Category: International news

Hundreds feared dead in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria

At least 42 people drowned when a ferry sank today in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria and government officials feared the final death toll could be more than 200, a senior local official said. Ukerewe District Commissioner Colonel Lucas Magembe told Reuters that the rescue mission to find survivors from the disaster had been halted until dawn tomorrow with 42 people confirmed dead. Initial estimates showed that the MV Nyerere was carrying more than 300 people onboard. It went down in the afternoon just a few metres from the dock in Ukerewe district, according to national ferry services operator TEMESA said....

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South Africa legalises mbanje use

South Africa’s highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places. Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted “Weed are free now” when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling. In a unanimous ruling, judges also legalised the growing of marijuana for private consumption. South Africa’s government had opposed its legalisation, arguing the drug was “harmful” to people’s health. It has not yet commented on the ruling, which is binding. Three cannabis users who had faced prosecution for using the drug brought the case, saying the ban “intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres”....

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UK freezes aid to Zambia

The UK government has frozen direct financial aid to the Zambian government over concerns about corruption. The Zambian government admitted that US$4.3 million meant for poor families had gone missing. The move follows allegations of corruption within President Edgar Lungu’s administration. The UK takes a “zero-tolerance approach to fraud and corruption”, the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) said in a statement. Ireland, Finland and Sweden have also suspended aid. The money had gone missing from the Social Cash Transfer programme, which allocates money that is paid directly to the poorest, confirmed Zambia President Edgar Lungu’s spokesperson Mr Amos...

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Heavy flooding cuts off US coastal city

The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, has been completely cut off from the rest of the state because of deepening flood waters. Officials say all roads in and out are now impassable and have warned evacuated residents to stay away. Reports describe the city, which has a population of about 120 000, as an island within the state. About 400 people there have been rescued from flood waters, and most of the city remains without power. The National Weather Service has warned of at least two further days of possible flash flooding in the area before conditions are...

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Typhoon Mangkhut: South China battered

A powerful storm which killed dozens of people in the Philippines is now making its way across southern China. Typhoon Mangkhut is one of the most powerful storms to hit the region in decades. Two people have been killed in the Chinese province of Guangdong, and according to state media, more than 2.5 million people have been evacuated in Guangdong and on Hainan Island. In Hong Kong, the storm wrecked buildings and shut down the city. The typhoon is now moving inland, and is expected to hit the Chinese regions of Guizhou, Chongqing and Yunnan later in the day....

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