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Jul 15 06:33

‘We don’t know where to run’: South Africans brace for new wave of ‘devastating’ riots after ex-president Zuma jailed (VIDEO)

Locals are preparing for the worst, after a wave of mass rioting and looting swept across South Africa, following the arrest of its former president. The military has been deployed to help police maintain order.

Rioters ran wild, ransacking large shopping malls and smaller businesses, emptying out ATMs, and setting buildings on fire.

As the wave of mayhem died down, residents formed cleaning crews and security watch teams to deal with the aftermath of what South African President Cyril Ramaphosa described as one of the worst instances of violence since the apartheid regime ended in the early 1990s.

“How dare we allow this mall to be looted? That’s why we're here,” Nhla Nhlaous, local community leader, told RT in Johannesburg, describing the need for volunteers to patrol the streets. “We’d rather have our lives ended. We can’t live on our knees.”

Others rushed to stock up with groceries and fuel, fearing that the looters might return.

Jul 15 06:15

South Africans 'Struggling to Find Food' After Looting Everything, Army Activates 'All Reserve Members'

South Africa is going the way of Zimbabwe.

Jul 15 06:08

I am Become Death, Destroyer of South Africa

The bumptious leader of the Zulu faction within the ruling African National Congress party, Jacob Zuma, got himself kicked out of the presidency for corruption in 2018 and replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa, who, curiously, is much richer than Zuma.

Now the government is putting Zuma in jail and the Zulus are up in arms.

Jul 14 09:58

South Africa collapsing from within!

Jul 14 08:59

Over 70 Killed As South Africa "Crumbles" Despite Military Intervention

South Africa could be on the verge of collapse, and all the warning signs are there. The looters have targeted foreign shops, shopping centers, distribution centers/warehouses, and raided gun shops. Shortages are emerging in food, fuel, and ammo.

Over 70 have reportedly been killed since social unrest began last week after ex-president Jacob Zuma was jailed for failing to appear at a corruption inquiry. Supporters of Zuma, the nation's first Zulu president, have been on a looting spree that has crippled KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Johannesburg and disrupted national supply routes, resulting in food and fuel shortages in the affected area.

Jul 14 07:58

'Police' Caught Looting Goods as Deadly Riots in South Africa Enter Day 6 - Videos

South Africa descended into chaos on Friday after protests ignited by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma over skipping a corruption probe transformed into what has become the worst turmoil in the country in years.

A man in a police jacket has been caught red-handed by an angry mob in South Africa beside his car, packed with what appears to be looted goods, as the nation is hit by major unrest due to former President Jacob Zuma's imprisonment, in addition to massive unemployment and a weak economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video of the incident, uploaded on Twitter, a variety of household supplies can be seen in the boot and interior of the vehicle, ranging from bread and cooking oil to rolls of toilet paper.

Jul 14 07:52

Sending US troops back into Somalia would be folly

At the beginning of this year, President Trump ordered roughly 800 U.S. soldiers to withdraw from Somalia as part of a larger effort by his administration to prune back the unchecked growth of U.S. military involvement in unwinnable wars.

While the Biden administration embraced Trump’s plans for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the president has said little either way about whether he will reverse his predecessor’s course on Somalia. Reports that the Pentagon is already drawing up plans to send troops back to Somalia indicate that he might do just that.

Jul 14 07:38

Rebel Forces in Ethiopia’s Tigray Launch New Offensive

Tigrayan forces claimed Tuesday to have launched a new offensive in the conflict-torn northern region of Ethiopia, two weeks after the federal government declared a unilateral ceasefire in the face of rebel advances.

A spokesman for the Tigrayan forces told AFP they had seized Alamata, the main town in southern Tigray, after launching the offensive on Monday.

Getachew Reda said fighting was also taking place in western Tigray.

The claims could not be independently confirmed because communications were largely down in the area, while an Ethiopian military spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Tigray Defense Forces last month swept across large parts of Tigray and seized the regional capital Mekele after eight months of brutal conflict with federal troops.

Jul 14 06:58

CHAOS AND MAYHEM IN SOUTH AFRICA: Indian Militias Fight Back Against Looters and Rioters in Durban

Rioting and looting continued for the fourth day in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Province of South Africa as Blacks, Afrikaners and Indians in Durban banded together to defend their communities against looters.

Police and Army have proved ineffective at keeping local communities safe in the rioting which broke out Friday night in KwaZulu-Natal over the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma (GP reported). In the port city of Durban on the Indian Ocean, heavily armed Indian militias were patrolling the streets and assisting the police in arresting looters.

Jul 14 00:46

Food, Fuel And Water Supplies in Jeopardy As Looting And Rioting Spreads in South Africa

Widespread rioting and looting is threatening to bring the "Rainbow Nation" to the brink of oblivion.

Jul 13 09:01

WATCH: Vigilantes Open Fire on Rioters as Mob Violence Rocks South Africa

Violence is sweeping parts of South Africa, with the government deploying the military to support police in some provinces amid looting and several deaths, according to developing reports.

Mass looting is taking place in KwaZulu-Natal province, in particular, home of former South African president Jacob Zuma, 79, who is facing corruption charges and has been sent to prison for contempt of court after refusing to attend an inquiry into “state capture” when he held office.

Riots and looting, reportedly initiated by supporters of Zuma, who is appealing his sentence, are particularly pronounced in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, North Coast, South Coast, and Inland areas of KwaZulu-Natal, according to local reports, with the police also requiring military support in Gauteng province.

A prison break was also attempted in KwaZulu-Nata, with fires being lit at the Umzinto Correctional Centre and one inmate reported dead in the resulting fracas:

Jul 13 07:31

European Union Launches Military Mission in Mozambique

The European Union on Monday formally established a military mission for Mozambique to help train its armed forces battling jihadists in the north of the country.

A deadly insurgency by militants linked to the Islamic State group has ravaged the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province since late 2017, claiming some 3,000 lives and displacing 800,000 people.

Former colonial master Portugal is already providing training for Mozambican troops.

Lisbon’s military instructors on the ground are expected to make up some half of the new EU mission, which will be headed by a Portuguese commander.

“The aim of the mission is to train and support the Mozambican armed forces in protecting the civilian population and restoring safety and security in the Cabo Delgado province,” an EU statement said, without giving details on the overall size of the deployment.

Jul 12 20:48

Mass Rioting And Looting Breaks Out In South Africa

The Rainbow Nation is falling apart along racial lines.

Jul 12 09:45

How Local Guerrilla Fighters Routed Ethiopia’s Powerful Army

The Tigrayan fighters whooped, whistled and pointed excitedly to a puff of smoke in the sky, where an Ethiopian military cargo plane trundling over the village minutes earlier had been struck by a missile.

