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Goma evacuations ordered after Mount Nyiragongo eruption

Goma evacuations ordered after Mount Nyiragongo eruption

Congolese authorities have activated an evacuation plan for the populous city of Goma following eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo volcano on Saturday evening. The evacuation decision was made during an emergency meeting held by Prime Minister Sama Lukonde, amid mounting concern over the scope of lava flows and their impact….

Friday ceasefire in Middle East appears to be holding

Friday ceasefire in Middle East appears to be holding

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza appeared to be holding on Friday, after diplomats from Egypt, the United States and other nations were able to broker a deal that went into effect in the early morning hours. The uneasy truce came after some 3,400 rockets fired from Gaza…

IOC says COVID-safe Tokyo Olympics are ready to go

IOC says COVID-safe Tokyo Olympics are ready to go

With just 65 days to go before the opening ceremony of the delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday it is prepared to hold the games despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the organizational challenges. John Coates, head of the IOC Coordination Commission, issued a…

Macron, Tshisekedi host economic summit for African leaders

President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo co-hosted a summit on financial assistance for  African economies on Tuesday, joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the Grand Palais Éphémère in Paris to discuss strategies for boosting recovery aid following the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Tshisekedi, speaking in his…

Global calls for calm as violence escalates in Middle East

Global concern over conflict in Israel and the Palestinian Territories continued to mount on Thursday as the violence escalated across the region and new reports of rockets launched from Lebanon emerged. The Israel Defense Forces said the three rockets from Lebanon landed in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of…

Maldives launches search for Chinese rocket debris

Authorities in the Maldives were searching on Sunday for debris from China’s uncontrolled CZ-5B R/B rocket, which reentered earth’s atmosphere and broke apart over the Indian Ocean and just west of the island nation group. The Maldives National Defence Force said a Coast Guard squadron was activated after receiving reports…

Tanzania implements new COVID measures

Tanzania is implementing new pandemic restrictions meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections, according to an announcement from health minister Abel Makubi. The new rules include a ban on all flights to or from India, where the coronavirus is spreading at an alarming pace and emerging variants are adding…

Uganda reports first case of Indian COVID variant

Ugandan officials say they’ve confirmed the first case of a COVID-19 variant that emerged in India and has contributed to that nation’s overwhelming coronavirus outbreak. The Ministry of Health confirmed the presence of the B.1.617 variant on Thursday, noting that it was identified in travelers who returned from India to Kampala…

China warns U.S. against ‘big-power competition’ over Africa

China’s foreign ministry spokesman warned against “big power” competition Wednesday when asked about United States influence on the African continent, following diplomatic meetings in which President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria suggested that the U.S. relocate its African headquarters closer to its African operations. Buhari’s remark followed a virtual meeting with U.S….

Total declares force majeure on Mozambique LNG project

French oil major Total says it has backed out of its US$20 billion LNG project in Mozambique, just days ahead of an expected decision on military intervention in the southern African nation. “Considering the evolution of the security situation in the north of the Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique, Total…