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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Anti-apartheid campaigner dies at 81

Apr 2, 2018
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela. The couple – famously pictured hand-in-hand as Mr Mandela walked free from prison after 27 years – were a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle for nearly three decades. However, in later years her reputation became tainted legally and politically. more  Read More →

Mar 12, 2018
A plane carrying 71 passengers and crew has crashed on landing at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport, killing 49 people, according to police. Rescuers pulled bodies from the charred wreckage of the plane, operated by Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla, after a raging fire was put out. The airline has blamed air traffic control, but the airport says the plane approached from the wrong direction. Flight BS211... 

Sridevi: India mourns Bollywood superstar Sridevi dead at 54

Feb 25, 2018
The actress, known simply as Sridevi, died of a heart attack on Saturday while at a family wedding in Dubai. Over five decades, she featured in almost 300 films, including classics Mr India, Chandni, ChaalBaaz and Sadma. She was considered one of the very few Indian female superstars capable of huge box office success without the support of a male hero. Top Bollywood figures, sporting giants and leading... 

Gunman kills at least 17 people at Florida high school

Feb 14, 2018
PARKLAND, Fla. — A former student opened fire at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending scores of students fleeing into the streets in the nation’s deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Frantic parents rushed to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to find SWAT team members and ambulances surrounding... 

At least 36 dead, 18 hurt after bus collides with truck at Migaa

Dec 31, 2017
At least 36 people have been confirmed dead after a Nairobi-bound bus collided with a truck at Migaa along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway. Among the dead include the driver of the truck and his loader while 28 bodies were retrieved from the ill-fated bus. The truck was heading to Eldoret. Thirty people were confirmed dead at the scene while another four succumbed to injuries while receiving treatment at... 

Deadly flooding and landslides hit the Philippines

Dec 24, 2017
The death toll from Tropical Storm Tembin in southern Philippines has risen to at least 200 people with hundreds more missing, according to officials and aid agencies. Rescue efforts are under way after the storm lashed the country’s second largest island, Mindanao on Friday, triggering mudslides and flash floods. Aid workers fear the number of casualties will further increase as forecasters... 

Kenya marks 54th Jamhuri Day

Dec 13, 2017
Kenya will today mark 54 years of self rule after gaining independence from Britain. The national fete, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, will be held at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, in the capital Nairobi while regional celebrations will be held in the other 46 county headquarters. Kenyans started trickling in to Kasarani for celebrations on early Tuesday morning, with gates opening at... 

Veteran Bollywood actor and producer Shashi Kapoor has died aged 79

Dec 5, 2017
Kapoor, who acted in huge hits like Deewar and Kabhie Kabhie, had been ill for some time and was in hospital. He was a member of the Kapoor dynasty, which has dominated the Hindi film industry for decades. He won several national film awards and was awarded the Padma Bhushan civilian honour by the Indian government in 2011. He also acted in a number of British and American films. Kapoor died at the... 

Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in as president in for final term

Nov 28, 2017
President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn for his second and final five-year term on Tuesday to thunderous cheers from tens of thousands of supporters. “I swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Kenya; that I will obey, preserve, protect and defend this Constitution of Kenya, as by law established, and all other laws of the Republic; and that I will protect and uphold... 

Ratko Mladić convicted of war crimes and genocide at UN tribunal

Nov 23, 2017
The former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladić, nicknamed the ‘butcher of Bosnia’, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. More than 20 years after the Srebrenica massacre, Mladic was found guilty at the United Nations-backed international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague of 10 offences involving... 

Celebrations as Supreme Court upholds Uhuru Kenyatta’s election

Nov 20, 2017
Supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday broke out in song and dance as they celebrated the Supreme Court decision to uphold his re-election. Jubilee leaders also expressed their satisfaction with the judges’ decision. MORE  Read More →

Iran-Iraq earthquake: More than 300 die in heavy tremor

Nov 13, 2017
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and Iran late on Sunday, killing at least 328 people and injuring an estimated 2,530 more. As aftershocks continued on Monday and as rescuers sped up their operation, Iran’s state news agency IRNA confirmed the death toll, saying at least 382 of the injured remain in hospital. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said Sunday’s... 

Texas: At least 26 killed in Sutherland Springs church

Nov 6, 2017
At least 26 people have been killed and 20 others injured in a mass shooting inside a church in Sutherland Springs, in the US state of Texas. The shooting took place on Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Wilson County during the 11:00am (17:00 GMT) service, officials told reporters. Sergeant Robert Murphy of the Guadalupe County Sherrif’s office confirmed to Al Jazeera that the shooter... 

Las Vegas shooting: Who is Stephen Paddock?

Oct 3, 2017
At least 59 people have been killed and more than 500 others injured during a mass shooting at a country music concert in the US state of Nevada. What happened? Police believe 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a group of more than 22,000 concert-goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. At least 59 people were killed and 527 others were injured. The... 

At least 149 dead after magnitude 7.1 earthquake

Sep 19, 2017
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 149 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust and thousands fled into the streets in panic. The earthquake came less than two weeks after another quake left at least 90 dead in the country’s south, and it occurred as Mexicans commemorated the anniversary of a 1985 quake that killed thousands. Mexican media broadcast... 

At least 300 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides and flooding

Aug 14, 2017
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Mudslides and torrential flooding killed more than 300 people in and around Sierra Leone’s capital early Monday following heavy rains, with many victims trapped in homes buried under tons of mud. Survivors and volunteers dug through the mud and debris at times with their bare hands in a desperate search for missing relatives, and military personnel were deployed to help... 

Canada 150 highlights from across the country

Jul 2, 2017
As thousands of partygoers congregated on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill to watch Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at the nation’s biggest bash, Canadians from across the country found other unique ways to mark the momentous occasion. On the East Coast, approximately 75 early risers kicked off the festivities with a pre-dawn cruise... 

More than 250 people killed in Colombia flooding

Apr 2, 2017
A powerful torrent of water from three overflowing rivers tore through a small city in Colombia while people slept, destroying homes, sweeping away cars and killing more than 250 people. The incident triggered by a sudden, heavy rainstorm happened around midnight and into early Saturday in Mocoa, a provincial capital of about 40,000 tucked between mountains near Colombia’s southern border with... 

Westminster attack: Five killed outside UK parliament

Mar 22, 2017
London police say five people, including the attacker, were killed injured after a car ploughed into pedestrians and a man went on a stabbing spree before being shot dead close to the British parliament. Around 40 others were injured in Wednesday’s attack that caused chaos in one of the city’s busiest locations. more  Read More →

Dutch election: PM Rutte celebrates ‘rejection of populism

Mar 16, 2017
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the Netherlands has rejected “the wrong kind of populism” as he celebrated victory in parliamentary elections. With nearly all votes counted his governing centre-right VVD party easily beat the anti-immigration, anti-EU Freedom party of Geert Wilders. The race was seen as a test of support for nationalist parties that have been gaining ground across... 
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