Category Archives: Africa

US church shooting suspect charged with nine murders

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Charleston County Sheriff booking photo shows Dylann Root, who was arrested in North Carolina and flown back to South Carolina

The young white man suspected of gunning down nine people at a black church in South Carolina has been charged with their murders, police said Friday, as the state’s governor called for him to face the death penalty. The carnage at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston was the worst attack on a US place of worship in decades, and comes at a time of revived racial tensions in many parts of the country. Reports that 21-year-old Dylann Roof — who has been charged with nine murders as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of …read more

Senegal’s reformers call for science to fix Ramadan dates

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Senegalese Imam Khadim Rassoul Gueye pictured while studying the moon on the Corniche in Dakar on June 18, 2015, as preparations begin for the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan

The Muslim holy month of Ramandan unites the Islamic world in a devotional act of fasting from sunrise to sunset — but in Senegal its approach brings divisive arguments over the moon. The National Commission for the Observation of the Lunar Crescent (CONACOCC) has the task of determining the beginning of each lunar month and this week declared that Ramadan would start on Friday. “The observation of the lunar crescent occupies a very important place in our activities because it is the subject that most interests the Senegalese,” Maram Kaire, chairman of the Senegalese Association for the Promotion of Astronomy, …read more

Stowaway found alive on Johannesburg-London flight: police

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A suspected stowaway is being treated in a London hospital after being found unconscious on Thursday on a British Airways flight from Johannesburg after the plane had landed, British police said on Friday

A suspected stowaway is being treated in a London hospital after being found unconscious on Thursday on a British Airways flight from Johannesburg after the plane had landed, British police said on Friday. Police said that also on Thursday they had found the body of a dead man on the roof of a London shop under the flight path to Heathrow airport and were trying to work out if he could have fallen off the same plane. A British Airways spokeswoman said: “We are working with the Metropolitan Police and the authorities in Johannesburg to establish the facts surrounding this …read more

Al Qaeda denies reports of militant commander Belmokhtar’s death

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Undated still image from a video showing Mokhtar Belmokhtar speaking at an unknown location

Al Qaeda’s North Africa branch has denied reports that Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a major figure in insurgencies across North Africa and the Saharan border region, was killed in a U.S. air strike in Libya. SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors radical Islamist organizations in the media, cited a statement from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb posted on Twitter declaring that Belmokhtar, also known as Khalid Abu al-Abbas, is alive.

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Widow of ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’ still seeks truth of his death

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Mariam Sankara, widow of former president Thomas Sankara, known as the father of the revolution in Burkina Faso, talks to AFP in Ouagadougou on May 20, 2015

Nearly three decades after the assassination of Burkina Faso’s iconic ex-president Thomas Sankara, his widow Mariam is still campaigning to shed full light on his 1987 death. “I haven’t given up, I won’t give up until the truth is known,” the 62-year-old told AFP in a rare interview during a visit to Paris. The widow of the revolutionary former army captain, who launched an ambitious anti-imperialist programme for social and economic change during his four years in power, has lived in exile in Montpellier, southern France, since 1990.

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Suspect caught in US black church ‘hate crime’ rampage

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A young girl pays her respects to the victims of a gun massacre outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 18, 201

Police captured the white suspect Thursday in a gun massacre at one of the oldest black churches in the United States, the latest deadly assault to feed simmering racial tensions. Police detained 21-year-old Dylann Roof, shown wearing the flags of defunct white supremacist regimes in pictures taken from social media, after nine churchgoers were shot dead during a bible study on Wednesday. He was caught at a traffic stop in North Carolina and flown back just hours later to Charleston, South Carolina, the scene of the slaughter in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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White suspect arrested in killing of nine at black U.S. church

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Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina

A white man suspected of shooting nine people dead during Bible study at a historic African-American church in South Carolina was arrested on Thursday, a day after a massacre that authorities say was motivated by racial hatred. The mass shooting set off an intense 14-hour manhunt that ended when 21-year-old Dylann Roof was arrested in a traffic stop in a small North Carolina town, 220 miles (350 km) north of Charleston, South Carolina, where the shooting occurred, officials said. Roof, whose social media profile suggests a fascination with white supremacy, waived his right to extradition and was flown back to …read more

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