Britain’s centenarian fundraiser Captain Tom Moore hospitalised for coronavirus

British centenarian Captain Tom Moore, who raised millions of pounds for the health service by walking laps of his garden in last year’s lockdown, has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, his daughter said on Sunday. The World War Two veteran caught the public’s imagination in April, just before his 100th birthday,… Read More Britain’s centenarian fundraiser Captain Tom Moore hospitalised for coronavirus

Tunisian prosecutor says package sent to president’s office was not poisoned

A suspicious envelope sent last week to Tunisia’s Presidency did not contain any toxic, narcotic, dangerous or explosive substance, the country’s Public Prosecutor said on Friday. The presidency said on Thursday that the office manager for Tunisia’s president had suffered a headache and short-term vision loss after opening the envelope on Monday. Reports on social… Read More Tunisian prosecutor says package sent to president’s office was not poisoned

Bomb explosion, gunfire heard as security forces clash with Islamist militants in Somalia

Nine people died after al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents stormed a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, battling security forces until the early hours of Monday, a police spokesman said. A suicide car bombing on Sunday evening was followed by a shootout between al Shabaab militants and security forces at the Hotel Afrik. “The operation is… Read More Bomb explosion, gunfire heard as security forces clash with Islamist militants in Somalia

Pope Francis institutes Catholic day to honour the elderly

Pope Francis on Sunday instituted a “World day for Grandparents and the Elderly” in the Roman Catholic Church to be marked once a year to honour them and to underscore their importance to society. Francis, making the surprise announcement at his Sunday noon address, said it would be marked on the fourth Sunday of July… Read More Pope Francis institutes Catholic day to honour the elderly

Ethiopia’s Tigray region former leader vows extended resistance

The former ruling party in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray is committed to “extended resistance”, according to an audio message purporting to be from its leader, who accused federal government forces and their allies of rape and looting. The comments attributed to Debretsion Gebremichael would be the first public statement from him since November 11,… Read More Ethiopia’s Tigray region former leader vows extended resistance

Russian police detain hundreds protesting against jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Riot police broke up protests across Russia on Sunday in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, detaining more than 4,500 people who had braved the bitter cold and the threat of prosecution to demand he be set free. In a massive show of force, police imposed a sweeping security lockdown in the heart of Moscow,… Read More Russian police detain hundreds protesting against jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny