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Libyan coastguard boat that shot Italian fisher was provided by Rome

Italian government supplied vessel to help Tripoli control flow of migrants in MediterraneanAn Italian fisher wounded when his trawler was machined-gunned by the Libyan coastguard was fired on from a boat supplied by Italy’s government to help Tripoli control the flow of migrants, the Guardian can reveal.Libyan authorities, who say the coastguard vessel fired warning shots into the air, said three Italian fishing vessels had entered Libyan territorial waters without authorisation before the inci...
Tags: Europe, Africa, World news, Rome, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Italy, Libya, Mazara Del Vallo, Tripoli


Coronavirus live news: WHO warns of risk of new wave in Africa; UK no-quarantine travel list to be announced

Delayed vaccines and variants risk spike in Africa; Portugal, Iceland, Malta expected to be on UK green list; India cases rise by world record 414,188New concerns as Indian Covid variant clusters found across EnglandEU wants three ‘course-changing’ Covid drugs from OctoberLiving through India’s pandemic: ‘Oxygen is the new currency’Japan to extend Covid emergency in Tokyo as Olympics loomChoice of Covid vaccines to be offered to Britons under 40 8.16am BST Unused coronavirus vaccines in Japa...
Tags: Japan, UK, Australia, India, Africa, World news, Who, Tokyo, Reuters, Pfizer Inc, Coronavirus, COVID, Portugal Iceland Malta, EnglandEU


Mozambique insurgency: 20,000 still trapped near gas plant six weeks after attack

People fleeing militant violence near Total’s Afungi project in Cabo Delgado have been blocked by government forcesMore than 20,000 Mozambicans have been trapped near a huge natural gas project in the country’s Cabo Delgado province, more than a month since it was abandoned after a militant attack.People camped at the gates of French energy company Total’s Afungi site have had been unable to escape, despite fears of imminent violence, and have limited food because the Mozambican government has b...
Tags: Islamic State, Africa, World news, Oil and gas companies, Energy industry, Global development, Mozambique, Sustainable Development, Internally displaced people, Total, Cabo Delgado, Conflict and arms


Africa's top shots: 30 April-6 May 2021

A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent.
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Coronavirus live: Covid-19 unlikely to be ever eradicated, warns Prof Chris Whitty

England’s chief medical officer says outlook remains ‘pretty bleak’ globally but hopes disease will become ‘much milder’ in long termEU ‘ready to discuss’ waiver on Covid vaccine patentsEU wants to mass produce three ‘course-changing’ Covid drugsWhat is patent waiving and will it solve the global shortage?Nepal facing ‘human catastrophe’ amid rampant Covid surgeOlympics chiefs and Pfizer strike vaccine deal for Tokyo athletes 9.59pm BST More than a thousand migrants who hope to reach the Uni...
Tags: England, Mexico, India, Africa, World news, Joe Biden, United States, South Africa, Un, Tokyo, Pfizer, Central America, Tijuana, Reuters, World Health Organisation WHO, Coronavirus


Italian fisher wounded after Libyan coastguard reportedly shot at boat

Navy rescues man, who was injured in one arm, after coastguard fired on his boat off the coast of Misrata in SicilyItaly’s navy has rescued an Italian fisher who was wounded after the Libyan coastguard reportedly fired on his boat.Salvatore Quinci, mayor of the fishing port of Mazaro del Vallo in south-western Sicily, said members of the coastguard shot at the fisherman’s boat off the coast of Misrata, the Italian news agency Agi reported. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Navy, Africa, World news, Italy, Libya, Agi, Sicily, Misrata, Salvatore Quinci, Mazaro del Vallo


ICC sentences Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army leader to 25 years

Former child soldier Dominic Ongwen committed crimes against humanity as commander in cultThe international criminal court has sentenced a former militia leader and child soldier from Uganda to 25 years in prison after he was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in a landmark judgment.The presiding judge, Bertram Schmitt, said the panel of judges had considered sentencing Dominic Ongwen to life imprisonment, the court’s harshest punishment, but had sided against it due to the d...
Tags: Law, Africa, World news, Uganda, International criminal justice, International criminal court, War Crimes, Icc, Dominic Ongwen, Resistance Army, Bertram Schmitt


Succession battle rages as Zulu ruler buried in South Africa

Factions within royal family allege poisoning and forgery after death of queen The traditional ruler of South Africa’s Zulu nation has been buried amid an increasingly acrimonious succession battle involving allegations of poisoning and forgery.Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, died aged 65 last week, only a month after she took the role after the death of her husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, South Africa, Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu


