US Sanctions Cuba For Repressing Protests, Biden Warns More To Come

The United States imposed sanctions on Cuba’s defense minister and a special forces unit Thursday for repressing peaceful protests, a step President Joe Biden warned is “just the beginning” of punitive measures against Havana. READ ALSO; Super Eagles Captain, Ahmed Musa joins turkish club Fatih Karagumruk The US Treasury Department said its Office of Foreign … Read more

India Denies Millions Have Died From COVID-19

The Indian government rejected on Thursday recent studies suggesting that millions of people have died in the country from Covid-19, several times the official toll of almost 420,000. It said in a statement however that several Indian states were now “reconciling” their data after dealing with a spike in cases in April and May. READ … Read more

Tunisia Rescues 166 Migrants As 16 Die At Sea

Tunisia rescued Thursday 166 migrants stranded at sea for nearly a week, recovering the bodies of 16 others who died attempting the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to Europe, security officials said. READ ALSO; Super Eagles Captain, Ahmed Musa joins turkish club Fatih Karagumruk The migrants, who included 65 Moroccans, 62 Bangladeshis and 15 Egyptians, and who … Read more

Unilever Announces Profits Fall As Inflation Bites

British consumer goods group Unilever on Thursday announced a drop in first-half net profits on rising costs. READ ALSO; Unilever to reduce Nigeria’s presence, sells cream, soap segment Profit after tax dropped five percent to 3.12 billion euros ($3.68 billion) in the first six months of the year compared with the corresponding period in 2020, … Read more

China Says WHO Plan To Audit Labs In COVID-19 Origins Probe ‘Arrogant’

China on Thursday said a WHO proposal to audit Chinese labs as part of further investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic showed “disrespect” and “arrogance towards science”. READ ALSO; Severe Rainstorms Kill 16 In Central China Last week, the World Health Organization said a second stage of the international probe should include audits … Read more

Madagascar Prosecutors Say Foiled Assassination Bid On President

Prosecutors in Madagascar said Thursday they had foiled an attempt to assassinate President Andry Rajoelina and made several arrests. READ ALSO; DSS Stops Kanu From Signing Letter For UK Consular Assistance — Lawyer “Several foreign and Madagascar nationals were arrested on Tuesday, July 20, as part of an investigation into an attack on state security,” … Read more

Saudi Arabia Denies Pegasus Spyware Allegations

Saudi Arabia has dismissed as “baseless” allegations that it used Israeli-supplied Pegasus malware to spy on journalists and human rights activists. READ ALSO; Biden Names Big Tech Critic To Head Anti-trust Unit “A Saudi official denied the recent allegations reported in media outlets that an entity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia used software to … Read more

‘I Pump But Don’t Dump’ Bitcoin, Says Musk

Tesla founder Elon Musk said Wednesday he personally has invested in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies but that he does not manipulate or “dump” the digital currencies. READ ALSO; World’s Richest Man Jeff Bezos Blasts Into Space In a wide-ranging online panel discussion that included Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey, Musk said he believes in … Read more

Top US Catholic Priest Quits Over Misconduct Claims

A senior administrator in the US Catholic Church has resigned amid allegations that he frequented gay bars and used gay hookup app Grindr, according to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. READ ALSO; PDP And The Battle Ahead Of 2023 – Chibuzo Ukaibe The organization released a statement on Tuesday acknowledging accusations of misconduct against … Read more

Severe Rainstorms Kill 16 In Central China

At least 16 people have died after torrential rains caused landslides and flooded a city in central China, with shocking images showing passengers struggling against chest-high water inside a train carriage. READ ALSO; Bullets Alone Can’t Stop Bandits, Jonathan Tells FG As river embankments were breached in record downpours across Henan province, President Xi Jinping … Read more

Leader Of Tanzania’s Main Opposition Party Arrested

The leader of Tanzania’s main opposition party Chadema and other members were arrested early Wednesday ahead of a planned conference to demand constitutional reforms, the party said. READ ALSO; UN ‘Alarmed’ By Tanzania Return Of Fleeing Mozambicans Freeman Mbowe and 10 Chadema members were rounded up in the dead of night in the northwestern port … Read more

Biden Names Big Tech Critic To Head Anti-trust Unit

President Joe Biden on Tuesday named a prominent Big Tech critic to head the Justice Department’s antitrust division in another sign of aggressive moves to counter the dominance of major Silicon Valley firms. READ ALSO; Biden Accuses China Of ‘Protecting’ Hackers Jonathan Kanter, a lawyer who has represented firms challenging tech platforms, would if confirmed … Read more

Again, Pakistan Blocks TikTok

The popular TikTok video-sharing app was blocked Wednesday in Pakistan for a fourth time because of “inappropriate content”, the country’s telecommunication regulator said.  The Chinese-owned site has fought a series of legal battles with religious activists and authorities in the conservative Muslim nation, and was shut down for two days earlier this month on the … Read more

World Bank Earmarks $490 Million For Madagascar

The World Bank has earmarked a total of $490 million (416 million euros) to help Madagascar buy Covid vaccines and finance development projects, the two sides announced on Wednesday. READ ALSO; Watch videos of veteran singer, Sound Sultan’s candlelight procession held in Lagos The Bank will provide a grant of 100 million euros to help … Read more