On Thursday, international oil prices bottomed out and rebounded, benefiting from OPEC+’s possible slowdown in production increase. However,the renewed surge in new coronavirus cases in Europe and the United States, the blockage of negotiations on the US stimulus plan, and the increase in US gasoline inventories all indicate a worsening outlook for fuel demand.
Egypt is a magical country that’s teeming with myths, legends, and amazing antiquities. ‘The Land of Pharaoh’ has been in globetrotter’s radar for eons due to the presence of incredible human feats and nature’s wonders. With logic-defying Pyramids of Giza, the world’s longest river of Nile, and scintillating beaches along the famous coral reefs of the Red Sea, Egypt is brimming with diverse marvels of Mother Nature that will leave you completely speechless.
At least three people died Wednesday in the Guinean capital, Conakry, following clashes between opposition supporters and security forces. In recent days, following the presidential election, Guinea has witnessed several clashes between supporters of the nation’s opposition leader, Cellou Dalien Diallo, and the police.
Cellou Dalein Diallo, Guinea’s opposition leader, declared himself the winner of the country’s presidential election on Sunday. Diallo insisted that he has defeated President Alpha Condé, although the official results have not yet been published. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) replied that Diallo’s claim is “premature” and “null.”
A crowd broke into a prison and released detainees in Benin City, in southern Nigeria Monday. The action is part of protests against police brutality in the country. As reported by the Associated Press, some of the inmates jumped from an institution fence while others were seen running down the street to unknown destinations.
International oil prices fell on Monday due to China’s economic growth rate in the third quarter, which was lower than expected. China’s energy demand is still inevitably dragged down by the renewed surge in the number of new coronavirus infections in other countries around the world.
Polling stations across Guinea started at 7:30 local time on the 18th and were scheduled to end at 18:00 that day. According to the data provided by the Independent National Election Commission of Guinea, there are more than 5 million registered voters in this election, and about 15,000 polling stations have been set up.
As the date for Tanzania’s sixth general election nears, human rights organization Amnesty International has raised a red flag that the government has resorted to “a raft of laws” designed “to silence journalists, NGOs, human rights defenders and members of the political opposition, among others.”
Nigeria witnessed another day of demonstrations against police brutality as thousands of young Nigerians took to the streets in several cities of the West African state, including in its economic capital, Lagos. There, several roads were blocked due to the protests. The Nigerian protests against police brutality have been ongoing for a while now.
At least four people who had been held captive in Mali have been released by jihadists. Among those released is an old French aid worker, Sophie Petronin, who had been held hostage for four years. The 75 year old, who was running a charity for children with malnutrition was kidnapped by an Islamic militants in December 2016.
At least 180 prisoners have been released from a prison in Bamako by Malian authorities. It is alleged that 70 prisoners were released on Saturday with another 110 on Sunday. They were flown from the northern part of the country. Analysts have argued that the release could be in exchange for an opposition leader who has been held for more than six months.
Italian far-right leader Matteo Salvini on Saturday for the first time appeared in a court in Catania, Sicily, facing charges of preventing the landing of migrants rescued at sea. The former Italy’s Interior Minister is accused of abuse of power and ”kidnapping people” following the order he gave in July 2019 to block the 116 migrants on board the Italian Coast Guard ship “Gregoretti”.
Mali’s newly appointed transitional President, Bah Ndaw on Thursday held a meeting with the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Permanent Representative to Mali, Boly Hamidou. The transitional government is hopeful that sanctions placed on Mali by ECOWAS are likely to be lifted soon.
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Mali’s new interim president, Bah Ndaw, signed a decree appointing the former foreign minister, Moctar Ouane, as the nation’s new prime minister. The appointment was announced on Sunday, two days after the president’s swearing-in ceremony, and following a meeting on Saturday with the military junta.
Bah Ndaw has been sworn in as Mali’s civilian president on Friday, filling a seat which had stayed vacant for around five weeks. This comes after the former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was ousted after the August 18 coup. The head of the military junta, Assimi Goita, was also sworn in as the Vice President.
Iranian Major General Hossein Salami has denied claims about Iran targeting the US Ambassador to South Africa. The story, which was first reported by Politico, indicated that the Iranian leadership was looking to take out Ambassador Lana Marks in retaliation for the killing of Iranian major General Qasem Soleimani earlier this year.
The former president of Côte d’Ivoire, Henri Konan Bédié, on Sunday led the nation’s opposition in appealing for “civil disobedience” in the face of “loss,” in the context of President Alassane Ouattara’s controversial candidacy for a third presidential term in the country’s presidential elections. They are scheduled for 31 October this year.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has denounced xenophobic attacks against Africans and Asians in South Africa and has condemned the South African government’s inaction to stop them. The condemnation comes a year after the adoption of a government action plan to combat attacks against foreigners.
A new report published by Politico indicates that Iran is planning an assassination attack on the US ambassador to South Africa. It highlights that the move against Ambassador Lana Marks is being made in retaliation for the murder of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani earlier this year.
Alassane Ouattara is officially a candidate for third presidential term in Côte d’Ivoire. The Ivorian Constitutional Council gave President Ouattara a green light on Monday to run for a third term in the October presidential elections, sparking a wave of violent protests across the West African state.
The state of democracy in Zimbabwe is simply on its death bed, so to speak. Various human rights organizations have come out to openly denounce the ongoing harassment therein, especially directed towards government critics who are subsequently subjected to court cases, abductions, illegal jailing, and torture.
