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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is one of President Vladimir Putin’s most aggressive moves yet to redraw the boundaries of the former Soviet Union since the end of the Cold War more than 30 years ago. His latest escalation was to order his country’s nuclear deterrent to be placed on alert, a jarring signal of how relations with the West are quickly worsening.Continue Reading

Ukraine has introduced a temporary visa-free policy for foreigners wishing to join their forces fighting Russian military intervention. The policy, made official today, doesn’t apply to Russian nationals, who are referred to as “citizens of the aggressor state”Continue Reading

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The new military leader of Burkina Faso has promised a return to the normal constitutional order “when the conditions are right”. Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba led a mutiny that ousted President Roch Kaboré on Monday. He blamed the president for failing to contain violence by Islamist militants. He made hisContinue Reading

The Pan African Writers Association(PAWA) demands access to the detained Ugandan Novelist, Kakwenza Rukirabashaija to both family and legal representation. In a statement sighted by BAKNewschannel, the  association among others said the detention of the Novelist without trial is a gross violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and demands an end to the travesty of Justice and Human Rights.Continue Reading

In a statement on Saturday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in the country denied it had carried out the air strike.

The coalition also said the site was not on a list of targets to avoid that had been agreed with the UN and had not been reported by the Red Cross.Continue Reading

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More vigils are taking place across the island of Ireland and the United Kingdom in memory of murdered teacher Ashling Murphy. The 23-year-old was killed on the banks of the Grand Canal outside Tullamore, County Offaly, on Wednesday. Parkrun runners across Ireland held moments of silence on Saturday morning forContinue Reading

Struggling to pass an overhaul of US election laws, President Joe Biden has called for scrapping a key Senate rule that promotes legislative compromise. Speaking in Georgia, Mr Biden exhorted lawmakers to advance the bills and herald a “turning point” for the US. Last week’s US Capitol riot anniversary andContinue Reading

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has maintained the existing sanctions it imposed on Mali, for failure by the transitional authorities to oversee a smooth political transition. At an Extraordinary Session in Accra on Sunday, the Authority of the Heads of State and Government of the Economic CommunityContinue Reading

If there are any lingering doubts over exactly who holds the upper hand in the United States jobs market these days, Tuesday’s latest figures from the Department of Labor should put them to rest – because workers haven’t had this much power to call the shots in decades. The latestContinue Reading

A man has been arrested after a large fire severely damaged the Houses of Parliament in the South African city of Cape Town. A police spokesperson said the 49-year-old man was facing charges of arson, housebreaking, and theft, and would appear in court on Tuesday. Firefighters have been working forContinue Reading

Australia’s former parliament building in the capital Canberra was briefly set alight on Thursday by protesters during a demonstration for Aboriginal sovereignty, police said. No-one was injured in the fire, which engulfed the Old Parliament House’s front doors before it was put out. It follows a fortnight of protest activityContinue Reading

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South Africa is holding a week of events to mark the passing of the anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died on Saturday aged 90. The plans include two days of lying in state before an official state funeral on 1 January in Cape Town. Tributes have been pouring inContinue Reading

Chilean presidential candidate Gabriel Boric, of the political alliance “Apruebo Dignidad,” or I Approve of Dignity, speaks to supporters during a closing campaign rally in Casablanca, Chile, on November 18. Leftist and former student leader Gabriel Boric, 35, will become Chile’s youngest President since its return to democracy in 1990,Continue Reading

Long known as one of the world’s holiest cities, India’s spiritual capital city is now luring culinary pilgrims as it transforms into a vegetarian paradise. Inhabited since at least 1800 BC, Varanasi is well known for being among the oldest living cities on Earth, and one of the holiest forContinue Reading

  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) office in Ghana has marked the 75th anniversary of the global scheme in a grand event Monday, December 13. The dignitary-studded event which took place at the La Palm Resort was to celebrate the organization for its persistence in promoting children’s rights andContinue Reading

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested positive for Covid-19 and is being treated for mild symptoms. Mr Ramaphosa started feeling unwell on Sunday after leaving the state memorial service of South Africa’s last apartheid President FW De Klerk in Cape Town, according to a statement from the presidency .Continue Reading

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Four lecturers at a leading university in Morocco have appeared in court over accusations of offering students better grades in exchange for sex. The academics have been charged with incitement to debauchery, gender discrimination and violence against women. They have not yet pleaded. This is the latest sexual harassment scandalContinue Reading

Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore fired his prime minister on Wednesday amid an escalating security crisis that has killed thousands and led to street protests calling for him to go. The country, one of West Africa’s poorest, has been beset by attacks carried out by groups linked toContinue Reading

The Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has easily won re-election, authorities there said, in the first vote for decades held without long-term leader Yahya Jammeh. President Barrow received around 53 percent of Saturday’s vote, with nearest rival Ousainou Darboe on 28 percent. Mr Darboe and other candidates earlier said they couldContinue Reading

Rohingya refugees sued Facebook on Monday for $150 billion over claims the social network is failing to stem hate speech on its platform, exacerbating violence against the vulnerable minority. The complaint, lodged in a California court, says the algorithms that power the US-based company promote disinformation and extremist thought that translatesContinue Reading

Western powers have called on Russia to lower tensions with Ukraine, and backed Kyiv against any threats from Moscow. US President Joe Biden spoke with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the leaders of France, Germany and Italy, agreeing to use “all the tools at their disposal” to prevent aggression.Continue Reading

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The UN has warned that the need for humanitarian aid is skyrocketing worldwide and will reach an all-time high next year, as the pandemic, climate change and conflict push more people to the brink of famine. The United Nations’ humanitarian agency OCHA on Thursday appealed for a record $41bn toContinue Reading

Flights suspension Britain is halting all flights from South Africa and five other countries in the region. The above measure in response to the discovery of a highly transmissible new corona virus variant. From midday GMT on Friday, direct flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini willContinue Reading

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The Ukrainian naval patrol boat “Kremenchuk” churns out into the gun-grey waters of the Sea of Azov, one mounted machine gun pointing aft, another pointing fore into the drizzle. Commander Ivan Ovchar explains his ship’s mission: “To defend and maintain the sovereignty of Ukraine.” The threat, the officer and manyContinue Reading

Ex-prisoners in Melbourne have opened up about sex legality and otherwise in some of Victoria’s most notorious prisons. Victoria is the only Australian state or territory that allows for conjugal visits from partners, but most of the intimate relations going on in the prison system are not of the approvedContinue Reading

Evelyn Joshua has become the head of one of Africa’s most influential evangelical churches, but the 52-year-old is faced with the challenge of maintaining her late husband’s legacy. TB Joshua’s unexpected death in June at the age of 57 unleashed a succession battle that took months to resolve. But theContinue Reading

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls border easing ‘major milestone in our pathway back’ Australia will allow foreign visa holders to enter the country from the start of December, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, as it takes further steps to restart international travel and support the economy. AustraliaContinue Reading

When Kamala Harris considers movie titles that make people think of her, she probably goes straight to “Wonder Woman.” I have news for her: every time she opens her mouth, people are wondering, “What Planet Are You From?” It’s pretty clear everyone in the White House hates her and isContinue Reading

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An investigation is underway after at least three people were shot in Manhattan Tuesday night. Police say the incident happened around 10:40 p.m. in Midtown. They say two people were shot on West 38th Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue and third person was shot on Madison Avenue andContinue Reading

An inquiry panel has submitted a report which says Nigerian armed forces shot and killed anti-police brutality protesters last year. Tens of thousands of Nigerians took to the streets last October calling for the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) police unit to be disbanded. The report, leaked on Monday, has identifiedContinue Reading