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Evacuations follow Canary Island eruption

Evacuations follow Canary Island eruption

Residents of the Canary Islands were asked to stay away from an area on the island of La Palma, where the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on Sunday. The nearby communities of Las Manchas de Abajo, San Nicolás and Jedey were put on alert after the eruption on the island, a…

Algeria’s Bouteflika dies

Algeria’s Bouteflika dies

Former Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died. The Algerian government made the announcement, saying the 84-year-old Bouteflika passed away on Friday. He had lived in a care home outside of Algiers since leaving office in 2019. The longtime politician and National Liberation Front leader had been in poor health for…

Climate report asks ‘How much worse will it get?’

How much worse will it get? That’s a climate change question that serves as a theme for a new report released Tuesday by Chatham House, the London-based policy institute focused on global affairs. It looks at impacts that may well be “locked in” by 2040 or 2050, assuming there is…

Meningitis outbreak is latest health blow to DR Congo

An outbreak of bacterial meningitis has claimed at least 129 lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with health officials warning that so far, roughly half of the people who became ill have died. Congolese officials, alongside the World Health Organization, said they confirmed the spread of Neisseria meningitidis,…

AU, UN call for Condé’s release after Guinea coup

Leaders of the African Union and United Nations have called for the immediate release of President Alpha Condé following a coup attempt in the West African nation of Guinea. Moussa Faki Mahamat, the AU Commission chief, and Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi, the current head of the AU member nations, issued…

NGO says Ethiopian Airlines flights support African wildlife trade

A provocative new report from the World Animal Protection organization claims that Ethiopian Airlines, the leading airline on the African continent, is involved in fueling the global wildlife trade. “Between 2016 and 2020, at least 25 different species of wildlife, including reptiles, mammals, invertebrates and amphibians featured in at least…

Health officials monitor new South African COVID variant

Another variant of the coronavirus, reported in South Africa, is cause for concern among health experts who are monitoring its potential but say they need to continue gathering information. The C1.2 variant was first noted in May, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and its partners, which…

China reaffirms economic commitment to Africa

China reaffirmed its commitment to the African continent on Monday, with foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin citing an increase in direct investment, and advances in medicine and other sectors. “Over the past 20 years, the flow of China’s direct investment in Africa has been growing by more than 25 percent…

Guterres, Security Council focus on Tigray crisis

It’s been a week since any food or aid trucks were able to enter the Tigray region of Ethiopia, amid a mounting humanitarian crisis because of the unabated regional conflict. Nearly a half-million people are on the brink of famine, according to OCHA, the United Nations office for humanitarian assistance….

Biden to Kabul attackers: ‘We will not forgive’

In the United States, President Joseph Biden offered his condolences to the families of U.S. military personnel killed in Kabul airport bombings while offering a stern warning to U.S. adversaries. Biden, speaking to the nation in an evening address, was visibly moved by the deaths and injuries following what appeared…