Succession battle begins after Zulu ruler’s funeral in South Africa

Factions within royal family allege poisoning and forgery after death of queen The traditional ruler of South Africa’s Zulu nation has been buried amid an increasingly acrimonious succession battle involving allegations of poisoning and forgery.Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, died aged 65 last week, only a month after she took the role following the death of her husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, South Africa, Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu


2022 World Cup: Africa's opening group stage qualifiers delayed

June's opening group matches of Africa's qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup are postponed.
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Global shortfall of nearly 1m midwives due to failure to value role, study finds

Investing in midwifery could prevent two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, but investment and training are urgently neededThe world is facing a shortage of 900,000 midwives, with more than half the shortfall in Africa, where nearly two-thirds of maternal deaths occur, according to a new survey.Insufficient resources and a failure to recognise the importance of the role mean there has been little progress since the last study in 2014, according to the State of the World’s Midwifery report, w...
Tags: Health, Politics, Africa, Women, Society, World news, Public services policy, Global development, Health policy, World Health Organization, Reproductive Rights, Midwifery, Maternal mortality, Maternal health, Global Health, Women's rights and gender equality


Boost vaccine production or Covid won’t go until 2024 - French minister

Jean-Yves Le Drian says pandemic will haunt world for years without action by rich countriesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid-19 pandemic will haunt the world until 2024 unless the G7 focuses on increasing vaccine production, in part by facilitating it in Africa, the French foreign minister has said.Jean-Yves Le Drian added there was a debate to be had about loosening restrictions on pharmaceutical companies’ patents – a measure supported by the Biden administ...
Tags: France, Africa, World news, US foreign policy, Iran, United Nations, Vaccines and immunisation, Biden, G7, Iran Nuclear Deal, Jean Yves Le Drian, Coronavirus


Oldest human burial discovered in Africa sheds light on 78,000-year-old burial practices

Scientists has uncovered the earliest modern human burial in east Africa, which changes what we know about social behaviors in Homo sapiens.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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A toddler laid to rest on a pillow is now the oldest known human burial in Africa

A toddler laid to rest with their head on a pillow in a cave in eastern Kenya is thought to be the oldest human burial ever found in Africa.
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French journalist reportedly kidnapped by jihadists in Mali

Video shows Olivier Dubois saying he was seized by rebel group linked to al-QaidaA French journalist has been kidnapped by jihadist rebels while working in Mali’s northern city of Gao, the chief of Reporters Without Borders has announced.A video released on Wednesday shows Olivier Dubois saying he was seized by the al-Qaida-linked group JNIM on 8 April. In the video he calls on his family, friends and authorities to work for his release. The video could not be independently verified. Continue re...
Tags: Europe, France, Africa, World news, Mali, Al-Qaida, GAO, JNIM, Olivier Dubois


French journalist kidnapped by jihadists in Mali

Video shows Olivier Dubois saying he was seized by rebel group linked to al-QaidaA French journalist has been kidnapped by jihadist rebels while working in Mali’s northern city of Gao, the chief of Reporters Without Borders has announced.A video released on Wednesday shows Olivier Dubois saying he was seized by the al-Qaida-linked group JNIM on 8 April. In the video he calls on his family, friends and authorities to work for his release. The video could not be independently verified. Continue re...
Tags: Europe, Media, France, Africa, World news, Journalist safety, Mali, Al-Qaida, GAO, JNIM, Olivier Dubois


The oldest human burial in Africa was a toddler laid to rest with a pillow

A new discovery in a cave in Kenya reveals that early humans treated their dead in a surprisingly tender way.
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Ancient child grave was Africa's earliest funeral

A young child buried in a cave 78,000 years ago is the earliest known funeral in Africa.
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Archaeologists uncover oldest human burial in Africa

‘Quite spectacular’ discovery shows three-year-old child was carefully laid to rest nearly 80,000 years agoArchaeologists have identified the oldest known human burial in Africa during field work that uncovered the remains of a child laid carefully to rest in a grave nearly 80,000 years ago.The arrangement of the bones shows the three-year-old – named Mtoto after the Swahili word for child – was placed with legs tucked to chest, and perhaps wrapped in a shroud with their head on a pillow, before...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Anthropology, Archaeology, Kenya


Uganda passes bill criminalising same-sex relationships and sex work

The conservative African country insists it is ‘not yet ready’ for gay rights as campaigners say the flawed legislation sanctions rape The Ugandan parliament has passed a controversial sexual offences bill which further criminalises same-sex relationships and sex work. The laws were passed by MPs this week, reiterating sections of legislation first enforced in the country by British colonial rule. They condemn same-sex couples who perform acts deemed against the “order of nature” to 10 years’ im...
Tags: Africa, World news, Uganda, LGBT rights, Global development


