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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Africa

All time
# Central African Republic
Ireland pledges €2 million in aid to Central African Republic
With over 700,000 people displaced, Ireland is stepping in to help.
# South Sudan
Countries and UN withdraw staff as South Sudan edges closer to civil war
The country’s army says it is preparing for a ‘major offensive’ against rebel troops.
# South Sudan
Rebels fire on US aircraft in South Sudan, wounding three
One of the US servicemen is believed to be in a critical condition after the attack.
# Juba
Hundreds dead, 20,000 flee to UN bases following South Sudan clashes
Some countries have withdrawn embassy staff amid fears of a descent into wider ethnic violence.
# Ah here
Archbishop Tutu's house was burgled during the Mandela service
The South African peace icon used his speech at yesterday’s service to call on his countrymen to follow Mandela’s example.
# Islamic Extremists
French troops kill 19 Islamist militants as violence escalates in Mali
The violence comes with Malians due to vote on Sunday in a second round of parliamentary polls.
# bless the rains
US network plays Toto's Africa over Mandela memorial footage
The station has been criticised for its decision.
# Mandela
South African Government confirms death of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela — South African icon — has died aged 95, current president Jacob Zuma has confirmed tonight.
# Conflict
France to double the number of troops in Central African Republic
President Francois Hollande promised that the 600 hundred troops in the country will be doubled “within a few days, even a few hours”.
# world aids day
Is Ireland doing enough to help the global fight against AIDS?
Charities say Ireland has traditionally been at the forefront, but on World AIDS Day they say that support is slipping.
Column: What's happening in the Central African Republic?
Horrific reports of violence have poured out of the Central African Republic this week – with summary executions and mass displacement terrifying civilian communities, writes MSF Director Jane-Ann McKenna.
# Conflict
France to deploy 1,000 troops to Central African Republic as situation worsens
The Prime Minister of Central African Republic said “serious war crimes” are being committed in his country.
# Central African Republic
Number of child soldiers in CAR has nearly doubled since March
The country is now “on the verge of genocide”.
# eclipse
There was a partial solar eclipse in parts of the world today (pics, video)
No sign of it here in Ireland unfortunately…
# I bless the rains
Ship's crew perform amazing music video for Toto's Africa
# Africa
Charity tells of "appalling scenes of murder" in Central African Republic
Médicins sans Frontiéres says that a religious division in the country has left tens of thousands fleeing violence.
# Hunger
Global Hunger Index falls 34 per cent since 1990
Nineteen countries have been identified as suffering from alarming levels of hunger.
# Disease
World's first malaria vaccine could be available for African children
GlaxoSmithKline will seek regulatory approval next year to market the vaccine against the disease which killed 660,000 in 2010.
# Egypt
Fifty killed in Egypt clashes
Yesterday’s death toll is the highest since several days of violence started in mid-August, leading to over 1,000 deaths.
# us raids
Raids show terrorists "can run but they can't hide" --- John Kerry
US forces captured a suspect in the 1988 US embassy bombings during a raid in Libya. Another raid, targeting a militant in Somalia, was aborted after a gun battle.
# counterterrorism
US stages raids targeting Islamist leaders in Africa
A Libyan militant suspected in the 1998 US embassy bombings was captured by US forces. A leader of the Shabab group was targeted in southern Somalia in a second raid.
# Gun Attack
Gun attack on Nigerian college leaves up to 50 dead
The attack is believed to have been carried out by Islamic extremists and happened as students slept in their dormitories.
# Westgate Mall
'White Widow' had fraudulently acquired South African passport
Kenya terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite used the alias Natalie Faye Webb to get the passport with records showing three addresses in Johannesburg under the name.
# Westgate Mall
63 still missing as Kenya begins three days of mourning
The search is under way for bodies under the rubble of Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, after a four day siege by Islamist gunmen that left 67 dead.
# Westgate Mall
Co Down-born woman may have taken part in Nairobi attack
Samantha Lewthwaite, who’s originally from Northern Ireland, is the widow of one of the 7/7 bombers. A Kenyan minister said last night that a “British woman” was believed to be among the attackers.
# Shooting
Shoppers killed in gun attack at upmarket Kenyan shopping mall
Gunmen in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi lobbed grenades and opened fire on shoppers at an upscale mall.
# Africa
Bloody Sunday colonel killed by robbers in Kenya
Edward Loden commanded a Parachute Regiment unit that opened fire on civilians on Bloody Sunday in 1972.
# Irish Aid
Ireland to give €700,000 to war-torn Mali
The money will be used to help refugees and internally-displaced citizens of the west African country.
# Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius to return to court as South African police finalise charges
Investigators have completed their inquiries into the shooting dead of Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend of the Olympic and Paralympic sprinter.
# Zimbabwe
Mugabe tells defeated foe to "go hang"
“If they die, even dogs will not sniff at their corpses” – Robert Mugabe has delivered a blistering public address, his first since the disputed election.
# Acid Attack
Two British teenagers attacked with acid on volunteering trip to Zanzibar
Two teenagers volunteering at an orphanage on the African island had acid thrown at them as they walked through a popular tourist area.
# not a racist
MEP abruptly ends interview after denying phrase "Bongo Bongo Land" is racist
“Off you go, I can’t be bothered with you”, UKIP politician Godfrey Bloom tells Channel 4′s Krishnan Guru Murthy.
# Zimbabwe
Opposition cries foul as Mugabe claims landslide election victory
Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party claims to have won 61 per cent of the vote, but longtime opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he’ll appeal the result in the courts.
# mugabe
Mugabe's party claims victory as observers question vote
Zimbabwe election observers have said that the country’s Presidential election was “seriously compromised”.
Column: Today's countries in need are tomorrow's trading partners
Ending global poverty means changing the way we view overseas aid and development – which is why the public have been invited to share ideas about Ireland’s contribution to the world stage, writes Joe Costello TD.
# Nigeria
30 killed in vicious attack on school in northeast Nigeria
Some pupils were burned alive and others shot dead in the latest school attack blamed on a radical terror group Boko Haram.
# South Africa
Mandela grandson ordered to return disputed family remains
More than a dozen members of the revered former South African leader’s family had backed the court effort to have the remains returned.
# First Ladies
Laura Bush: George once drove into a wall after I told him his speech was no good
The former First Lady has been sharing her memories of the White House alongside Michelle Obama at a forum in Tanzania.
Column: Our changing relationship with Africa is strong and enduring
Yes, Africa faces huge challenges, but it is also making remarkable progress and Ireland played its part in that, writes TD Joe Costello.
# bless the rains
Which 80s hit is suddenly back in the charts?
And forever in the top five in our hearts.