Tropical Cyclone Eloise makes landfall in Mozambique

Tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall in Mozambique early on Saturday, hitting the coastal city of Beira with huge gusts of wind and heavy rains, but was losing strength as it progressed, a South African weather official said. “Eloise made landfall around 2:30 a.m. in the morning with wind speeds of 160 kilometres per hour (kph)(99… Read More Tropical Cyclone Eloise makes landfall in Mozambique

Swiss court sentences Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz to five years imprisonment on corruption charges

In a landmark verdict in one of the mining world’s most high profile legal cases, a Swiss criminal court found Israeli businessman Beny Steinmetz guilty of corruption and forgery on Friday and sentenced him to five years in jail with a sizeable fine. The ruling after a two-week trial is a blow for Steinmetz, a… Read More Swiss court sentences Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz to five years imprisonment on corruption charges

U.S. President Joe Biden announces return to global climate pact

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced America’s return to the international Paris Agreement to fight climate change, the centerpiece of a raft of day-one executive orders aimed at restoring U.S. leadership in combating global warming. The announcements also included a sweeping order to review all of former President Donald Trump’s actions weakening climate change… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden announces return to global climate pact

Pope Francis urges more nations to join UN nuclear treaty

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged more nations to join a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons, saying their prohibition is badly needed to promote peace today. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons goes into effect on Friday and has been signed by 86 states, according to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which… Read More Pope Francis urges more nations to join UN nuclear treaty

Egypt, Qatar agree to resume diplomatic relations

Egypt and Qatar have agreed to resume diplomatic relations, the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The move follows an agreement between Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt earlier this month to end their boycott of Qatar – a move taken in 2017 over allegations it supported terrorism, a charge that Doha denies.… Read More Egypt, Qatar agree to resume diplomatic relations

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo warns of impending health system overload as coronavirus cases surge

Ghana’s COVID-19 infection rates are skyrocketing and include new strains of the virus not before seen in the country, filling treatment centres and threatening to overwhelm the health system, President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Sunday. Since January 5, the number of active cases has risen to 1,924 from about 900, Akufo-Addo said in a speech.… Read More Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo warns of impending health system overload as coronavirus cases surge

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni wins re-election as opposition alleges fraud

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni won a decisive re-election victory on Saturday, elections officials said, but his main rival Bobi Wine alleged widespread fraud and said citizens should reject the result. Museveni won 5.85 million votes, or 58.6%, while main opposition candidate Wine had 3.48 million votes (34.8%), the Electoral Commission said at a news conference… Read More Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni wins re-election as opposition alleges fraud