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Crunch, crunch: Africa's locust outbreak is far from over

Locusts swarm on a tree south of Lodwar town in Turkana county, northern Kenya Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The worst outbreak of the voracious insects in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, and their newest generation is now finding its wings for proper flight. (AP Photo/Boris Polo) <p ... Read More »

France-Turkey spat over Libya arms exposes NATO's limits

FILE – In this Dec. 4, 2019 file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg makes an opening statement during a plenary session at the NATO summit at The Grove, in Watford, England. A festering row between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a ... Read More »

Israeli leader's son takes center stage in corruption sagas

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="JERUSALEM (AP) — As scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands trial for corruption, his 28-year-old son has emerged as a driving force in a counterattack against critics and the state institutions prosecuting the longtime Israeli leader.” data-reactid=”12″>JERUSALEM (AP) — As scandal-plagued Prime Minister ... Read More »

1 of 2 protesters hit by car on closed Seattle highway dies

Emergency workers tend to an injured person on the ground after a driver sped through a protest-related closure on the Interstate 5 freeway in Seattle, authorities said early Saturday, July 4, 2020. Dawit Kelete, 27, has been arrested and booked on two counts of vehicular assault. (James Anderson via AP) ... Read More »

Japan floods leave some 20 dead, many in nursing homes

A car stands vertically on a muddy road after being washed away by flood, in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Heavy rain in the Kumamoto region triggered flooding and mudslides Saturday and left dozens still being stranded at their homes and other facilities. (Kyodo News via ... Read More »

Columbus statue toppled by Baltimore protesters

FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 9, 1984, file photo, President Ronald Reagan addresses a ceremony in Baltimore, to unveil a statue of Christopher Columbus. Baltimore protesters pulled down the statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city’s Inner Harbor, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Lana Harris, File) ... Read More »

Katsina: The motorcycle bandits terrorising northern Nigeria

Illustration More Motorcycle-riding armed bandits operating out of abandoned forest reserves are ransacking communities in Nigeria’s north-west. The groups are the latest to join Nigeria’s lucrative kidnap for ransom industry, and are quite brazen in their operations. In the last decade more than 8,000 people have been killed in the ... Read More »

Iran and North Korea: The Real Axis of Evil (As in Missile Allies?)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Click here to read the full article.” data-reactid=”19″>Click here to read the full article. <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Key Point:&nbsp;The DPRK supplied missile components to Iran—for a rocket that Tehran claims is peaceful.” data-reactid=”20″>Key Point: The DPRK supplied missile components to ... Read More »

Hachalu Hundessa: 'My friend the hero who was gunned down'

Hachalu Hundessa (L) and Amensisa Ifa had been friends since 2009 More The killing of Ethiopian protest singer and revered musician Hachalu Hundessa led to days of unrest in the country, and the deaths of at least 80 people during protests. Hachalu mostly sang about love and unity, but his ... Read More »

Sex workers lack food for taking HIV drugs during COVID-19

Sex workers wait for clients in the red light district of Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday, June 12, 2020. As the coronavirus spreads in Africa, it increasingly threatens those who earn their living on the streets, including sex workers with HIV. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi) KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — As the coronavirus spreads ... Read More »

Meet the Russian Spies Who Inspired ‘The Americans‘

Donald Heathfield, like his wife, had been born in a cemetery, a ghost rising from the dead. A baby boy had been born on Feb. 4, 1962, in Canada, the third of four children of Howard and Shirley. Six weeks later, on March 23, Shirley found little Donald lying still, ... Read More »

It Would Cost Trillions: The Day North Korea Collapses

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Click here to read the full article.” data-reactid=”19″>Click here to read the full article. <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The prospect of a peaceful Korean Unification, however remote it seems, would be a historical event worth planning for. While preparing for ... Read More »

Steroid drug purchased for COVID patients in poor countries – U.N.

GENEVA, July 3 (Reuters) – An initial purchase of the steroid dexamethasone, shown to be effective in treating severe or critical COVID-19 patients, will be made for up to 4.5 million people in low- and middle-income countries, agencies said on Friday. The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is negotiating the advance ... Read More »

Edouard Philippe resigns as French prime minister

Edouard Philippe has grown in popularity and has been seen as a possible presidential candidate –  LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP More The French prime minister, Édouard Philippe, resigned on Friday as President Emmanuel Macron prepared to reshuffle his government in a widely expected relaunch of his presidency for the final two years ... Read More »

Africa's week in pictures: 26 June – 2 July 2020

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="A selection of the week’s best photos from across the continent:” data-reactid=”12″>A selection of the week’s best photos from across the continent: On Monday, Ivory Coast sprinter Murielle Ahouré takes to the starting blocks during training in the US city of Miami. More ... Read More »

Modi visits military base close to China amid standoff

In this Sept. 14, 2017, file photo, a banner erected by the Indian army stands near Pangong Tso lake near the India China border in India’s Ladakh area. Modi made an unannounced visit Friday, July 3, 2020, to a military base in remote Ladakh region bordering China where the soldiers ... Read More »

South Africa's hospitals bracing for surge of virus patients

FILE — In this May 8, 2020, file photo a man looks into a tent as a health worker in protective gear collects a sample for COVID-19 testing in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa’s reported coronavirus are surging. Its hospitals are now bracing for an onslaught of patients, setting ... Read More »

Nord Stream 2 Could Sever Transatlantic Ties

(Bloomberg Opinion) — U.S. President Donald Trump is furious at Germany for many reasons, not all of them fathomable. In phone conversations with Angela Merkel, he’s allegedly called the German chancellor “stupid” and denigrated her in “near-sadistic” tones. Though this be madness, as the Bard might say, there is — on rare ... Read More »

Senate Republicans hope their 2020 luck changes

BAD NEWS BEARS — Senate Republicans are having a couple of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad weeks. GOP lawmakers in the Senate — which has been in session the entire month of June, unlike the House — have been forced to respond to tough questions about Trump’s shaky leadership ... Read More »

Former Libya envoy accuses Security Council of 'hypocrisy'

CAIRO (AP) — A former U.N. envoy to Libya has accused the Security Council of “hypocrisy” and of undermining his efforts to bring peace to the war-torn North African country. In a podcast interview aired Tuesday, Ghassan Salame said the majority of the U.N. Security Council supported the military offensive ... Read More »

Kremlin hails 'triumph' in vote extending Putin's rule

Turnout was almost 68 percent in the Russian referendum on constitutional changes (AFP Photo/Alexander NEMENOV) More Moscow (AFP) – The Kremlin on Thursday hailed as a “triumph” overwhelming backing in a national vote on constitutional reforms to extend President Vladimir Putin’s rule. The Central Elections Commission announced that 77.92 percent ... Read More »