Earthquake shakes Morocco, Spain

Earthquake shakes Morocco, Spain

An earthquake that struck just off the coast of Morocco beneath the Mediterranean Sea was widely felt across the region, according to international geological agencies. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the magnitude-5.5 quake occurred at 1:35 p.m. and was centered 48 kilometers from Al-Hoceïma, a coastal city in…

Mozambique joins Malawi in new polio case reports

Mozambique joins Malawi in new polio case reports

Officials in Mozambique are reporting a polio outbreak, the first in the country since 1992. The case was found in Tete province in the country’s northeast. It was found in a child who experienced paralysis that began in late March, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Tests taken from…

African leaders note the passing of UAE president

African leaders note the passing of UAE president

African heads of state were among global leaders sending their condolences to the United Arab Emirates on Friday upon the news that President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan had died. He was 73 years old. The news of his death was announced via state media, along with plans for…

Family of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero files $400m lawsuit over his arrest

The family of Rwandan prisoner Paul Rusesabagina has filed a US$400 million lawsuit against the government of Rwanda, for its alleged role in luring the humanitarian activist—known for saving lives during the 1994 genocide—back to Rwanda in 2020. Rusesabagina, whose story was portrayed in the award-winning film “Hotel Rwanda,” was…

Second Ebola death reported in DR Congo

A second person has died of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following reports of a new outbreak in Equateur Province in the northwestern part of the country. The World Health Organization says the 25-year-old woman died after first exhibiting symptoms nearly two weeks ago. She was…

Durban sees more rain as flood death toll rises to 443

South Africans in the hard-hit flood zones of KwaZulu-Natal province were warned of another round of heavy rain into Saturday, adding to the misery caused by catastrophic flooding last week. The additional rain slowed recovery efforts as emergency workers continue to search for the missing and work to provide humanitarian…

SA floods claim 259 lives, shut down port of Durban

Catastrophic flooding that followed heavy rains in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal has claimed at least 259 lives, according to the disaster management agency leading the emergency response. The rains that began late Monday swamped roadways, stressed dams, and brought towering walls of mud and water down on the…

Blaise Compaoré convicted in Thomas Sankara death

The long journey toward a verdict in the murder trial of Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaoré has ended, with Compaoré sentenced in absentia to life in prison for his role in the 1987 death of beloved revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara. Sentenced by the Ouagadougou court along with Compaoré were…

Saharan dust blasts across North Africa and into Europe

With an eerie orange glow, the normally pristine snows of some ski resorts in Spain have taken on an apocalyptic tone as an enormous cloud of Saharan dust from North Africa blows across Europe. The dust storm is driven by winds from Storm Celia, which is affecting the Spanish-held Canary…