Death Toll Reaches 136 in Tanzania Ferry Disaster

At least 136 bodies have been retrieved after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania’s top police official Simon Sirro said today, and scores more were still feared missing as rescuers searched for survivors on the morning after the disaster. The ferry MV Nyerere capsized yesterday afternoon just a few metres from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island, which is part of Tanzania. Thirty-seven people had been rescued from the sea, the regional police commander for the port of Mwanza on the south coast of the lake, Jonathan…

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Former UN Chief Kofi Annan dies at 80!

Former United Nations-UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan has died aged 80, international diplomats say. Annan won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work. Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. His family confirmed his death in a statement. It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi…

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Plane crashes in Durango with 101 on board

A passenger plane has crashed in the capital of Mexico’s Durango state, just moments after take-off. State Governor José Rosas Aispuro said there were no deaths among the 101 on board, although around 85 were injured – two critically, including the pilot. The governor said the plane was hit by a gust of wind, which caused a sudden descent. Its left wing then touched the ground and two engines came off. Most passengers were able to walk away before it caught fire. The names and nationalities of those on board…

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Efforts to resolve the conflict in South Sudan underway in Mauritania

The African Union high-level ad hoc committee for South Sudan met in Mauritania at the weekend to among other things fasttrack the peace process in South Sudan. According to officials from the African Union, the committee, under the chairmanship of the President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, agreed to support ongoing efforts by the Inter-Government Authority on Development (IGAD) geared at silencing guns in the conflict-riddled country. “The ad hoc committee exchanged views on how to more effectively enhance its support to and co-operation with IGAD in the ongoing efforts…

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Twelve killed in Tripoli election HQ attack

At least 12 people have been killed and several injured in an attack on Libya’s electoral commission headquarters in the capital, Tripoli, officials say. At least one suicide bomber blew himself up while other armed assailants stormed the building and set it on fire, they say. Voters have been registering for elections expected before the end of the year. Libya has been in turmoil since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011. After his 42-year rule, the country remains under the control of myriad rival armed groups. Although many observers have…

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9 out of 10 people breathe polluted air-WHO

GENEVA: 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air, but more countries are taking action, according to a press release on Wednesday 02 May, by World Health Organization. Full release Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from WHO shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution. “Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest…

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100 people killed, 242,000 displaced by floods in Kenya

The Kenya Red Cross says that at least 100 people have been killed and 242,000 displaced by four weeks of floods, landslides and heavy rains. The relief organization called it a humanitarian disaster which needs emergency funding. Most of those affected had their homes either swept away or submerged by flood waters. Most victims have had to be resettled in schools and the organization says they have been overstretched by the crisis. Its Secretary General, Abbas Gullet, said they are greatly concerned about outbreaks of cholera and other waterborne diseases.…

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North, South Korea agree to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons

SEOUL: The two Koreas have agreed to work to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons, but haven’t provided any new specific measures as to how to achieve that. A joint statement issued after their leaders’ talks Friday says the two Koreas confirmed their goal of achieving “a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization.” Further, at their first summit in more than a decade, the two sides announced they would seek an agreement to establish permanent and solid peace on the peninsula. The talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un…

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Thirteen children die as India school bus hits train

Thirteen children have died after their school bus collided with a train in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police say. The bus had been travelling across an unmanned railway crossing when the accident took place. The incident comes weeks after 24 children died when their bus fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh state. Road accidents are common in India, often due to poor driving or badly maintained roads and vehicles. The latest incident took place in the Kushinagar region of Uttar Pradesh state. It is not yet…

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Nigerian journalist claims 15 out 112 missing Chibok girls are still alive

A Nigerian journalist with links to the Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed only 15 out of the 112 missing Chibok girls are still alive. Ahmad Salkida says he had negotiated for the girls’ release on behalf of the government, but several opportunities to have them freed had been missed. Salkida says that the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan had asked him to negotiate for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls two weeks after they were abducted. Salkida adds that he had arranged for a prisoner swap on five…

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