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Congo confirms 1st Ebola case in city of Goma

BENI, Congo (AP) — The Congolese health ministry confirmed an Ebola case in Goma late Sunday, marking the first time the virus has reached the city of more than 2 million people along the border with Rwanda since the epidemic began nearly a year ago.

The health ministry said the man who had arrived earlier Sunday in the regional capital had been quickly transported to an Ebola treatment center. Authorities said they had tracked down all the passengers on the bus the man took to Goma from Butembo, one of the towns hardest hit by the disease.

At least 6 killed, 50 injured in deadly terror attack in southern Somalia

MOGADISHU, July 12 (Xinhua) -- At least six people have been killed and about 50 others injured on Friday evening following a terrorist attack at a hotel in the southern city of Kismayo in Somalia, officials have confirmed.

Jubbaland security forces spokesman Abdi Nur Ibrahim Hussein said armed militants stormed a hotel in Kismayo after they rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives at the entrance.

Sudan military council says it foils attempted military coup

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s ruling military council said it foiled an attempted military coup Thursday, just days after the military and a pro-democracy coalition agreed on a joint sovereign council to rule the country during a transition period until elections are held.

Lt. Gen. Gamal Omar, a member of the military council, said in a statement that at least 16 active and retired military officers were arrested. Security forces were pursuing the group’s leader and additional officers who took part in plotting the coup attempt, he said.

Violent protesters invade Nigerian parliament, 40 protesters nabbed

ABUJA, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Police authorities in Nigeria said 40 protesters were nabbed on Tuesday after an invasion of the national parliament by members of the Islamic Movement, also known as the Shi'ites Movement.

A march for the release of the detained leader of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife turned violent when hundreds of protesters invaded the parliament in the capital, Abuja.

Tunisia win on penalties to end 54-year dominance by Ghana

9 July 2019; AFP: Tunisia defeated Ghana 5-4 on penalties Monday with Ferjani Sassi converting the decisive spot-kick to end a 54-year Africa Cup of Nations losing streak against the Black Stars.

After a 1-1 draw following extra time in Ismailia, Tunisia scored from all five penalties while Ghana substitute Caleb Ekusan had his attempt saved by Farouk Ben Mustapha, who came off the bench especially for the shootout.

S. African Parliament calls for end to illegal farm invasions

CAPE TOWN, July 8 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's Parliament vowed on Monday to do all in its power to stem illegal farm invasions as the country is pursuing a controversial land reform.

"We must do all in our power to stem illegal farm invasions and ensure that such acts of criminality do not derail the legitimate process of restitution, nor cause hardship and suffering to the rightful beneficiaries of such claims," said Nkosi Mandela, chairperson of Parliament's Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Committee.

African leaders launch landmark 55-nation trade zone

8 July 2019; DW: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Benin's President Patrice Talon on Sunday signed a landmark trade agreement ahead of the accord's official launch at the African Union (AU) summit in Niger.

AU commission chairman Moussa Faki dubbed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) deal a "historic" moment. Fifty-four out of 55 AU member states agreed to the deal in March, with only Eritrea holding out.

Ethiopia: Amhara attorney general dies after coup effort

24 June 2019; DW: Amhara Attorney General Migbaru Kebede died in hospital on Monday after he was injured in an attack on senior officials in the northern Ethiopian region, public broadcaster EBC reported.

A hospital source confirmed the death to German news agency DPA.

Ethiopia's army chief, a retired general, the Amhara regional president and his adviser were also fatally shot when factions of the military launched a bid to unseat the regional government late on Saturday. 

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