Sudan army removes veteran ruler Omar al-Bashir

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the army on Thursday, brought down by months of anti-government protests against his three decades of iron-fisted rule. “I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place,” Defence Minister Awad Ibnouf said in a sombre televised address to the nation. A transitional military…

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Nigeria Ranks 6th Most Miserable Country in the World

A report by Steve Hanke, an economist from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, United States, has listed Nigeria, Venezuela, Iran, Brazil and others among the first 10 miserable countries in the world with Nigeria assuming the sixth position. According to the report, Venezuela was listed as the most miserable country in the world, saying: “Venezuela holds the inglorious title of…

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Marooned Mozambicans cling to life on roofs, terraces

Perched on the terraces of a sports stadium, scores of marooned people stare down at a basketball court filled with dirty brown water. Five days after a vicious tropical storm tore through their neighbourhood in Buzi, central Mozambique, they remain trapped by flood water. AFP / ADRIEN BARBIERPeople gather on the roof of a house in Buzi. Some survivors say…

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Mozambique city of Beira ‘90% damaged or destroyed’ by cyclone

A cyclone that slammed into Mozambique last week has damaged or destroyed 90 percent of the city of Beira, the Red Cross said Monday, as the death toll in the country and neighbouring Zimbabwe rose to 157. “The scale of damage caused by cyclone Idai that hit the Mozambican city of Beira is massive and horrifying,” the International Federation of…

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Funerals for Ethiopia crash victims but little to bury

Ethiopians were holding funerals Sunday for friends and relatives who perished in last week’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, which killed all onboard and saw the worldwide grounding of the Boeing aircraft involved. Families in 35 nations were left bereaved when the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft plummeted from the sky just minutes into its flight to Nairobi last Sunday, killing all…

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Football-mad French parents barred from naming baby ‘Griezmann Mbappe’

A football-mad couple in south-west France have been barred from naming their son “Griezmann Mbappe” after two of the stars of France’s World Cup-winning team. A family judge in the central town of Brive-la-Gaillarde stripped the infant of his two first names, nearly five months after his birth, the local town council told AFP. His parents have decided to call…

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Crash victims’ families may sue Boeing

The families of the 157 persons who died in the Ethiopian Airlines (ET) plane crash on Sunday may sue the aircraft manufacturer, Boeing and its insurers, for compensation to the tune of N762.5 million ($2.5 million) per person. The chances of lawsuits and favourable hearing brightened yesterday when the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) admitted similarities between Sunday’s crash…

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49 dead in New Zealand mosque shootings

Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead Friday, with one gunman — identified as an Australian extremist — apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city. In what appeared to be the worst attack against Muslims in a western country, witnesses spoke of victims being shot at close range, with women and…

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News ‘Why would you die?’ Bereaved seek answers at plane crash site

From a quiet farmland at the base of rolling hills outside Ethiopia’s capital, the sound of wailing rang through the air. Devastated mourners flung themselves onto a ground littered with business cards, seat covers and shards of aluminium. They cried the names of loved ones who had been aboard the jetliner that nose-dived into the field, leaving a dark scar…

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Five members of a family died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash and one of them had a premonition about the journey

A week before Carol Karanja boarded the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed Sunday on its way to Kenya, she sent a message to her sister, saying she had an uneasy feeling. “My heart isn’t really excited. I feel like there’s something bad ahead, but I don’t know what,” the WhatsApp message re Karanja was traveling from Canada to Kenya with…

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