Donors pledge over $1.1billion to aid Afghanistan

Donors have pledged more than $1.1 billion to help Afghanistan, where poverty and hunger have spiralled since the Islamist Taliban took power, and foreign aid has dried up, raising the spectre of a mass exodus. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking halfway through a U.N. conference seeking $606 million to meet Afghanistan’s most pressing needs, said… Read More Donors pledge over $1.1billion to aid Afghanistan

U.S. to withhold $130million military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns

The Biden administration will withhold $130 million worth of military aid to Egypt to pressure its Arab ally to improve its human rights record, two sources familiar with the matter, including a U.S. official, said. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s move will be a break with his predecessors’ policy of overriding a congressional check on… Read More U.S. to withhold $130million military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns

Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi receives first dose of Moderna coronavirus vaccine

Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi has received his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the government said on Monday, after a six-month wait caused by his unwillingness to take the AstraZeneca shot. Democratic Republic of Congo has officially reported 56,000 cases and 1,066 deaths from the coronavirus, though test rates are low in the country… Read More Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi receives first dose of Moderna coronavirus vaccine

Nigerian security forces recapture dozens of inmates released in massive jailbreak

A total of 114 of the 266 inmates who escaped from a Nigerian prison on Sunday have been recaptured, the prison service said on Tuesday. Heavily armed gunmen raided the medium-security jail at Kabba in south-central Nigeria late on Sunday, blowing up the perimeter fence and freeing almost everyone, but killing a soldier and a… Read More Nigerian security forces recapture dozens of inmates released in massive jailbreak