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Guterres, Security Council focus on Tigray crisis

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’

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…

Burkina Faso reports suspected Ebola case

Authorities in Burkina Faso are monitoring a new case of suspected Ebola in West Africa. The country’s health ministry says a 22-year-old person is being treated at the Bogodogo University Hospital Center in Ouagadougou. They are isolated and receiving care while awaiting confirmation of any Ebola infection. The case points to the possibility…

UN counterterrorism chief calls for renewed focus on Africa

All eyes have been on Afghanistan as the Taliban takes control, but the United Nations Security Council was focused Thursday on the threat of Islamic extremism on the African continent. UN counterterrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov, presenting his report on Islamic State and related groups to the council, called for a…

Hichilema, USAID’s Power discuss Zambia’s future

Samantha Power, head of the USAID agency in the United States, pressed for Zambia’s commitment to democratic values during a congratulatory call to president-elect Hakainde Hichilema. Power and Hichilema also focused on Zambia’s fight against corruption, and the role of civil society in delivering a peaceful and credible election that…

Cote d’Ivoire confirms first Ebola case since 1994

The western African nation of Cote d’Ivoire has reported its first case of Ebola since 1994. The country’s ministry of health said the case was confirmed at the Institut Pasteur after samples were taken from a patient hospitalized in Abidjan. The unidentified person traveled to Abidjan from Guinea by road…

Death toll rises to 69 in Algeria’s wildfires

The death toll from wildfires sweeping across parts of Algeria rose to 69 on Wednesday, according to a local official in the hard-hit district of Tizi Ouzou. Abdelkader Amrouche, the attorney general for the region, confirmed that the number included 20 soldiers who responded to the emergency when the fires…

IPCC report details projected climate impacts for Africa

With what is now the perhaps unavoidable 2°C in global warming, and as early as 2050, southern Africa will see increases in drought and dangerous fire weather with impacts to agriculture, forestry, health and ecosystems. North Africa will see dry conditions too, as will the western Sahel region. If there’s…

Rwandan forces recapture Mozambique’s Mocímboa da Praia

The Rwandan military says it captured the Mozambican port of Mocímboa da Praia on Sunday, while also taking the airport and the regional headquarters. The city has been an insurgent stronghold for more than two years, with catastrophic results for civilians living in this part of Cabo Delgado province and…

U.S. calls on Ethiopia to protect people, places

The United States appealed for improved humanitarian aid access and an end to conflict affecting civilians in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, one day after USAID Administrator Samantha Power visited Addis Ababa. “We call on the TPLF, we call on the Amhara regional forces, we call on the Eritrean Defence…

Sudan takes first steps toward ICC membership

Sudan’s prime minister says the country plans to become a party to the Rome Statute, which puts legal force behind the International Criminal Court (ICC). “We unanimously approved the draft law on Sudan’s accession” to the statute, said Abdalla Hamdok, the head of Sudan’s transitional government.  He said the move…