ebola case, which turned out to be negative, was detected near the border with Uganda. Uganda last week reported three cases of Ebola, two of them fatal, among people who had been to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where an […]

Five-year-old boy dies from Ebola in Uganda

A five-year-old boy who tested positive for Ebola in Uganda has died, a health ministry official told AFP Wednesday, in the first spread of a deadly outbreak in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. “The boy who tested positive for Ebola in Kasese yesterday passed on last night in the isolation unit,” the official told […]

Morocco adopts law confirming Berber as official language

Moroccan lawmakers have unanimously approved a bill that confirms the Berber language’s official status, eight years after it was preliminarily recognised in a new constitution. The new law is designed to cement use of Berber — alongside Arabic — by government administration, local authorities, public services, schools and in cultural life. Berber, or Amazigh, was […]

Attack on Mali village ‘kills 100’

Nearly 100 people have been killed in an attack in a village in central Mali inhabited by the Dogon ethnic group, reports say. The attack happened in Sobane-Kou, near Sanga town in the Mopti region. The search for bodies is ongoing, but officials say 95 people have been found dead, with many of the bodies […]