Smoke turned to flames as the stricken aircraft broke in two and hurtled toward the ground. Later, in a stony field strewn with smoking wreckage, villagers picked through twisted metal and body parts. For the Tigrayan fighters, it was a sign.
“Soon we’re going to win,” said Azeb Desalgne, a 20-year-old with an AK-47 over her shoulder.

The downing of the plane on June 22 offered bracing evidence that the conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia was about to take a seismic turn. A Tigrayan guerrilla army had been fighting to drive out the Ethiopian military for eight months in a civil war marked by atrocities and starvation. Now the fight seemed to be turning in their favor.

Jul 12 09:44

After battlefield reversals, what next for Ethiopia’s Tigray war?

The capture of Tigray’s capital, Mekelle, by Ethiopian forces in late November was depicted by the government in Addis Ababa as the finishing blow to forces loyal to the northern region’s former government.

But on June 29, seven months after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory, his troops vacated Mekelle amid battleground defeats following the launch of a major counteroffensive by the Tigrayan forces.

Jul 12 08:26

Soldiers from Senegal and North Macedonia to train in Vermont

Vermont Business Magazine North Macedonian and Senegalese Soldiers will join Vermont National Guard members for training starting next week.

North Macedonia and Senegal are both partnered with Vermont through the National Guard State Partnership Program.

Soldiers from the Senegalese Fire Brigade will spend a week with various Vermont National Guard, State and local disaster response organizations participating in multiple demonstrations and training events. The Fire Brigade is a unique asset for Senegal that focuses on various aspects of disaster response.

Meanwhile, a team of soldiers from North Macedonia will be participating from Camp Johnson in Cyber Shield 2021, a 14-day resident course designed to provide students hands-on Defense Cyberspace Operations Element training.

Jul 09 08:08

Another Failed 20-Year War: America vs. Somalia

The name "Somalia" has somehow become a slur against Americans who prioritize political liberty. "Oh, you think freedom works, huh? Well, why don’t you just move to Somalia?" This nonsense may have originated from the fact that some libertarian economists, such as Michael van Notten and Peter T. Leeson, noticed that when Somalia’s government ceased to exist after various warlords had exhausted themselves fighting over control of the country in the late 1990s, freedom was working. No power in the country had a monopoly on force, so traditional tribal methods of dispute resolution were being used instead. There was no authority to collect tariffs at the ports of Kismayo or Mogadishu, so the economy was booming. The cell phone industry, which was a huge marker of progress, was also growing rapidly in Somalia, greater than anywhere else in that part of Africa.

Jul 08 09:20

Former South African president Zuma surrenders to police & heads to jail after tense standoff over 15-month prison term

South African police have confirmed that former president Jacob Zuma has turned himself in. Sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court, his initial refusal sparked a standoff his son said could’ve led to civil war.

Zuma was in police custody late on Wednesday evening, police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba told reporters. The JG Zuma Foundation confirmed this in a tweet shortly before midnight local time, saying Zuma “has decided to comply with the incarceration order” and was on his way to a prison in KwaZulu-Natal.

Jul 06 07:28

Is Foreign Meddling in Ethiopia Actually a Proxy War Against China?

Africa’s second most populous country of Ethiopia has recently experienced a surge in foreign meddling over the past year. This former kingdom, which was among the world’s oldest prior to its 1974 revolution, has always proudly defended its independence. Emperor Menelik II defeated the Italians in 1896 and secured his compatriots’ independence during the height of European colonialism. One of his successors, Emperor Haile Selassie, promoted the Ethiopian cause at the League of Nations after Italy’s fascist invasion in the run-up to World War II. His efforts generated global sympathy for Ethiopia and etched its struggle in the minds of many.

Jul 01 09:16

Myanmar's Army Rulers Threaten Those Who Call Them Junta

Myanmar's military authorities threatened on Wednesday to take legal action against foreign news organisations that describe them as a junta and their seizure of power in February as a coup d'etat.

Many foreign publications, including Reuters, have used the terms to describe the army-led State Administration Council and the overthrow of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Jul 01 09:15

Ethiopia Downplays Loss of Tigray Capital to Rebel Forces

Ethiopia’s leaders sought Wednesday to downplay the significance of the army’s pullback from the regional capital of war-hit Tigray, insisting they could retake the city from rebels whenever they wanted.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the city of Mekele, captured by Ethiopian forces in November but seized by rebels in a stunning turnaround this week, had “lost its center of gravity” during eight months of war in Tigray.

“When we see Mekele militarily, it does not have the same appeal as when we went there,” the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner said in remarks distributed by his office on Wednesday.

Jul 01 06:04

Angola’s debts to Western oil companies reach $1B: Report

Angola has accumulated around $1bn in debt to Western oil companies operating its oilfields, with the bill prompting the African country’s recently launched sale of stakes in its flagship offshore blocs, three industry sources told Reuters news agency.

The magnitude of the debt, built up over several years, is a sign of deepening financial woes at state oil giant Sonangol, one of Africa’s largest companies, due to underinvestment in declining offshore fields that worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jun 29 07:05

Interim government of Tigray flees as rebels seize capital

The interim government of Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region has fled as rebel fighters advanced into the region’s capital and the national government announced a “unilateral ceasefire”.

Witnesses said federal soldiers and police were also abandoning Mekelle late on Monday, and fireworks and celebratory gunfire could be heard as Tigrayan fighters took the city’s airport and other key positions.

“The capital of Tigray, Mekelle, is under our control,” Getachew Reda, the spokesperson for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters by satellite phone late on Monday.

Jun 23 05:51

Zimbabwe: Socialist Officials Accused of Stealing Mugabe Genocide Memorial Plaques

A non-profit organization supporting victims of Zimbabwe’s 1983-1987 genocide accused unnamed members of Zimbabwe’s socialist government of “stealing Gukurahundi [genocide] memorial plaques in [Zimbabwe’s] Matabeleland South and Midlands provinces” last week, the online newspaper New Zimbabwe reported Monday.

“Gukurahundi plaques erected by the Bulawayo-based pressure group, Ibhetshu Likhazulu, in memory of villagers killed during the massacres by a government-back army in the early 1980s, have been stolen by unidentified people ahead of memorial services of the victims in the two provinces [sic],” New Zimbabwe reported June 21.

“The Silobela plague [plaque] was stolen last week after it was erected ahead of a memorial service for 12 villagers killed in 1985 in Silobela,” according to the newspaper.

Jun 20 07:57

World's Third Largest Diamond Unearthed In Botswana 

An enormous diamond has been unearthed in Botswana, according to a series of tweets by the Botswana government.

