Sudan flooding wipes out entire villages

Sudan flooding wipes out entire villages

Sudan is in the midst of yet another round of severe floods, even as much of the Horn of Africa struggles with catastrophic drought. The Save the Children organization says 83 people have died and another 146,000 have been affected by the flooding. Whole villages have been submerged, with nearly…

3 African nations lose UN vote over member dues

3 African nations lose UN vote over member dues

Three African nations have had their voting rights suspended by the United Nations because of their failure to pay the required financial contributions for member states. Sudan and Congo-Brazzaville, along with the Indian Ocean island nation of Comoros, are among 10 nations that have failed to pay their dues in…

Mali confirms Russian fighter presence near Timbuktu

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,…

Turkey-Africa Summit takes leaders to Istanbul

African leaders are in Turkey this weekend, as they take part in the third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The summit is meant to promote and deepen ties between Istanbul and African nations, with some 40 countries participating in the talks. They’re meant to lead to…

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…

New locust outbreak adds to southern Africa’s woes

Another locust outbreak is threatening southern Africa, this time with the potential to affect some 7 million people in four more countries. Botswana has seen smallholder farmers lose entire crops, with the growing region of Pandamatenga and its key sorghum crops at risk as the country seeks to step up…

AU to review Nile dam talks as Ethiopia, Egypt remain at impasse

There has been little progress in the stalemate over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to the Ethiopian government as it continues lengthy and oft-contentious negotiations with Egypt and Sudan. Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that the three nations have been unable to resolve their differences over access to…

WHO warns COVID-19 spread is accelerating for Africa

More than 200,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on the African continent, and the sweep of the pandemic is accelerating, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Officials said Thursday the coronavirus count reached the benchmark of 100,000 cases in 98 days, but it then took only 19 days to…

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…

Africa records at least 159 COVID cases in 17 nations

There are now at least 159 positive cases of the novel coronavirus on the African continent, according to health officials, with the first confirmed cases in Ethiopia and Kenya among them. The Ethiopian case involves a 48-year-old Japanese citizen who traveled from Burkina Faso on March 4 but is isolated…

Hamdok back to work as Sudan reviews security threats

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was back to work on Tuesday, joining with leaders of Sudan’s transitional government to review the country’s security situation and vowing to prevent terror attacks one day after a failed assassination attempt targeted Hamdok in Khartoum. Mohammed Al-Fakki, spokesman for the government, said the meeting focused…