Nobel Prize in Literature goes to Tanzania native Gurnah

Nobel Prize in Literature goes to Tanzania native Gurnah

The Nobel Prize in Literature was announced Thursday, with the prize going to Tanzanian native Abdulrazak Gurnah. Gurnah is known for his focus on migration and refugees, within the context of East Africa’s colonial history. He himself was a refugee, arriving in the United Kingdom in 1964 after fleeing from…

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

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Runners from Kenya, Nigeria banned from Olympic races

Two African athletes are now suspended from further Olympics competition in Tokyo following the results of testing for banned substances. Kenyan runner Mark Otieno tested positive for the steroid methasterone, according to media outlet The Standard, and was pulled from competition in the 100-meter men’s race on Saturday. He has…

South Africa rejects decision on Israel’s AU observer status

South Africa voiced its objection to Israel’s new status as an observer at the African Union, issuing a statement Wednesday that said it was “appalled” by a decision described as “unjust and unwarranted.” The statement from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) follows last week’s decision by the…

Kenyans sue British Army over wildfire damage near training site

Some 1,000 Kenyans are suing the British military, after a wildfire back on March 24 destroyed part of a wildlife conservation area and affected people in the surrounding communities. Lawyers for the Kenyans say the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) started the fire while conducting military training exercises. The…