On Wednesday, the government of Botswana tweeted that 1,098-carat stone, believed to be the third-largest diamond ever found, was presented to President Mokgweetsi Masisi by Debswana Diamond Company's acting managing director Lynette Armstrong.

Jun 20 04:14

The Gates Foundation … Driving the Food System, In the Wrong Direction

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent nearly $6 billion over the past 17 years trying to improve agriculture, mainly in Africa. This is a lot of money for an underfunded sector, and, as such, carries great weight. To better understand how the Gates Foundation is shaping the global agriculture agenda, GRAIN analyzed all the food and agriculture grants the foundation has made up until 2020.

We found that, while the Foundation’s grants focus on African farmers, the vast majority of its funding goes to groups in North America and Europe. The grants are also heavily skewed to technologies developed by research centers and corporations in the North for poor farmers in the South, completely ignoring the knowledge, technologies and biodiversity that these farmers already possess.

Jun 17 18:48

“Dangerous Precedent”: US High Court Sides With Corporate Giants Nestlé and Cargill in Child Slavery Case

By Julia Conley

Human rights advocates Thursday denounced a Supreme Court decision in favor of the U.S. corporate giants Nestlé USA and Cargill, which were sued more than a decade ago by six men who say the two companies were complicit in child trafficking and profited when the men were enslaved on cocoa farms as children.

The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 against the plaintiffs, saying they had not proven the companies’ activities in the U.S. were sufficiently tied to the alleged child trafficking. The companies had argued that they could not be sued in the U.S. for activities that took place in West Africa.

Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general under the Obama administration, represented the two companies and also argued that they could not be sued for complicity in child trafficking because they are corporations, not individuals...

Jun 17 15:05

Iranian ships once believed to be headed toward Venezuela change course, U.S. officials say

The Iranian navy ships believed to be originally headed toward Venezuela changed course early this week and are now steaming north up the west coast of Africa, U.S. officials said.

The ships, which U.S. officials believe may have been preparing to conduct an arms transfer, have appeared to change course several times during their journey from Iran — and could do so again. But after the course change early this week, they are likely now headed either into the Mediterranean — potentially planning to sail off of Syria — or north toward Russia, according to a defense official briefed on the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive subject.

Jun 16 13:29

Nigeria's cratering economy may become Africa's biggest threat

If there was ever a time Nigeria could have taken off, it was in 1999. Democracy had been restored, with its economy reopening after decades of mismanagement and plunder under military dictatorships.

Tomi Davies, a systems analyst, was one of thousands of Nigerians who came home to help rebuild the country. After a few years working on public-sector projects, he was offered a bag full of dollars to add ghost employees to the payroll system he was installing. When he refused, a group of men attacked him at his home in the capital, Abuja.

"I arrived like many others full of hope, but had to escape in disgust," said Davies, 65, who returned to the U.K., where he is now chief investment officer of Frankfurt-based venture capital firm GreenTec Capital Partners.

Jun 09 10:34

Cameroon's first shopping mall had to close down because theft was so bad. What a surprise

Jun 09 08:59

Finally Let in From the Cold, Sudan Reconsiders Russian Naval Base

Sudan’s interim government is having second thoughts about a deal that would allow Russia to establish a naval base on the Red Sea.

The deal is now under review to ensure it “serve[s] Sudan’s interests,” Sudanese officials informed a Russian delegation to Khartoum last week, said armed forces Chief of Staff Gen. Mohamed Othman al-Hussein in an interview with Sudan’s Blue Nile TV last night.

The deal, released by Moscow late last year, would allow Russia’s navy to maintain a 25-year lease at Port Sudan, housing up to four ships and 300 soldiers, in exchange for weapons and military equipment for Khartoum.

Russia claims the planned base would be for basic resupply and repairs, but the agreement also allows Russia to move “any weapons, ammunition and equipment” necessary through the port.

Sudan’s ousted dictator Omar al-Bashir initially discussed the agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017.

Jun 09 08:58

France Freezes Aid to Central African Republic Over Russia Ties

France has suspended military cooperation with and economic aid to the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). France accuses C.A.R.’s government of being “complicit” in a Russian disinformation campaign targeting France, a French defense ministry official said to the media on Monday. [Which is codeword for France being less popular than Russia in CAR.]

The French foreign ministry said that $12.2 million in economic aid to the C.A.R. government would be “suspended until further notice.” [Oh noes, not a full $12.2 million.] However, French humanitarian aid and other projects worth more than $7.3 million, which directly target the needy Central African population will continue, the ministry added.

The French military will also continue to provide about 100 soldiers in a European Union-led military training operation in the C.A.R.

Jun 08 10:13

AFRICOM Military’s Exercise: The Art of Creating New Pretexts for Propagating US Interests

Phoenix Express 2021, the AFRICOM-sponsored military exercise involving 13 countries in the Mediterranean Sea region, concluded last week. While its stated aim was to combat “irregular migration” and trafficking, the US record in the region indicates more nefarious interests

Phoenix Express 2021 (PE21), a 12-day US-Africa Command (AFRICOM)-sponsored military exercise involving 13 states in the Mediterranean Sea, concluded on Friday, May 28. It had kicked off from the naval base in Tunis, Tunisia, on May 16. The drills in this exercise covered naval maneuvers across the stretch of the Mediterranean Sea, including on the territorial waters of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania.

Jun 07 06:35

Children suffer as fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray drags on

The battle for Hawzen is part of a larger war in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region between the government’s forces and Tigrayan fighters that has led to massacres, gang rapes and the flight of more than 2 million of the region’s 6 million people. While the government now holds many urban centres, fierce fighting continues in remote rural towns like Hawzen.

As the two sides fight, civilians, and especially children, are suffering. More and more children are caught up in shelling in Hawzen and other nearby areas, with at least 32 admitted to the Ayder Hospital in the regional capital Mekele for blast injuries from December to April.

Thirteen had limbs amputated, according to official records.

Jun 07 03:51

ELECTRIC CAR BATTERIES ARE TURNING THIS COUNTRY INTO AN ACTUAL HELLSCAPE

BURIED TREASURE
As the demand for gadgets and electric cars grows, so too are the mining operations that dig up cobalt to use in lithium-ion batteries.

And that’s become a serious problem for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, The New Yorker reports, which sits atop about 3.4 million metric tons of the stuff — half of the entire planet’s supply. A massive, gold rush-like mining industry was born after residents in poverty-stricken areas discovered ore deposits under their homes. But now, many are finding that digging up the valuable mineral has failed to lift them out of poverty. And meanwhile, dangerous conditions are killing miners as exposure to the metal is poisoning both people and the environment.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

This.... is the "dark, dystopian side" of the "Green Dream" and for simplistic people like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, they cannot possibly conjur these horrific realities in their wildest of fantasies.

