Weekly news roundup: October 24, 2014

Addis Ababa monorail to transform Ethiopian economy. The edifices are in Addis Ababa to prop up Africa’s first light rail system, an arresting sign of Ethiopia’s progress since the dark days of famine and military rule (pdf) in the 1980s. The government hopes the project, funded and built by China, will be running next year. – The Guardian.

Port Sudan suffers a bread crisis. Port Sudan has been facing a shortage of bread the past few days. Hundreds of people have to wait each day in long queues in front of the bakeries to obtain some piece of bread. Some bakeries closed their doors. – Radio Dabanga.

New university planned for Timbuktu. Timbuktu may be the setting for a $80m (£50m) university in the Sahara. Architect’s drawings of Timbuktu university show a design in the shape of a snowflake, with roads radiating outwards from a central hub. – The Guardian.

Frelimo wins elections in Maputo. The Maputo City Elections Commission on Monday announced the results in the capital of the general elections held last week Wednesday, showing a convincing win for the ruling Frelimo Party and its presidential candidate, Filipe Nyusi. –allAfrica.

Campus violence costs Alexandria student his life. A student at the University of Alexandria was reported dead on Tuesday morning due to wounds sustained during on-campus violence last week. He is the first student to die as a result of on-campus violence during the current academic year, which started on October 11. – Aswat Masriya.

Kigali students demonstrate against BBC documentary. Hundreds of students took to the streets of Kigali on Wednesday in protest against the controversial BBC2 documentary ‘Rwanda, The Untold Story.’ Some suggested that the producers of the documentary might be prosecuted for genocide denial. ‘Rwanda, The Untold Story’ has been widely condemned for its lack of objectivity and journalistic standards. The documentary featured a plethora of opponents of the government as well as questionable academics, all of whom were allowed to present their theories at face-value, without questioning and without proof. – allAfrica.

Mourid community cleans the streets of Banjul. The Mourid community in The Gambia on Sunday embarked on a massive cleansing exercise in Banjul around the Tanbi and Lasso Wharf areas, where large volumes of waste had accumulated. The cleansing exercise according to the organisers was in response to the call made by the leadership of the brotherhood. – Daily Observer.

Sand mine collapses in Lilongwe and takes miner’s life. A 32-year-old man Lester Sungani died suddenly on Sunday in Lilongwe after sand collapsed on him at Lingadzi River near the new stadium under construction. – allAfrica.

Lagos ‘Ebola hospital’ recovers from Ebola’s aftermath. Nigeria may have been declared officially Ebola-free but at the First Consultants hospital in Lagos, doctors believe it’ll take the facility that treated the first victim years to recover. The 40-bed private clinic in the bustling Obalende area of the city paid a high price in the outbreak, after the first patient with the Ebola virus was admitted on 20 July. – News 24.

Serial murderer killed in Nairobi. A suspected serial killer alleged to have murdered four people at Nairobi’s City Park died after he was knocked down by a vehicle while running away from police. The man was run over by a vehicle on Limuru Road after he jumped off a foot bridge at 5 a.m. Wednesday. – Daily Nation.

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