UN General Assembly elects Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland to Security Council

The United Nations General Assembly elected Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday for two-year term starting on January 1, 2023. All five countries ran unopposed for a spot on the 15-member body, which is charged with maintaining international peace and security. They will replace India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico… Read More UN General Assembly elects Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland to Security Council

Algeria bars imports, suspends treaty with Spain over Western Sahara dispute

Algeria suspended a 20-year-old friendship treaty with Spain that committed the two sides to cooperation in controlling migration flows, and also banned imports from Spain, escalating a row over Madrid’s stance on Western Sahara. Algerian state media reported the suspension of the treaty without citing any reason, though Algeria had in March withdrawn its ambassador… Read More Algeria bars imports, suspends treaty with Spain over Western Sahara dispute

Several dead as gunmen attack Catholic church in southwestern Nigeria

Gunmen attacked a Catholic church in southwestern Nigeria’s Ondo state during mass on Sunday, killing several people, local media reported. A doctor at a hospital in Owo, a town in the state in Nigeria’s southwest, said that “several worshippers were brought in dead”. Funmilayo Ibukun Odunlami, police spokesperson for Ondo state, said “there was an… Read More Several dead as gunmen attack Catholic church in southwestern Nigeria

Heavy fighting reported as Congolese army battle M23 rebels

Heavy fighting raged in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday between the army and M23 rebels, who are waging their most sustained offensive since a 2012-2013 insurrection that briefly overran the major city of Goma. The army recaptured its base in Rumangabo from the M23 but the rebels still appeared to control much of… Read More Heavy fighting reported as Congolese army battle M23 rebels

World Health Organization re-elect Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as director general

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) members re-elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as Director General by a strong majority for another five years, the president of the World Health Assembly said on Tuesday. The vote by secret ballot, announced by Ahmed Robleh Abdilleh from Djibouti at a major annual meeting, was seen as a formality since Tedros… Read More World Health Organization re-elect Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as director general

Central African Republic to launch cryptocurrency investment hub

Central African Republic will launch the continent’s first legal cryptocurrency investment hub, the presidency said, extending the impoverished country’s embrace of digital finance despite words of caution from the International Monetary Fund. Marred by decades of conflict, Central African Republic last month became the first country in Africa and only the second in the world… Read More Central African Republic to launch cryptocurrency investment hub

Ethiopia’s Amhara region authorities arrest four employees of media group

Authorities in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region have arrested four employees of a U.S.-based online media outlet, while the whereabouts of two others was unclear, the broadcaster said on Sunday, in the latest round of arrests involving media. The arrests would add to those of five journalists in another Amhara media outlet on Thursday over what… Read More Ethiopia’s Amhara region authorities arrest four employees of media group

Senegalese President Macky Sall to visit Moscow and Kyiv in capacity as AU chairman

Senegalese President Macky Sall said he would visit Moscow and Kyiv in the coming weeks in his capacity as chairman of the African Union, which he said wanted to see de-escalation in Ukraine and peace through dialogue between the two sides. Speaking at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Sall said: “We… Read More Senegalese President Macky Sall to visit Moscow and Kyiv in capacity as AU chairman