Business & Finance

Food prices soar in West Africa amid conflicts and COVID – WFP

ABUJA, April 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Food prices in West Africa have jumped more than 30% since last year to their highest levels in nearly a decade due to coronavirus lockdowns and a decline in cereal production, the World Food Programme (WFP) said. More than 31 million people are expected to become food insecure between June […]

Medical/Health Care

Patients evacuated after fire at South Africa hospital

JOHANNESBURG— A fire has forced hundreds of patients to be evacuated from a hospital in South Africa’s Johannesburg. No injuries or casualties have been reported and patients are being moved to other hospitals. The fire started Friday morning and had been doused by the afternoon but then it reignited in the evening and burned through […]

Medical/Health Care

Nearly 700 Patients Evacuated in Johannesburg Hospital Fire

Nearly 700 patients were evacuated Saturday from Johannesburg’s Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, where a fire blazed through parts of the facility in South Africa’s largest city. No injuries or casualties have been reported. The fire has been contained but the hospital has been closed for seven days, said David Makhura, premier of Gauteng province where Johannesburg […]

Governance

Chad’s President Poised to Extend his 30 Years in Power

Partial provisional results in Chad’s April 11 election released Saturday show President Idriss Deby leading and appearing to be headed for another term in office, extending his three-decade rule. Preliminary results are expected April 25. Deby is viewed in Europe and the U.S. as a key ally in the fight against terrorism in West and […]

Medical/Health Care

Egypt: At Least 11 Killed, About 100 Injured in Train Crash North of Cairo

 Egyptian authorities say a passenger train accident Sunday north of Cairo has killed at least 11 people. Railway authorities say that at least four train wagons ran off the tracks at the city of Banha in Qalyubia province. The Health Ministry said in a statement that at least 98 others were injured. Around 60 ambulances […]

General

Malawi’s Ex-President Says Government Politically Persecuting Him

Malawi’s former president, Peter Mutharika, has accused the government of politically persecuting him. During a televised news conference at his residence in Mangochi district Saturday, Mutharika cited the freezing of his bank accounts and arrests of his party officials over corruption allegations as examples. But authorities say they are only following the law.     […]