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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.

Stiff new licence fees threaten Tanzanian blogosphere

Nairobi - Tanzanians have to pay $900 for a permit to blog, a staggering amount for many in the country, say critics who see the fee as a further bid by President John Magufuli to gag dissident voices.

Tanzania president inaugurates wall around gem mines

Nairobi - Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday inaugurated a 24-kilometre (15-mile) around the country's tanzanite mines to prevent smuggling of the precious violet-blue stones, which are unique to the East African country.

Eight charged in Tanzania with conservationist's murder

Nairobi - A court in Tanzania on Friday charged eight people with the murder of renowned conservationist Wayne Lotter who was shot dead in Dar es Salaam in August.

In Kenya, anti-poaching dogs are wildlife's best friends

Mara - Five-month-old bloodhound Shakaria gambols through the long savannah grasses of Kenya's Maasai Mara reserve, her playful mood swiftly turning to keen determination as she is ordered to track a human scent.

Tanzania orders probe after stray police bullet kills student

Nairobi - Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Sunday ordered an inquiry after police admitted responsibility for the death of a 22-year-old student who was hit by a stray bullet as they sought to break up an opposition rally.

Tanzanian opposition politician 'murdered'

Nairobi - A local leader of the main Tanzanian opposition party has been found beaten to death after men bundled him into a car, party chairman Freeman Mbowe said Wednesday.

Tanzania deports three S. Africans for 'promoting homosexuality'

Nairobi - Tanzania has deported three South African lawyers arrested last week for "promoting homosexuality", their organisation said in a statement.

Tanzanian newspaper suspended for 'insulting president'

Nairobi - An independent Tanzanian newspaper has been suspended for two years, a government spokesman said Tuesday, accusing the publication of sedition and endangering national security.

Opposition blames Tanzania govt for critic's shooting

Nairobi - Tanzania's main opposition party claimed Tuesday that the government of President John Magufuli played a role in the gun attack last week that wounded an outspoken politician and shocked the country.

TED: Phones and drones transforming healthcare

Arusha - In the developing world, basic healthcare is often a challenge -- let alone expensive medical screening or tests for easily treatable, preventable illnesses.

A new leap for AI: computer chips that can smell

Arusha - Nigerian neuroscientist Oshiorenoya Agabi may have found a way to solve one of life's puzzling dilemmas: how to make air travel pleasant again.

Tanzania vows to arrest those 'protecting' gay interests

Nairobi - Tanzania has threatened to arrest and deport those campaigning for gay rights and de-register organisations protecting homosexual interests, local media reported Monday.

Tanzania president says teen mothers should quit school

Nairobi - Tanzania President John Magufuli said students who become pregnant should not be allowed to finish their studies after giving birth, sparking outrage from women's rights campaign groups. "I give money for a student to study for free.

Morgue workers in Tanzania jailed for stealing drugs from corpse's stomach

Nairobi - Tanzanian police said Saturday that they had arrested two morgue employees in Dar es Salaam after they admitted to cutting open a dead man's corpse and stealing the drugs hidden in his stomach.

At least 29 schoolchildren killed in Tanzania bus crash

Nairobi - At least 29 final year primary school pupils were killed in a bus crash in northern Tanzania on Saturday, along with two teachers and the driver, the school's director said.

Burundi govt again refuses crisis talks with opposition

Nairobi - Burundi's government affirmed Tuesday it will shun peace talks with opposition figures planned for later this week in Tanzania, dragging out a political crisis that has stretched for over a year.

Erdogan asks Tanzania to act against Gulen network

Dar Es Salaam - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday asked his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli to take action against the network of an exiled cleric he blames for last year's failed coup.

Tanzania earthquake toll climbs to 14 dead, 200 injured

Dar Es Salaam - A 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck northwest Tanzania, close to Lake Victoria and the borders of Uganda and Rwanda, has killed at least 14 people and injured 200, local authorities said Sunday.

Powerful 5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes in northern Tanzania

Bukoba - A powerful earthquake struck along the western shore of Lake Victoria in northern Tanzania Saturday afternoon, killing 11 people and injuring 192, but the actual death toll will probably be much higher say authorities.

Tanzania opposition postpones protests against 'dictatorship'

Dar Es Salaam - Tanzania's main opposition party on Wednesday postponed for a month promised protests against what it says are anti-democratic actions by President John Magufuli.

Shiny new buses challenge chaotic old ways in Tanzania

Dar Es Salaam - Sweaty passengers crammed into battered buses and stuck in traffic jams look on enviously as Tanzania's shiny new commuter buses fly by on the pristine asphalt of dedicated highway lanes.

Tanzanian rats with nose for trouble train to save lives

Morogoro - They have proven their worth in detecting landmines but Africa's giant pouched rats have a lesser-known but equally critical vocation - saving lives by speeding up tuberculosis detection.

'Highly likely' Tanzania piece from MH370

Sydney - A piece of debris found in Tanzania is "highly likely" to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australia's transport minister said Friday, as he defended the Indian Ocean search efforts.
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Mount Lengai seen from Lake Natron, Northern Tanzania
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Dar es Salaam city
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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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Capsizes -- often caused by overloading -- are not uncommon in Victoria, Africa's largest lake
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Black Rhinos in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania - a Red List critically endangered species
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A scene from Zanzibar
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The USS Farragut executes a very fast turn.
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Blast fishing in Tanzania.
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Heavy rain near a school in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
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Female cheetah in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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One among good preserved natural forests
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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Charlie Mkama, energy efficiency consultant for Dar es Salaam Water and Electric Board
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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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Cafeteria building: Stella Maris Mtwara University College of Tanzania
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Cat® Dealer, Mantrac Africa, partners with Wentworth Natural Resources to bring new power and prosperity to Mnazi Bay and City of Mtwara, Tanzania.
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Lake Malawi, bordering Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique
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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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