France responds after deadly attack at Nigerien wildlife park

France responds after deadly attack at Nigerien wildlife park

Leaders in Niger and France said they were in close contact following the deaths of eight people attacked at the Kouré Giraffe Reserve on Sunday, seven of them working with the aid organizations ACTED and IMPACT Initiatives. President Mahamadou Issoufou said he had spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron by…

Lebanon says Beirut port blast linked to ammonium nitrate

Lebanon says Beirut port blast linked to ammonium nitrate

The death toll continued to rise in Lebanon following a massive blast in Beirut, with the government confirming at least 73 people dead and another 4,700 injured and seeking care at overwhelmed and damaged hospitals. The explosion in the city’s port shattered buildings and overturned cars on nearby roadways with…

U.S. to begin AFRICOM move from Germany

Some 6,500 service personnel will likely return to assignments in the United States as the U.S. Africa Command based in Stuttgart, Germany, plans a move of AFRICOM headquarters announced this week. U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of AFRICOM, acknowledged President Donald Trump’s decision to move from Germany while assuring…

Senegalese musician Balla Sidibé dies in Dakar

The music world is mourning the death of Balla Sidibé, a founding member and lead singer of the Senegalese music group Orchestra Baobab. He died in Dakar on Wednesday and was buried late in the day. “He was rehearsing new material with the group only yesterday. Balla was a giant…

WHO warns of COVID case rise across sub-Saharan Africa

The World Health Organization has issued a clear warning about the acceleration of coronavirus cases on the African continent, noting that many countries are seeing a rise in positive COVID cases that exceeds the percentage that has commanded so much attention in South Africa. “It’s not accelerating any faster than…

9 Nigerians abducted in Gulf of Guinea piracy attack

Nine Nigerian nationals working aboard the Sendje Berge have been abducted by armed attackers, according to vessel operator BW Offshore. The nine were taken about 4:20 a.m. local time on Thursday, said the company in a statement. The incident happened on the Okwori oil field, located offshore of Bonny Island…

Report: Rwanda makes short list for EU travel reopen

Rwanda is the only nation in sub-Saharan Africa that appears to be approved for travel to the European Union as management of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, according to a list seen by the New York Times. The short list of non-European nations with citizens determined eligible to enter the EU,…

Belgian campaigners want all King Leopold II statues removed

Activists in Belgium have targeted statues of King Leopold II in several cities as part of the Black Lives Matter protest movement sweeping from the United States and into European nations. Protest actions in Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent were among those focused on the statues, which commemorate a king whose…