COVID Pushing Least Developed Countries Over Edge, UN Says

GENEVA – The U.N. Conference on Trade and Development reports the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on most of the world’s 47 least developed countries whose economies have slumped to the lowest level in 30 years. In this

Relief Agencies Prepare Aid for Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

Relief agencies in Ethiopia are preparing to transport aid to the country’s disputed northern Tigray region, where a month of war may have killed thousands and worsened an existing humanitarian crisis. The United Nations reached an agreement Wednesday with Ethiopia

UN, Nigerian Authorities: More Bodies Recovered After Boko Haram Massacre

ABUJA, NIGERIA – Nigerian authorities say they are trying to rescue at least 10 women who were abducted by Boko Haram militants in an attack over the weekend that left at least 43 people dead. Boko Haram on Tuesday said

Jihadists Abduct Aid Worker, Local Officials in Nigeria

KANO, NIGERIA – A humanitarian aid worker and two local officials have been abducted by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters in conflict-plagued northeastern Nigeria, two security officials said Wednesday. Jihadists kidnapped them at a checkpoint in the village

At Least 110 People Feared Dead in Attack on Farmers in Nigeria

At least 110 people are feared dead in a weekend attack on farmers in the northeast part of Nigeria blamed on Islamic jihadists that are active in the area. United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the African country, Edward Kallon, said in a statement he was “outraged and horrified by the gruesome attack against

Ethiopian PM Calls Extraordinary Session of Parliament as Tigray Conflict Continues

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called an extraordinary session of the parliament on Monday, while the conflict in the country’s northern Tigray region continues. Late Sunday, Reuters reported that the leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) Debretsion Gebremichael claimed in a text message to the new agency that Tigray forces had shot down an Ethiopian plane and had taken a town form the federal forces. There has not

Rescuers Search for 30 Trapped Miners in Zimbabwe

Rescuers are trying to reach at least 30 miners in Zimbabwe trapped underground after a shaft in an outdated gold mine collapsed. Relatives of those trapped have been holding vigil since late Wednesday, when the accident occurred in the town

UN Ramps Up Aid as Ethiopian Refugees in Eastern Sudan Top 43,000

GENEVA – U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi is in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to review aid operations aimed at helping growing numbers of refugees fleeing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.  More than 43,000 Ethiopians have crossed the border

Former Niger President Mamadou Tandja Dies At Age 82

The West African nation of Niger is observing three days of national mourning following the death of former President Mamadou Tandja at the age of 82. The government said Tuesday Tandja died in the capital, Niamey, but no cause of death was given. Tandja was twice elected president of Niger starting 1999 to 2010 before he was

Ethiopia Rejects International Interference in Tigray Conflict

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stressed his country’s sovereignty and “right to uphold and enforce its laws within its territories” as he asked the international community to not get involved in its weeks-long conflict in the Tigray region. Abiy said