Partial solar eclipse may be visible from Horn of Africa

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…

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…

Intensifying Cyclone Belna heads for Madagascar

A tropical cyclone threading its way into the Mozambique Channel has intensified into a major storm with winds of 185 kilometers per hour as it heads toward possible landfall in northern Madagascar. Cyclone Belna still has time to grow stronger, according to Météo France Reunion, the regional authority for cyclones…

Storm Pawan arrives at Somalia coast

It’s not a powerful storm, but Cyclone Pawan was poised to make an imminent landfall in Somalia early Saturday morning in a region already hard-hit this year by storms and flooding. The storm was forecast to bring winds of 55 to 65 kilometers per hour, with gusts to 75 km/h,…

Storm Pawan heads toward Somalia coast

It’s not a powerful storm, but Cyclone Pawan – now forecast to make landfall in Somalia – continues to churn toward the coast in a region already hard-hit this year by storms and flooding. The storm, located about 360 kilometers south-southeast of Socotra Island on Thursday, was moving west at…

IOM: Dozens of migrants die off coast of Mauritania

At least 58 people have died off the coast of Mauritania as a boat loaded with migrants destined for Spain sank in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Another 83 were able to swim to shore near the city of Nouadhibou, where authorities and NGO…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

SA plans memorial for SADR ambassador Bachir

South Africa’s foreign minister will deliver the eulogy on Monday during a memorial service for Radhi-Sghaiar Bachir, the ambassador for Western Sahara in Pretoria. Dr. Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, said she was shocked and saddened to learn of Bachir’s death following a short illness while in…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

International aid arrives as Djibouti cleans up from floods

Japan and the European Union are among those supporting Djibouti after severe flooding hit the Horn of Africa nation, affecting some 250,000 people according to latest numbers from the EU. The United Nations office in Djibouti said the equivalent of two years of rainfall fell in a single day last…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Suspect, two victims dead in London attack

Police in the United Kingdom say two people have died and three remain hospitalized following a stabbing attack near Fishmonger’s Hall in London, an incident that continued on the London Bridge just before 2 p.m. Friday. The suspect was shot by “specialist armed officers from City of London Police,” the…