Burundi declares polio emergency
The polio outbreak is Burundi's first in more than 30 years.The landlocked African country is preparing a vaccination campaign targeting eligible children, from newborns to 7-year-olds. It will be ready in a few weeks.
Malawi intensifies search and rescue for cyclone victims
The Malawi government announced that Zambia has sent two aircraft to help with rescue efforts and more nations are pledging to do so.Authorities in Malawi are still coming to terms with the scale of Cyclone Freddy’s destruction.
Sudanese officials to speed up forming civilian government
Both civilian and military officials agreed Wednesday to expedite restoration of civilian rule in Sudan, where the military has ruled since a 2021 coup. But some groups are against the framework agreement and many Sudanese are skeptical that the military will ever give up power....
Bomb blast in Northern Afghanistan kills 1, wounds 5 journalists
The blast had targeted a ceremony honoring the Afghan media in the provincial capital, Mazar-i-Sharif.Five journalists and three children were among those injured.
Iran to buy Su-35 Fighter jets from Russia: Iranian broadcaster
The report did not carry any Russian confirmation of the deal, details of which were not disclosed.
China’s ‘digital silk road’ in Africa raises questions
There are U.S. concerns about the surveillance risks of Chinese telecommunications, but some analysts say it falls on each government to responsibly use technologies, and China is not the only player in the tech industry.
US citizen imprisoned by Iran implores Biden to win his freedom
"I implore you, sir, to put the lives and liberty of innocent Americans above all the politics involved and to just do what is necessary to end this nightmare and bring us home," Siamak Namazi told CNN.
Turkey begins rebuilding for 1.5M left homeless by earthquakes
More than 160,000 buildings containing 520,000 apartments collapsed or were severely damaged in the Feb. 6 earthquakes that killed tens of thousands in Turkey and neighboring Syria.The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority announced the death toll in Turkey due to earthquakes rose to 44,218 on...
13 missing in wake of Cyclone Gabrielle in New Zealand
Gabrielle struck the island's northernmost region on February 12 and tracked down the east coast causing widespread havoc, leaving at least 11 dead and displacing thousands.The number of people who couldn’t be contacted exceeded 6,000 following the cyclone as communications were knocked out in many...
Death toll from Brazil floods, landslides hits 57
Massive downpours have caused landslides and flooding in coastal towns of Brazil's richest state since last weekend. The city of Sao Sebastiao bore the brunt of the human toll, with 56 of the reported deaths.