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7 Mar
This Friday marks exactly 10 years since a deadly series of blasts at an arms depot in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo. Some 300 people were killed and more than 2,500 injured in the explosions, which also destroyed thousands of homes, leaving 17,000 families needing shelter. A decade on, memories of the tragedy are still fresh, as victims continue to wait for compensation and government support. FRANCE 24's Clement Bonnerot and Rosie Pioth report.
26 Nov 2021
Three weeks after the Santa Barbara wellhead failed, it is still blasting water, gas and oil across Nembe in Nigeria's Delta, littering the shoreline and water with yellow-brown clumps of waste as cleanup crews and booms struggle to contain it. Santa Barbara wellhead owner Aiteo Eastern E&P, the petroleum minister and Nigeria's president have all promised that specialist workers would quickly stop the spill. But experts say the difficulties containing it are a reminder of how the once-fertile, fish-filled creeks, mangrove swamps and waterways that crisscross Nigeria's Delta became some of the most polluted areas on the planet amid decades of energy exploration.
30 Aug 2021
Family members Friday gather outside a hospital and collect bodies of their loved ones while others desperately seek information on missing relatives following the deadly twin blasts at Kabul airport. "One of my brothers was at the airport. He wanted to fly abroad. Unfortunately, he's missing after the back-to-back blasts," says one Kabul resident.
2 Jan 2021
At least 13 people are killed as explosions rock Yemen's Aden airport moments after a new unity government flies in, in what some officials describe as a "cowardly" attack by Iran-backed Huthi rebels. Although all government ministers were reported to be unharmed, more than 50 people were wounded in the southern city, with the casuality toll feared likely to rise.
30 Sep 2019
Two blasts and a rocket attack have marred the opening of Afghanistan's presidential election. Turnout is expected to be low after the Taliban ordered their fighters to disrupt the vote.
27 May 2019
No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, but police suspect a political splinter group. Three people have perished and several others have been wounded.

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