Four dead as anti-UN protests intensify in DR Congo

Four people protesting against a United Nations peacekeeping mission were killed on Wednesday in the Congolese city of Uvira when troops fired warning shots which hit an electric cable that fell on them, officials said. Three U.N. peacekeepers and at least 12 civilians were killed on Tuesday in protests against the mission in eastern Democratic… Read More Four dead as anti-UN protests intensify in DR Congo

Grain exports deal at risk as Russian missiles hit Ukraine’s port of Odesa

Russian missiles hit Ukraine’s southern port of Odesa on Saturday, the Ukrainian military said, threatening a landmark deal signed just the day before to unblock grain exports from Black Sea ports and ease global food shortages caused by the war. The deal signed on Friday by Moscow and Kyiv and mediated by the United Nations… Read More Grain exports deal at risk as Russian missiles hit Ukraine’s port of Odesa

Ukraine, Russia sign deal to reopen ports for grain exports

Russia and Ukraine signed a landmark deal on Friday to reopen Ukrainian Black Sea ports for grain exports, raising hopes that an international food crisis aggravated by the Russian invasion can be eased. The accord crowned two months of talks brokered by the United Nations and Turkey aimed at what U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres… Read More Ukraine, Russia sign deal to reopen ports for grain exports

U.S. to free half of $7billion in frozen Afghan funds to curb economic collapse

The United States is seeking to free up half of the $7 billion in frozen Afghan central bank assets on U.S. soil to help the Afghan people while holding the rest to possibly satisfy terrorism-related lawsuits against the Taliban, the White House said on Friday. President Joe Biden signed an executive order to deal with… Read More U.S. to free half of $7billion in frozen Afghan funds to curb economic collapse

North Korea test-fires ‘advanced’ ballistic missile

North Korea appeared to test-fire a ballistic missile on Tuesday that may be more advanced than a “hypersonic” one it launched less than a week ago, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang pursues increasingly powerful weapons. Tuesday’s launch, condemned by authorities in Washington and Tokyo and prompting an expression of concern from the U.N. secretary… Read More North Korea test-fires ‘advanced’ ballistic missile

Seven UN peacekeepers dead, three injured following as convoy hits explosive device in central Mali

An explosion on Wednesday in central Mali killed seven United Nations peacekeepers and seriously wounded three others, the U.N. mission said on Twitter. A logistics convoy hit an improvised explosive device between the towns of Douentza and Sevare, an area where groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State operate. No group claimed responsibility on… Read More Seven UN peacekeepers dead, three injured following as convoy hits explosive device in central Mali

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

Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi unharmed following assassination attempt with armed drones

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi escaped unharmed from an armed drone assassination attempt in Baghdad, officials said on Sunday, in an incident that raised tension in Iraq weeks after a general election disputed by Iran-backed militia groups. Kadhimi appeared in a video footage published by his office on Sunday chairing a meeting with top security… Read More Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi unharmed following assassination attempt with armed drones