South Africa calls on Russia to withdraw from Ukraine

The South African government on Thursday called on Russia to immediately withdraw forces from Ukraine, becoming one of the first African nations to speak up on the matter outside of a global forum like the United Nations Security Council. “The Republic of South Africa is dismayed at the escalation of…

Putin sends troops to newly acknowledged Donbas territories of Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin of Russia signed decrees on Monday that formally acknowledged two breakaway regions of Eastern Ukraine and ordered “peacekeeping” troops to enter the territory held by pro-Russian separatists. The decision followed a meeting of Russia’s National Security Council, where Putin noted that the Russian legislature had approved recognition…

Attack on DR Congo camp leaves 59 dead

At least 59 people are dead and another 40 injured following an attack on a camp for homeless people in the eastern Ituri province of Democratic Republic of Congo. The machete attack on men, women and children happened late Tuesday in the Plaine Savo camp near Bule. Some 24,000 people…

Embaló confirms deaths, injuries in Guinea Bissau coup attempt

In Guinea Bissau, President Umaro Sissoco Embaló was unharmed following Tuesday’s attempted coup at the government building, but an unknown number of people were killed or seriously injured during the violence. The death toll remained unclear, with the Bissau capital heavily guarded. Images shared on social media earlier in the…

Report: Kaboré resigns following Burkina Faso military takeover

In Burkina Faso, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has apparently resigned following a military takeover in the troubled Sahel nation. That’s according to national broadcaster RTB, which posted a copy of Kaboré’s letter late Monday. Earlier in the day, members of the country’s defense forces said that Kaboré had been…

SADC agrees to keep troops in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has agreed to extend its security mission in Mozambique, where defense forces have sought to restore order in troubled Cabo Delgado province. The decision was announced in a communiqué following Tuesday’s summit in Lilongwe, Malawi. The extraordinary summit, hosted by President Lazarus Chakwera, was…

Mali confirms Russian fighter presence near Timbuktu

Russian troops have been deployed in Mali, where they will serve as military trainers for the Malian defense forces near the city of Timbuktu. That’s according to a government spokesman cited by Reuters and other international news agencies. Witnesses living in the region told Reuters they had seen uniformed Russian…

Another 70 injured in Sudan protests against military rule

At least 70 people were injured Tuesday in Sudan, during the latest round of protests in the wake of Sunday’s resignation of former prime minister Abdalla Hamdok. That’s according to the Sudan Central Doctors Committee, a group that has monitored Sudanese security forces since the October 25 military coup that…

WFP, UN report looting of humanitarian supplies in Darfur

The World Food program (WFP) and United Nations are condemning armed attacks against food supply facilities in the Darfur region of Sudan, where food needed for humanitarian aid was taken amid a growing number of incidents. The food at WFP facilities in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state,…