Ethiopia launches manhunt for Tigray regional leaders

The Ethiopian government launched a manhunt on Sunday for leaders of a rebellious faction in the northern region of Tigray after announcing federal troops had taken over the regional capital Mekelle and military operations were complete. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said hospitals in Mekelle are running low on supplies such as… Read More Ethiopia launches manhunt for Tigray regional leaders

Pope Francis installs new cardinals, including first African-American

Pope Francis on Saturday installed 13 new cardinals, including the first African-American to hold the high rank, further expanding the pontiff’s impact on the group that will one day elect his successor. The cardinals were installed in a ceremony, known as a consistory, that was markedly slimmed down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of… Read More Pope Francis installs new cardinals, including first African-American

Iranian supreme leader promises retaliation for killing of prominent nuclear scientist

Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing of the Islamic Republic’s top nuclear scientist, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged to continue the work of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who Western and Israeli governments believe… Read More Iranian supreme leader promises retaliation for killing of prominent nuclear scientist

Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh killed in ambush near Tehran

An Iranian scientist long suspected by the West of masterminding a secret nuclear bomb programme was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday that could provoke confrontation between Iran and its foes in the last weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. The death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who Iranian media said died in hospital after armed… Read More Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh killed in ambush near Tehran

Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed meets with African peace envoys over Tigray crisis

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government will protect civilians in the northern region of Tigray, he told African peace envoys on Friday, a day after he announced the military was beginning the “final phase” of an offensive there. But a statement issued after their meeting made no mention of talks with the Tigray People’s Liberation… Read More Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed meets with African peace envoys over Tigray crisis

France orders big tech companies to pay tax for digital service

France’s finance ministry has sent out notices to big tech companies liable for its digital service tax to pay the levy as planned in December, the ministry said on Wednesday. France suspended collection of the tax, which will hit companies like Facebook and Amazon, early this year while negotiations were underway at the Organisation for… Read More France orders big tech companies to pay tax for digital service

Former Sudan PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies following coronavirus infection

Leading Sudanese politician and former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi died from a coronavirus infection three weeks after being hospitalised in the United Arab Emirates, according to family sources and a party statement early on Thursday. Mahdi, 84, was Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister and was overthrown in 1989 in the military coup that bought… Read More Former Sudan PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies following coronavirus infection

U.S. grants ByteDance seven-day extension on sale order of TikTok

The Trump administration on Wednesday granted ByteDance a new seven-day extension of an order directing the Chinese company to sell its TikTok short video-sharing app, according to a court filing. The administration previously had granted ByteDance a 15-day extension of the order issued in August, which was set to expire Friday. President Donald Trump on… Read More U.S. grants ByteDance seven-day extension on sale order of TikTok