Madagascar police arrest six over plot to assassinate president

Police in Madagascar this week arrested six people, including one foreign citizen,suspected of plotting to kill the president following what officials in the Indian Ocean island nation said was a months-long investigation. Madagascar has a history of political violence. Former coup leader Andry Rajoelina, 44, was sworn in as president in 2019 after a hard-fought… Read More Madagascar police arrest six over plot to assassinate president

Cyber attack disrupts operations at major ports in South Africa

A cyber attack has disrupted container operations at the South African port of Cape Town, an email on Thursday said. Durban, the busiest shipping terminal in sub-Saharan Africa, was also affected, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Cape Town Harbour Carriers Association said in an email to members: “Please note that the… Read More Cyber attack disrupts operations at major ports in South Africa

Former South African President Jacob Zuma granted leave to attend brother’s funeral

Former President Jacob Zuma, whose jailing this month led to South Africa’s worst outbreak of violence in years, was granted compassionate leave to attend the funeral of his younger brother on Thursday. He was back in prison by the afternoon, the government said. Zuma, wearing a dark suit and white shirt, was flanked by family… Read More Former South African President Jacob Zuma granted leave to attend brother’s funeral

U.S. imposes sanctions on Cuban security minister, special forces unit over protest crackdown

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a Cuban security minister and an interior ministry special forces unit for alleged human rights abuses in a crackdown on anti-government protests earlier this month. The move marked the first concrete steps by President Joe Biden’s administration to apply pressure on Cuba’s Communist government as it faces… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on Cuban security minister, special forces unit over protest crackdown

Britain imposes sanctions on Equatorial Guinea vice president Teodoro Obiang Mangue over funds misappropriation

Britain on Thursday sanctioned the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president for misappropriating millions of dollars which London said was spent on luxury mansions, private jets and a $275,000 glove worn by Michael Jackson. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Teodoro Obiang Mangue, who is also vice president of Equatorial Guinea, had participated in “corrupt contracting arrangements… Read More Britain imposes sanctions on Equatorial Guinea vice president Teodoro Obiang Mangue over funds misappropriation

Britain imposes sanctions on Venezuelan envoy Alex Saab

Britain on Thursday sanctioned one of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s envoys, Alex Saab, in connection with an allegedly corrupt deal to obtain supplies for Maduro’s government-run food subsidy programme. Saab, a Colombian national, is currently detained in Cape Verde facing extradition to the United States, which accuses him of helping Maduro’s government skirt U.S. sanctions… Read More Britain imposes sanctions on Venezuelan envoy Alex Saab

Spanish court jails British man involved in Twitter hack pending U.S. extradition hearing

A 22-year old Briton who was detained this week in Spain in connection with a Twitter hack last year that compromised the accounts of several U.S. politicians including then presidential candidate Joe Biden has been jailed pending an extradition hearing, a court source said. Joseph James O’Connor appeared before Spain’s High Court via videolink from… Read More Spanish court jails British man involved in Twitter hack pending U.S. extradition hearing

African bloc calls for local production of coronavirus vaccines

Global pharmaceutical firms should license production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa rather than just do piecemeal contract deals, an African Union special envoy said on Thursday. AU coronavirus envoy Strive Masiyiwa was speaking a day after Pfizer and BioNTech announced a “fill and finish” deal with South Africa’s Biovac Institute under which it will carry… Read More African bloc calls for local production of coronavirus vaccines