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Ethiopia’s Tigray forces enter neighbouring Afar region Ethiopia’s eight-month-old conflict expands as Tigrayan fighters cross into neighbouring Afar region.

Ethiopia’s Tigray forces enter neighbouring Afar region Ethiopia’s eight-month-old conflict expands as Tigrayan fighters cross into neighbouring Afar region.

Forces from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have mounted attacks in neighbouring Afar region, marking an expansion of an eight-month-old conflict into a previously untouched area. Tigrayan fighters crossed into Afar on Saturday and Afar forces and allied militias were still fighting them on Monday, Afar spokesman Ahmed Koloyta said. KEEP READING Ethiopia says second filling […]

Police say killing of Muslim family in London, Ont. was ‘planned, premeditated act motivated by hate

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Police say killing of Muslim family in London, Ont. was ‘planned, premeditated act motivated by hate

A Muslim family out for a Sunday walk at dusk were intentionally run down by the driver of a speeding truck who targeted the family because of their faith, London, Ont. police said — a “hate-motivated killing” the city’s mayor called an act of mass murder. At 8:40 p.m. on a clear and warm night, […]

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Brazil’s daily Covid-19 death toll passes 4,000 for first time

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Brazil’s daily Covid-19 death toll passes 4,000 for first time

Relatives of Luiz Alves, 63, who died from Covid-19, attend his funeral at Inhauma cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 10, 2021. © Pilar Olivares, Reuters Brazil registered more than 4,000 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours for the first time Tuesday, the health ministry said, as the country reeled from a surge of infections that […]

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COVID-19 vaccines ‘safe to use while fasting’ during Ramadan: UAE doctors

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COVID-19 vaccines ‘safe to use while fasting’ during Ramadan: UAE doctors

Doctors in the United Arab Emirates have reassured Muslims that it is safe to be vaccinated against COVID-19 while fasting during Ramadan. The holy month is expected to begin on April 12 or 13, but as the UAE continues to roll-out its nationwide vaccination program, doctors are urging those to continue with their first or second dose of […]

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Hormuud Telecom’s mobile money first for Somalia

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Hormuud Telecom’s mobile money first for Somalia

The Central Bank of Somalia has issued first ever mobile money licence to Hormuud Telecommunication, which operates EVC Plus.Hormuud Telecom’s mobile money platform, EVC Plus, will now be formally regulated and financially backed by the Central Bank of Somalia. The move formalised digital payments as a payment method within the country and will enable further […]

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US FDA approves Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

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US FDA approves Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

It is the third COVID-19 vaccine that has received the FDA’s emergency use authorization in the country, following the first one developed by American drugmaker Pfizer in partnership with German company BioNTech, and the second one developed by American drugmaker Moderna. A lab worker holds a vial of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen coronavirus disease (COVID-19) […]

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Nigeria: Kidnapped schoolgirls released, says governor Zamfara state governor tells Al Jazeera 279 girls, who were kidnapped on Friday, are safe, as President Buhari expresses joy at their release

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Nigeria: Kidnapped schoolgirls released, says governor Zamfara state governor tells Al Jazeera 279 girls, who were kidnapped on Friday, are safe, as President Buhari expresses joy at their release

Kidnappers have released all the girls abducted from a boarding school in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara on Friday, the state governor told Al Jazeera, as President Muhammadu Buhari expressed “overwhelming joy” over the news. Police initially said 317 girls were abducted in the raid by more than 100 gunmen on the Government Girls […]

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Gorbachev marks 90th birthday in quarantine

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Gorbachev marks 90th birthday in quarantine

Mikhail Gorbachev, the historic reformer who presided over the collapse of the Soviet Union, marked his 90th birthday in quarantine Tuesday and like everyone else is “tired” of virus restrictions, his spokesman said. A spokesman said Gorbachev, seen here in 2017, had received a “heap” of birthday messages from around the world Vasily MAXIMOV AFP/File Congratulations […]

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Turkey to build a rocket launch site in Somalia to support Moon 2023 landing

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Turkey to build a rocket launch site in Somalia to support Moon 2023 landing

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has revealed an ambitious timetable with the aim of going to the moon on uncrewed missions by 2023. Image: Turkish Space Agency (TUA) Turkey has unveiled ambitious plans to head to the Moon in 2023, followed by a soft landing on the lunar surface in 2028, said the country’s President […]

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France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to prison in corruption trial

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France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to prison in corruption trial

A French court found former president Nicolas Sarkozy guilty on Monday of trying to bribe a judge and of influence peddling, making him the second head of state in modern-day France to be convicted of corruption. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, wearing a protective face mask, arrives for the verdict in his trial on charges of corruptionand […]

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