New term bid of Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed challenged by two regional governments

Somalia’s president, whose four-year term expired this month, should not take part in talks aimed at resolving a dispute that has caused a delay in choosing a new head of state, two of Somalia’s five regional governments said on Sunday. Parliament had been due to make a choice on February 8, but this was delayed… Read More New term bid of Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed challenged by two regional governments

U.S. in talks with Iran over detained American citizens

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday the United States had begun to communicate with Iran over the country’s detention of American citizens, calling the matter a “complete and utter outrage”. Iran has arrested dozens of dual nationals, including several Americans, in recent years, mostly on espionage charges. Rights activists accuse the… Read More U.S. in talks with Iran over detained American citizens

Seven dead, three injured as vehicle carrying election workers strikes landmine in Niger

Seven poll workers were killed during Niger’s presidential vote on Sunday when their vehicle struck a landmine, an election official said, marring a day meant to usher in the country’s first democratic transition of power. The West African country regularly suffers attacks by Islamist militants and had stepped up security to protect the poll, in… Read More Seven dead, three injured as vehicle carrying election workers strikes landmine in Niger

Iran insists that U.S. sanctions must be lifted before any talks

Tehran said on Sunday the United States must first lift sanctions on Iran if it wants to talk about salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal, reiterating its stance that it will not make the first move to restore the pact with major powers. President Joe Biden’s administration said last week it was ready to talk to… Read More Iran insists that U.S. sanctions must be lifted before any talks

Greek police arrests prominent theater director Dimitris Lignadis on charges of rape

Greek police on Saturday detained a prominent theater director on charges of rape, the latest twist in the unfolding “MeToo” saga shaking the country’s arts establishment. Dimitris Lignadis, former artistic director of Greece’s National Theatre who resigned earlier this month after accusations of harassment in media reports, turned himself in to police after a prosecutor… Read More Greek police arrests prominent theater director Dimitris Lignadis on charges of rape

Niger holds second round of presidential polls for first democratic transition

Niger voted on Sunday in the second round of a presidential election that is expected to usher in the first democratic transition of power since the West African nation gained independence from France in 1960. Ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum is seen by many as the favourite after leading in the first round on December… Read More Niger holds second round of presidential polls for first democratic transition

Seven personnel dead as Nigerian Air Force plane crashes near airport in ABuja

A small Nigerian air force passenger plane crashed just outside Abuja airport due to engine failure on Sunday, killing all seven people on board, the air force said. “First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash,” said air force spokesman Ibikunle Daramole said in a statement. The… Read More Seven personnel dead as Nigerian Air Force plane crashes near airport in ABuja