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Miner becomes millionaire after finding biggest tanzanite stones

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:21 AM

'I plan to build a mall in Arusha and a school near my home,' the miner says

HUGE. Tanzanian small-scale miner Saniniu Kuryan Laizer, 52, poses with two of the biggest of the country's precious gemstones, Tanzanite, as a millionaire during the ceremony for his historical discovery in Manyara, northern Tanzania, on June 24, 2020. Photo by Filbert Rweyemamu/AFP

Coronavirus now in Tanzania, Somalia as East Africa starts closures

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:09 AM

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma announces he is donating 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 protective suits to each of the continent's 54 countries

LINE UP. Travelers wearing face masks as a protective measure wait to get their temperature checked at the border post with Kenya in Namanga, northern Tanzania, on March 16, 2020. Photo by Filbert Rweyemamu/AFP

20 killed in Tanzanian church stampede

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:18 PM

Witnesses say the stampede occurred when a popular preacher poured what he said was holy oil on the ground and the crowd surged toward to touch it in the hope of being cured of sickness

Rhino believed to be 'world's oldest' dies aged 57 in Tanzania

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:42 AM

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority says Fausta, 'lived longer than any rhino in the world and survived in the Ngorongoro, free-ranging, for more than 54 years'

File photo of black rhino from Shutterstock

U.S. man drowns while proposing underwater in Tanzania

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:22 PM

The man dies after proposing to his girlfriend through the window of their underwater hotel room in Zanzibar

Tanzania fuel tanker blast kills 60

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Tanzania's Morogoro region, where the blast happened, 'had never experienced a disaster of such magnitude,' says its governor

TANKER BLAST. A fuel tanker blast left 60 dead in Tanzania.

Tanzania charges journalist for sedition under its cybercrime laws

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Charges against Erick Kabendera over his citizenship are dropped and replaced with cybercrime offenses, which press freedom advocates say are wielded by President Magufuli to silence critics

Silence is golden for a Tanzanian mine

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:00 AM

In Tanzania, impoverished 'intruders' keep looking for gold at the risk of their lives, and reporters are punished and prevented from shedding light on environmental damage and other wrongdoing

WALLED MINE. The wall built around the North Mara Gold Mine to avoid 'intruders.' Photo courtesy of Forbidden Stories

Tanzania 'in danger' following Ebola cases in neighbor Uganda – minister

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Tanzania Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu says the alert is necessary given the frequent interactions between Tanzanian and Ugandan people 'via the official borders or by other, unofficial channels'

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) puts on her Personal Protective Equipment during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani /AFP

Tanzanian arrested for selling daughter for body parts

May 12, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Police say the father believed his daughter's body parts could be used for a potion that would make him rich

Donors cut aid to Tanzania after rights crackdown

Dec 29, 2018 - 5:02 PM

As accusations of repression grow, donors and former allies are increasingly frustrated at what they say are moves that stifle dissent and create obstacles for journalists and rights activists

AID CUT. Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli (C) reviews an honor guard of troops as he attends a ceremony marking the country's 56th independence anniversary in Dodoma on December 9, 2017. File photo by AFP

EU recalls envoy from Tanzania

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:03 PM

EU chief representative in Tanzania to Brussels Roeland van de Geer has been recalled to discuss the situation in the country

ENVOY. Roeland van de Geer, EU Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region, speaks to the press, 20 March 2007, in Kinshasa. AFP file photo

Tanzanian police say driver identified in kidnapping of billionaire

Oct 19, 2018 - 11:46 PM

The family of billionaire Mohammed Dewji is offering a reward of half a million dollars for information that would help police find him

Peñalosa cousins, two other Filipino boxers KO Tanzanian foes

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:19 PM

The 4 Filipinos barely broke sweat as they never went beyond the third round

UNSCATHED. Dave Peñalosa remained unbeaten in 14 bouts with a second-round stoppage win against Twalib Tuwa. Photo by Mike Miguel/Rappler

Families bury victims as Tanzania ferry disaster toll passes 224

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered the the arrest of the ferry's management and declared 4 days of national mourning

Tanzania ferry disaster toll passes 200

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered the arrest of the management of the ferry MV Nyerere

FERRY DISASTER. Investigators on boat work on the capsized ferry MV Nyerere which killed 131 people in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, on September 21, 2018. Photo by AFP

Desperate search for missing after deadly Lake Victoria disaster

Sep 21, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) The MV Nyerere may have been carrying as many as 200 passengers -- double the ferry's capacity -- when it capsized close to the pier on Ukara Island

Tanzanian president seeks end to contraception

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:37 PM

'You have cattle. You are big farmers. You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control? This is my opinion, I see no reason to control births in Tanzania,' President John Magufuli says in a speech on September 9

