North Korea test-fires two ballistic missiles

North Korea fired at least two ballistic missiles on Friday, its third test in less than two weeks, just hours after criticising a U.S. push for new sanctions over the previous launches as a “provocation” and warning of a strong reaction. Two weeks of missile launches by North Korea, retaliatory sanctions designations by the United… Read More North Korea test-fires two ballistic missiles

Sudanese security forces fatally shoot four at protest against military rule

Sudanese security forces shot dead four people during a crackdown on nationwide protests against military rule on December 30, Sudanese police said on Friday. Security forces had fired tear gas and stun grenades as protesters marched through Khartoum and the neighbouring cities of Omdurman and Bahri towards the presidential palace on Thursday, witnesses said. Police… Read More Sudanese security forces fatally shoot four at protest against military rule

Honduras elects Xiomara Castro as first female president

Honduras’ conservative ruling party candidate late on Tuesday conceded defeat in the presidential election, paving the way for his leftist rival Xiomara Castro to become the first female leader of the struggling Central American country. Calling Castro “president elect,” National Party contender Nasry Asfura said he had visited his opponent at her family home to… Read More Honduras elects Xiomara Castro as first female president

U.S. revokes designation of Colombia’s FARC group as terrorist organization

The United States on Tuesday revoked its designation of the Colombian group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as a foreign terrorist organization five years after it reached a peace deal with the Colombian government. The 2016 peace accord ended the FARC’s part in the Andean country’s decades-old internal armed conflict, which has left millions… Read More U.S. revokes designation of Colombia’s FARC group as terrorist organization

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

At least fifteen dead, dozens injured as security forces fire at anti-coup protesters in Sudan

Security forces shot dead at least 15 people and wounded dozens as thousands of Sudanese took to the streets on Wednesday on the deadliest day in a month of demonstrations against military rule, medics said. The protesters, marching against an October 25 coup across the capital Khartoum and in the cities of Bahri and Omdurman,… Read More At least fifteen dead, dozens injured as security forces fire at anti-coup protesters in Sudan

U.S. removes Nigeria from list of countries with religious freedom concerns

Washington on Wednesday removed Nigeria from its list of countries with religious freedom concerns, just a day before Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in the country as part of a tour of Africa. The omission drew a sharp rebuke from a U.S. government commission that had recommended the Biden administration keep Nigeria as a… Read More U.S. removes Nigeria from list of countries with religious freedom concerns

U.S. imposes sanctions on two Lebanese businessmen and lawmaker

The U.S. Treasury on Thursday imposed sanctions on two top Lebanese contractors and a lawmaker close to the Hezbollah movement over alleged large-scale corruption that undermined the rule of law in Lebanon. Businessmen Jihad al-Arab and Dany Khoury, close to former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and Christian politician Gebran Bassil respectively, were sanctioned for… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on two Lebanese businessmen and lawmaker