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Boris Johnson Sparks, Calls For Resignation Over ‘Partygate’

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – “I’d think twice about it,” Uxbridge resident Veronika Machu said of voting again for her local MP Boris Johnson, after a slew of lockdown partying allegations. Voters in suburban Uxbridge, on the fringes of Greater London, feel anger, disappointment and resignation at the ongoing accusations, including that the prime minister’s staff partied […]

China Faces Omicron Test Ahead Beijing Olympics

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Most access to a major city adjacent to Beijing was suspended Thursday as China tried to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious omicron variant, which poses a test to its “zero-tolerance” COVID-19 policy and its ability to successfully host the Winter Olympics. Tianjin, a port and manufacturing centre with 14 million […]

French Teachers Strike Over ‘Chaotic’ COVID-19 Strategy For Schools

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Tens of thousands of French teachers angry with the government’s COVID-19 rules walked off the job on Thursday and took to the streets to demand better protection for pupils and staff against infection. “Stop your contempt,” and “We’re fed up with tests” teachers proclaimed on banners in rallies across France, calling for […]

Indonesian Woman Flogged 100 Times For Adultery, Partner Gets 15

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – An Indonesian woman was flogged 100 times on Thursday in the conservative Aceh province for adultery while her male partner, who denied the accusations, received just 15 lashes. The head of the general investigation division at East Aceh prosecutors office, Ivan Najjar Alavi, said the court handed down a heftier sentence for […]

Hungary To Offer Fourth Virus Jab As Omicron Spreads

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Hungary said Thursday it will offer a fourth coronavirus vaccine dose to citizens, after a consultation with a doctor amid a rapid rise in Covid-19 infection cases. Denmark is the first EU country to offer a fourth dose to citizens. “Anyone can get a fourth coronavirus jab based on a consultation with […]

US Sanctions Five North Koreans After Missile Launch

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The United States imposed sanctions Wednesday on five North Koreans linked to the country’s ballistic missile program, a day after Pyongyang carried out what it said was the launch of a hypersonic missile. The Treasury Department said the five North Koreans being sanctioned were “responsible for procuring goods for the DPRK’s (North […]

Wreck Of Taiwan’s Most Advanced Fighter Jet Found After Crash

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Taiwanese rescuers on Wednesday located the wreckage of a F-16V jet that crashed into the sea a day before, less than two months after the island launched the first squadron of its most advanced fighters. The jet disappeared from radar screens around half an hour after taking off for a routine training […]

Covid Tests Ordered For 14 Million In China’s Tianjin

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The northern Chinese city of Tianjin on Sunday advised its nearly 14 million people to stay home while it conducted mass Covid testing after a spate of recent cases, including two caused by the Omicron variant, state-controlled media reported. Tianjin emerged as a new area of concern after more than 20 Covid […]

Cold Kills 22 Stuck In Cars In Heavy Snow At Pakistan Resort

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – At least 22 people, including 10 children, died in a popular mountain resort town in Pakistan after being stuck in their vehicles overnight during a heavy snowstorm as temperatures plummeted, officials said Saturday. Most of the victims died of hypothermia, officials said. Among them was an Islamabad police officer and seven other […]

British Socialite Ghislaine Maxwell Convicted Of Sex Trafficking

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty in New York on Wednesday of recruiting and grooming young girls to be sexually abused by the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell faces spending the rest of her life behind bars after the 12-person jury convicted her on five of the six counts she […]

Late Diego Maradona’s Brother Hugo Dies At Age 52

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Hugo Maradona, the younger brother of late Diego Maradona who also played football, has died, his lawyer confirmed on Tuesday. Lawyer Angelo Pisani said that Hugo Maradona died of a heart attack at the age of 52. He died in his home in Monte di Procida near the city of Naples where […]

Officer Accidentally Kills Child While Arresting Suspect In Los Angeles

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Los Angeles police on Friday confirmed the death of a 14-year-old girl who was accidentally killed when an officer opened fire while arresting an assault suspect in a clothing store. In a statement released on Thursday, the police said they received calls about an armed attack at a store and when the […]

Two U.S. Lawmakers Petition Biden Over Ethiopia’s Suspension From AGOA Trade Programme 

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Chair of the United States of America Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senator Chris Van Hollen and the Chair of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congresswoman Karen Bass have urged President Joe Biden to reconsider Ethiopia’s suspension from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at the end of […]

Israel Adds U.S., 9 Others To Red List Over Omicron Variant

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Israeli Prime Minister’s Office on Monday said the Israeli government had approved the ban of all non-essential travel to 10 countries including the United States to prevent the spread of the Omicron coronavirus strain. The countries include Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey. “The cabinet ministers have now […]

Canada Lifts Travel Ban On Nigeria, Nine Other African Countries

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Canada announced Friday the lifting of a ban on foreign travelers from Nigeria and nine other African countries. The country also re-imposed testing, warning that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 risks quickly overwhelming hospitals. Apart from Nigeria, the travel restriction on flights is also lifted on South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, […]

Turkey Detains 14 Suspects Over Links To IS

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Turkish security forces on Thursday detained 14 suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) in Turkey’s financial and cultural hub Istanbul. The Ihlas news agency said police units carried out simultaneous operations in nine districts and captured 14 suspects, including 13 foreigners whose identities were not immediately clear. The suspects have been […]

Israeli Nurses Strike Over Violence Against Medical Staff

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  The Israeli Nurses Association (INA) on Wednesday declared a 24-hour strike in all hospitals and clinics nationwide in protest of violence against nurses in the country’s health system. Ilana Cohen, Chairperson of INA, in a statement demanded the immediate implementation of a government plan to eradicate violence against them in hospitals. “This […]

Biden Signs 2 Executive Orders, Targets Drug Traffickers

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed two executive orders restructuring how the federal government coordinates transnational criminal investigations, and expanding the sanctions programme to target narco-trafficking persons and organisations. Biden, in a statement from the White House, said the Administration was formally establishing the U.S. Council on Trans-national Organised Crime. ”The […]

Omicron Variant In 77 Countries – WHO

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that Omicron variant is spreading faster than other variants as it is now present in 77 countries. WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said at a news briefing at WHO headquarters in Geneva that it would be a mistake to dismiss the COVID-19 strain as mild. “Omicron […]

Vietnam Sentences Most Prominent Activist To 9 Years In Prison

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Hanoi People’s Court on Tuesday sentenced Pham Doan Trang, a prominent Vietnamese activist, and dissident who has won European human rights awards, to 9 years in prison. Trang was charged with disseminating “anti-state propaganda,’’ although the authorities dropped another similar charge that would have seen her jailed for up to 20 years. […]

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