ENDING CONTRACEPTION? Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli (C) reviews an honor guard of troops as he attends a ceremony marking the country's 56th independence anniversary in Dodoma on December 9, 2017. File photo by AFP

Hundreds dead as floods wreak havoc in East Africa

May 04, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Kenya Red Cross says 112 people have lost their lives countrywide since early March

LONG RAINY SEASON. Scenes like this truck falling off the road are typical in Nairobi now that unusually heavy showers have heralded the beginning of Kenya's long rainy season. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

29 schoolchildren killed in Tanzania bus crash

May 06, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The students are all from the Lucky Vincent Primary School in Arusha City

Graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

Tanzania threatens to publish 'list of gay people'

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:19 PM

The country s deputy health minister says the government is investigating the homosexuality syndicate and would arrest and prosecute those involved in the gay sex business

Call for applications: Tanzania and Rwanda reporting fellowships

Nov 16, 2016 - 1:19 PM

The International Women s Media Foundation IWMF is now accepting applications for two Reporting Fellowships set to take place in February 2017

REPORTING FELLOWSHIP. Fellows spoke with residents of Bagamoyo, a small fishing town north of Dar Es Salaam, for their stories on foreign business, government regulation, and economic growth. Photo from IWMF

Malaysia confirms Tanzania debris came from MH370

Sep 15, 2016 - 7:02 PM

Malaysia s transport ministry says the piece of debris which had been taken to Australia for expert analysis is found to have part numbers date stamps and other identifiers confirming it came from the Malaysia Airlines jet

MH370. Malaysian women walk in front of a mural of missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane in a back-alley in Shah Alam on March 8, 2016. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

16 dead, 250 injured in Tanzania earthquake

Sep 11, 2016 - 9:03 PM

UPDATED Around 840 buildings are also destroyed according to the governor of Kagera province

People remove wreckage of a house damaged following an earthquake measured 5.7 magnitude which struck the country's Lake Zone in Bukoba, northwest Tanzania, on September 10, 2016. Stringer/AFP

At least 11 dead, 100 injured in Tanzania earthquake – police

Sep 11, 2016 - 1:39 AM

The 5 7 magnitude quake was felt in nearby Rwanda Burundi Uganda and Kenya the US Geological Survey says

India's Modi heads to Africa with an eye on China

Jul 06, 2016 - 12:08 PM

India has been working to improve ties with African nations as it vies for a greater share of the continent s natural resources

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mexico City on June 8, 2016. Yuri Cortez/AFP/File

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Value of environmental crime at record-high $258B – report

Jun 04, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Environmental crime is the world’s 4th largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling counterfeiting and human trafficking

ILLEGAL LOGGING. This picture taken in a forest close to Rantoe Panjang Bidari village, East Aceh on April 21, 2016 shows Indonesian policemen conducting an operation to crack down on illegal logging.  File photo by AFP

Elephants in Tanzania reserve could be wiped out by 2022

Jun 01, 2016 - 9:16 AM

Tanzania s largest nature reserve was in the 1970s home to 110 000 elephants but today only 15 000 remain and they are threatened by industrial scale poaching

A picture taken on October 14, 2013 shows an elephant in Mikumi National Park, which borders the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. Daniel Hayduk/AFP

Probe opens into UN troops' alleged sex abuse in DR Congo

Apr 17, 2016 - 12:58 AM

The United Nations and Tanzania open a joint enquiry into alleged sexual abuse by Tanzanian troops serving in the UN peace mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

ON GUARD. Blue helmet members of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo MONUSCO sit on the back of a UN pick-up truck on October 23, 2014 in Beni. Photo by Alain Wandimoyi / AFP

Fierce clashes between UN peacekeepers, Uganda rebels in DRCongo

Dec 01, 2015 - 11:07 PM

UN peacekeepers clash with rebels in Uganda

Nearly 10,000 cholera cases, 150 deaths in Tanzania – WHO

Nov 27, 2015 - 11:13 PM

The World Health Organization says El Niño and the rainy season in Tanzania will only increase the spread of the disease

CHOLERA. A man infected by cholera rests at an MSF (Doctors Without Borders) center in Bujumbura, Burundi, 25 August 2005. AFP photo

Tensions rise ahead of tight Tanzania vote

Oct 02, 2015 - 1:51 PM

Despite impressive economic growth little of that has trickled down to the majority and the country remains very poor by regional and international standards

HOT TOPIC. Newspaper vendor Julius Donald straightens his newsstand in Mwanza, on September 19, 2015. Daniel Hayduk/AFP

