Weekly news roundup: December 5, 2014

Ouagadougou buries martyrs of the uprising. Tens of thousands of people have turned out in Burkina Faso’s capital for the official funeral of “martyrs” of the bloody uprising that ousted president Blaise Compaore. In all, at least 24 people were killed during demonstrations on October 30 and 31 against a bid by Compaore to extend his 27-year rule. A further 625 people were wounded when police used tear gas and soldiers fired rubber bullets and live rounds to disperse protesters. – Voxafrica.

Cairo protesters left without Tahrir Square. Security forces closed Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo citing security reasons. The square was closed off on Saturday afternoon after a court dropped charges against the toppled President Hosni Mubarak over complicity in the killing of protesters during the January 2011 uprising. – Aswat Masriya.

Yaoundé to increase supply of potable water. The minister of energy and water resources, Basil Atangana Kouna has signed an agreement with an Indian company, Imperial Holding Limited, to increase the supply of potable water in Yaoundé. The project is expected to extend through six months and will include building a water treatment plant in Mefou and packaging water for areas without pipe-borne water. – Cameroon Online.

Integration of disabled to improve in Luanda. The deputy governor was speaking at the provincial ceremony, ahead of the International Day of People with Disabilities. The official announced that the provincial government has prepared professional kits to allow the integration of some disabled members in the labour market. – Angop.

Electricity Poles Collapsed in Monrovia. Traders and commercial drivers narrowly escaped death Tuesday afternoon when several high tension wire poles collapsed between 18th and 20th streets in the Sinkor suburb of Monrovia. The situation resulted in several bystanders running for their lives and causing a halt to the normal flow of traffic in the vicinity resulting in a huge traffic jam. – allAfrica.

Evangelists evicted in Khartoum. Sudanese authorities have demolished the main Evangelical Church in Khartoum and detained several of its leaders, officials disclosed. The police were accompanied by people who said they had leased out the property to the church. – Africa Review.

Printer breakdown leaves Juba without newspapers. The main printing press in South Sudan’s capital Juba has broken down, preventing all of the newspapers from going to print. Victor Keri Wani, deputy editor-in-chief of The Citizen, said his paper was not on the market since Saturday. – Radio Tamazuj.

Benghazi and Tripoli targets for the anti-islamists. An anti-Islamist former Libyan general, Khalifa Haftar, said Friday he has given himself two weeks to take Benghazi and three months to recapture the capital Tripoli. – Al Arabiya.

Suicide bomber hits Mogadishu. At least four people have been killed in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, after a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a UN convoy. The convoy of armoured vehicles were reportedly ferrying staff between Mogadishu’s heavily fortified airport and a protected UN base in the city when it was hit close to the airport gate on Wednesday. – The Guardian.

Industrial park to be built in Nairobi. A group of international investors plans to set up a Sh7 billion industrial park in Nairobi, to cash in on the growing demand for a conducive environment for local manufacturers. The facility, named Infinity Industrial Park, is expected to be complete in two years. – Daily Nation.

Floods strike Moroccan cities. The winter season has hit Morocco this year with full force as heavy rains and floods invaded numerous southern cities and towns, causing numerous deaths and leading to a severe damage in the country’s infrastructure. – Reliefweb.

Dar es Salaam‘ Dubai flight to run twice a day. Emirates currently operates 12 flights a week between Dubai and Dar es Salaam and with the addition of two extra flights on 1 January, Dar es Salaam will join Nairobi as the second destination in East Africa with a double daily service. – Capital FM.

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