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Tanzania challenger vows return from Belgian exile

Tienen - Last month, Tundu Lissu was campaigning for the presidency of Tanzania.Today, he is back in a simple ground floor flat in the small Belgian town where he recovered from multiple gunshot wounds the last time he was forced to flee his homeland.

Tanzania's 'sham' election leaves democracy reeling

Nairobi - Tanzanian President John Magufuli's landslide re-election has been dismissed as a sham by the opposition and diplomats who say democracy has been dealt a crushing blow in one of Africa's most stable nations.

Tanzania holds election marred by accusations of fraud

Stone Town - Tanzanians voted Wednesday in an election overshadowed by opposition complaints of irregularities such as ballot-box stuffing, as President John Magufuli, who is accused of stifling democracy, seeks a second term in office.

Tanzania votes in election marred by violence, fears of fraud

Stone Town - Tanzanians began casting their ballots Wednesday morning in an election overshadowed by opposition fears the vote will not be free and fair after years of repression under President John Magufuli, who is seeking a second term in office.

Zanzibar opposition leader says 10 killed on eve of tense election

Stone Town - Zanzibar's opposition leader said Tuesday that 10 people were killed as tension erupted on the islands ahead of Tanzania's elections, marked by concerns for a free and fair ballot.

Tanzania opposition warns of election fraud

Dar Es Salaam - The leader of Tanzania's main opposition party on Friday accused the electoral commission of tampering with voter lists ahead of Wednesday's general elections.

Tanzania readies for polls after years of 'hell' for opposition

Dar Es Salaam - Tundu Lissu, shot 16 times in an assassination attempt, returned to Tanzania to run for president -- but he did not know what to expect after the "hell" experienced by the opposition under President John Magufuli.

Miner becomes millionaire after finding biggest tanzanite stones

Dar Es Salaam - A Tanzanian small-scale miner has become a multi-millionaire after uncovering two of the biggest of the country's precious tanzanite stones ever found and selling them to the government.Saniniu Kuryan Laizer, 52, found the stones weighing 9.27 and 5.

Tanzania's Magufuli dissolves parliament ahead of elections

Dar Es Salaam - Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Tuesday dissolved parliament to allow for elections in October, pledging a "free and fair" vote in a country where the opposition has decried a climate of fear and violence.

Making tracks: ancient footprints shed light on early humans

Apo - Thousands of years ago, a group of people took a walk in what is now Tanzania. The footprints they left behind are now offering insights into ancient human life.

Twenty killed in Tanzanian church stampede: official

Dar Es Salaam - Twenty people in Tanzania were trampled to death at an open-air evangelical Christian church service in the north of the country, officials said on Sunday.

Tanzanian politican barred from US for rights 'violations'

Nairobi - A leading Tanzanian politician who launched a crackdown on homosexuality has been banned from visiting the United States, the US State Department said.

East Africa reels from deadly floods in extreme weather

Nairobi - A powerful climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean stronger than any seen in years is unleashing destructive rains and flooding across East Africa -- and scientists say worse could be coming.

Almost 600 Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania

Cankuzo - Nearly 600 Burundians who fled political violence in their home country to Tanzania were on Thursday repatriated voluntarily, the UN refugee agency and witnesses said.

S.Africa seizes Air Tanzania plane over unpaid farm claim

Johanesburg - South Africa has impounded a plane belonging to Tanzania's national carrier over a farmer's $33-million compensation claim for land which was nationalised decades ago, a lawyer said Sunday.

S.Africa seizes Air Tanzania plane over unpaid farm claim

Johanesburg - South Africa has impounded a plane belonging to Tanzania's national carrier over a farmer's $33-million compensation claim for his land which the Tanzanian government nationalised decades ago, a lawyer said Sunday.

Toll from Tanzania fuel truck blast rises to 95: hospital

Nairobi - The death toll from a fuel truck explosion in Tanzania has climbed to 95, a hospital spokesman said Sunday.