Regional summit on Burundi crisis opens in Tanzania

May 31, 2015 - 9:08 PM

The summit aims to resolve the crisis in Burundi regarding President Pierre Nkurunziza s bid for a third term in office

MSF fighting cholera outbreak in Tanzania refugee camps

May 24, 2015 - 7:43 PM

The refugees are confronted with an impossible choice at the moment: to remain in Burundi and face insecurity or seek refuge in Tanzania and risk cholera

Calm as Burundi truce starts after deadly protests

May 23, 2015 - 8:34 PM

Talks between protesters opposition parties and the government had been taking place says a civil society leader

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza. File photo by Christophe Karaba/AFP

Cholera outbreak kills 27 Burundi refugees in Tanzania

May 21, 2015 - 10:55 PM

Over 110 000 Burundians have become refugees since unrest erupted in their country in April

Burundi troops battle for control of state radio station

May 14, 2015 - 8:53 PM

UPDATED State run radio in Burundi goes off the air on Thursday an Agence France Presse correspondent and a station director said after pro coup troops launched a major assault on the state broadcaster

PROTEST. A man is lifted by police during a protest in Bujumbura on May 13, 2015. A top Burundian general announced today the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president's bid to stand for a third term. Photo by Landry Nshimiye / AFP

Top Burundi general launches coup attempt against president

May 13, 2015 - 9:34 PM

UPDATED The outcome of the putsch is still uncertain with the presidency dismissing what it said was an imaginary coup and vowing the perpetrators would be brought to justice

Rwanda UN genocide court holds final hearing

Apr 23, 2015 - 9:09 AM

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda ICTR based in the Tanzanian town of Arusha was set up in 1994 by the United Nations to try those responsible for the genocide

In this file photo, the national flag of Rwanda flutters in front of the Rwandese embassy in Brussels, Belgium, December 31, 2001. Oliver Matthys/Belga/EPA

Tanzanian man 'beheaded and cooked' after adultery claims

Jan 25, 2015 - 11:07 PM

The attack took place on Friday night in the southern Katavi region of the east African nation local police chief Dhahiri Kidavashari says

Al-Qaeda suspect dies days before US trial

Jan 04, 2015 - 9:40 AM

Abu Anas al Libi 50 and Saudi businessman Khalid al Fawwaz are due to stand trial on January 12 over the attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people and wounded around 5 000

IN PHOTOS: Remembering the 2004 tsunami

Dec 26, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Images from the commemoration of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami from across the region

VICTIMS. Thai Buddhist monks sit next to portraits of tsunami victims during the buddhist ceremony on the the ten year anniversary of the Boxing Day Tsunami at the Tsunami Memorial Park at Baan Nam Khem, Phang Nga province in southern Thailand, 26 December 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

A LOOK BACK: The devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Dec 26, 2014 - 10:27 AM

In 2004 a massive earthquake struck off Indonesia unleashing a devastating tsunami that leaves more than 220 000 dead

CRASHING TO THE SHORE. Foreign tourists far out on the sand after the water receded react as the first of six tsunami start to roll towards Hat Rai Lay Beach, near Krabi in southern Thailand, 26 December 2004. All people in the photo were later reported to have survived. AFP file photo

TIMELINE: The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Dec 26, 2014 - 10:03 AM

A timeline of the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which left more than 220 000 people dead within hours

In this file photo, Meulaboh city is shown under water 28 December 2004, after a quake and tidal waves hit Aceh province early December 26. Antara News Agency/AFP

Chinese officials 'on illegal African ivory buying sprees'

Nov 06, 2014 - 4:57 PM

Vendor in Tanzania: When the guest come the whole delegation that s then time when the business goes up

This picture taken on January 22, 2014 shows illegally imported ivory products confiscated by Yunnan police in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province. AFP photo

3 Chinese in Tanzanian court over ivory haul

Nov 09, 2013 - 10:28 PM

The Asian black market for rhino horn and elephant tusks used in traditional medicine has driven a boom in poaching across Africa

HUNTED. Rhinos continue to be illegally poached for their precious horns used for traditional medicine in Asia

Libyan al-Qaeda suspect pleads not guilty in New York

Oct 16, 2013 - 8:52 AM

UPDATED The computer expert had been on the FBI s most wanted list with a 5 million price on his head

Regional powers fear Rwandan invasion of DR Congo

Sep 15, 2013 - 8:59 AM

The Southern African Development Community said it was concerned at the deployment of Rwandan troops along the common border

7 peacekeepers killed in Darfur ambush

Jul 14, 2013 - 7:47 AM

The attack near the peacekeepers base at Manawashi north of the South Darfur state capital Nyala adds to deteriorating security in Sudan s far west region