Jun 06 20:01

Twitter Censors Nigerian President, Nigerian President Censors Twitter, Twitter Cries 'Censorship'

Twitter is working together with the State Department to overthrow the democratically elected President of Nigeria the same way they worked to overthrow the President of the United State of America.

The big difference is the President of Nigeria is actually fighting back rather than choosing to "monitor the situation."

Jun 04 09:04

A woman with HIV had the coronavirus for 216 days. The virus mutated at least 30 times inside her.

A 36-year-old woman with advanced HIV carried the novel coronavirus for 216 days, during which the virus accumulated more than 30 mutations, a new study has found.

The case report, which has not been peer-reviewed, was published as a preprint on medRxiv on Thursday.

The woman, who has not been named, was identified as a 36-year-old living in South Africa

Jun 04 05:47

‘Slap in the face’: Namibian descendants of German genocide victims condemn aid deal 

Namibian descendants of victims of the genocide committed by Germany during its colonial rule have rejected a deal made by the governments of the two countries as a “slap in the face” that has “no regard for the human lives lost.”

On Friday, the German and Namibian governments announced a $1.3 billion financial aid package that will be disseminated over a 30-year period as part of a deal that saw Berlin formally recognize the genocide crimes it committed during colonial rule.

The funds, which were intentionally not called ‘reparations’ by the German government, will fund development projects, rural infrastructure and energy and water supplies.

The request from German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas for “forgiveness” from the descendants of the victims has been rejected, with people related to those who lost their lives in the massacres calling it a “slap in the face” that was negotiated without speaking to them.

Jun 02 09:40

Fishermen find $1.5M fortune in the belly of a whale

A group of Yemeni fishermen's lives were changed when they discovered $1.5 million worth of a rare substance in the carcass of a sperm whale in the Gulf of Aden.

The 35-member team found the carcass floating in the gulf and, upon dragging it to the shore, discovered an expensive lump of ambergris, or whale "vomit," used to preserve the odor of perfume.
"As soon as we got close to it there was this strong smell and we had the feeling that this whale had something," one of the men told the BBC.

"We decided to hook the whale in, take it to shore and cut into it to see what was inside its belly, and yes, it was ambergris. The smell wasn't very nice - but lots of money," the unnamed man added.

May 30 09:04

61 earthquakes hit Congo after volcanic eruption: report

The Democratic Republic of Congo was hit with 61 earthquakes within a 24-hour period on Saturday, a week after the Mount Nyiragongo volcano erupted for the first time in nearly 20 years.

In a report from the Goma Volcano Observatory (GVO) that was obtained by CNN, officials informed the central African country's government that the volcano's crater "continues to collapse, which contributed to the earthquake and caused ash emissions visible from" the city of Goma.

The eruption last week from the volcano, which is located about nine miles north of Goma, has led to a series of earthquakes and tremors felt throughout the region, including as far at the Rwandan capital of Kigali, CNN reported.

May 28 04:15

Thousands Flee Eastern Congo Amid Further Risk Of Volcanic Eruptions

In the city of Goma in eastern Congo, residents were advised by authorities to pack up their bags and head to the next town as another volcanic eruption by Mount Nyiragongo could be imminent, according to The Guardian.

"Current data on seismicity and the deformation of the ground indicate the presence of magma under the urban area of Goma, with an extension under Lake Kivu," the local military governor, Gen Constant Ndima, said in a public address.

"We can't rule out an eruption on land or under the lake, which could happen very soon and without warning. The situation can change rapidly, and is being constantly monitored."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You've got to feel for these people; to the best of my understanding, this area of Africa has no "earthquake code", in terms of how buildings are created in seismically active areas, like California or Japan, to attempt to prevent them from falling apart, and minimize damage when a quake hits.

Mike and I lived through the Northridge Quake, and although there was seismic damage to the apartment in North Hollywood where we lived, we were relatively lucky; an apartment building very close to us just pancaked into its own foundation.

May 26 12:11

This Navy Cruiser Seized a Whole Floating Arsenal of Weapons

  • The USS Monterey discovered thousands of weapons after stopping a dhow in the North Arabian Sea.
  • The dhow was carrying at least 2,000 assault rifles, machine guns, anti-tank rocket launchers, and anti-tank missiles.
  • The Monterey was enforcing a United Nations-led arms embargo on Yemen when it discovered the weapons.

A routine patrol by U.S. naval and Coast Guard forces uncovered a major haul of what the U.S. Navy described as “illicit” weapons last week.

On May 6, Coast Guard personnel operating from the guided missile cruiser USS Monterey stopped a “stateless” dhow, or local commercial ship that isn’t registered under the flag of any particular country, during an inspection in the North Arabian sea. The dhow was carrying hundreds of assault rifles, sniper rifles, machine guns, anti-tank weapons, and even anti-tank missiles, which were likely bound for Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

May 24 08:44

Congo's Mount Nyiragongo Volcano Erupts, Sending Lava For Miles But Sparing A City

Mount Nyiragongo in Congo erupted suddenly Saturday night, turning the sky a fiery red, sending lava spilling down its sides and threatening the major city of Goma.

Overnight, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the region reported during a reconnaissance flight that the lava didn't appear to be flowing toward Goma, a city of nearly 2 million on the edge of Lake Kivu. But still, thousands evacuated — many across the border into Rwanda — remembering the widespread devastation that the last eruption in 2002 caused, when reports of the death toll ranged into the hundreds and tens of thousands of homes were lost.

May 24 06:01

Top secret Tunisian presidential document outlines plan for 'constitutional dictatorship'

Kais Saied’s top advisors have urged the Tunisian president to seize control of the country from the elected government as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and mounting levels of debt.

The plan would be to lure Saied’s political rivals to the presidential palace and announce the coup in their presence while not allowing them to leave. Other top politicians and businessmen would be simultaneously arrested.

The plan is contained in a document passed to Middle East Eye, labelled “absolutely top secret” and dated 13 May.

It is addressed to Saied’s chief of staff Nadia Akacha and outlines how the president would enact a chapter of the constitution which - under a national emergency - would give him complete control of the state.

May 24 06:01

US denies funding Tunisian President Kais Saied's 2019 election campaign

The United States has denied financing Tunisian President Kais Saied's election campaign in 2019, following claims from an opposition parliamentarian against the backdrop of a political crisis in the North African country.

"The US Government did not provide funding to President Kais Saied's presidential campaign. The United States reaffirms its respect for the integrity and sovereignty of Tunisian democracy," the US embassy in Tunis tweeted on Wednesday.

May 22 05:29

Pakistan delivers JF-17 fighters to Nigerian Air Force

Nigeria’s Air Force officially took delivery of three JF-17 fighter aircraft Friday during a ceremony at a base in Makudri amid celebrations marking the 57th anniversary of the service.

