Nigeria Returns $11,000 to Love Scam Victim
1. Two Suicide Bombings Kill 13 in Northeastern Nigeria
Two female suicide bombers killed 13 people at a crowded market and a military checkpoint outside Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeast Nigeria. The latest attacks come just two days after militants targeted mosques in Kukawa, northeast of Maiduguri, killing nearly 100 worshippers.
Source: Washington Post
2. Ebola Returns to Liberia
Liberian health officials say at least two people have tested positive for Ebola following the recent death of a teen outside of the capital, Monrovia. The latest cases come nearly two months after the west African country was declared Ebola-free.
Source: The Atlantic
3. Kenyatta Launches Africa’s Largest Wind Power Plant
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched construction of Africa’s largest wind power plant, the Lake Turkana Wind Power project. The plant, which will be put up at a cost of an estimated $700 million, will generate 310MW of electricity, thereby increasing Kenya’s power generating capacity by 20 percent.
Source: Citizen Kenya
4. Tunisia Beach Attack: 8 Suspects Face Charges
Eight suspects, including a woman, remain in police custody in Tunisia on suspicion of being directly involved in the Sousse attack. Meanwhile Britain observed a minute's silence in honor of the 30 British citizens who were killed when the gunmen opened fire at the beach resort.
5. Weak Power Grids in Africa Stunt Economies and Fire Up Tempers
"With winter here in South Africa, the worst blackouts in years are plunging residents into darkness in poor townships and wealthy suburbs alike. The cutoffs have dampened South Africa’s economy, Africa’s second biggest, and are expected to continue for another two to three years."
Source: New York Times
6. Hashtag Asks: What's it Like to be Female in Nigeria?
Ever wondered what it's like #BeingfemaleinNigeria? Search that hashtag on Twitter and you'll find that it's trending after being used more than 80,000 times. It all started when a group of Nigerian women took a break from their book club gathering and decided to share their personal experiences in a bid to raise awareness about what females in Nigeria go through on a daily basis.
7. UN Declares Burundi Elections Not Free or Credible Amid Tense Standoff
Despite an appeal by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, for Burundi to postpone their parliamentary and local elections, it went ahead this week. A report by the body's electoral observer mission says that the elections took place “in a tense political crisis and a climate of widespread fear and intimidation in parts of the country,” and was not free or credible.
Source: The Guardian
8. Cholera Deaths in South Sudan Rise
At least 29 people have died in a cholera outbreak in South Sudan. Thousands more are at risk of being exposed, with the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Unocha) claiming that a total of 484 cholera cases have already been reported.
Source: News 24
9. Africa Poses an Opportunity for IS
Islamic State has declared its intent to expand across Africa and is looking to recruit youth, doctors, lawyers and engineers, and reportedly focusing on Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and West Africa. The UN reports that over the past six months there has been a tenfold increase in the number of foreign fighters joining Islamic State, reaching an estimated 25,000.
10. Nigeria Returns $11,000 to Love Scam Victim
Nigeria's anti-graft agency returned $11,000 to a French man after he was conned into sending the money to "a beautiful Nigerian woman online" who was willing to move to France and marry him. The supposed wife-to-be told him that before she could relocate, she needed money to hire a lawyer to deal with her employer and to get travel documents.