Russian nuclear bombers land in Africa as Putin meets continent's leaders

Russia landed the world’s heaviest bomber in South Africa on Wednesday in a rare show of military cooperation between the two nations, as Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted African leaders at an economic forum. Two Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers, which are supersonic Soviet-era aircraft capable of launching nuclear missiles, touched down at a South African Air Force base on the outskirts of the capital, Pretoria. It was said to be the first time

Six abducted medics in Libya were released

Six medical workers abducted by a local armed group in Zintan, Libya, were freed on October 23, 2019, after 12 days of captivity, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. “The Zintan authorities should ensure that the captors are held to account.” Human Rights Watch indicated. The six medical workers were part of a larger humanitarian convoy passing through the Nafussa mountains on their way to the town of Ghadames, where they

President Vladimir Putin's agenda for Africa

President Vladimir Putin stepped up Russia’s push for influence in Africa days before he hosts a summit with African leaders, saying on Monday that Moscow could offer help without strings attached unlike what he cast as the exploitative West. The Kremlin has said it expects 47 African leaders to converge on the Black Sea city of Sochi for the Oct. 23-24 event, Moscow’s first Russia-Africa summit and part of an

Hogan Gidley defends Trump's 'lynching’ remark: ‘Let’s talk about what the president has done for African-Americans’

Trump made a comparison on Twitter, where he wrote: “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!” White House deputy spokesperson Hogan Gidley on Tuesday defended him, who recently compared his ongoing impeachment inquiry to a lynching. Gidley was asked about the remark during an appearance on Fox News. “The president has used many words all kinds of language to talk about

IMF pledges support for Somalia's debt relief

IMF has expressed support for Somalia’s efforts to secure debt relief through the lender’s highly indebted poor countries program. Kristalina Georgieva, IMF managing director who held talks with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire pledged to work with the membership of the Fund to secure the financial resources necessary to clear arrears to the IMF and cover the costs of debt relief. “Maintaining strong performance, together with support from international

Three died in underground mine accident at Russia's Nornickel

Three people died on Tuesday as a result of an accident at Norilsk Nickel’s Taimyr underground mine in Siberia, the Russian mining giant said. The world’s largest palladium producer and second-largest nickel producer said the facility was still working after the incident. It is one of the company’s main mines in Siberia and contains mixed ores. At 16:30 local time three workers were found dead at a depth of 1

Russian Journalist who Turned Mercenary Killed in Libya

A former journalist may be among the dozens of Russian mercenaries believed to have died while fighting in Libya’s civil war last month, the news website reported Monday. Previous reporting said that more than 100 Russian mercenaries arrived at a base in Libya in early September and up to 35 may have died in an airstrike later that month. Linked to President Vladimir Putin, the private army is said to

One dead as Typhoon Hagibis nears Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis roared towards Japan’s coast on Saturday, killing one person and bringing “unprecedented” downpours that prompted authorities to issue their highest-level rain disaster warning. More than 3.2-million people have been placed under non-compulsory evacuation orders as authorities warn of imminent flood and landslide danger after hours of torrential rains. Even before making landfall, Hagibis has caused enormous disruption, forcing the cancellation of two Rugby World Cup matches, delaying

Pakistan Glacier: Prince William And Wife Kate See Impact Of Climate Change

On Wednesday, Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate visited a melting glacier in the Hindu Kush mountain range not far from Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, witnessing first hand the impact of climate change their trip is seeking to highlight. They flew by helicopter to the northern tip of the Chiatibo glacier, where a climate change expert explained how it was retreating. It is one of the around 7,000 of

U.S. Mulls Leaving Some Troops In Syria To Guard Oil says Pentagon

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that the Pentagon is considering keeping some U.S. troops near oilfields in northeastern Syria alongside Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to help deny oil to Islamic State militants,. U.S. troops are crossing into Iraq as part of a broader withdrawal from Syria ordered by President Donald Trump, a decision that allowed Turkey to launch an offensive against the SDF which for years was