Militants kill at least 31 in central Mali, say local authorities

The bus was attacked by unidentified gunmen as it traveled its twice-weekly route from the village of Songho to a market in Bandiagara, 10 kilometres (6 miles) away, said Moulaye Guindo, mayor of the nearby town of Bankass. “Armed men … shot at the vehicle, slashed the tires, and shot at the people,” Guindo said. … Read more

Oil set for 6th straight weekly decline as Omicron jolts markets

Crude has dropped sharply since October as consuming nations have tapped their reserves and a new coronavirus variant has emerged. By Julia FanzeresBloomberg Published On 3 Dec 20213 Dec 2021 Oil is poised for a sixth straight weekly decline as the omicron variant jolts markets and OPEC+ leaves the door open to adjusting output plans if … Read more

Twitter removes nearly 3,500 ‘state-backed’ propaganda accounts

Most of the accounts were linked to the Chinese Communist Party’s narrative over its treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang. Twitter says it has removed 3,465 accounts operating as “state-backed information operations” that it linked to six countries: China, Mexico, Russia, Tanzania, Uganda and Venezuela. Most of the erased profiles – 2,048 – “amplified Chinese Communist … Read more

New York becomes fourth US state to confirm Omicron: Live

Five cases confirmed, as US announces new measures to help curb the spread of the variant including boosters. New York has found its first cases of the Omicron variant, as the United States brought in new measures to combat COVID-19. New York became the fourth state to confirm cases of the new strain, with a … Read more

Coronavirus news live: South Africa sees ‘exponential increase’ in Covid cases, dominated by Omicron variant

10.08pm EST 22:08 Some Covid numbers from Germany are now in. The European nation reported another 73,209 new Covid cases for Wednesday and 388 deaths, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute. The figures bring the total confirmed cumulative coronavirus cases in the nation to 5,977,208 with 102,178 deaths. A crowd of people enjoy … Read more

Ethiopian government says it has recaptured Lalibela, UN World Heritage site

“The historic town of Lalibela has been liberated and cleared off TPLF occupation,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office said in a tweet. TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda could not be immediately reached for comment. Lalibela is home to ancient rock-hewn churches and a holy site for millions of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Earlier in the day, Abiy’s … Read more

Infographic: World AIDS Day 2021

Although AIDS-related deaths have declined in recent years, the epidemic still killed 680,000 people in 2020. 2021 marks 40 years since AIDS was discovered in 1981. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic and potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV attacks the immune system, weakening it to the point where … Read more

Nigeria confirms first cases of Omicron COVID variant

Nigeria reports two cases of new coronavirus variant among arrivals from South Africa as countries tighten travel restrictions. Nigeria confirmed its first cases of the new Omicron COVID variant as countries tightened restrictions on international travel in an attempt to slow its spread. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said two cases of the … Read more

EU makes late bid to rival China on the Silk Road

Press play to listen to this article More than 3,000 days after President Xi Jinping came up with a plan in 2013 to invest massively in critical infrastructure like railways and harbors that connect China to the rest of the world, EU officials have finally come up with an alternative scheme. European Commission President Ursula … Read more