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Thirteen dead in South Africa after church wall collapses

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Thirteen people were killed in a south-eastern province of South Africa during an Easter service after a church wall collapsed on them late on Thursday following days of heavy rains and strong winds, emergency services said on Friday. At least 29 people with injuries ranging from serious to minor were taken to hospital for treatment, KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said. “There was a strong storm at the time but we can’t be totally sure why the wall collapsed until the police are done with…

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South Africa’s PIC denies considering ex-Absa executive as next CEO

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s state pension fund denied considering a former banking executive as its next chief executive as it seeks to fill a position which has become increasingly sensitive given the successive departures of its CEO and temporary replacement. Citing unnamed people, Bloomberg had reported that Public Investment Corp (PIC) is considering Kennedy Bungane, formerly of lender Absa Group, as its new CEO. The move would follow the abrupt departure of Dan Matjila in November and the suspension of stand-in successor Matshepo More in March. “The reports are…

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Nigerian tribunal rules suspended chief justice guilty of violating asset declaration rules

ABUJA (Reuters) – The suspended chief justice of Nigeria violated the country’s asset declaration rules, a tribunal ruled on Thursday. Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, the country’s top judge, was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari in January. The action led to accusations that the head of state was meddling with the judiciary. The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Thursday found the judge guilty of hiding the extent of his wealth. Reporting by Camillus Eboh; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; editing by John Stonestreet Please follow and like us:

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Thieves pinch rifles as Kenyan police watch Champions League football

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The temptation to watch UEFA Champions League quarter-finals football on TV both featuring Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo backfired for some Kenya policemen when thieves raided their unmanned post and made off with weaponry. The incident occurred on Tuesday night after the officers shut down the Kamorwon police post in a western region of Kenya and went in search of a TV screen. As they watched two matches – Manchester United against Barcelona and Juventus against Ajax – on TV at a nearby shopping mall, thieves raided…

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150 missing after shipwreck in eastern Congo

KINSHASA (Reuters) – About 150 people are missing after a boat sunk on a lake in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, President Felix Tshisekedi said on Tuesday. “I am very saddened by the shipwreck of a pirogue on (Monday) April 15 on Lake Kivu. The provisional toll is 150 people missing,” Tshisekedi said on his office’s Twitter account. Delphin Mbirimbi, a local activist in South Kivu province, told Reuters that the boat, which had departed from neighbouring North Kivu province, wrecked on the lake near Kalehe territory. He said three…

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Kenyan food, water scarcity will worsen as rains fail, Met Department says

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya is likely to suffer from worsening food shortages and water scarcity as the rainy season fails, its meteorological department said on Tuesday. The so-called long rains season from March to May has fallen far below the long-term average for the period, Stella Aura, director of the Kenya Meteorological Department, said in a statement. “Based on the current conditions and the projected weather conditions, dry conditions are expected to dominate most parts of the country, leading to further deterioration of food security and water resource,” she said.…

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Fourteen killed in clashes in displacement camp in Sudan’s Darfur

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Fourteen people were killed in clashes in a displacement camp in Sudan’s Darfur on Saturday, Sudan news agency (SUNA) reported on Monday. Conflict in Darfur erupted in 2003 when mainly non-Arab tribes took up arms against Sudan’s Arab-led government. Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz, writing by Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall Please follow and like us:

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Egypt parliament to vote Tuesday on constitutional changes -speaker

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s parliament will vote on Tuesday on constitutional amendments including an extension to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s current four-year-term, its speaker, Ali Abdelaal, said on Sunday. Proposed constitutional amendments had previously suggested that Sisi would be allowed to seek two new six-year terms after his current one expires in 2022. But according to a recent draft seen by Reuters, those latest amendments could allow Sisi to stay in power until 2030 by extending his current term by two more years and allowing him to run once again…

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New military council leader promises civilian government for Sudan

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – The new head of Sudan’s military council said on Saturday a civilian government would be formed after consultations with the opposition and promised the transition period would last for a maximum of two years, as protesters kept up pressure for rapid change. In his first televised address, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdelrahman said he was also cancelling a night curfew ordered by his predecessor and ordered the release of all prisoners jailed under emergency laws put in place by ousted President Omar al-Bashir. A coalition of…

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DR Congo troops kill 36 Burundi rebels in east – army

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Congolese troops killed 36 Burundian rebels in clashes with two armed groups in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo and three soldiers were also killed, the DRC army said on Friday. The Congolese army mounted a series of operations between April 6 and 8 in the eastern province of South Kivu aimed at regaining territory against the Burundian rebel groups National Liberation Forces (FNL) and the Burundian Republican Forces (FOREBU). “During the three days of combat, 36 of these rebels have been neutralised,” army spokesman Dieudonne…

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