Nigerian Student Turns Vintage Volkswagen into $6,000 Solar-Powered Car
1. Nigeria's Boko Haram Crisis: Jos Blasts Kill Scores
Authorities say two bomb attacks on the central Nigerian city of Jos have left at least 44 people dead. No-one has claimed responsibility for the blasts at a restaurant and a mosque, but militant group Boko Haram has attacked Jos before. It is the latest in a series of deadly attacks in recent days which have seen more than 200 people killed.
2. After Sousse, Tunisia Struggles to Contain Jihadist Groups
More than a week after Saif Al-Deen Al Rezgui's rampage at a beach resort in Sousse, the Tunisian government is uncovering a terror network that reaches far beyond its borders. At the same time it is trying to protect the country's image among tourists, while striking "a balance between tougher security and preserving Tunisia's democratic gains."
3. Fugitive African Warlord Joseph Kony is 'Sickly'
Defectors from the Lord's Resistance Army say the armed group's fugitive leader is sickly and in retreat from an international manhunt, with some reports claiming he is suffering from diabetes. Kony is believed to be hiding in Kafia Kingi, a Sudanese-controlled enclave on the border of Central African Republic and South Sudan.
4. Will Putin Pay for $100 Billion South Africa Nuclear Plan?
Russia is touted as the frontrunner to win the contract to build South African nuclear power plants that could be worth as much as $100 billion. Price-tag estimates for as many as eight reactors generating 9,600 megawatts, which the government wants to begin operating from 2023 and complete in 15 years, range from $37 billion to $100 billion.
5. Kenya's Main Port Sacks 27 Strike Leaders as Losses Hit $2 Million
Twenty-seven strike leaders were fired in Kenya after more than 2,000 workers shut down East Africa’s biggest port in Mombasa, in protest against higher deductions for the government’s national health insurance scheme. The loses as a result of the work stoppage is estimated at $2 million.
6. Grace Mugabe: From First Lady to President of Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe claims that she works closely with President Mugabe’s two deputies, fueling further speculation that she wants to come into power after the death or retirement of her husband. Grace Mugabe entered into mainstream politics last year when she was confirmed as the women’s league leader in the ruling Zanu-PF party.
7. Pierre Nkurunziza Skips Burundi Crisis Talks
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza skipped a regional summit among leaders of the five-nation East African Community (EAC) bloc that was aimed at brokering a deal to end weeks of unrest in the country, choosing instead to campaign for his controversial third term.
Source: Daily Nation
8. Egypt Journalists Face Jail for Reporting Non-Government Terrorism Statistics
Under an article in Egypt's new terrorism law presented to the president for his final approval, journalists face at least two years in jail if they publish figures that contradict those that state institutions such as the army release. The article concerned outlaws the intentional publication of “false news or data about any terrorist operations that contradicts the official statements released by the relevant authorities”.
Source: The Guardian
9. Large Ivory Shipment Seized at OR Tambo
A shipment of ivory worth at least $330 000 was intercepted at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, en route from Zimbabwe to Vietnam. The 267 kilogram haul, the largest catch in recent months, was hidden in boxes wrapped in plastic and labelled as handicrafts.
10. Nigerian Student Turns Vintage Volkswagen into $6,000 Solar-Powered Car
Nigeria student Segun Oyeyiola is building what he calls “Nigeria’s future car.” Using mainly scrap parts donated by friends and family, Oyeyiola has converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a $6,000 wind and solar powered car that relies on a giant solar panel on the roof and a wind turbine under the hood.
Source: Ventures Africa