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Death toll likely to rise in Ghana explosion

Death toll likely to rise in Ghana explosion

Emergency management officials in Ghana say an enormous explosion in the community of Apiate has leveled it, with the death toll still unknown as responders search through collapsed buildings. Ghana Police Service said the blast happened when a vehicle carrying explosives used for mining was passing through the village, between…

3 African nations lose UN vote over member dues

3 African nations lose UN vote over member dues

Three African nations have had their voting rights suspended by the United Nations because of their failure to pay the required financial contributions for member states. Sudan and Congo-Brazzaville, along with the Indian Ocean island nation of Comoros, are among 10 nations that have failed to pay their dues in…

Ethiopia files complaint over Tedros remarks on Tigray crisis

The Ethiopian government has filed a formal complaint with the World Health Organization, calling for an investigation of WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus because “he has not lived up to the integrity and professional expectations required from his office.” A formal letter has been sent detailing the complaints against…

SADC agrees to keep troops in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has agreed to extend its security mission in Mozambique, where defense forces have sought to restore order in troubled Cabo Delgado province. The decision was announced in a communiqué following Tuesday’s summit in Lilongwe, Malawi. The extraordinary summit, hosted by President Lazarus Chakwera, was…

Côte d’Ivoire transport sector gets a boost with new bus production

In Côte d’Ivoire, authorities announced another step forward in boosting the economy through its transport sector. Beginning Monday, the company’s SOTRA bus services — working in partnership with Italian manufacturer IVECO —will start production of new minibuses. The government’s agreements with the private sector firms call for 1,000 of the…

Mali confirms Russian fighter presence near Timbuktu

Russian troops have been deployed in Mali, where they will serve as military trainers for the Malian defense forces near the city of Timbuktu. That’s according to a government spokesman cited by Reuters and other international news agencies. Witnesses living in the region told Reuters they had seen uniformed Russian…

Heightened concern over volcano in Rwanda, DR Congo

Rwandan authorities have asked people living in the city of Rubavu to take precautions because of unhealthy air quality following new activity at the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, just across the border in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) did not directly attribute the poor air…

Another 70 injured in Sudan protests against military rule

At least 70 people were injured Tuesday in Sudan, during the latest round of protests in the wake of Sunday’s resignation of former prime minister Abdalla Hamdok. That’s according to the Sudan Central Doctors Committee, a group that has monitored Sudanese security forces since the October 25 military coup that…

WFP, UN report looting of humanitarian supplies in Darfur

The World Food program (WFP) and United Nations are condemning armed attacks against food supply facilities in the Darfur region of Sudan, where food needed for humanitarian aid was taken amid a growing number of incidents. The food at WFP facilities in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state,…

South Africa’s Desmond Tutu dies at age 90

South Africa’s beloved Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who stood alongside Nelson Mandela in the fight against apartheid and actively worked toward reconciliation in its wake, died on Sunday in Cape Town. He was 90 years old. “South Africa and the world have lost one of the great spirits and moral…