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Egypt: Death sentence for former President Mohammed Morsi upheld by Court

(By Bonny Apunyu)

A death sentence on ousted ex-President Mohammed Morsi initially passed in May has been upheld by an Egyptian court, BBC reported Tuesday.

According to reports, the sentence was earlier confirmed  after consultation with Egypt's highest religious figure, the Grand Mufti. BBC reported that the death sentences of five other leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood, including its supreme guide Mohammed Badie, were also upheld.

14,000 South Sudanese flee civil war in past 14 days-UN refugee agency

(By Bonny Apunyu)

The United Nations refugee agency (UNCHR) warned Saturday that 14,000 South Sudanese, mostly women and children, have fled their country’s civil war to Sudan in the past fortnight, creating an “emergency within an emergency,” according to press reports.

Africa Review reported that South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his ex-deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup, splitting the country along tribal and ethnic lines.

Meanwhile, over 157,000 South Sudanese have fled to Sudan since the war started.

South Africa: World's first penis transplant patient ‘impregnates girlfriend’-doctor

(Bonny Apunyu)

A South African man, aged 22 years who became the world's first successful penis transplant patient last December has impregnated his girlfriend, the doctor who led the surgery said on Friday. According to Reuters, the nine-hour transplant operation formed part of a pilot study by Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town and the University of Stellenbosch. The patient was sexually active five weeks later.

Suicide bomber kills 6 people at Karnak ancient temple in Egypt

(By Bonny Apunyu)

A suicide bomber blew himself up at Karnak ancient temple in Luxor city in Upper Egypt on Wednesday killing at least 6 people, security sources told Xinhua.

BBC however reported Wednesday that two civilians and two policemen were injured but no tourists were hurt. According to BBC, police in Egypt say they foiled an attempted suicide bomb attack at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, one of the country's most popular tourist sites.

Over 350 migrants rescued off southeast coast Tunisia on Wednesday

(By Bonny Apunyu)

A two-month-old baby girl is among some 356 migrants recued by Tunisia's navy on Wednesday off the country's southeastern coast near Ben Guerdane, a Red Crescent official told AFP.

Ammar Lamloum reportedly said  the migrants, mainly Africans, had been trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa when they were rescued. "They are now at the port in Ben Guerdane," he reportedly  said.

Ghana: Fire kills over 170 at petrol station in capital Accra

(By Bonny Apunyu)

At least 175 were on Wednesday night killed by a fire at a petrol station in Ghana's capital, Accra, officials confirmed to reporters. According to BBC, the night fire reportedly started as people in the city were trying to cope with two days of heavy rain, which has left many homeless and without power.

The flooding hampered rescue efforts and may have led to the fire, the BBC's Sammy Darko reports from Accra. Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has reportedly  announced three days of national mourning to begin on Monday.

Over 100,000 South Sudanese displaced in only two months-UN

(By Bonny Apunyu)

In just two months, more than 100,000 people have fled conflict in South Sudan, the UN has said. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said that is five times that number have been forced to leave the country since late 2013.

UN Radio broadcast Tuesday that heavy fighting in South Sudan’s Unity and Upper Nile states has also forced aid agencies to pull out, unable to deliver essential supplies to 650,000 people.At least 60,000 South Sudanese have sought shelter abroad since the start of the year, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said according to UN Radio.

Over 60 killed in a fuel tanker ‘accident’ in south-eastern Nigeria

(By Bonny Apunyu)

In what the Nigerian police have called an accident, a fuel tanker crashed into a busy bus station and caught fire in south-eastern Nigeria on Sunday killing over 60 people, Africa Review reported Monday.

Local officials reportedly cited eyewitnesses  as saying the driver lost control of the tanker as it was going downhill in the city of Onitsha. According to rescue workers at least 12 other vehicles caught fire in Sunday's incident. In 2012 more than 100 people died in a blaze as they tried to get oil from an overturned tanker in southern Nigeria.

26 killed in a suicide bombing in a mosque in northeast Nigeria

(By Bonny Apunyu)

At least 26 people were killed and 28 others wounded on Saturday in a suicide bombing in a mosque in northeast Nigeria's key city of Maiduguri.

"A suicide bomber strapped with an IED exploded himself in Alhaji Haruna Mosque" in the Monday Market area, said Aderemi Opadokun, police commissioner of Borno state, of which Maiduguri is the capital.

"Twenty six people were confirmed dead while 28 were injured," he told journalists.

AFP reported that the victims were at afternoon prayers on Saturday according to information from police.