Ethiopia’s Abiy warns time is up for a Tigray ceasefire

Ethiopia’s Abiy warns time is up for a Tigray ceasefire

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Tuesday that a three-day window extended to Tigray forces in the country’s northern border region has expired, setting the stage for the Ethiopian military to end the ongoing conflict by force in the coming days. Abiy’s warning comes amid regional and international calls for…

U.S. identifies soldiers killed in Sinai crash

The United States Army identified on Saturday the names of five soldiers who died while supporting a peacekeeping mission in the Sinai region of Egypt this week. The soldiers died when a UH-60 helicopter crashed on Thursday. They are: Capt. Seth Vernon Vandekamp, 31, from Katy, Texas. Chief Warrant Officer…

African leaders congratulate Biden on U.S. election win

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was among world leaders to congratulate United States presidential election winner Joe Biden and his Democratic Party running mate on Saturday, after Biden – the former U.S. vice president under Barack Obama – was assured of victory. “We congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President…

Biden edges forward as Trump claims fraud in U.S. election

All eyes remain on the United States following Tuesday’s presidential election, which remained too close too call late Wednesday even as President Donald Trump claimed a premature victory and prepared to challenge the results. Trump, the Republican Party candidate, said in the wee hours of Wednesday morning that he had…

Migrant shipwreck off Senegal claims at least 140 lives

At least 140 people died after a vessel carrying some 200 migrants sank off the Senegalese coast, along an increasingly common West African route that takes them to the Canary Islands, an autonomous region claimed by Spain. It was the deadliest shipwreck so far this year, according to the International…

Namibians mystified by thousands of seal pup deaths

Conservationists in Namibia are concerned over what they say is the unusual loss of Cape fur seals – sometimes called the South African seal – after thousands of seal pups born prematurely have died along the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Naude Dreyer, a Walvis Bay resident and volunteer with Ocean Conservation…

Pope Francis calls for civil unions for same-sex couples

For the first time, Pope Francis has said that civil unions should be approved for same-sex couples to ensure they have legal protection. His remarks came with the release of “Francesco,” a documentary film about the pope that was screened for the first time Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival….

World Food Program awarded Nobel Peace Prize

The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the World Food Program (WFP) for its efforts to fight hunger, thereby improving the prospects for peace in global conflict zones and prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war. “The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a strong upsurge in…

Botswana says toxic algae is behind mass elephant deaths

Authorities in Botswana say that toxic cyanobacteria, a kind of algae found in water sources, is behind the mysterious death of elephant herds earlier this year. Dr. Mmadi Reuben, the principal veterinary officer for the Department of Wildlife & National Parks, said Monday that the laboratory samples of water obtained…

Officials worry over Ebola spread in DR Congo

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has been overshadowed by the COVID pandemic, the country’s security crisis in the east and other headlines, but the virus has now claimed four dozen lives and experts are worried of a spread into Kinshasa or across the border. “The most…