Afwerki defends Russia, China in Eritrean Independence Day speech

Afwerki defends Russia, China in Eritrean Independence Day speech

President Isaias Afwerki, authoritarian leader of Eritrea, defended both Russia and China while holding the West responsible for the situation in Ukraine, during a speech marking Independence Day in the Horn of Africa nation. Afwerki, in office since 1991—a tenure that places him among Africa’s longest-running leaders—drew parallels to his…

U.S. troops to return to Somalia as Farmaajo loses election

U.S. troops to return to Somalia as Farmaajo loses election

The United States plans to reestablish its troop presence in Somalia, reversing a policy decision to remove U.S. forces made by former president Donald Trump. A small force of several hundred military personnel is expected to be deployed following the decision by President Joe Biden, announced Monday by the U.S….

DR Congo reports new case of Ebola virus

A new case of Ebola virus has emerged in the Democratic Republic of Congo, claiming the life of a 31-year-old man living in Equateur Province in the northwestern part of the country. The man began having symptoms on April 5 in the city of Mbandaka, according to the World Health…

Russia declines help in Ukraine from Ethiopian volunteers

Ethiopians have reportedly volunteered to fight on Russia’s side in its war with Ukraine, but Russia said Tuesday that it will decline their overtures in keeping with international law. “The embassy has been receiving, by emails and in person visits from citizens of Ethiopia, expressions of their solidarity and support…

Zelensky appeals to Sall, seeks to address African Union

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has again reached out to the African Union (AU) for support in his nation’s war with Russia, calling his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, on Monday to discuss the crisis. Zelensky said he provided an update to Sall, the current president of the AU, on the…

Algerian released from Guantánamo after 20 years

An Algerian man held by the United States for two decades following the September 2001 terrorist attacks has been repatriated, the U.S. Department of Defense said on Saturday. Sufiyan Barhoumi, a native of Algiers, was among more than three dozen detainees still held at the Guantánamo Bay facility since the…

U.S. imposes sanctions on six linked to Boko Haram

The United States has imposed new sanctions on six people linked to Boko Haram who were working to establish a cell of the Nigerian extremist group in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The six – Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan,…

Ethiopia declares Tigray truce for humanitarian aid access

Ethiopia declared a truce in the Tigray region fighting on Thursday, citing the need for humanitarian aid that the government has long been accused of preventing or withholding. “Thousands from the Tigray region are trekking into neighboring regions in search of assistance,” said the Ethiopian statement. “The government believes that…

U.S. adds new sanctions to Pevgeniy Prigozhin over Ukraine invasion

The United States has broadened its efforts to place sanctions against Russian elites in connection with the armed conflict in Ukraine, this time adding a group of individuals that includes Pevgeniy Prigozhin, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prigozhin was previously targeted by the U.S. Department of Treasury for…