The fighters were handed over by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, which constructed the aircraft and was responsible for their delivery. This marks the latest development in the Pakistan Air Force’s involvement in the Nigerian Air Force’s modernization program.

A Pakistan Air Force news release stated the ceremony was attended by high-ranking officers from both forces.

The chief guest, Nigerian Defence Minister Bashir Magashi, thanked Pakistan and its Air Force for their role in modernizing the local service and helping Nigeria meet its security challenges.

“We are happy and excited on the addition of JF-17 fighter aircraft from Pakistan,” he said.

May 11 06:49

South Africa warns of 'vaccine apartheid' amid hoarding by rich nations

South Africa’s president has warned of “vaccine apartheid” as millions of people in poor countries are dying of the coronavirus with no access to vaccines and wealthy countries are hogging shots.

President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote in a weekly newsletter that COVID-19 vaccines should be “a global public good.”

“It is about affirming our commitment to the advancement of equality and human rights, not just in our own country but around the world,” he said.

“A situation in which the populations of advanced, rich countries are safely inoculated while millions in poorer countries die in the queue would be tantamount to vaccine apartheid,” the president added.

Ramaphosa made the remarks as his country along with India have been pushing for a waiver on some intellectual property (IP) rights for vaccines and medicines at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

May 05 23:03

Leo Prinsloo ID'ed As Heroic South African CIT Driver Who Escaped Armed Robbers, New Footage Released

Leo Prinsloo, a former member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Task Force, has been identified as the cash-in-transit driver seen on viral video narrowly escaping an army of road pirates.

May 04 06:54

Eritrean troops killed more than 100 civilians in Tigray: Rights group

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says Eritrean soldiers killed more than 100 civilians in a November massacre in war-torn Tigray that may amount to crimes against humanity.

The findings released on Wednesday by the government-affiliated but independent Ethiopian Human Rights Commission corroborate separate investigations by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch into the same killings in the historic town of Axum.

May 04 04:57

Hero guard keeps his cool as robbers spray his truck with 30 bullets - then turns the tables as he rams their vehicles before chasing them off at gunpoint in incredible footage from South Africa


  • Former police sniper Leo Prinsloo, 48, was escorting a high value cargo
  • He came under attack by two cars full of gunmen on the motorway in Pretoria
  • Leo remained remarkably calm while under attack and rammed the assailants

A hero South African guard has been caught on dashcam footage fighting off a gang of armed robbers who sprayed his security vehicle with over thirty bullets in a bid to kill him, before he turned the tables on them by chasing them off at gunpoint.

Former police sniper Leo Prinsloo, 48, was escorting a high value cargo in his unmarked armoured Toyota Land Cruiser when he was ambushed by two cars full of gunmen.

Apr 22 06:49

Boer and Afrikaner Minorities in South Africa Face Worsening Situation, Says Rights Activist

Gruesome farm attacks all over the “Rainbow Nation” continue, with white farmers being targeted by criminals; several NGOs are calling for international attention to the problem.

According to Dan Roodt – the founder of the Pro-Afrikaans Action Group (PRAAG), in addition to being targeted by outright criminals, Afrikaners are also suffering from cultural and other forms of discrimination.

Sputnik: Your organisation has been trying to convey the message from Boers and Afrikaners to the world for over 20 years now. In 2019 you delivered an emotional speech at the MENF (Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom) conference in Brussels dedicated to the political situation in your country. Has anything changed in the life of Boers and Afrikaners since then? Have any of their problems been resolved?

Apr 21 05:13

Pentagon Adds Africa to Global Battleground with China and Russia

General Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), and General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, are scheduled to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 22. The testimony, both open and closed, will address the proposed 2022 National Defense Authorization Act which is reported to include a total of $753 billion for the Pentagon’s operations around the world.

The last time AFRICOM’s Townsend addressed that committee was in January of last year, when he spoke in depth of his command’s, and more broadly the U.S.’s overall, strategy toward Africa.

Apr 20 05:35

Chad President Idriss Deby has died: Army spokesman

Chad’s newly re-elected President Idriss Deby has died of injuries suffered on the frontline in the Sahel country’s north, where he had gone to visit soldiers battling rebels, an army spokesman said on Tuesday.

Deby, 68, “has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield” over the weekend, army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.

Apr 19 05:20

China looks to recreate ancient Silk Road with network of African ports

A seaport built by a Chinese company on the Kenyan island of Lamu will go into operation in June as Beijing aims to recreate an ancient Silk Road more than 600 years after Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He visited the area.

According to historians, Zheng’s fleet paid four visits to the Kenyan coast, starting at the town of Malindi in 1418. Centuries later, China is trying to connect this history with several projects in Africa.

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) said China Communications Construction Company had completed construction of the first three berths at Lamu port, which is set to become a cargo transshipment hub for containers and oil cargo. The deepwater facility will be capable of handling large sea vessels and will complement Kenya’s main port in Mombasa.

The US$5 billion project is part of a broader US$25 billion infrastructure scheme – the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) Corridor – which will link Kenya with Ethiopia, Uganda and South Sudan.

Apr 18 07:22

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Apr 12 06:14

So it is now impossible to be white and African? As one myself, I find this growing racist war on whiteness deeply troubling

About 8% of South Africa’s 59 million people are white, and many can trace our roots there back to the 17th century. I worry radical black politicians’ wish to see us expunged, expelled or killed is xenophobic reverse apartheid.

I was bemused to read that a radical black politician in South Africa caused a Twitter storm this week by telling us that one cannot be both African and white. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters party, said that “no white person on this continent can claim to be African”.

As one of the 8% of South Africans who are white, I am perplexed.

South Africa is a geographical location. There is no South African language. There are, the constitution brags, 11 official languages including Sanskrit. But there is no actual South African tongue. There are more than 400 tribal subgroupings.

However, the beleaguered white minority is, again, being castigated.

The purpose, of course, is to cause hatred and division.

Apr 09 06:20

Egypt, Uganda sign security cooperation agreement as Sisi warns Ethiopia over Nile dam

Uganda and Egypt signed a military intelligence sharing agreement on Wednesday, Reuters has reported.

It comes as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi warned Ethiopia regarding the controversial Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), saying there were "many Egyptian options to deal with the crisis" following the failure of talks in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Major-General Sameh Saber El-Degwi, an intelligence official, headed an Egyptian delegation to the Ugandan capital Kampala to sign the intelligence sharing deal.

