Egypt dazzles with Pharoahs’ Golden Parade

Egypt dazzles with Pharoahs’ Golden Parade

The mummies of King Ramses II, Queen Hatshepsut and 20 other ancient royals were the highlight of Egypt’s celebrations on Saturday in honor of the opening of the main hall of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo. The mummy parade wound through the streets from Tahrir Square…

Africa CDC worries over Astra Zeneca vaccine availability

Africa CDC worries over Astra Zeneca vaccine availability

The head of Africa’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that ongoing delays in receiving Astra Zeneca vaccines from India pose a threat to controlling the COVID-19 pandemic in the face of emerging variants. John Nkengasong says any interruption would definitely impact the ability to continue vaccinating people….

Cabo Delgado attacks add to humanitarian crisis

Humanitarian workers in Mozambique say thousands of people fleeing the violence in Cabo Delgado province are arriving in other parts of the country, while still others escape across the border into Tanzania. So far there are 3,300 people seeking assistance, according to an update from UNOCHA, the United Nations agency…

African elephant added to IUCN critically endangered list

The African forest elephant has been added to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, following the announcement Thursday that new genetic evidence means it will be treated as a distinct species separate from the African savanna elephant. The forest elephant, Loxodonta cyclotis, is now considered critically endangered because of the…

Stuck container ship blocks Suez Canal

A container ship traveling through the Suez Canal got stuck on Tuesday, blocking traffic through the critical route and creating a bottleneck for dozens of other vessels. The Panamanian-flagged ship, operated by the Evergreen Line, appeared to be heading from the Chinese port of Ningbo to Rotterdam, with other stops…

Suluhu sworn in as Tanzania mourns Magufuli

Samia Suluhu Hassan, the vice president of Tanzania, was sworn in as president on Friday following the death of John Magufuli. The 61-year-old Suluhu served as acting president since Wednesday, when she announced to the nation that Magufuli had died. Magufuli, 62, had long suffered a heart condition for which…

Buildings damaged in quake near Algeria

Authorities in Algeria say there were some buildings damaged by an earthquake that struck just offshore early Thursday morning. The epicenter of the shallow, magnitude-6.0 quake was beneath the Mediterranean Sea, about 20 kilometers from the coastal city of Bejaïa, according to the United States Geological Survey. It reportedly was…

Report: Child deaths underscore scope of Cabo Delgado crisis

The UK-based charity Save the Children reports children as young as 11 and 12 are beheaded by Islamic insurgents operating in the Cabo Delgado province of north Mozambique. The agency said Tuesday that it’s hearing accounts of the deaths from families who are among nearly 670,000 people now displaced because…

U.S. reinstates sanctions against Dan Gertler

The United States has reinstated sanctions against international businessman Dan Gertler, a close ally of former president Joseph Kabila whose interests in the Democratic Republic of Congo are under renewed scrutiny. Gertler was placed under U.S. Magnitsky sanctions in 2017 but was issued a one-year reprieve in January by outgoing…

Bata blast leaves at least 98 dead in Equatorial Guinea

At least 98 people are dead and hundreds injured after a series of explosions rocked the port city of Bata in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday. Images shared by Radio Macuto showed shattered and burned out buildings at a military barracks in the Nkoantoma neighborhood of Bata, where residents reported hearing…

Dozens of migrants thrown into sea off Djibouti coast

Smugglers forced dozens of migrants overboard in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, forcing some 80 people to their deaths by tossing them into the sea after leaving Djibouti. The International Organization for Migration said at least 200 passengers were aboard the boat when it departed, but the traffickers started…

Nigeria shuts boarding schools after 317 girls abducted in Zamfara

Boarding schools in Nigeria’s Zamfara and Kano states were closed indefinitely on Friday, in order to protect vulnerable sites following the abduction of 317 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe. “As you know, the state government always takes proactive measures on issues related to security,” said the…

UN report details ethnic violence in South Sudan

South Sudan has seen progress on peace since a February 2020 agreement, but violence continues at the local level in more than 75 percent of the country and it threatens to spiral out of control in several regions. That’s according to a report released Friday by the Commission on Human…