World / Africa

Around 170 ‘executed’ in attacks on villages in Burkina Faso

Around 170 ‘executed’ in attacks on villages in Burkina Faso

Around 170 people were "executed" in attacks on three villages in northern Burkina Faso a week ago, a regional prosecutor said in a statement seen on Sunday. The attacks by unknown assailants were carried out on the villages of Komsilga, Nodin and Soro in the Yatenga province, the statement dated


31 killed in Mali bus accident

31 killed in Mali bus accident

At least 31 people were killed in Mali on Tuesday when a bus plunged off a bridge over a river near the western town of Kenieba, the transport ministry said. The bus had been en route to Burkina Faso when the accident occurred at around 17:00 local time, it said, adding Malians and citizens of els

Rhino poaching in South Africa increases in 2023

Rhino poaching in South Africa increases in 2023

South Africa recorded 499 rhinos poached in 2023, 51 more than the previous year, despite efforts to protect the animals, the government said on Tuesday.   South Africa is home to nearly half of the critically-endangered black rhino population in Africa and to the world's largest population

Lassa fever claims 72 lives in Nigeria six weeks

Lassa fever claims 72 lives in Nigeria six weeks

At least 72 fatal cases of Lassa fever have been reported in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, since the beginning of this year, public health authorities said Thursday. The 72 deaths were among a total of 411 cases confirmed so far from the outbreak of the viral hemorrhagic fever recorded

Sudan's army claims first major advance

Sudan's army claims first major advance

The Sudanese army has claimed its first major advance in 10 months of war, regaining control of part of the city of Omdurman from the Rapid Support Forces. The army said late on Friday it had succeeded in connecting its two main bases in the city, prompting celebrations among soldiers and local re

Sudanese left in the dark by RSF-imposed telecoms blackout

Sudanese left in the dark by RSF-imposed telecoms blackout

A communications network blackout in Sudan, blamed on the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, has hobbled aid delivery and left the war-weary population of almost 50 million unable to make payments or contact the outside world.   The RSF has been fighting Sudan's army for control of the count