Apr 09 05:50

It Began With Twelve, How Will It End? – Mozambique: AFRICOM’s Newest Adventure

White faces in fatigues – I’m sure that’s just what most Mozambicans were hoping to see upon their shores. After all, it certainly isn’t the first time. Ever since the Portuguese started planting trading posts and forts on what was known as the Swahili Coast around the year 1500, an arrival of armed whites has never really ended well for the locals. Now, if half a millennium late to the party, America recently shipped an army special forces detachment to the country.

Apr 08 06:20

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: 'All Options Open', Egypt Warns After Another Collapse in Talks

Ethiopia has long been deadlocked in a Nile dam spat with Sudan and Egypt, who fear that Addis Ababa's mega hydroelectric project will reduce their access to water.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has stated that all options are on the table when it comes to talks between Cairo, Khartoum, and Addis Ababa over a huge dam on the Blue Nile being constructed by Ethiopia.

The statement comes after the latest round of trilateral negotiations ended without progress in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, earlier this week.

Mar 31 01:26

Former MP George Galloway Confirms Anti-Apartheid Movement In South Africa Was Led Entirely By Jews

During a 2003 speech at Oxford Union, former Labour MP and out-spoken critic of Israel, George Galloway, was interrupted by Jewish protesters who waved the Israeli and accused him of “racism” against Jews — which prompted him to defend himself by revealing his activism in South Africa with the Jews who led the anti-Apartheid movement there:

I am one of the few people on the Left in Britain who traveled the length and breadth of Apartheid South Africa — as an underground agent of the African National Congress led by Nelson Mandela — then in Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town.

Mar 23 05:12

Dispatches from the Congo: The truth behind US claims of ISIS presence

Mar 20 06:45

Was Tanzania’s President John Magufuli Assassinated For Exposing COVID-19 Plandemic?

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has died at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, the country’s vice president announced in a televised address on Wednesday. He was 61. His sudden death has raised many questions including whether Tanzania’s President was assassinated for exposing the COVID-19 plandemic by taking controversial action against Big Pharma and the WHO and their global push for vaccines.

Mar 20 06:36

USA and Morocco threaten Spain

The United States and Morocco carried out major military maneuvers. The joint exercise, dubbed Lightning Handshake, took place in early March 2021 between the Canary Islands and Agadir. Spain was not notified [1].

Aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower, its 90 aircraft squadron and its maritime group took part. "By mistake", US planes entered the Canary Islands airspace, owned by Spain. Also "by mistake", the US staff omitted to inform the Spanish authorities of this deployment.

These maneuvers and the mistakes that accompanied them were interpreted as a threat against Spain after the Trump administration’s recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Spanish Sahara.

Mar 19 08:05

30 Dead in Clashes Between Troops and Militia in East Dr Congo

Thirty people, including 11 civilians, have died in two days of fighting between government forces and a militia in the eastern DR Congo province of Ituri, the army said Thursday.

The area, located in the territory of Djugu, around 60 kilometers (35 miles) from Ituri’s capital Bunia, is rich in gold, and CODECO has been accused by local civil groups of illegally extracting the precious metal.

“Eleven civilians were killed, two soldiers and a policemen died” on Monday when the CODECO militia attacked the villages of Tchele and Garua, its provincial spokesman Lieutenant Jules Ngongo told AFP. In an army counter-offensive on Tuesday “16 militiamen were neutralized,” he said.

Troops pursued the militia to its rear base, in the village of Mbau, and secured Tchele and Garua, Ngongo said.

Mar 18 21:01

Could Tanzania’s President John Magufuli Have Been Victim Of An Assassination

Now with the suspicious death of President John Magufuli his successor, Samia Suluhu Hassan is in power now and she is tied in with the Great Reset pigs of the World Economic Forum.

Mar 18 20:22

Tanzania says it's free from Covid-19 and rejects vaccine

The world has found a common approach to dealing with Covid-19, but there are some outliers, like #Tanzania?. Back In June, President John Magufuli declared his country to be free of the disease. In the months that have followed, he and other government officials have made fun of masks, openly questioned if testing works, and teased neighbouring countries which have imposed restrictions on movement.

Mar 18 12:48

Flashback: Tanzanian paw paw tests positive for COVID-19 - President Magufuli

Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli has said the testing kits being used to test for COVID-19 could be fake andcould as well be inflating the number of cases being reported in the country.

Magufuli said he had carried out an investigation after realising that every sample sent to National Referral Laboratory came out positive.

In a viral video seen by TUKO.co.ke on Sunday, May 3, the head of state said he, together with his officials, took samples of a pawpaw, oil, a goat, sheep, among others to the laboratory to test for COVID-19.

He also labelled the samples and after testing, the car oil came out negative, but the pawpaw and the goat tested positive.

Mar 18 12:46

Perfectly healthy Tanzania president who mocked ‘Covid’, the PCR test, masks and refused to import the DNA-manipulating ‘vaccine’ is dead at 61

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has died aged 61, the country’s vice-president has announced.

He died on Wednesday from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Samia Suluhu Hassan said in an address on state television.

Magufuli had not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumours have been circulating about his health.

Opposition politicians said last week that he had contracted Covid-19, but this has not been confirmed.

Mar 18 05:06

Tanzania's President John Magufuli dead at 61

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli, one of Africa’s most prominent coronavirus sceptics, has died aged 61, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Wednesday after a more than two-week absence from public life that led to speculation about his health.

She said he died from the heart disease that had plagued him for a decade. She said burial arrangements were under way and announced 14 days of mourning and the flying of flags at half staff. State television broadcast mournful and religious songs.

Mar 17 07:00

US Sends Special Forces to Mozambique

US special forces have deployed to Mozambique to train local forces to battle an insurgency in the country’s north. A dozen US Army Green Berets started training Mozambican marines this week and will continue to train them over the next two months.

There are other signs that the US may become more involved in Mozambique. The US claims the group fighting in northeastern Mozambique has ties to ISIS. Last week, the Biden administration designated the group, known as al-Sunna wa Jama’a, as a foreign terrorist organization.

But it’s not clear how strong the ties are between al-Sunna wa Jama’a and ISIS, or if they are even linked at all. The US is quick to lump together Islamist militant groups in Africa with ISIS or al-Qaeda as a pretext for intervention.

Mar 09 13:28

More than 98 killed in Equatorial Guinea blasts at military barracks

At least 98 people have been killed and more than 600 others are injured after multiple explosions at a military camp in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday.

The state television channel TVGE broadcast footage of wrecked and burning buildings, with people -- including children -- being pulled from the rubble and the wounded lying on a hospital floor.

It showed images of a thick column of black smoke, which TVGE said was coming from the Nkoa Ntoma military camp in the economic capital Bata.

The first blast occurred in the early afternoon and in the early evening TVGE referred to "casualties" but said it had not determined whether there were any fatalities.

"We hear the explosion and we see the smoke, but we don't know what's going on," one local resident, Teodoro Nguema, told AFP by telephone.

