Intensifying Cyclone Belna heads for Madagascar

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

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…

Egypt releases all detained Mada Masr journalists

Journalists with the independent media outlet Mada Masr said Monday that they were all “safe and sound,” but their thanks for international support following staff detentions by an increasingly authoritarian Egypt was overshadowed by calls to pressure President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his government on human rights and free speech….

Kenya landslide toll at 37 as rains continue over East Africa

The death toll has risen to 37 in Kenya, where authorities continue to deal with heavy rains and landslides in West Pokot, a county along the border with Uganda. Saturday’s massive downpours complicated the rescue efforts, isolating communities because of closed roads and leaving “already remote areas virtually unreachable,” according…

Namibia shaken by latest southern African quake

Villagers in northern Namibia were shaken from sleep early Thursday by a moderate earthquake that happened shortly after 4 a.m., the second such quake to strike in southern Africa in a 24-hour period. The epicenter was located about 64 kilometers to the northwest of Khorixas, according to the United States…

Services set for slain Somali activist, diplomat Almaas Elman

Services will be held Friday for Almaas Elman, the Somali-Canadian human rights activists and former diplomat killed earlier this week in Mogadishu when she was shot by unknown assailants. Ilwad Elman, the prominent sister of Almaas, announced Thursday that “we will lay my sister to rest” during Friday prayers at…

Omar, Harris comment on Kenyan image used by U.S. campaign

The controversy over stock-art images from Kenya used by United States presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg wasn’t going away on Monday, as U.S. lawmakers and rival presidential campaigns pointed to the damage done by an already-weakened Buttigieg campaign on race and diversity issues. Buttigieg, an Indiana Democrat surging in polls ahead…

The Gambia presses Rohingya ‘genocidal acts’ case with ICJ

Authorities in The Gambia filed a case with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to begin proceedings against Myanmar for alleged crimes against humanity and “genocidal acts” against the Rohingya people. The case, according to the ICJ, argues that Myanmar military and security forces systematically used mass murder, rape and…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

ICC hands former Congolese warlord Ntaganda a 30-year term

Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda was sentenced by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday to 30 years in prison for his role in war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the eastern Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ntaganda was found guilty in July on 18…