Alphabet Inc’s drone delivery unit Wing criticized Trump administration rules issued this week mandating broadcast-based remote identification of drones, saying they should be revised to allow for internet-based tracking. On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued rules that will allow small drones to fly over people and at night in the United States and… Read More Alphabet delivery unit Wing criticises U.S. drone identification rule
Sudan said on Thursday its forces had taken control of all of Sudanese territory in a border area settled by Ethiopian farmers, after weeks of clashes. Ethiopia, for its part, accused its neighbour of sending forces into its territory for attacks. Border tensions have reignited since the outbreak of a conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray… Read More Sudan says its armed forces has taken full control of border territory amid tensions with Ethiopia
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of attempting to fabricate a pretext to attack Iran, and said Tehran would defend itself forcefully. Separately, a military adviser to Iran’s supreme leader warned Trump “not to turn the New Year into mourning for Americans”. Zarif said in a tweet: “Instead… Read More Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Zarif accuses U.S. President Donald Trump of trying to fabricate pretext to attack Iran
The West African nation of Guinea has begun administering coronavirus vaccines, making the country among the first on the continent to roll out the vaccinations, an official said on Thursday. Ministers were seen on television receiving their doses at the presidential palace on Wednesday evening. They were reportedly injected with Russia’s Sputnik V shot, a… Read More Guinea kicks off coronavirus vaccination with Sputnik V vaccine
Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck targets in Yemen’s Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Thursday in retaliation for attacks in the southern port city of Aden the previous day that took place as officials in a government backed by Riyadh arrived there. The coalition accused the Houthi movement, which it has been fighting for six years, of staging… Read More Saudi-led coalition launch airstrikes in Houthi-held Yemen capital following Aden attacks
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday the country would hold referendum on constitutional changes, the Belta state news agency reported. Lukashenko, who has faced weekly protests since claiming victory in an August 9 election his opponents say was rigged, did not say when such a referendum would be held.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the 2021 budget into law. The signing was done at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday and confirmed on the official Twitter handle of the presidency. The signing of the budget comes exactly ten days after both chambers of the National Assembly passed the ₦13.6 trillion budget for… Read More Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari signs 2021 budget into law
Russia has signed a contract with Algeria to supply it with the Sputnik V vaccine, the RDIF sovereign wealth fund said on Thursday. The RDIF statement did not say how many doses had been agreed. Algeria has said it plans to begin its vaccination campaign in January.