New Ebola cases suspected in West Africa’s Guinea

New Ebola cases suspected in West Africa’s Guinea

New cases of the Ebola virus are now suspected in the West African nation of Guinea, according to the World Health Organization. “WHO has been informed of two suspected cases of Ebola in Guinea-Conakry,” said WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus late Saturday. “Confirmatory testing underway. WHOAFRO and WHO country office…

Rare 5.0-quake jolts Guinea in West Africa

Rare 5.0-quake jolts Guinea in West Africa

A rare earthquake rattled the West African nation of Guinea on Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The magnitude-5.0 quake struck at 9:55 a.m. local time in the country’s interior, about 39 kilometers east of Tondon in the Kindia region, according to the United States…

UNHCR warns of humanitarian crisis in volatile C.A.R.

The elections last month in Central African Republic brought a fresh wave of political violence affecting more than 200,000 people who are now displaced, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “The continuing volatility has hampered the humanitarian response and made access to the internally displaced more…

Morocco’s king kicks off COVID vaccination drive

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI became the first in his country to receive a COVID vaccination, setting the tone for a national campaign that aims to protect 80 percent of the population. The king rolled up his sleeve and got his shot at the Royal Palace in Fez on Thursday, according…

U.S. adds South Africa to COVID travel restrictions list

The United States said Monday that it is adding South Africa to the list of countries subject to travel restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic and the emergence of a new strain of COVID in the African nation. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary for the new Biden administration,…

Storm Eloise hits Beira – again – with high winds, rain

Tropical Cyclone Eloise has made landfall in Mozambique, after strengthening upon its approach into the equivalent of a borderline Category 2 hurricane just before arriving near the port city of Beira. Images shared by South African Weather Service and local media outlets showed vehicles swamped and trapped by the widespread…

Biden plans Day One reversal of Trump policies on immigration

As President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn into office in the United States Wednesday, there are a number of immediate policy changes that affect the global community and Africans in particular. Biden vowed to reverse the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO), a decision…

Museveni wins in Uganda, Wine remains under military guard

President Yoweri Museveni was named the winner of Uganda’s contentious presidential election on Saturday, with the country’s electoral commission confirming a 58.6 percent of the vote for the 76-year-old leader and his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. Opposition leader Bobi Wine and the National Unity Platform (NUP) party secured…

Latest Virunga attack claims six ranger lives

Six park rangers died in an attack by an armed group in Virunga National Park on Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Another ranger was seriously wounded, the park said in a statement. “The ranger has been evacuated to hospital in Goma and his injuries are no longer considered…

Kuwait announces end to Qatar crisis ahead of GCC summit

The government of Kuwait confirmed on Monday that the regional standoff between Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations that began in June 2017 has been resolved between the two main players. Foreign Minister Ahmad Nasser Al Mohammad Al Sabah, who has represented Kuwait during mediation talks, delivered the news…

Mozambique braces for Tropical Storm Chalane landfall

Mozambique is bracing for another tropical storm, one that’s expected to make an imminent landfall on Wednesday in or around Beira, a coastal city that bore the brunt of Cyclone Idai in 2019. Tropical Storm Chalane is not expected to have the same catastrophic impacts as Idai, but it continued…

France mourns 3 soldiers killed in Mali

France has announced the death of three soldiers serving with Operation Barkhane in Mali. Fighter 1st Class Dorian Issakhanian, left, along with Brigadier chief Tanerii Mauri and Fighter 1st Class Quentin Pauchet were identified after they were killed in a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) incident. The three served with…

Pope’s Christmas message urges peace in South Sudan

Pope Francis urged leaders in South Sudan to complete their peace agreement and end the years of conflict and crisis, in a greeting aligned with his Christmas messages on Thursday. “In this Christmas season, we remember that our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world among the least—in a dusty…