Mary Rose ship had multi-ethnic crew, study shows

Analysis of remains of crew on Henry VIII’s favourite warship sheds light on diversity in Tudor EnglandOne is thought to be an archer raised in the Atlas mountains in north Africa, and another may have been a carpenter who grew up in south-west Spain. Others hailed from closer to home, possibly the bustling ports of the English west country or the Thames estuary.The most in-depth study yet of a group of men who drowned when Henry VIII’s favourite warship, the Mary Rose, sank off Portsmouth has p...
Tags: Europe, Science, Thames, Africa, Spain, UK News, World news, Atlas, Archaeology, Portsmouth, Henry Viii, Mary Rose, Tudor England, south west Spain, Tudor EnglandOne


Nigerian president faces growing criticism after ‘security system collapse’

Muhammadu Buhari under pressure from allies and opposition, as wave of violence leaves country on edgeNigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has come under mounting pressure from critics and allies alike as the country reels from multiple security crises that have claimed hundreds of lives in recent weeks.An alarming wave of violence has left millions in Africa’s most populous country in uproar at the collapse in security. Attacks by jihadist groups in the north-east have been compounded by a shar...
Tags: Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Muhammadu Buhari, South East, Nigeria Mass


Behind South Africa's slow Covid vaccine rollout

The country has Africa's worst mortality figures but its vaccination programme lags behind others.
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Covid vaccine in South Africa: Behind the slow rollout

The country has Africa's worst mortality figures but its vaccination programme lags behind others.
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Rwanda: blood on their hands – archive, 3 December 1994

3 February 1994: When will those responsible for the massacre in Rwanda be brought to justice? As investigators close in, the ex-ministers who ordered the slaughter are living in a hotel across the border in Zaire, desperately trying to rewrite the history of genocideRwanda’s former Minister of Information, Eliezer Niyitegeka, looks more comic than intimidating. He wears a dazzling white suit, afro-hairstyle and has an AK-47 slung across his shoulder. He last set foot in Rwanda in mid-July. He a...
Tags: Africa, World news, Rwanda, Goma, Zaire, Hotel Riviera, Eliezer Niyitegeka, Bukava Zaire


The incredible life and career rise of Melinda Gates - one of the world's richest and most powerful women

She heads a foundation with a $40 billion endowment. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda Gates is one of the most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes. She could be worth $73 billion if she and Bill Gates split their fortune equally in the divorce. Gates will continue in her role as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. See more stories on Insider's business page. Melinda Gates is the fifth most powerful woman in the world, ...
Tags: Science, News, Microsoft, Obama, Bono, Life, Stanford, Africa, Time, US, America, Trends, Features, United States, U2, Aol


Tunisian MP wears crash helmet in parliament after guards banned

Abir Moussi takes her seat in helmet and bulletproof vest, prompting amusement, eye rolls and memesA Tunisian MP has taken her seat in parliament wearing a motorcycle crash helmet and a bulletproof vest, in an attention-grabbing gesture after the speaker banned private security guards from all parties, some of whom have been accused of assault. Abir Moussi, a lawyer and supporter of the autocratic former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who was ousted in Tunisia’s 2011 uprising, is a senior me...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Tunisia, Zine al Abidine Ben Ali, PDL, Abir Moussi


Netflix Releases ‘High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America’ Trailer (TV News Roundup)

Netflix released a trailer for “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America.” Based on the book by Jessica B. Harris, the four-episode docuseries will take viewers from Africa to the American South, exploring how Black chefs, historians and activists are keeping centuries-old culinary traditions alive. Hosted by Stephen Satterfield, “High on the […]
Tags: News, Africa, Netflix, American South, Run The World, Jessica B Harris, Rosie O' Donnell, Stephen Satterfield High


Bill Gates is America's biggest owner of private farmland, and his 242,000 acres could be split in his divorce

Bill and Melinda Gates. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Bill Gates owns more private farmland in the US than anyone else, an analysis by The Land Report found. His 242,000 acres of farmland stretch across 18 states from Washington to Florida, according to the report. The land could be split between the Microsoft founder and his wife Melinda Gates after their divorce. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates owns 242,000 acres of ...
Tags: Asia, Business, Florida, News, Microsoft, Washington, Life, Finance, Africa, US, America, Trends, Wealth, United States, Arkansas, Bill Gates


Africa's World Cup qualifiers hit by stadia issues

A quarter of the 40 African nations involved in June's 2022 World Cup qualifiers face the prospect of not being allowed to host matches.
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