Mali’s opposition has rejected the call to have military personnel as their transitional head of state. The June 5 Movement, leading the opposition, who attended three days of talks, are accusing the military junta of planning to take power using force through a cover up of the transition talks.
Following an agreement with UAE, a peace treaty with another Arab country Bahrain is a new step in a cherished dream of Israel and America to win recognition of the Jewish State of Israel without having to complete negotiations for the two state solution which has been most difficult considering the objection of the Palestinians to any type of compromise.
The Malian opposition (M5-RFP movement) today distanced itself from the country’s transition plan brokered on Saturday by the military and the country’s various political forces after days of negotiations with the groups. They argue that it is creating an avenue for the military to continue governing the nation.
At least six people have been killed and 20 others injured in an attack at the port city of Kismayo in Somalia. Authorities revealed that among the dead was the chairperson of Jubaland Chamber of Commerce, Shafi’i Rabi Kahin. The suicide bomb attack took place outside a mosque as congregants were leaving after the Friday prayers.
Mali’s military junta has resumed summit talks in an effort to find a way forward for the transition to civilian power. The head of the military junta, Colonel Assimi Goita, has called on all parties to forget their differences and forge a way forward. The decision to hold the meeting comes after pressure from within the region and internationally.
Sudan has declared a state of economic emergency after a sharp fall in its currency. It is alleged that the pound has declined in value due manipulation by those opposed to the transitional government. On Wednesday, it was reported that the Sudanese pound was trading at 240 per US dollar on the parallel market.
The court of Judgment on Corruption Cases Tuesday was saddened by the behavior of some leaders in involving their families in corruption and looting of public property. Chief Justice Douglas Ogoti said in recent days officials have been arrested and charged along with family members for engaging in corruption cases.
The Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) has issued a warning about this year’s autumn rains, stating that it may be below average to moderate in all parts of the country, so caution is needed. TMA Director-General, Dr. Agnes Kijazi spoke to reporters while giving the direction of the autumn rains.
The Tanzania National Electoral Commission (NEC) has ruled on 55 appeals for parliamentary candidates, returning 15 candidates to proceed with the election process. During the reinstatement, the commission rejected the appeals of 15 other candidates who were not nominated, while rejecting 25 appeals against the nominees.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who is seeking the consent of Tanzanians to lead them again for a second term, has so far held campaign rallies in seven regions since the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) launched its campaign on August 29. He is said to have received a great reception from various groups of people.
As per a statement read at the tail end of Monday’s Niamey summit by the ECOWAS Commission President, Jean-Claude Brou, the commission demanded that the President and the Prime Minister of Mali must be civilians, and must be appointed no later than 15 September 2020.
Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has dared to end the factions within the Chama Cha Mapinduzi, (CCM) Arusha Urban Constituency, caused by a spate of candidates while battling to nominate candidates for parliamentary seats through the party. This was evidenced yesterday.
Mali’s ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been flown to United Arab Emirates for medication. It is alleged that he suffered a mini stroke and had spent two days in a hospital in Mali. He left for UAE on Saturday evening. Kieta was arrested by the military on August 18, a move that forced him to resign from the country’s top seat.
Two French soldiers have been killed and one left with injuries during an operation in Tessalit, northern part of Kidal province in Mali. The two died after their vehicle hit an improvised electronic device. The soldiers were members of the Paratroop regiment based in Tarbes, southwestern France. France began its military operations in Mali in 2013.
The Tunisian Ministry of Interior confirmed today, Sunday, that a policeman was killed and another wounded in a run-over operation by terrorists near a tourist area in the city of Sousse. This morning, the spokesman for the Tunisian National Guard, Hossam Eddine Jebali, said that a member of the National Guard was killed in a “terrorist” attack.
Guinea’s president, Alpha Conde, has stated that he will be a representative for the young people and women in his candidature for presidency. “We can’t do anything in Guinea without women. I will be the candidate for young people and women,” Conde said in a conference with female political activists.
A dispute erupted between residents of the Kadzandani area, Nyali constituency, Mombasa County, and government officials who threatened to demolish a mosque to make way for the construction of a government office. Yesterday morning, arrived at the scene seeking to demolish the building.
A group to resolve a dispute between Governor Mike Sonko and the Nairobi City Service Department (NMS), has called for an extension of 30 days to address issues that have sparked tensions between the two sides. Now the Attorney General will be required to intervene.
The humanitarian organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned Tanzanian authorities’ increased repression of the nation’s opposition, the media, and non-governmental organizations ahead of the country’s general elections, scheduled for October 28th.
Leaders of rebel movements and representatives of the Sudanese government formally signed an historic peace agreement in Juba, South Sudan that puts an end to the chronic conflict in the Darfur region. The agreement provides for the dissolution of the armed movements and for their members to join the regular army.
Kenya is marking ten years this month since the promulgation of it’s current Constitution on 27th August 2010 with the mood in the country pointing to a possibility of new constitutional changes in the near future. Debate on whether the document should be changed or retained as it is has been rife in the country.
Corruption is one thing but in Kenya, corruption is simply on another level. How else do you explain a situation whereby funds meant for the sick and vulnerable in the society are looted with impunity? To make the situation worse, it is funds meant for combating the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
With dazzling flames, Israel is battling Hamas’ incendiary balloons and rockets shot at them from Gaza. Israeli civilians living along the border have been constantly terrorized by deliberate wildfires caused by incendiary balloons shot at them from Gaza. The attacks began several days before Israel’s peace with the UAE was announced.