Africa
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Ferry accident kills more than 100 in Africa’s Lake Victoria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/21/18, 11:33 am

More than 100 people died when a passenger ferry capsized on Thursday afternoon in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria. Rescue workers said the death toll would rise as rescue efforts continued. Tanzania’s Electrical, Mechanical, and Electronics Services Agency said the ferry capsized near the area of Mwanza. Police commander Jonathan Shanna said there are no foreigners among the casualties. “Right now our focus is on rescue,” Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella said, adding that workers picked up at least 37 survivors, though he could not say how many passengers boarded the ferry.

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Boko Haram kills Red Cross worker

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/18/18, 12:13 pm

ABUJA, Nigeria—Boko Haram extremists killed a Nigerian Red Cross employee abducted earlier this year, the International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed Monday. The insurgent group kidnapped Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa during a March attack in the town of Rann in northeastern Nigeria. The militants also abducted two other health workers and killed at least four security officials.

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Theresa May courts Africa to rebound from Brexit

International | British prime minister pledges to invest $5.1 billion in the continent
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/04/18, 04:06 pm

British Prime Minister Theresa May made big promises during her first African tour last week, pledging $5.1 billion of investment in the continent during her first stop in Cape Town, South Africa.

May’s visit to three African nations focused on economic ties and migration issues as the United Kingdom works to strengthen and create new diplomatic connections ahead of its planned exit from the European Union. May’s African delegation included 29 business representatives in the fields of technology and finance. Britain also plans to open new embassies in Niger and Chad.

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