Mali’s President Ibrahim Keita offers concessions to end stalemate with political opposition

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has offered concessions in a move to unblock a stalemate with opposition leaders that has mired the country in turmoil since a disputed legislative election in March. The impasse is a growing concern for Mali’s neighbours and outside powers that have sent in thousands of troops to help it fight militants… Read More Mali’s President Ibrahim Keita offers concessions to end stalemate with political opposition

Congo militia group NDC-R ousts leader, plans to surrender

One of the largest rebel groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo announced overnight that it had ousted its leader, accusing him of human rights abuses, and planned to surrender. Elsewhere in the region a different militia killed at least 25 villagers on Wednesday, local officials said. The NDC-R armed group, which control vast areas… Read More Congo militia group NDC-R ousts leader, plans to surrender

Police launch search as Seoul mayor Park Won-soon reported missing

South Korean police said on Thursday they are searching for the mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, after his daughter reported him missing. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said officers were searching for him around Sungbuk-dong, a district in northern Seoul, where his phone signal was last detected. His daughter reported him missing at 5:17 p.m.… Read More Police launch search as Seoul mayor Park Won-soon reported missing

Alphabet’s Loon launches balloon internet service in Kenya

Alphabet Inc began offering the world’s first commercial high-speed internet using balloons to villagers in remote regions of Kenya’s Rift Valley on Wednesday. The service is run by Loon, a unit of Google’s parent Alphabet, and Telkom Kenya, the East African nation’s third largest telecoms operator. “Kenya is the first country… to have base stations… Read More Alphabet’s Loon launches balloon internet service in Kenya