August 19, 2018

French woman hostage in Somalia dies

Marie Dedieu, a French woman kidnapped from Kenya by Somali gunmen earlier this month has died, according to French officials. Diplomats said they were told of Marie Dedieu's death by contacts through whom they had been negotiating her release. The exact date and circumstances of her death are … [Read more...]

BlackBerry admits massive outage in Europe and Africa

The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone said that email services had been restored to users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but some might still have messaging and browsing problems. Canada-based Research in Motion earlier confirmed widespread service outages for its users this those areas, … [Read more...]

Rugby World Cup ticket scam busted

One man believed to be part of an international ticket-fraud ring has been deported to Africa in the past few days and another six people have been refused entry to New Zealand as authorities clamp down Rugby World Cup tickets purchased with stolen credit cards. Rugby New Zealand 2011 spokesman … [Read more...]

500 die after presidential elections in Nigeria

The Nigerian human rights group - Civil Rights Congress, claims more than 500 people died after the presidential elections in early April. They claim most of the violence was in the northern state of Kaduna, and the casualty count may be higher than their current estimate. Most of northern … [Read more...]

Libya rebels to start exporting oil

Libya's rebel opposition goups are preparing to export oil from Eastern Libya for the first time in weeks. An oil tanker is believed to have docked at the Marsa el-Hariga oil terminal near the port of Tobruk and is getting ready to pump the rebel forces first export oil onboard. Lloyd's … [Read more...]

UN votes ‘yes’ to Libya no-fly zone

The United Nations Security Council voted for a no-fly zone over Libya and approved "all necessary measures" short of an invasion "to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas". The resolution was proposed by the UK, France and Lebanon and was was carried 10-0 in favour with five … [Read more...]

Ivory Coast “on the brink of genocide”

Youssoufou Bamba, Cote d'Ivoire President Ouattara's newly appointed ambassador to the United Nations has warned that the country is "on the brink of genocide," Alassane Ouattara won last months presidential election from long term incumbant Laurent Gbagbo. The only problem was that Gbadgo … [Read more...]

Mount Merapi cuts Obama Indonesia trip short

US President Barack Obama is cutting short his visit to Indonesia because of fears that volcanic ash from Mount Merapi might disrupt air travel. Specifically Air Force One air travel. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs earlier told reporters that officials were closely monitoring the ash cloud. … [Read more...]

Internet for Africa – Successful Satellite Launch

A new African regional communications satellite with the catchy name of Rascom-QAF1R has been succesfully launched. We are used to hearing stories of disease and dodgy dictators out of Africa, so it is good to be able to report something good happening. The satellite was blasted into orbit by … [Read more...]