It is not yet known what caused the blasts, but early reports suggested they might have come from the camp's armory, according to a journalist with the TV channel.

Mar 09 13:28

Remote C.I.A. Base in the Sahara Steadily Grows

Deep in the Sahara, the C.I.A. is continuing to conduct secret drone flights from a small but steadily expanding air base, even as the Biden administration has temporarily limited drone strikes against suspected terrorists outside conventional war zones, such as Afghanistan, while it weighs whether to tighten Trump-era rules for such operations.

Soon after it set up the base in northern Niger three years ago, the C.I.A. was poised to launch drone strikes from the site.

But there is no public evidence that the agency has carried out anything but surveillance missions so far. The base was added to a small commercial airport largely to pay closer attention to southwestern Libya, a notorious haven for Al Qaeda, the Islamic State and other extremist groups that operate in the Sahel region of Niger, Chad and Mali.

The expanding capabilities at the base indicate that the C.I.A. would be ready to carry out armed drone strikes if the high-level review permits them.

Mar 04 07:18

Africa Zambian Leader Dr. Mumba Refuses COVID Drugs After Marked “Not for Use in EU or USA

Mar 03 10:43

White South African Mercenaries Are Indiscriminately Killing People in Mozambique

White South African mercenaries hired by the Mozambican government have carried out indiscriminate helicopter attacks and killed civilians as part of an escalating war in neighboring Mozambique, according to a new report published today by Amnesty International.

Fifty-three witnesses interviewed by Amnesty International claim that forces from a South African private military company, known as the Dyck Advisory Group (DAG), fired machine guns from helicopters and dropped hand grenades indiscriminately into crowds of people, failing to differentiate between civilians and military targets in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province.

Mar 03 07:52

Trauma, anger as Tigrayans recount Eritrea troops’ ‘grave crimes’

December 4 is a date that fills Mona Lisa Abraha with horror. It was then, the 18-year-old says, that Eritrean soldiers entered her village of Tembin in Ethiopia’s embattled region of Tigray.

“They tried to rape me and I was thrown to the ground. Then, one of the soldiers fired bullets to scare me, but they hit my hand and then fired another bullet that went through my arm,” Abraha recalls from a hospital bed on the outskirts of Tigray’s capital, Mekelle.

Feb 26 08:23

AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS ARE CRUSHING OPPOSITION USING ISRAELI SPYWARE

As internet penetration and smartphone usage increases across Africa, digital spaces have become increasingly important for organising political uprisings and opposition movements. In response, several of the continent’s regimes have shut down the internet or blocked social media apps. To sidestep the economic costs and global criticism that these online shutdowns incur, governments have turned to digital surveillance technology as a shrewder way to crush all opposition.

Feb 26 07:16

Amnesty says Eritrean troops killed hundreds of Ethiopian civilians in Axum

Eritrean soldiers killed hundreds of civilians in Ethiopia’s ancient town of Axum between Nov. 28 and 29, rights group Amnesty International said on Friday, one of several mass killings reported during a conflict that erupted nearly four months ago in the northern region of Tigray.

“Over an approximately 24-hour period, on 28-29 November 2020, Eritrean troops operating in the Ethiopian city of Axum killed many hundreds of civilians,” Amnesty said, citing 41 witnesses.

The rights group said that the mass execution of civilians by Eritrean troops may amount to crimes against humanity.

The Ethiopian government’s emergency task force for the Tigray said on Thursday that investigations into violence in Axum were underway.

Feb 26 07:15

Hunger-striking Ethiopia politicians ‘deteriorating’ in jail

Lawyers representing jailed Ethiopian opposition politicians say they are concerned for the lives of their clients, whose hunger strike has gone on for nearly a month and drawn international attention as they protest their treatment by the government.

“Four of them have continued with their hunger strike and their health is deteriorating quickly,” lawyer Tokuma Daba told The Associated Press news agency, saying he last visited them on Monday. “Our concern now is for their lives. We are told by medics that they need a sophisticated medical treatment, which is lacking now. It is really concerning.”

Feb 21 07:30

Millions of children at risk in DR Congo violence: UN

Several million children are at risk in DR Congo regions that have been destabilised by armed groups, the UN's children's agency said on Friday.

"The lives and futures of more than three million displaced children are at risk in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) while the world is looking the other way," UNICEF said in a statement.

According to UN figures, 5.2 million people in the DRC have been forced from their homes because of conflict -- "more than in any country except Syria," UNICEF said.

Of these, half have been displaced in the past 12 months, it said.

Feb 21 07:23

Ethiopia-Sudan tensions rise amid regional mediation offers

Ethiopia would welcome the Turkish government's mediation on the recent border conflict with Sudan, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said this week, amid regional efforts to deescalate tensions between Addis Abada and Khartoum.

Dina Mufti told the Turkish Anadolu News Agency that the Ethiopian-Sudanese border conflict could be solved through diplomatic means.

"Without exaggerating, we now have a great relationship with Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and Sudan, despite the unfortunate borders situation that is created the other day," said Mufti.

"The relationship in the north is changing for good. However, we need to cooperate in this regard," he added.

Feb 19 07:05

Defence minister tells Nigerians not to "be cowards" when facing gunmen

Nigeria’s defence minister prompted criticism on Thursday for urging Nigerians not to “be cowards” and to stand up to armed bandits, while security forces embarked on a mission to rescue 42 people kidnapped from a boarding school this week.

The comments by Bashir Salihi Magashi, a retired army major, came on Wednesday, hours after gunmen abducted dozens of people, including 27 students, from the Government Science secondary school in the Kagara district of north-central Niger state.

The Nigeria Police Force, in a statement on Thursday, said a massive search and rescue mission was being carried out alongside the military in which helicopters, counter-intelligence unit forces and intelligence agents had been deployed.

Feb 18 11:43

Africa Has Terrorism, Famine, & Disease, But Biden Wants Them To Focus On Being Socially 'Woke'?

The Biden administration has brought back a variety of priorities from the Obama times, increasing involvement worldwide to include conditioning U.S. foreign assistance on protections for gays and lesbians, even though there are more imminent problems to solve.

On Feb. 2, President Joe Biden announced to African leaders in a virtual summit conference on Zoom that the United States was “promoting” the rights of LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex) individuals. Biden stressed to the African Union that diplomacy would stress multilateral accords, shared concerns in democracy, health security against COVID-19, and helping nations adjust to climate influences.

Feb 18 09:59

WHO Issues 'Alert' To Six African Nations After Recent Ebola Outbreaks

After the West African country of Guinea reported its first confirmed Ebola deaths since 2016, prompting the declaration of an "epidemic situation," the World Health Organization (WHO) has alerted six countries to watch out for further spread of the disease, according to Reuters.

