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09 January 2019 5:33 PM LATEST: US to citizens in DRC: 'Depart the country'

The United States is giving its citizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo succinct advice: "Depart the country." A new US embassy security alert says DRC's electoral commission is soon expected to announce results of the presidential election. It warns of possible crowds gathering to hear the results. Congolese activist groups have urged people to "be ready 70

08 January 2019 8:42 PM Wales' Priestland to leave Bath at season's end

London, Jan 8, 2019 (AFP) -Wales flyhalf Rhys Priestland will leave Bath at the end of the season, the English Premiership club announced on Tuesday. Priestland, who won the last of his 50 Wales caps in 2017, has been with Bath for the past four years. "Rhys has been an influential figure not only on the field, but in his leadership off the field over the last four years 66

06 January 2019 8:40 AM Four die in Spain building fires, baby critical

Four people died on Saturday and a baby boy in a critical condition was among the injured, in two separate tower block fires in northeastern Spain, firefighters said. The first blaze started on Saturday morning in a 10-storey block of flats in Badalona, about 10km northeast of Barcelona, said firefighters in the Catalonia region. Three people died, including 74

03 January 2019 6:01 PM UN Security Council to discuss Somalia after envoy's ouster

The UN Security Council is due to discuss Somalia days after the country announced it was expelling a UN envoy who raised questions about the arrest of an extremist group defector-turned-political candidate. Thursday's meeting is a regularly scheduled discussion of the Horn of Africa nation, where the UN and the African Union have a joint peacekeeping 75

28 December 2018 5:43 PM Militia chief in DRC blamed for multiple rapes arrested

A notorious Democratic Republic of Congo militia chief whose men have been accused of systematic rapes has been arrested, the army said on Friday. Isaac Chirambiza was seized on Tuesday with three of his men in a military operation in South Kivu province, regional spokesperson Captain Dieudonne Kasereka told AFP. One soldier died in the operation, which 64

25 December 2018 3:56 PM Cameroon English-speaking separatists attack town, kidnap 15

A regional governor in Cameroon says armed English-speaking separatists attacked a French-speaking town, killing one person, kidnapping 15 others and burning 86 homes in the country's restive North West region. Governor Augustine Awah Fonka said the attack on Sunday and Monday was the second on the town of Bangourain. Abdouramann Njowir, a resident 70

15 December 2018 5:22 AM 21 killed in ethnic violence in Ethiopia

At least 21 people have been killed in two days of fighting between ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia, the state-affiliated Fana radio reported on Friday, The violence broke out near the town of Moyale, on the border with Kenya, in a region claimed by both the Oromo, the largest ethnic group in the country, and the Somali ethnic group. On top of the fatalities 72

13 December 2018 5:05 PM Former Somalia extremist now running for office is arrested

A Somali official says Ethiopian troops arrested a former extremist leader who is now a candidate in a regional election in the southwest. Nur Ahmed, an electoral official in Somalia's Southwest state, told The Associated Press that Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, previously the number two leader of the rebel group al-Shabaab, was arrested on Thursday by Ethiopian 46

12 December 2018 4:55 PM Miguel Louw murder accused appears evasive, inconsistent on the stand

The only accused in the murder of nine-year-old Miguel Louw came across as nervous, evasive and inarticulate during his bail hearing in the Durban Regional Court on Wednesday. Prosecutor Kuveshnie Pillay seemed to have easily identified discrepancies in the testimony of 43-year-old Mohammed Ebrahim. After reading out a terse affidavit from his client 52

10 December 2018 2:17 PM ATM blasts: Two men sentenced to 24 years for dealing in explosives

The Burgersfort Regional Court in Limpopo has sentenced two men, who were caught in possession of explosives meant for ATM blasts and cash-in-transit heists, to 24 years behind bars. "It is hoped that the sentences will send a strong message that those who are involved in the illegal supply of explosives will go to jail for a very long time," Captain 52