Ivory Coast Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko dies at 56

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko, who was seen as a possible successor to President Alassane Ouattara, has died in Freiburg in southwestern Germany, two days after his 56th birthday, the government said on Wednesday. A former media executive who turned to politics, Bakayoko acted as a negotiator and intermediary between warring factions during a… Read More Ivory Coast Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko dies at 56

U.S. President Joe Biden restarts migrant program for Central America minors

President Joe Biden moved to help children fleeing violence in Central America on Wednesday even as he grappled with a surge of migrants at the U.S. southern border that is taxing resources and exposing him to bipartisan criticism. White House border coordinator Roberta Jacobson told reporters the Biden administration is restarting the Central American Minors… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden restarts migrant program for Central America minors

U.S. House of Representatives gives final approval to President Biden’s $1.9trillion coronavirus relief aid bill

The House of Representatives gave final approval on Wednesday to one of the largest economic stimulus measures in U.S. history, a sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that gives President Joe Biden his first major victory in office. The measure provides $400 billion for $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, $350 billion in aid to… Read More U.S. House of Representatives gives final approval to President Biden’s $1.9trillion coronavirus relief aid bill

Canadian court sentences man to six years imprisonment over attempted attack on home of PM Justin Trudeau

A Canadian man who drove with five loaded firearms through the gates of the wooded estate where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives, planning to confront the leader, was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday. Corey Hurren, 46, pleaded guilty last month to eight charges related to the July incident at the Ottawa estate… Read More Canadian court sentences man to six years imprisonment over attempted attack on home of PM Justin Trudeau

U.S. imposes sanctions on Myanmar military leader’s children, companies

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on two children of Myanmar’s military leader Min Aung Hlaing and six companies they control, increasing pressure on the military as it continues its crackdown against protesters in the wake of the army’s February 1 coup. The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement it blacklisted Aung Pyae… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on Myanmar military leader’s children, companies

One dead as police clash with university students protesting over fees in South Africa

One person was killed on Wednesday after police fired rubber bullets to disperse a group of protesters at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, police and a student leader said. The students are demanding that those who owe the university up to 150,000 rand (an equivalent of $9,850) in fees still be allowed… Read More One dead as police clash with university students protesting over fees in South Africa

Some servers destroyed as fire rips through building of French data company OVHcloud

An overnight fire at French cloud computing company OVHcloud, which this week started the process for a potential IPO, destroyed some servers and forced the temporary shutdown of others, its chairman said on Wednesday. OVHcloud told clients to activate their disaster recovery plans following the blaze at a data centre in Strasbourg, eastern France. “Fire… Read More Some servers destroyed as fire rips through building of French data company OVHcloud

Libyan parliament approves unity government as resolution of crisis advances

Libya’s long-divided parliament voted on Wednesday to back a unity government that has emerged through a U.N. peace process as part of a plan to resolve a decade of chaos and violence with an election in December. The parliament’s approval of Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh’s cabinet by 132 votes to two against, at a session… Read More Libyan parliament approves unity government as resolution of crisis advances