Ethiopia’s upper house rules against Tigray parliamentary elections, journalists barred from travelling to region

At least 12 people, including four journalists and a senior think tank analyst, were barred on Monday from flying to Tigray, four of the passengers said, after Ethiopian security officials said the region’s elections later this week were illegal. Ethiopia’s upper house said on Saturday plans by the Tigray region to hold an election on… Read More Ethiopia’s upper house rules against Tigray parliamentary elections, journalists barred from travelling to region

Sudan declares national state of emergency over floodings

Sudan’s Security and Defense Council declared a national state of emergency for three months because of floods that have killed 99 people this year and designated Sudan a natural disaster zone, state news agency SUNA reported early on Saturday. The Sudanese minister of labour and social development said that in addition to the deaths, floods… Read More Sudan declares national state of emergency over floodings

Guinea opposition veteran Cellou Dalein Diallo accepts nomination to contest in presidential election

Guinea’s veteran opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo accepted the nomination on Sunday of his UFDG party to challenge President Alpha Conde, who is seeking a third term in an October 18 election despite protests from the opposition. Conde, 82, who defeated Diallo in a runoff in 2010, and won in the first round of the… Read More Guinea opposition veteran Cellou Dalein Diallo accepts nomination to contest in presidential election

Japan offers unprecedented support to Mauritius following oil spillage

Japan has told Mauritius it would offer support on an “unprecedented scale”, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Monday, after a Japanese-owned ship struck a coral reef off the country’s southeast coast in late July and spilled oil. Motegi was speaking to reporters after a phone call with Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth. “A sense… Read More Japan offers unprecedented support to Mauritius following oil spillage

UK regulator fines Amazon for delay in Deliveroo acquisition investigation

Britain’s competition regulator on Monday fined Amazon 55,000 pounds (an equivalent of $72,364) after the U.S. online giant delayed an investigation into its purchase of a 16% stake in food platform Deliveroo by failing to provide documents on time. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) finally cleared Amazon’s stake purchase in August – 16 months… Read More UK regulator fines Amazon for delay in Deliveroo acquisition investigation

UAE plans first official visit to Israel on September 22

The United Arab Emirates is planning to make its first official visit to Israel on September 22 to build up the countries’ agreement to normalize relations, a source familiar with the provisional itinerary said on Monday. The two countries announced on August 13 they would normalize diplomatic relations in a U.S.-brokered deal that was hailed… Read More UAE plans first official visit to Israel on September 22

Thai court orders release of prominent anti-government activists

Two prominent Thai activists arrested last month for their roles in anti-government rallies were released on Monday after spending five days in prison for bail breaches, after police told a court there was no grounds to detain them. Human Rights lawyer Anon Nampa, 36, and student activist Panupong Jadnok, 24, were sent to a Bangkok… Read More Thai court orders release of prominent anti-government activists

Several casualties recorded following car bomb attack outside military base in Somalia

Three Somali special forces soldiers were killed and a U.S. officer was seriously wounded in a car bomb on Monday outside the force’s base in the country’s south, a regional Somali government official said. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab said they were behind the attack and put the number of dead at 20. A Somali soldier… Read More Several casualties recorded following car bomb attack outside military base in Somalia