Locust crisis escalates in Kenya, Horn of Africa

Locust crisis escalates in Kenya, Horn of Africa

UNOCHA, the United Nations humanitarian agency, has released US$10 million to support an emergency response to the desert locust outbreak in East Africa – the worst Kenya has seen since 1950, and the worst for parts of the Horn of Africa in 25 years. The impacts in affected Red Sea…

New volcano-linked quakes alarm Mayotte residents

Residents of the Indian Ocean island of Mayotte began 2020 with a return to the seismic shaking associated with an undersea volcano that has been testing their patience since 2018. The latest quake was a magnitude-5.0 at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, according to the French Central Seismological Office (BCSF-ReNaSS)….

Mauritius warns of wind, rain with storm Calvinia

The government of Mauritius has placed the Indian Ocean island nation under a Class III warning as Tropical Cyclone Calvinia passes near the island, bringing with it rain, heavy winds and seas. The latest advisory from the Mauritius Meteorological Services, issued at 1 a.m. Tuesday, put the center of the…

Congolese migrant dies at U.S. border hospital

United States authorities say a Congolese woman died at a hospital in the state of Texas on Christmas Day after seeking entry at the U.S. border with Mexico. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said the 41-year-old woman from Democratic Republic of Congo arrived with her family at…

Partial solar eclipse may be visible from Horn of Africa

Skywatchers and stargazers who rise early enough on Thursday morning may catch a glimpse of a partial solar eclipse visible across the Horn of Africa. The eclipse will move from east to west with a full “ring of fire” effect for other nations across the Indian Ocean and into Southeast…

On Christmas Eve, Pope Francis speaks a message of love

Pope Francis urged people to accept the gift of grace into their lives, in a message to Christians and the wider world during the Christmas Vigil Mass at the Vatican in Rome on Tuesday night. Drawing on the Nativity tradition of shepherds watching their flocks and waiting in the night,…

FAO: Somalia sees worst locust crisis in 25 years

The desert locust outbreak in Somalia is far worse than anticipated, with significant crop damage in the eastern regions and threats to another 100,000 hectares expected over the next six months. That’s according to an update Wednesday from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which said it…

South Africa’s Tunzi named Miss Universe

Zozibini Tunzi was named Miss Universe 2019 during this year’s pageant, held in the United States on Sunday night. Tunzi, 26, of Tsolo, received the crown after she became a finalist alongside Sofía Aragón, the third-place winner from Mexico, and runner-up Madison Anderson, representing Puerto Rico. Tunzi, an activist working…