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

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…

First African vaccine facility to be built in Rwanda

First African vaccine facility to be built in Rwanda

BioNTech is moving forward with plans to build vaccine manufacturing facilities on the African continent, with an announcement Tuesday that Rwanda has been chosen for the first site. Dr. Daniel Ngamije, the health minister for Rwanda, said the first facility will be built at the Kigali Special Economic Zone (KSEZ),…

African nations implicated in Pegasus spyware inquiry

African nations implicated in Pegasus spyware inquiry

Morocco, Egypt and Rwanda are just three of the nations where governments and their leaders are named in an ongoing investigation into the use of Pegasus spyware supplied by Israeli tech company NSO Group. The Pegasus Project, coordinated by the Paris-based NGO Forbidden Stories, looks at how the technology is…

Evacuating Goma: Why limnic eruption is a Lake Kivu threat

When Mount Nyiragongo erupted on Saturday, residents of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo evacuated the city until the lava flows stopped. Although 17 villages were destroyed and some three dozen people died, the rest were allowed to return – but not for long. That’s because of serious concerns…

DRC volcano toll reaches 32, quakes shake neighboring Rwanda

Earthquakes continued to rumble in western Rwanda following the weekend eruption of Mount Nyiragongo volcano, with some 651 Congolese who fled the Goma area now taking refuge across the border, according to Rwandan media. The latest 4.6-magnitude quake happened Tuesday evening near Gisenyi and was one of a series of…

At least 15 dead after Mount Nyiragongo volcano eruption

At least 15 people are dead following the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo volcano on Saturday, according to Congolese authorities who continue to assess the damage and coordinate aid response to affected villages. The 15 fatalities come from road accidents during an evacuation of Goma and its surroundings, and include four…

Latest Virunga attack claims six ranger lives

Six park rangers died in an attack by an armed group in Virunga National Park on Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Another ranger was seriously wounded, the park said in a statement. “The ranger has been evacuated to hospital in Goma and his injuries are no longer considered…

Africa’s health tech takes flight in the fight against COVID

The Urumuri robot helping to screen passengers at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport is just one of more than 120 health technology innovations that Africans are using in the fight against COVID-19. That’s according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) analysis of 1,000 new or modified technologies developed around the…

Report: Rwanda makes short list for EU travel reopen

Rwanda is the only nation in sub-Saharan Africa that appears to be approved for travel to the European Union as management of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, according to a list seen by the New York Times. The short list of non-European nations with citizens determined eligible to enter the EU,…

Africa records at least 229 COVID cases in 23 nations

There are now at least 229 positive cases of the novel coronavirus on the African continent, according to health officials, with the first confirmed cases in Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, Rwanda and Seychelles among them. The Department of Health on Seychelles said two of its citizens returned to the Indian Ocean…

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…