WHO steps up the fight in Madagascar plague outbreak

WHO steps up the fight in Madagascar plague outbreak

The World Health Organization says it has sent nearly 1.2 million doses of antibiotics to Madagascar in the fight against plague. The medicines were delivered last week, with the expectation that another 244,000 doses will be added in coming days as health officials battle the ongoing seasonal outbreak on the…

New protests in tense Kenya as country moves toward elections

In Kenya, street protests ahead of the new presidential elections on October 26 turned violent Friday in Kisumu, one of many locations where authorities have used tear gas while dispersing crowds. Supporters of candidate Raila Odinga and the Nasa political opposition party, protesting to demand reforms from the country’s Independent…

ECOWAS work in The Gambia noted, but Nobel Peace Prize goes to ICAN

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the decision-making Norwegian Nobel Committee said Friday. The ICAN was chosen from a field of 318 nominations, the second-highest number of individuals and organizations under consideration ever. Reportedly among them was the Economic Community…

Libya’s Sarraj meets with UK ambassador over Johnson diplomatic row

Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidency Council for Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), met with the British ambassador on Thursday amid a diplomatic row over UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson’s remarks about Libya. Sarraj asked Ambassador Peter Millett to clarify the “unacceptable and surprising” comments, the GNA…

Niger: U.S. sources confirm Special Forces deaths near Mali border

Officials in the United States confirm that three U.S. service members killed Wednesday in Niger were members of a U.S. Army Special Forces unit involved in counterterrorism operations. “Two U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive military operations, confirmed for The Washington Post that those involved were…

Mozambique: Street protests follow Nampula mayor’s assassination

Protesters in Mozambique took to the streets of Nampula on Thursday, blocking traffic and burning tires while demanding justice in the aftermath of the assassination of Mayor Morreu Mahamudo Amurane. Police fired warning shots to try and keep the demonstrations under control, witnesses said. Residents joined youth dressed in black…

SA: New CNG-fueled buses hit the streets in Tshwane

In South Africa, the City of Tshwane says it’s the first in sub-Saharan Africa to operate city buses that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) as it looks toward a more efficient, user-friendly public transport system. The announcement came during this week’s dedication of a new bus terminal at Belle…

Refugees fleeing DR Congo violence pour into Zambia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says alarm is ever-growing over extreme violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the number of refugees now fleeing into neighboring Zambia. Some 3,360 refugees poured across the border in September, more than doubling the total number who have sought safety…

India’s Kovind begins state visits to Djibouti, Ethiopia

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind began a state visit to Djibouti on Tuesday, his first such trip since taking office in July and the first such high-level meeting since diplomatic relations were established between the two countries. Kovind was welcomed on his arrival by Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, before making…