Weekly news roundup: May 17, 2014

Accra plunged into darkness

Residents in most parts of Ghana’s capital city experienced twenty-four hours of total darkness from Wednesday night following an explosion that occurred at the Achimota sub-station located at Dzorwulu in Accra – SpyGhana.

Fez university death prompts security enforcement

Tertiary institutions in cities across Morocco, including Agadir, Marakech and Fez, are facing intervention by local authorities enforcing additional safety measures in the event of a threat to security or public order – Magharebia.

 Shahat historic sites under threat

The ancient city of Cyrene, Libya, has fallen prey to extremists destroying the few historic heritage sites still present. The latest attack occurred this week in which vandals demolished the marble pillars of an ancient church in the city – Magharebia.

Nouakchott welcomes French Defence Minister

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Nouakchott on Monday to discuss the terrorist threat in the region. The Minister intends to reorganise counter-terrorist operations and will be providing French support from bases in cities across the Sahel – Magharebia.

Abidjan radio station tells it like it is

Eighteen months ago, Abidjan’s leading commercial radio station, Radio Nostalgie, decided to birth a peak hour weekday show that satirises Côte d’Ivoire’s politicians. From the country’s economic capital, the station provides humour for its audience without the fear of being pulled – ThinkAfricaPress.

 Juba hit by cholera outbreak

South Sudan’s Ministry of Health is on high alert after one person died this week following an outbreak of cholera in the nation’s capital, Juba. Eighteen suspected cases of cholera have been reported in the city and surrounding areas – Sudan Tribune.

Kinshasa football game proves fatal

At least 15 people were killed during a stampede after police fired teargas in a crowded football stadium in  Kinshasa on Sunday. Fans in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital grew angry at the heated final after their local team was defeated on homeground – The Guardian.

Kampala to host New York Fashion Week producers

Kampala’s Fashion Intro, an annual event aimed at promoting the arts in the eastern African region, will be taking place this weekend. The show is attracting international leaders in the industry, including producers from the New York Fashion Week and Kigali Fashion Week – New Vision.

Nairobi market suffers bomb attacks

At least ten people have been killed and over 70 others injured following two explosions early Friday afternoon at Gikomba market in Kenya’s capital. The first blast involved a 14-seater matatu (minibus) and the second took place in an open trading space in the same area – Nairobi News.

Mombasa tourists evacuated by the hundreds

Hundreds of British tourists are being evacuated from beach resorts near Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa following new warnings of terror attacks. Special charter flights have been organised for the operation. Kenyan government has expressed “disappointment” in those countries issuing travel warnings – New Vision.

Pretoria: The ANC’s diminishing loyalty in urban areas

Urban voting statistics from South Africa’s latest national elections have revealed a decline in ruling party African National Congress (ANC) popularity in the metropoles, especially in the country’s economic stronghold, Gauteng province – Mail and Guardian.

Johannesburg township violence recalls xenophobic attacks

Three tuck shops belonging to foreign nationals in Alexandra township were looted last Friday night during post-election violence. Community policing forum chair Moses Letsoalo blames the police for being unable to prevent the attack despite them being outnumbered – Mail and Guardian.

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