Ivory Coast court sentences former PM Guillaume Soro to life imprisonment for coup plot

An Ivory Coast court on Wednesday sentenced former prime minister and rebel leader Guillaume Soro in absentia to life in prison on charges of plotting a coup against his former ally President Alassane Ouattara. Soro, who is in exile in Europe, was charged with conspiracy and an attempted attack on state authority. He has repeatedly… Read More Ivory Coast court sentences former PM Guillaume Soro to life imprisonment for coup plot

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party names Jeffrey Donaldson as new leader

The next leader of Northern Ireland’s biggest political party warned on Tuesday it was “not realistic to expect stability” in the British province while post-Brexit trade rules agreed with the European Union remain in place. Jeffrey Donaldson’s unopposed nomination will make him the third person in a tumultuous few weeks to lead the pro-British Democratic… Read More Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party names Jeffrey Donaldson as new leader

Eleven dead, four missing as armed men ambush police unit in northern Burkina Faso

Eleven police officers were killed and four are missing after their unit was ambushed in northern Burkina Faso late on Monday, the country’s security minister said on Tuesday. The ambush occurred while the unit was on a relief mission to the town of Yirgou, which has been hit by recent violence, Security Minister Ousseini Compaore… Read More Eleven dead, four missing as armed men ambush police unit in northern Burkina Faso

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to jail those who refuse coronavirus vaccination

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, frustrated by the slow pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in his country, threatened people who refuse to get inoculated with jail or an injection of Ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug widely used to treat animals. Ivermectin has been touted as an alternative treatment for COVID-19 but U.S. and European regulators and the World… Read More Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to jail those who refuse coronavirus vaccination

Taliban militants launch major offensives in northern Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents have conducted a wave of offensives in Afghanistan’s north in recent days, moving beyond their southern strongholds as international forces withdraw. The United Nations’ envoy for Afghanistan said the Taliban had taken more than 50 of 370 districts and was positioned to take control of provincial capitals. Fierce fighting between the Taliban and… Read More Taliban militants launch major offensives in northern Afghanistan

Spain pardons jailed Catalan separatist leaders

Spain on Tuesday pardoned all nine separatist leaders jailed for their role in Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid in a gesture the government hopes will foster dialogue to keep the region part of Spain, deflating its push for self-determination. The politicians and activists were sentenced in 2019 to between nine and 13 years for sedition… Read More Spain pardons jailed Catalan separatist leaders