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  • May 8, 2021

    Burkina Faso...

    Armed groups displace some 17,500 people in Burkina Faso in recent days, UNHCR says, in attempt to cause ‘mayhem’. More than 17,500 people in Burkina Faso have been forcefully displaced from their homes in the past 10 days due to a series of attacks by unidentified armed groups that have killed 45 people, the UN refugee agency...

  • May 7, 2021

    Malawi orders...

    Despite years of integration, the government claims refugees could pose a threat to national security by living with locals. The Malawian government has ordered thousands of long-integrated refugees to return to its sole but badly overcrowded refugee camp, in a controversial move that many have vowed to resist. The UN...

  • May 7, 2021

    Somalia restoring...

    Somalia says ties cut after dispute will resume on the basis of ‘non-interference in each other’s affairs. Somalia has said it is restoring diplomatic ties with neighbouring Kenya after it severed relations in December, accusing Nairobi of meddling in its affairs. Relations between the countries have also been tense over...

  • May 7, 2021

    US sends...

    The United States has deployed extra military resources to protect American and coalition forces withdrawing from Afghanistan. Heavy bombers and fighter jets will be deployed to safeguard troops and civilian contractors. The US and Nato have had a presence in Afghanistan for almost 20 years. US President Joe Biden has...

  • May 6, 2021

    Restaurant manager...

    Bobby Edwards (left) beat and tortured Chris Smith into working for him for 5 years. — Left Photo: J. Reuben Long Detention Center | Right Screenshot via WPDE The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ordered a White South Carolina restaurant manager to pay $546,000 as restitution to...

  • May 6, 2021

    27 Abducted...

    The 27 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, who were kidnapped have regained their freedom The freed students were among the 37 others abducted from the school premises by suspected bandits on March 11 from their hostels. A source claimed the release was aided by the Islamic...

  • May 6, 2021

    Kidnappers free...

    Gunmen took 39 students from a forestry college in northwest Nigeria on March 11 and previously released 10 of them. Parents of abducted students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization speak after a meeting in Kaduna, Nigeria [File: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters] Kidnappers have released the remaining 29 students they were...

  • May 5, 2021

    New polls...

    The majority in G7 nations believe governments should prevent pharmaceutical companies from holding a monopoly on COVID vaccines, a new poll says. A majority of people in G7 countries believe that governments should ensure pharmaceutical companies share the formulas and technology of their vaccines, according to new polling from the...

  • May 5, 2021

    white fan...

    Ghanaian soccer star Alex Nyarko was besieged by a white English soccer fan in 2001 who demanded that Nyarko took off the jersey since he was not performing well on the pitch. Photo Credit: BBC. For older fans of English soccer, the story of Alex Nyarko’s day of misery at the club...

  • May 5, 2021

    US legislators...

    After a United Nations donor conference for Yemen fell short, key US senators are pushing for more humanitarian aid. Ali al-Nehmi, 70, sits with his grandchildren in their hut at a camp for internally displaced people in Marib, Yemen, on April 5 [File: Ali Owidha/Reuters] A group of influential United...

  • May 4, 2021

    Nigeria’s Capital...

    The Nigeria Police Force has reportedly deployed officers on horses and motorcycles in the capital, Abuja, amid reports that jihadists are planning to carry out attacks in the capital. In a statement cited by the Daily Trust website, a police spokesperson in Abuja Mariam Yusuf said the deployment was meant...

  • May 4, 2021

    DR Congo...

    Authorities say the disease has been contained thanks to vaccination drive as they continue to monitor the situation. DRC declares the end of an Ebola outbreak that infected 12 people and killed six [File: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters] The Democratic Republic of the Congo on Monday declared the end of an Ebola...

  • May 4, 2021

    FG Establishes...

    The establishment of a national centre for the control of small arms and light weapons (NCCSALW) has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. A major general identified as AM Dikko has been appointed as pioneer coordinator of the centre. Speaking on the development, the head of strategic communication, office of the...

  • May 4, 2021

    Sixteen soldiers...

    Attack by ‘bandits’ in the Tahoua region near Mali’s border also wounds six other soldiers. Government troops reportedly killed 24 ‘suspected terrorists’ after they tried to escape capture [File: Souleymane Ag Anara/AFP] Sixteen Nigerien soldiers were killed and another was missing after an ambush on a military patrol in the...

  • May 1, 2021

    Covid: Australians...

    Australian citizens returning home from India could face up to five years in jail and fines after the government made the journey temporarily illegal. The health ministry said the ruling had been made “based on the proportion of people in quarantine who have acquired a Covid-19 infection in India”. Earlier...

  • May 1, 2021

    Starving Malagasy...

    Near-total disappearance of food sources has created a ‘full-blown nutrition emergency’ in southern Madagascar, World Food Programme warns. Amer Daoudi, senior director of global WFP operations, warned on Friday the lives of Malagasy children are in danger, especially those under five years old whose malnutrition rates have reached “alarming levels”....

  • May 1, 2021

    Germany to...

    Germany to begin returning Benin bronzes to Nigeria next year German officials say deal reached with museums and authorities in Nigeria to work on restitution plan for a ‘substantial’ number of artifacts. Germany plans to start returning the artefacts known as the Benin bronzes that are held in its museums...

  • April 30, 2021

    Zimbabwe court...

    High Court quashes charges of communicating false information levelled against Hopewell Chin’ono, saying law used by police to arrest him no longer existed. A court in Zimbabwe has terminated charges of communicating false information levelled against award-winning investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, saying the law used by police to arrest him...

  • April 30, 2021

    Kenya says...

    The announcement follows a meeting between President Kenyatta and UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi. The announcement by the interior ministry on Thursday followed a meeting between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi about the status of the Dadaab and Kakuma camps. Most of...

  • April 30, 2021

    ‘Dozens of...

    The accident occurred as tens of thousands of mainly ultra-Orthodox Jews were participating in an annual event for a religious scholar. Dozens of people have been killed in a stampede at a Jewish pilgrimage site in the north of Israel, rescue services said. Magen David Adom, the Israeli emergency service,...

  • April 29, 2021

    Glaciers melting...

    Accelerating the pace of melt contributing more than 20 percent to sea level rise threatens populous coastal cities. Some glaciers in Alaska, Iceland, the Alps, the Pamir Mountains and the Himalayas were among the most impacted by melting, researchers found [File: Andres Forza/Reuters] Nearly all of the world’s glaciers are...

  • April 29, 2021

    S Africa’s...

    President Cyril Ramaphosa admits ruling African National Congress could have done more to halt state corruption and live up to expectations of ‘enforcing accountability. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa appears on behalf of the governing party African National Congress at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry in Johannesburg, South Africa [Themba...

  • April 28, 2021

    Record 29...

    UN officials say the crisis is ‘unparalleled’, urge more funding to address the humanitarian situation. Some 5.3 million people have been displaced across the region and are in need of protection [File: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters] A record 29 million people in six countries of the unrest-hit Sahel region are in need...

  • April 28, 2021

    With global...

    The country needs urgent help with debt relief and humanitarian aid. UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director for UNAIDS Women carry bags of charcoal at a center for internally displaced persons in the Tara Tara district of Matuge, northern Mozambique on February 24, 2021 [File: AFP/Alfredo Zuniga] Mozambique has played such...

  • April 28, 2021

    Sierra Leone...

    President Dr Julius Maada Bio has commemorated Sierra Leone’s 60th Independence Anniversary with eight foreign dignitaries and reminded the occasion of the countries’ common interests as well as threats they face in the sub-region. Present at the day’s ceremony were His Excellencies President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana, who...

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