The news comes as Guinea declared a new Ebola outbreak on Sunday in the first resurgence of Ebola in West Africa since the 2013-2016 outbreak, while the Democratic Republic of Congo reported its first resurgence on Feb. 7. Liberia was also mentioned as among the countries that received an "alert".

"We have already alerted the six countries around, including of course Sierra Leone and Liberia, and they are moving very fast to prepare and be ready and to look for any potential infection," the WHO's Margaret Harris told a Geneva briefing. -Reuters

The other countries that received a warning weren't named.

Feb 17 05:50

New Ebola Deaths In West Africa Declared "Epidemic Situation"

The West African country of Guinea has confirmed its first Ebola deaths since 2016 as the World Health Organization (WHO) is ramping up to combat the new declared outbreak there.

At least three people have died from the deadly disease with another half-dozen people testing positive. On Sunday Guinea's National Health Security Agency called the new outbreak an "epidemic situation".

Health officials are now scrambling to trace the new outbreak's origins, while isolating individuals that had contact with the infected. So far they've narrowed a possible outbreak center to a funeral that was attended by many.

As Reuters describes, "The seven patients fell ill with diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding after attending a burial in Goueke sub-prefecture. Those still alive have been isolated in treatment centers, the health ministry said."

Feb 16 09:02

Algeria president to 'dissolve parliament': local media

Algerian President Abdelmajdid Tebboune is planning to dissolve parliament and call for an early legislative election, local newspaper Echorouk newspaper reported, citing an ex-presidential candidate and opposition party Front des Forces Socialistes (FFP).

Tebboune is "preparing to issue a decision to dissolve parliament in the coming days," said Abdelaziz Belaid, head of the FFP, according to the paper.

Doing so would mark the start of elections in the country, which has been swept with nation-wide protests and the Hirak movement.

It is likely that Tebboune will make the announcement before National Martyr Day on February 18, Belaid implied based on a meeting with Tebboune.

Feb 16 09:01

Cameroon detains eight soldiers after torture video emerges

Cameroon has detained eight soldiers after a video emerged over the weekend showing them in uniform torturing a victim with a machete until he fell unconscious, the Central African nation’s defence ministry said on Monday.

The incident, which occurred on Feb. 11 in the North West Region, one of the country’s English-speaking regions where separatist insurgents have been battling government forces since 2017, is the latest in a series of atrocities and suspected rights abuse in the drawn-out conflict.

What began as peaceful protests over marginalisation in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions by the majority French-speaking government in 2016 has degenerated into a violent insurgency pitting separatist groups against Cameroon’s army.

Feb 15 09:45

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: 'I lost my hand when a soldier tried to rape me'

An Ethiopian schoolgirl has told the BBC how she lost her right hand defending herself from a soldier who tried to rape her - and who had also tried to force her grandfather to have sex with her.

The 18-year-old, who we are not naming, has been in hospital in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region for more than two months recovering from her ordeal.

The conflict in Tigray, which erupted in early November 2020 when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched an offensive to oust the region's ruling TPLF party after its fighters captured federal military bases, has destroyed her dreams, and those of many of her classmates.

Feb 15 08:22

Red Cross Urges for Immediate Response Amid Ebola Outbreak in Guinea

The resurgence of the Ebola disease in Guinea requires a fast response that will allow the country to mitigate the negative impact of the epidemic, which is happening against the backdrop of the global COVID-19 health crisis, the IFRC Regional Director for Africa, Mohammed Mukhier said on Monday.

On Sunday, the Guinean government declared an epidemic of the Ebola disease in the southeastern region of Nzerekore pursuant to confirming four related deaths. A network of more than 700 trained Red Cross volunteers has been mobilized to provide an emergency response.

"We need a response that is faster than the virus itself. Unless the response is swift, the health, economic and social impacts are likely to be immense for millions of people in a country with a relatively weak health system, and where more than half of the population lives below the poverty line," Mukhier said.

Feb 14 08:00

Ebola kills 4 in Guinea as West African nation suffers first outbreak of deadly disease in 5 years

A resurgence of Ebola has killed four people in Guinea, marking the first time in five years that the disease has been linked to fatalities in the West African country.

The latest victims of the virus had participated in a funeral for a nurse who had fallen ill and died, Guinea’s National Health Security Agency chief Sakoba Keita told local media. Her death has now been attributed to Ebola.

Following the burial, eight people showed symptoms of the virus, including diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding. Three of the individuals died, while four others have been hospitalized. Keita said that one of the patients had “escaped” from where he was being treated but was later located and taken to a hospital in the capital, Conakry. The outbreak occurred in the southeast region of Nzerekore.

Feb 13 07:18

Biden Threatens Sanctions Against Nigeria For Not Embracing ‘LGBTQI+’ Agenda

Joe Biden has issued a presidential memorandum threatening “financial sanctions” on African countries for failing to embrace the LGBTQI+ agenda.

The memorandum directs federal agencies to “conduct and expand efforts to combat discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and intolerance on the basis of LGBTQI+ status or conduct”, with an annual report detailing the status of LGBTQI+ rights in countries around the world.

The memorandum further adds that countries deemed to be “contributing to a climate of intolerance” will face consequences, “including using the full range of diplomatic and assistance tools and, as appropriate, financial sanctions, visa restrictions, and other actions”.

In a speech announcing the memorandum, Biden claimed that this agenda of forcing the LGBTQI+ agenda onto other countries would “repair our moral leadership”.

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Feb 11 08:56

'Emaciated' survivors hint at worse in Ethiopia's Tigray

“Many, many severe cases of malnutrition” are being reported in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, Red Cross officials said Wednesday, as 80% of Tigray’s 6 million people are unreachable in the fourth month of fighting and "emaciated” women and children fill displacement camps.

Reports of people already starving to death might just be a handful, but “after a month it will be in the thousands,” warned Ethiopian Red Cross president Ato Abera Tola. After two months, he said, it will be tens of thousands.

Fighting continues between Ethiopian and allied forces and those of the now-fugitive Tigray government that had dominated the country’s leadership for nearly 30 years.

Feb 08 07:09

UN: Situation in Ethiopia's Tigray is now 'extremely alarming'

Life for civilians in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region has become "extremely alarming" as hunger grows and fighting remains an obstacle to reaching millions of people with aid, the United Nations says in a new report.

The conflict that has shaken one of Africa's most powerful and populous countries -- a key U.S. security ally in the Horn of Africa -- has killed thousands of people and is now in its fourth month. But little is known about the situation for most of Tigray's 6 million people, as journalists are blocked from entering, communications are patchy and many aid workers struggle to obtain permission to enter.

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