Calima winds fuel fires, drive Saharan dust across Canary Islands

Calima winds fuel fires, drive Saharan dust across Canary Islands

Authorities in the Canary Islands called for evacuations as a Saharan dust storm, in some places driven by hurricane-force winds, fueled wildfires that drove people toward the beaches to seek refuge. In Tasarte, fires broke out on Saturday night and claimed some homes, although firefighters appeared successful in setting up…

Tanzanian-flagged ‘ghost ship’ washes up in Ireland

In October 2018, it was the impending storm Leslie that forced a decision to rescue 10 crew members and abandon the MV Alta, a Tanzanian-flagged ship with disabled engines floating adrift in the Atlantic Ocean. On Sunday, it was the unusually powerful Storm Dennis that finally forced the “ghost ship”…

Ugandan ’Queen of Katwe’ actor dies of brain tumor

A Ugandan teen made famous by the Disney movie “Queen of Katwe” has died, according to the school she attended in Gayaza, a community just a few miles north of Kampala. “Fare thee well Nikita Pearl Waligwa,” the school said in messages that followed news accounts of the 15-year-old actor’s…

Lightning strike kills 4 mountain gorillas in Uganda park

The word “hirwa” means “lucky one” in Kinyarwanda, a language shared across regional borders in a pocket that includes parts of Rwanda, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and southern Uganda. Yet misfortune has struck nonetheless for the Hirwa mountain gorilla family living in the Virunga conservation area. Four of…

NGO calls on Lesotho to halt dam construction

Nearly 8,000 people face displacement because of a dam under construction in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho, and the Amnesty International organization is calling on authorities to stop the work until the affected Mokhotlong district is properly compensated. “As the construction of the Polihali Dam begins with work on…

Reports: Lesotho first lady in custody over 2017 Thabane murder

Police in Lesotho say the country’s first lady, Maesiah Thabane, has returned from South Africa after fleeing from authorities investigating the 2017 shooting death of Lipolelo Thabane, the former wife of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane. She is in police custody pending formal murder-related charges, according to journalist Nthakoana Ngatane of…

All eyes on Caribbean as 7.7-mag quake strikes near Jamaica

Caribbean nations affected by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake continued to deal with impacts late Tuesday, including a 6.1-magnitude aftershock near the Cayman Islands. The original quake struck at 2:15 p.m. local time and was centered 125 kilometers offshore from Lucea, Jamaica, according to the United States Geological Survey. It was felt…

Tears, tributes as NBA star Kobe Bryant dies in crash

The last Twitter message in Kobe Bryant’s account was sent to LeBron James on Saturday, when his fellow Los Angeles Laker star moved past Bryant’s own all-time NBA scoring record and replaced him at third place. “Continuing to move the game forward,” Bryant said. “Much respect my brother.” By Sunday…

Locust crisis escalates in Kenya, Horn of Africa

UNOCHA, the United Nations humanitarian agency, has released US$10 million to support an emergency response to the desert locust outbreak in East Africa – the worst Kenya has seen since 1950, and the worst for parts of the Horn of Africa in 25 years. The impacts in affected Red Sea…

New volcano-linked quakes alarm Mayotte residents

Residents of the Indian Ocean island of Mayotte began 2020 with a return to the seismic shaking associated with an undersea volcano that has been testing their patience since 2018. The latest quake was a magnitude-5.0 at 7 p.m. local time Thursday, according to the French Central Seismological Office (BCSF-ReNaSS)….