Tanzania mourns 69 killed in fuel tanker blast

Morogoro - Tanzania was in mourning Sunday, preparing to bury 69 people who perished when a crashed fuel tanker exploded as crowds rushed to syphon off leaking petrol.

Tanzania mourns 64 killed in fuel tanker blast

Morogoro - Tanzania was in mourning Sunday, preparing to bury the dead after 64 people perished when a crashed fuel tanker exploded as crowds rushed to syphon off leaking petrol.

Tanzania fuel tanker blast kills 64

Morogoro - Sixty-four people perished in Tanzania Saturday when a fuel tanker overturned and then exploded as crowds of people rushed to syphon off leaking fuel.

Rescuers struggle to reach Mozambique cyclone victims

Zamb - Thousands of people in remote areas of storm-lashed Mozambique were homeless Saturday and bracing for imminent flooding, food and water shortages as Cyclone Kenneth flattened entire villages, leaving rescuers struggling to reach them.

20 presumed dead from ship fires off Crimea

Moscow - Up to 20 people were presumed dead off Russian-annexed Crimea after a fire engulfed two fuel ships, authorities said on Tuesday.

14 dead after fire on two vessels off Crimea

Moscow - Fourteen people were killed and five were missing off Russia-annexed Crimea in the Black Sea on Monday after a fire engulfed gas tankers sailing under the flag of Tanzania, authorities said.

Tanzanian police say driver identified in billionaire kidnapping

Nairobi - Tanzanian police said Friday they had identified the driver of a vehicle used in the kidnapping of Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji, who was snatched over a week ago.

Family of missing Tanzanian billionaire offer reward

Nairobi - The family of Tanzania's only billionaire Mohammed Dewji, who was kidnapped last week in Dar es Salaam, on Monday announced a reward of nearly half a million dollars for information on his whereabouts.

On Lake Victoria ferries, passengers pray and hope for the best

- Time-worn and weather-beaten, the MV Mbita III tilts slightly to the left as it creaks out of its Kenyan port on Lake Victoria.

Tanzania President orders arrests over Lake Victoria ferry disaster

Nairobi - Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday ordered the arrest of the management of a ferry that capsized in Lake Victoria, as the death toll climbed to 131 and rescue workers pressed on with the search to find scores more people feared drowned.

At least 44 dead in Tanzania as ferry capsizes in Lake Victoria

Nairobi - At least 44 people died and scores were feared missing after a ferry capsized in Victoria, Africa's largest lake, with a desperate search for survivors set to resume in Tanzania on Friday.

Tanzania rejects US criticism of local polls

Nairobi - Tanzania is an "independent" country and will not be "intimidated", the ruling party said on Saturday after the US expressed concern about the conduct of 70 recent by-elections.

Kenya, Tanzania mark bombings which introduced Al- Qaeda

Nairobi - Kenya and Tanzania on Tuesday mark 20 years since the devastating US embassy bombings that thrust Al-Qaeda onto the global stage and went on to shape how a generation thinks about personal security.
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Tom Abraham-James, founder and CEO of Helium One, collects helium gas from a natural water and gas seep near Lake Eyasi, Tanzania, in November 2015. Bubbles just in view in the 'puddle' contain up to 10 per cent helium.
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One among good preserved natural forests
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The earthquake struck along the western shore of Lake Victoria in Northern Tanzania.
The earthquake struck along the western shore of Lake Victoria in Northern Tanzania.
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Capsizes -- often caused by overloading -- are not uncommon in Victoria, Africa's largest lake
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About 70 percent of the population lives in rural areas, and do not have access to electricity.
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Female cheetah in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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Wangari Maathai, the first ever African Woman to win the Nobel Prize for her commendable fight for the environment
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Black Rhinos in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania - a Red List critically endangered species
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Heavy rain near a school in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
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Blast fishing in Tanzania.
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The USS Farragut executes a very fast turn.
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Caravan of Hope is a roadshow that aims to draw world leaders' attention to climate change in Africa
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Cafeteria building: Stella Maris Mtwara University College of Tanzania
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Lake Malawi, bordering Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique
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