Kidnapped French Australian Veterinarian Released in Chad

A conservationist and veterinarian with dual French and Australian citizenship who was kidnapped last week in Chad has been released. Chad President Mahamat Idriss Deby announced Jerome Hugonnot’s release Sunday in a post on Twitter without providing any further details. Hugonnot who manages an oryx park on behalf of the Sahara Conservation Fund, or the […]

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Burkina Faso Ambush Kills 13 Soldiers: Security Sources

Suspected jihadists have ambushed and killed 13 soldiers in Burkina Faso’s eastern province, security sources told AFP on Sunday, in the latest violence to shake the insurgency-torn west African nation. Four members of the defense forces were also wounded in Saturday’s attack along the road linking Fada N’Gourma with Natiaboani, one of the sources said. […]

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Western Leaders Denounce Moscow’s Boycott of UN Grain Deal

The European Union called on Russia to reverse its decision to pull out of the U.N.-led grain initiative and to allow the grain shipments to leave Ukraine’s Black Sea ports. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell tweeted on Sunday: “Russia’s decision to suspend participation in the Black Sea deal puts at risk the main export […]

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103 million people forcibly displaced worldwide: UNHCR

GENEVA— The number of people forcibly displaced from their homes due to persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, and events seriously disturbing public order globally surged to 103 million in the first half of 2022, meaning that one in 77 people on Earth is forcibly displaced, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said.   This […]


Africa is Rolling Out a New Plan for Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies

In late August, health ministers from across Africa held a meeting in Togo in which they adopted a common strategy to confront health emergencies.   The so called “Regional Strategy for Health Security and Emergencies” commits African countries to concrete steps to strengthen disease surveillance, response and preparedness.   There are over 100 health emergencies […]


Unknown number of people trapped as building collapses in south Nigeria

ABUJA— A four-story building under construction in Nigeria’s southern state of Akwa Ibom collapsed on Saturday, leaving an unknown number of people trapped, a local official said. Located in the Plaza area of Uyo, the state capital, the building fell on another building next to it on Saturday evening, said Godwin Tepikor, coordinator of the […]