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Death toll now 31 in NE Nigeria market blast KANO: At least 31 people were killed when an explosion ripped through a busy market in the northeast Nigerian city of Yola, an emergency official said on Friday."So far, we have 31 dead victims and 38 people in hospital receiving treatment" as a result of Thursday's blast, the National Emergency Management Agency's coordinator in the city Sa'ad Bello told AFP."Some whose injuries were not severe were discharged," he added.The blast happened at about 7:40 pm at the Jimeta Main Market in the Adamawa state capital, just as traders were finishing business for the evening.There was no immediate claim of responsibility.Yola has also suffered attacks, but not in recent years. It had come to be seen as a relative safe haven for hundreds of thousands of people forced to flee their homes because of the violence.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Burundi government calls for 'frank' dialogue with opposition BUJUMBURA: An aide to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Thursday called for "a frank and constructive dialogue" with the opposition, who have driven weeks of street protests against his bid to stand for a third term.Nkurunziza's communications advisor, Willy Nyamitwe, said although the government considered the president's bid to be perfectly legal, he said for the first time that the matter was not "taboo"."It is true that during previous discussions, we have left the issue ...
Burundi on the brink of economic collapse BUJUMBURA: During Monday's truce in anti-government protests, Renovat Ndayizeye was quick to try to reopen his stall in Jabe market in Burundi's capital. He has scarcely sold a single pair of shoes since demonstrations began weeks ago, and he is getting desperate."I haven't worked since the protests began, we are living on our savings, and now I have nothing," said the 26-year old salesman, surrounded by others who had taken advantage of a pause in ...
Guinea unrest hampering Ebola response: UN CONAKRY: The head of the UN mission on Ebola in Guinea on Monday said violence in the west of the country "jeopardised" the fight against the deadly virus.Around 60 people have been arrested as a result of unrest in the past week, according to local authorities and residents.The head of the UN mission (UNMEER) Abdou Dieng warned in a statement that the unrest had "jeopardised the treatment of people with the Ebola virus"."I call upon ...
Burundi president warns against another coup attempt BUJUMBURA: Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose controversial bid to seek a third consecutive term has sparked weeks of civil unrest and a failed coup attempt, on Monday warned against any fresh move to try to unseat him.Addressing supporters in his hometown in the north of the country, Nkurunziza thanked those who backed him after a top general launched a failed coup while the president was out of the country in May for a summit.He "warned ...
Egypt road crash kills 13 policemen, 3 others CAIRO: Sixteen people were killed, all but three of them Egyptian policemen, in a collision between a police vehicle and a truck south of Cairo, authorities said on Saturday.The accident happened on Friday night along a stretch of road in Beni Suef province about 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the Egyptian capital.The police vehicle, which was carrying conscripts, crashed into the truck, sending the two vehicles into a roadside canal, said medics and the police."Sixteen ...
5.6 magnitude earthquake shakes Ecuador QUITO: A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook parts of Ecuador early Saturday, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Ecuador's Geophysical Institute said the quake occurred at 01:26 am (0626 GMT) at a depth of 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) off the Ecuadorian coast.The quake was felt in the capital Quito and the coastal city Esmeraldas near Colombia.Despite the seismic event's strength, authorities said there was no immediate sign of damage.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), ...


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