South Africa halts AstraZeneca jab over new strain

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright Reuters South Africa has put its roll-out of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on hold after a study showed "disappointing" results against its new Covid variant. Scientists say the strain accounts for 90% of new Covid...

Ethiopia protests: more than 80 killed as singer’s murder lays bare grievances

Troops on Addis Ababa streets as political tensions erupt over Haacaaluu death and wider Oromo claims Reuters in Addis Ababa -  The Guardian Haacaaluu Hundeessaa in 2019. His music served as the soundtrack to Oromos opposing...

Stranded Ever Given container ship refloated, Suez Canal traffic resumes – authority chairman

The giant container ship that has been blocking the Suez Canal for almost a week, throwing global trade into chaos, has been refloated, the chairman of the authority in charge of the waterway has...

Mozambique: Dozens dead after militant assault on Palma

https://www.bbc.com/-image caption Militants have been battling the Mozambican army around Palma for days Dozens of people are dead following an attack on the town of Palma in northern Mozambique, according to a spokesperson from the...

Uganda Accuses US of Trying to Undermine Presidential Elections

by Evgeny Mikhaylov Tensions in the African country escalated earlier this month, when the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) criticised the last election, accusing the government of altering its results to secure victory for decades-long President...

Sudan Protesters Burn Israeli Flag in Rally against Normalization Deal

Dozens of Sudanese protesters burned the Israeli flag Sunday during a rally against Khartoum's recent signing of a deal on normalizing relations with the Jewish state, an AFP correspondent reported. Demonstrators gathered outside the cabinet...

Turkey condemns missile attacks targeting Saudi capital Riyadh

Turkey denounced missile attacks targeting Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh for the second time in three days. “We strongly condemn these attacks, which have targeted civilian settlements and appear to have been neutralised by Saudi air...

Islamist convicted of beheading U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl to go free, victim’s family in...

By Syed Raza Hassan, Asif Shahzad KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of an Islamist convicted of beheading U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, a decision that has left his family in “complete...

UN Says Libyan Rivals ‘Fully Engaged’ in Military Talks

By Tarek El-Tablawy  -  Bloomberg.com A resident walks amidst the rubble of a building that was damaged in the residential neighborhood of Znatah in Tripoli, Libya, on May 1. Photographer: Mahmud Turkia/AFP via Getty Images The United Nations...

Uganda elections 2021: Bobi Wine takes on Yoweri Museveni

https://www.bbc.com-image copyright Reuters image caption It was not always possible to maintain social distance in the voter queues The internet is blocked and security has been stepped up in Uganda as counting gets under way after...

Ethiopia’s Tigray forces claim battle win, global alarm grows

By Reuters Staff ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Tigrayan forces said on Tuesday they had destroyed an Ethiopian army division in battles to control the northern region where a three-week-old war has killed hundreds and spread global...

Japan and IOC deny that Olympics will be cancelled

By Jack Tarrant, Sakura Murakami TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the IOC stood firm on Friday on their commitment to host the Tokyo Olympics this year and denied a report of a possible cancellation, although the pledge...

Suicide bomber attack on Turkish military base in Somalia kills 2: report

A suicide bomber detonated inside a Turkish military training base in Somalia’s capital and killed two people, The Associated Press reported, citing local police. It was the first time Turkey’s largest overseas military base has...

Madagascar: Why Giant Island Run by Former DJ May Have a Future as French...

by Chris Summers Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and, if laid across Europe, would span from London to Algiers. John Gimlette has just written a book about the island after spending three months travelling...

S African president blasts vaccine hoarding at Davos forum

Jab: A volunteer in the Oxford-AstraZeneca trial in South Africa last June Photo: POOL/AFP/File By SIPHIWE SIBEKO - Japan Today PRETORIA South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday lashed "vaccine nationalism," accusing rich countries of bulk-buying coronavirus...

Pompeo says US will designate Houthis as terrorist group in bid to undermine ‘Iranian...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that he intends to designate the Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization, while acknowledging that the move will create hurdles for delivering aid to war-torn...

Evidence suggests Ethiopian military carried out massacre in Tigray

By Africa Eye -BBC World Service An investigation by BBC Africa Eye has uncovered evidence that a massacre in northern Ethiopia was carried out by members of the Ethiopian military. It also reveals the precise...

Turkish company prepping offer to supply Libya power: report

Turkish power-ship operator Karadeniz Holding is preparing a bid to supply up to 1,000 megawatts of electricity to conflict-hit Libya and will submit it soon, the company said on Monday, according to Reuters. Libya, where...

Haftar supporters protest Turkey’s meddling in Libyan conflict

Thousands of supporters of Gen. Khalifa Haftar demonstrated in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Sunday against what they claim is Turkish interference in the country’s domestic affairs, the Chinese CGTN news outlet...

Tigray Forces Claim to Have ‘Completely Destroyed’ an Ethiopian Army Division

by Sergei Gridnev An armed conflict between Ethiopia’s government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) started earlier in November after the government accused Tigray forces of conducting an attack on a military base in the...