South African court resumes trial of former President Jacob Zuma

A South African court on Tuesday resumed a trial that has dragged out for years over a $2 billion arms deal involving ex-president Jacob Zuma, whose legal team was expected to make a plea to remove the prosecutor. The trial over the 1990s deal was meant to start in May, after being been repeatedly stalled… Read More South African court resumes trial of former President Jacob Zuma

Former Egyptian military ruler Hussein Tantawi dies at 85

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the former head of the military council that ruled Egypt temporarily after the 2011 uprising, has died at the age of 85, Egypt’s presidency said on Tuesday. Tantawi – a decorated veteran of wars against Israel in 1956, 1967 and 1973 – was defence minister for nearly 21 years. He led… Read More Former Egyptian military ruler Hussein Tantawi dies at 85

Sudan authorities foil attempted coup, accuse loyalists of former President Omar al-Bashir

Sudanese authorities said they had foiled an attempted coup on Tuesday, accusing loyalists of ousted president Omar al-Bashir of trying to reverse a transition towards democracy since he was overthrown in 2019. In a brief statement on state TV, the army said the situation was under control. The streets of the capital Khartoum appeared calm,… Read More Sudan authorities foil attempted coup, accuse loyalists of former President Omar al-Bashir

Tunisian President Kais Saied announces transitional rules, introduces new electoral law

Tunisian President Kais Saied said on Monday he had instituted transitional governing rules and would introduce a new electoral law, in a speech that came eight weeks after he seized executive power in a move his foes called a coup. Addressing supporters in Sidi Bouzid, the crucible of Tunisia’s 2011 revolution that brought democracy and… Read More Tunisian President Kais Saied announces transitional rules, introduces new electoral law

U.S. to allow in fully vaccinated foreign air travelers in November

The United States will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the White House said on Monday, easing tough pandemic-related restrictions that started early last year. The decision, announced by White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients, marked an… Read More U.S. to allow in fully vaccinated foreign air travelers in November

Spanish, Italian police arrest dozens in mafia sting operation

Spanish and Italian police said on Monday they had arrested 106 people for belonging to a gang that allegedly laundered money for mafia groups and made millions of euros through online scams. Most of the suspected members were Italian nationals and the majority of the arrests took place on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife,… Read More Spanish, Italian police arrest dozens in mafia sting operation

Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft successfully docks with China’s space station

A Chinese robotic resupply cargo spacecraft successfully docked with an orbiting space station module on Monday in the fourth of 11 missions needed to finish building China’s first permanent space station by the end of next year. A Long March-7 rocket carrying the Tianzhou-3, or “Heavenly Vessel” in Chinese, blasted off at 3:10 p.m. Beijing… Read More Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft successfully docks with China’s space station

Ukraine holds joint military drills with U.S. troops, NATO allies

Ukraine began joint military exercises with U.S. and other NATO troops on Monday, at a time when neighbouring Russia and Belarus have been holding large-scale drills that alarmed the West. Ukraine, at war with Russia-backed separatists since 2014, has long sought closer integration with Western militaries in the hope of one day joining NATO. A… Read More Ukraine holds joint military drills with U.S. troops, NATO allies