Africa

Angola: CNE admits change in election results
Angola

Angola: CNE admits change in election results

The Angolan National Electoral Commission admitted that it is possible for the election results to be changed after UNITA's complaints have been investigated. It was also mentioned that "the constituencies are not closed because they are only closed with the final results". According to data released by the CNE, when 97.03% of the votes in the elections held last Wednesday were counted, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA, in power since 1975) obtained 3,162,801 votes, less one million ballots. scrutinized than in 2017, when it obtained 4,115,302 votes. The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) registered a great increase, electing deputies in 17 of the 18 provinces and obtaining a historic victory in Luanda, the largest province in the countr...
Terrorist group Katiba Macina claims attack on the outskirts of Bamako
Mali

Terrorist group Katiba Macina claims attack on the outskirts of Bamako

The terrorist group Katiba Macina, an affiliate of Al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for Friday's suicide bombing in Mali, targeting the country's main military base on the outskirts of the capital, which killed at least one person. On Friday, "a brigade of 'mujahideen' carried out a blessed operation against the Malian army, the unjust murderer of innocents, in the most notorious place in the capital, Bamako, close to the headquarters of the president and the Ministry of Defense", the statement reads, which argues that "if [the Government] has the right to hire mercenaries to kill defenseless innocents, then we have the right to destroy and target them". The Macina Liberation Front (FLM) statement was confirmed by the non-governmental organization SITE, which specializes in monitoring ...
Russian Federation and Egypt launch nuclear power plant construction work
Egypt

Russian Federation and Egypt launch nuclear power plant construction work

Russian nuclear energy conglomerate Rosatom announced the start of construction of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, "the biggest Russian-Egyptian cooperation project since the Aswan dam", estimated according to local press at 25 billion euros. On Wednesday, Egyptian Electricity Minister Mohamed Chaker and Rosatom President Alexei Likhatchev made a symbolic start to work in the north of the country, according to a statement from the Russian group. In early May, Rosatom lost one of its biggest industrial projects to a Russian group's involvement in the European Union, when a consortium in Finland withdrew its order to build a nuclear reactor after Russian troops invaded Ukraine. Egypt, which has yet to take sides with the Russians or Ukrainians, appears to be pursuing its 2015 plan to...
South Africa may have its “own version” of the Arab Spring
South Africa

South Africa may have its “own version” of the Arab Spring

Mbeki, who succeeded anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in 1999, said South Africa faced unsustainable levels of poverty and unemployment. Former South African President Thabo Mbeki warned today that the country is sitting on a ticking time bomb and could face an Arab Spring-like uprising triggered by social upheaval. "One of my fears, comrades, is that one of these days we (...) will have our own version of the Arab Spring," Mbeki said in tribute to Jessie Duarte, deputy secretary general of the African National Congress, who died in the past. weekend due to cancer. The factor that triggered the Arab Spring was the suicide by immolation of a Tunisian street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, harassed by the police in Tunisia. His death marked the beginning of a national uprising that led to ...
Libya returns to exporting oil
Libya

Libya returns to exporting oil

Libya returned to exporting oil, which ended a months-long absence from the market. The return of exports follows the resumption of oil production, after the removal of the president of the state oil company by one of the country's rival governments. An oil tanker flying the Maltese flag, the Matala, was loading at the Al-Sidra terminal, before heading to Italy. Two other oil tankers, flying the Marshall Islands flag, the Nissos Sifnos, and the Liberian flagship, the Crudemed, are due to load at the terminals in Zueitina Ras Lanuf, according to the state-owned company. Last week, the state-owned company lifted a ban it declared in April at several oil facilities after tribal leaders, aligned with Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls the east of the country, shut them down. On Friday...
Morocco and Israel develop relations in the area of security and information
Morocco, Israel

Morocco and Israel develop relations in the area of security and information

The head of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), General Aviv Kohavi, visited today the Moroccan air base of Benguerir (center), on the second day of a visit to develop bilateral relations in the field of security and information. Also today, Aviv Kohavi met in Marrakech with members of the Jewish community, including some who participated in the October 1973 Yom Kippur War and returned to Morocco, according to a statement from the Israeli army. On Tuesday, Kohavi met with the Moroccan Minister of Defense, Abdelatif Loudiyi, and with the inspector general of the Moroccan Armed Forces and commander of the South Zone, General El Farouk Belkheir, in the presence of the head of military intelligence, Brahim Hasani, and other military leaders, according to the Israeli Army. During these meetin...
US announces support of 114 million for displaced people in Cabo Delgado
Mozambique, United States

US announces support of 114 million for displaced people in Cabo Delgado

The United States of America will provide an additional US$116 million (114 million euros) this year to support those displaced due to armed violence in Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambique, an official source announced today. With the new amount, US assistance to Mozambique this year rises to US$167 million, said Urza Zeya, US Undersecretary for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights, during a press conference following a meeting with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi. "With this support, the US will help around 800,000 internally displaced persons", highlighted Urza Zeya, noting that the amount will be used for "food and nutritional assistance and for meeting the health, water and agricultural needs" of the displaced. Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique, is rich in natura...
More than 1,660 people have died of starvation since February in Kotido
Uganda

More than 1,660 people have died of starvation since February in Kotido

More than 1,660 people have died of hunger since February this year in the Ugandan district of Kotido (northeast), where an intense drought has persisted for two years, district president Lote Paul Komol said today. All the Karamoja region (where Kotido district is located) has been hit by famine. The situation is dire. We are in an emergency situation," Komol told Efe news agency over the phone. A lack of rain over the past two years has prevented people in Karamoja, Uganda's driest region, from growing their crops, he said. In addition, insecurity in the region, which worsened in 2018 with an upsurge in attacks by armed cattle thieves, led many herders to lose their cows, the main source of livelihood for Karamoja families. According to the leader of Kotido, this situation ha...
More than 20 dead in multiple attacks by Islamic extremists in Togo
Togo

More than 20 dead in multiple attacks by Islamic extremists in Togo

More than 20 people died in the night from Thursday to today in attacks by Islamic fundamentalists against several towns in northern Togo, the Togolese government confirmed today. "During the night of July 14-15, 2022, a series of terrorist attacks took place in the cities of Kpembole, Blamonga, Souguitangou and Lalabiga, in the municipalities of Kpendjal and Kpendjal West, causing more than 20 victims, who were executed cowardly and coldly by the attackers", reads an official statement. "Search operations continue to identify all victims, reassure the population and neutralize these heinous criminals," the government added. After the attack, Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé went "immediately" to the scene of the attacks, where he expressed his condolences to the families of the de...
Somalia. 15 dead in clashes on arrival of interim PR at airport
Somalia

Somalia. 15 dead in clashes on arrival of interim PR at airport

At least 15 people died on Monday in Bosaso in clashes between security forces in the Somali region of Puntland after a plane landed with the deputy speaker of parliament, the press reported today. Witnesses and official sources quoted by Somali news portal Garowe Online said the clashes erupted after a dispute over the authorization of the flight, which was transporting humanitarian aid to this semi-autonomous region. Puntland's Interior Minister Mohamed Abdirahman Dhabanad stressed that the deputy speaker of parliament, Saadia Yasin Haji Samatar, who is interim president of Somalia due to a trip abroad by President Hasan Sheikh Mohamud, did not contact the authorities before the trip. Likewise, the Minister of Security, Abdisamad Gallan, added that several soldiers tried to enter th...