Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo launch joint military operation against Islamist insurgent groups

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo have carried out a joint military operation to counter increased attacks by Islamist insurgent groups in parts of West Africa, Burkinabe Security Minister Maxime Kone said on Tuesday. Over 5,700 troops were deployed in the borderlands between Burkina Faso and the other three countries under a security cooperation… Read More Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo launch joint military operation against Islamist insurgent groups

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa vetoes euthanasia bill again

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has vetoed for the second time a law allowing terminally ill people to seek assistance from a doctor to end their lives, effectively postponing the legislation until a new parliament is elected. The veto, announced late on Monday, cited language used in the bill to describe terminal conditions that… Read More Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa vetoes euthanasia bill again

Uganda, DR Congo launch joint military operations against Islamist militia

Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo launched joint air and artillery strikes in eastern Congo on Tuesday against an Islamic State-allied militia known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), both countries said. Ugandan army spokeswoman Flavia Byekwaso said she was yet to have details of the attacks but they would not be a one-off. “As… Read More Uganda, DR Congo launch joint military operations against Islamist militia

Philippine lawmaker Senator Christopher Go withdraws from presidential race

Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte’s preferred successor, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, announced on Tuesday he was dropping out of the presidential race, leaving the administration without a candidate in next year’s polls. Go, Duterte’s long-time aide, had recently hinted he may pull out of the presidential contest and said the president respected his decision. His withdrawal… Read More Philippine lawmaker Senator Christopher Go withdraws from presidential race

Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna

Talks between Tehran and world powers to revive a 2015 nuclear deal have resumed in Vienna, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported on Monday. “The new round of the Joint Commission has started at the Palais Coburg in Vienna,” IRNA reported. The Commission comprises Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and Iran, signatories to the nuclear… Read More Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna

China’s President Xi Jinping pledges a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to Africa

China will deliver another 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and encourage Chinese companies to invest no less than $10 billion in the continent over the next three years, President Xi Jinping said on Monday. The country has already supplied nearly 200 million doses to Africa, where vaccination rates have fallen behind amid… Read More China’s President Xi Jinping pledges a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to Africa

Barbados becomes a republic, removes Queen Elizabeth as leader

Barbados ditched Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as head of state, forging a new republic on Tuesday with its first-ever president and severing its last remaining colonial bonds nearly 400 years after the first English ships arrived at the Caribbean island. At the strike of midnight, the new republic was born to the cheers of hundreds of… Read More Barbados becomes a republic, removes Queen Elizabeth as leader