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Storm Eloise hits Beira – again – with high winds, rain

Storm Eloise hits Beira – again – with high winds, rain

Tropical Cyclone Eloise has made landfall in Mozambique, after strengthening upon its approach into the equivalent of a borderline Category 2 hurricane just before arriving near the port city of Beira. Images shared by South African Weather Service and local media outlets showed vehicles swamped and trapped by the widespread…

South Africa mourns loss of Mthembu to COVID

South Africa mourns loss of Mthembu to COVID

South Africa is the latest nation to bid farewell to one of its high-level ministers because of COVID, as President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday the death of longtime African National Congress member Jackson Mthembu. The 62-year-old Mthembu, above, an ANC national executive committee member with a legacy of anti-apartheid and…

Biden plans Day One reversal of Trump policies on immigration

Biden plans Day One reversal of Trump policies on immigration

As President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn into office in the United States Wednesday, there are a number of immediate policy changes that affect the global community and Africans in particular. Biden vowed to reverse the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO), a decision…

South Africa’s Tutu promotes COVID vaccine acceptance

South Africans have been encouraged to receive COVID-19 vaccinations from one of the most prominent figures in the nation: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Tutu, through his foundation, issued a statement Monday that’s meant to reduce vaccine hesitancy while reassuring citizens that the coronavirus vaccines are as effective as they are…

Museveni wins in Uganda, Wine remains under military guard

President Yoweri Museveni was named the winner of Uganda’s contentious presidential election on Saturday, with the country’s electoral commission confirming a 58.6 percent of the vote for the 76-year-old leader and his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. Opposition leader Bobi Wine and the National Unity Platform (NUP) party secured…

Wine claims fraud in Uganda election, rejects reports of Museveni lead

Uganda’s electoral commission says it will report the results of Thursday’s presidential election within 48 hours, but tensions remained high Friday as President Yoweri Museveni seeks another much-disputed term and challenger Bobi Wine warns of continued arrests and interference. Wine, a member of parliament and activist musician with the real…

Uganda awaits vote result after heavy turnout at polls

Uganda’s electoral commission says it will report the results of Thursday’s presidential election within 48 hours, but tensions remain high in the meantime as President Yoweri Museveni seeks another much-disputed term and challenger Bobi Wine warns of continued arrests and interference. Wine, a member of parliament and activist musician with…

HRW annual report presses for change in Egypt

Human rights abuses in Egypt were at the center of a conversation with executive director Ken Roth as the international Human Rights Watch NGO delivered its annual report on developments around the world. Roth stressed that it’s time for the global community to stop viewing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and…

Kenyan firm offers farmers AI-based locust monitoring tech

East Africans are now using an early warning tool powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to help farmers fight off locusts that have devastated crops and communities across the past year. The new tool from Selina Wamucii, a platform that connects farmers and markets across Africa, is called Kuzi, the Swahili…

Latest Virunga attack claims six ranger lives

Six park rangers died in an attack by an armed group in Virunga National Park on Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Another ranger was seriously wounded, the park said in a statement. “The ranger has been evacuated to hospital in Goma and his injuries are no longer considered…

AFRICOM airstrike in Somalia claims 5 lives

Five al-Shabaab members have died in an airstrike in Somalia, according to the United States Africa Command. The U.S. strike targeted al-Shabaab leaders near Saaxa Weyne, AFRICOM said. No civilians were injured or killed during the operation. “This strike targeted known al-Shabaab leaders who facilitated finance, weapons, fighters, and explosives….

U.S. confirms Biden presidency after Capitol chaos

The victory of President-elect Joseph Biden is now confirmed in the United States, but not before a mob of angry opposition activists swarmed Washington D.C. and overran the country’s legislative seat at the U.S. Capitol building. The supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, encouraged by statements from their leader, entered…

Kuwait announces end to Qatar crisis ahead of GCC summit

The government of Kuwait confirmed on Monday that the regional standoff between Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations that began in June 2017 has been resolved between the two main players. Foreign Minister Ahmad Nasser Al Mohammad Al Sabah, who has represented Kuwait during mediation talks, delivered the news…

UNICEF warns of increased food insecurity in African nations

UNICEF, the United Nations agency for children, warns that some 10.4 million children – all in countries on the African continent with the exception of Yemen – face severe food insecurity and malnutrition in the coming year. The affected nations include Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), northeast Nigeria, the…