Islamic State claims role in Kampala blast, death toll rises to 4

Islamic State claims role in Kampala blast, death toll rises to 4

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the twin bomb blasts that killed four people in Kampala on Tuesday, saying that three affiliated terrorists were responsible for the attacks along Parliament Avenue. The Ugandan Police Force has said that Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and aligned groups executed the attacks, the latest…

U.S. places sanctions on Eritrean leaders, warns Ethiopia of same

The United States announced new financial sanctions on Friday in connection with the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia, including sanctions imposed against the Eritrean Defense Force. “Today’s action targets Eritrean actors that have contributed to the crisis and conflict, which have undermined the stability and integrity of the…

U.S. puts Israeli firm behind Pegasus tech on blacklist

An Israeli company scrutinized for its role in supplying spyware to foreign governments, a number of them on the African continent, has been placed under new restrictions by the United States government. NSO Group, which develops and supplies Pegasus software, is now on the Entity List at the US. Department…

Greece confirms migrant rescue on stormy Mediterranean Sea

Officials in Greece have confirmed an ongoing search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea east of Crete, following reports of a migrant ship in distress. Yet the situation remains a bit confusing, according to one NGO monitoring the ship’s fate. On Friday, the Hellenic Coast Guard said they were…

Global leaders condemn coup attempt in Sudan

World leaders including President Emmanuel Macron of France were quick to respond to the news of Monday’s coup attempt in Sudan and demanded the release of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. “France utterly condemns the attempted coup d’état in Sudan,” said Macron. “I express our support to Sudan‘s transitional government and…

China shifts the story on hypersonic missile test

China on Monday backed away from a report that its space program succeeded this summer in testing a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile, while insisting that the August mission was merely a “space vehicle” test. Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the comments during a daily press…

Sexual abuse in DR Congo ‘a dark day for WHO’

World Health Organization leaders responded with shock and sorrow after an independent panel released an investigative report that found widespread sexual abuse committed by workers during the 2020 Ebola outbreak in the country’s east. Malick Coulibaly, a panel member, said the commission interviewed dozens of women who were offered work…

Lavrov defends Russia’s role in Sahel, confirms Wagner plans

The Russian foreign ministry confirmed reports that Mali plans to hire contractors with the Wagner Group to fight extremism in the Sahel, but insisted again that the private company is not operating under Moscow’s control. The remarks from Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov followed questions about the presence of Wagner…

Biden stresses Africa commitments at UNGA

Zambia, Sudan and Cameroon are just a few of the nations that United States President Joe Biden mentioned during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, as world leaders gathered in person after last year’s virtual UNGA because of the COVID crisis. Speaking on the values of…

AU, UN call for Condé’s release after Guinea coup

Leaders of the African Union and United Nations have called for the immediate release of President Alpha Condé following a coup attempt in the West African nation of Guinea. Moussa Faki Mahamat, the AU Commission chief, and Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi, the current head of the AU member nations, issued…