In a first, Somalia-based al-Shabab is attacking in Ethiopia
Omar Faruk, The Associated Press
The al-Shabab extremist group has exploited Ethiopia’s internal turmoil to cross the border from neighboring Somalia in unprecedented attacks in recent weeks that a top U.S. military commander has warned could continue.
UN experts: Rwandan forces operate with M23 rebels in Congo
Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press
U.N. experts say they have “solid evidence” that members of Rwanda’s armed forces are conducting operations in volatile eastern Congo in support of the M23 rebel group, which is waging a major offensive in the mineral-rich region that has caused deaths and massive displacement of civilians.
Hundreds of thousands gather for mass prayer in Baghdad
Qassim Abdul-Zahra, The Associated Press
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis heeded the call of an influential Shiite cleric to gather in a show of strength for a mass prayer in the heart of Baghdad’s heavily fortified government zone on Friday. The gathering took place amid an escalating political crisis that has put the country’s capital on edge.
WHO Africa sees 10-year growth in healthy life expectancy
Chinedu Asadu, The Associated Press
Africa recorded a ten-year growth in its healthy life expectancy from 2000 to 2019, the World Health Organization Africa office said Thursday, exceeding the global average and progress seen in any other region over the same period.
For Stricken Lebanon, Shipments of Ukrainian Grain Might Not Be Enough
Elissa Miolene and Jared Malsin, The Wall Street Journal
First cargo of grain to leave a Ukrainian port since war started is bound for Lebanon, where food inflation is highest in the world; ‘I’m in survival mode’
Death toll reaches 36 in eastern DRC as protesters turn on UN peacekeepers
Jason Burke, The Guardian
With elections due next year, analysts fear political motives could be driving the rising violence and tensions in the region.
South Sudan again delays its 1st election, until late 2024
Deng Machol, The Associated Press
Parties to the peace deal ending South Sudan’s devastating civil war have again delayed the country’s first elections since independence by extending the transitional period by two years. The vote meant for early next year has been pushed to December 2024.
Senegal’s ruling coalition loses absolute majority
Babacar Dione, The Associated Press
Senegal’s ruling coalition party has lost an absolute majority in the national assembly, according to official provisional results released Thursday by the electoral commission.
Zambia emerges as a test case as China joins debt relief talks
Takeshi Kumon, Nikkei Asia
Beijing’s consent to negotiate sets potential precedent for other indebted nations.