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A big game hunter was crushed to death after an elephant, which his friends had fatally shot, collapsed on top of him.

Theunis Botha was out hunting with friends at the Good Luck Farm in Gwayi, Zimbabwe, when they came across a herd of breeding elephants.

"The unfortunate incident happened when the hunting party got in the middle of a breeding herd of elephants and were attacked by female elephants," Nyasha Simukai a spokesman for Zimbabwe National Parks, told CNN.

Simukai said Botha, 51, was killed when colleagues fatally shot an elephant that then fell on top of him. It happened Friday.

Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris has been operating since 1983, according to its website.

Simukai said the hunt, which was set to be held from May 16 to May 27, was legal. cnn.com
A professional big game hunter from Tzaneen, Theunis Botha, 51, died on Friday afternoon during a hunt in Gwai, in Zimbabwe, when a member of his group fired at a storming elephant cow and the animal fell on him. 

Three elephant cows stormed the hunters and Botha shot at them.

A fourth cow stormed them from the side and one of the hunters shot her after she’d lifted Botha with her trunk.

The shot was fatal and as the cow collapsed, she fell on Botha. 

Botha is survived by his wife Carika and their five children. 

According to The Telegraph, Botha was a highly regarded houndsman and frequently led leopard and lion hunting safaris with his pack of dogs. news24.com
France will step up the fight against resurgent Islamist militants in north and west Africa and will work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe on Friday.

Visiting Mali days after taking office, Macron vowed to keep French troops in the Sahel region until there was "no more Islamist terrorism" there.

He said operations would be escalated in response to signs that militant groups were regrouping and uniting.

"It is vital today that we speed up, our armed forces are giving their all, but we must speed up" efforts to secure the Sahel, he told a news conference in Gao, Mali, where he held talks with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and spoke to some of the 1,600 French soldiers based there. reuters.com
Hundreds of protesters, most of them men, have marched in the South African capital, Pretoria, over rising levels of violence against women and children.

One of the organisers, Kholofelo Masha, said men had to take collective responsibility for the increase in beatings, sex attacks and killings.

South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world.

Police figures showed that 64,000 cases were reported last year.

A series of grisly murders of women and children has hit the headlines this year and President Jacob Zuma has described the situation as a crisis. bbc.co.uk
Six years ago, a deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Special Operations Command gave a conservative estimate of 116 missions being carried out at any one time by Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other special operations forces across the globe.

According to U.S. military documents, special operators are carrying out nearly 100 missions at any given time — in Africa alone. 

Data supplied by U.S. Special Operations Command reveal there are now more special operations personnel devoted to Africa than anywhere except the Middle East — 1,700 people spread out across 20 countries.

The U.S. military’s most elite forces are painting a picture of reality on the ground in Africa today and what it could be 30 years from now ... and it's dark. vice.com
Earlier this month, in what AFRICOM described as “an advise-and-assist operation alongside Somali National Army forces,” Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken was killed and two other U.S. personnel were injured during a firefight with al-Shabaab militants about 40 miles west of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

The battle occurred shortly after President Donald Trump loosened Obama-era restrictions on offensive operations in Somalia, thereby allowing U.S. forces more discretion and leeway in conducting missions and opening up the possibility of more frequent airstrikes and commando raids.

“It allows us to prosecute targets in a more rapid fashion,” Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the AFRICOM commander, said of the change.

In April, the U.S. military reportedly requested the locations of aid groups working in the country, an indication that yet a greater escalation in the war against al-Shabaab may be imminent.

“Looking at counterterrorism operations in Somalia, it’s clear the U.S. has been relying heavily on the remote-control form of warfare so favored by President Obama,” said Jack Serle, who covers the subject for the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. vice.com
Historically a symbol of rebellion or resistance, street art hasn’t always been appreciated. But in Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, that isn't the case. 

Throughout Nairobi’s neighbourhoods, graffiti artists illuminate walls with messages of hope for the future, working to promote change, knowledge, and respect. The work isn’t just making an impact — it’s also good.

Local artists are getting recognized on an international stage, showcased at global festivals and commissioned by local organizations, international agencies, commercial businesses and NGOs for original murals.

Bringing world-class artwork to public spaces, the city displays Nairobi's emerging talent. gadventures.com
The World Health Organization has identified two more suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus a day after declaring an outbreak in Congo.

The U.N. agency has confirmed 11 suspected cases, including three reported deaths, in Likati in Congo’s northern Bas-Uele Province. WHO said one death has tested positive for an Ebola strain seen in the country before.

WHO is working with the government to co-ordinate a response, the WHO says the first case occurred April 22 in a male some 870 miles (1,400 kilometres) from the capital, Kinshasa. theglobeandmail.com
For the first time in history a Nigerian Pavilion will make its debut at the 57th Venice Biennale, also known as the Olympics of the art world. The country's pavilion will be one of 51 others from around the world.

Nigeria now joins African countries such as Kenya, South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique who have all had pavilions during the exhibition's 122-year history.

Representing Africa's most populous nation are three contemporary home-grown artists: Peju Alatise, Victor Ehikhamenor and Qudus Onikeku, who are exhibiting works curated by Sonariwo and Emmanuel Iduma.

In addition to showcasing their work, Alatise says the Biennale gives the artists a chance to tell an authentic African story: iIt is a different narrative when you have someone who has been living outside of Africa as opposed to someone creating content within Africa with the challenges of Africa." cnn.com