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Search Underway For 50 Kidnapped Burkina Faso Women

Africa News

Security forces have commenced search for about 50 women abducted by suspected jihadists in insurgency ravaged norther Burkina Faso. The group of women and girls foraging for wild fruits were kidnapped by gunmen in separate incidents between January 12 and 13 respectively. A regional governor, Lieutenant-Colonel Rodolphe Sorgho, in a statement on Monday said as soon as their disappearance was announced, efforts were launched to find all of the innocent victims safe and sound.

US Offers $10m Reward For Al-Shabab Terror Leader Mohamoud Abdi Aden

Africa News

The United States announced it was offering a reward of up to $10m (£8m) million for information about Mohamoud Abdi Aden, a man described as the “terror mastermind” of a bloody hotel attack in Kenya in 2019. He is described as the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab jijadist group that perpetrated several deadly attacks in neighbouring Kenya.

Equatorial Guinea: FG Advises Undocumented Nigerians

Africa News

The Federal Government (FG) has advised undocumented Nigerians in Equatorial Guinea to immediately vacate the country, following reports that the government of Equatorial Guinea advised undocumented foreigners to voluntarily leave or face sanctions. The advisory was contained in a statement issued on Friday on behalf of the FG by Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Head, Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, Abdur-Rahman Balogun.

Pakistani Taliban Claim Responsibility For Deadly Mosque Explosion That Killed 48 Worshippers

Middle East & Asia News

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a deadly blast in a mosque in Peshawar on Monday, the latest attack on the city northwest Pakistan. The powerful explosion killed at least 48 people and left about 157 injured. The blast, caused by a suicide bomber who blew himself inside the fully packed mosque devastated that high-security zone. Many of the worshippers included police, army and bomb disposal squad who were offering the Zuhr (afternoon) prayers. The impact of the explosion collapsed the roof and one wall of the mosque and injured many people, said Zafar Khan, a local police officer. Witnesses said the blast took place in the main hall just as afternoon prayers were about to begin and worshippers were packed tightly inside. According to officials, the bomber had been standing in the front row.

Nine Palestinians Reportedly Killed By Israeli Forces In Jenin

Middle East & Asia News

Palestinian officials have revealed that nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, have reportedly been killed in an Israeli military raid in the occupied West bank. According to Palestinian health ministry 16 others were injured with live ammunition in the raid on Jenin refugee camp. The ministry also warned that the situation was “critical” in Jenin, with many other people injured and ambulances unable to get to get. Israeli forces launched a large-scale raid and besieged the camp in the early hours with undercover forces, dozens of armoured vehicles and snipers. Armed confrontation with Palestinian resistance fighters soon broke out.

China Health Experts Concerned Of Covid Surge As Travel Rush For Holidays Begin

Middle East & Asia News

Passengers in China’s megacities on Monday flocked to rail stations and airports to head to their hometowns for the Lunar Year holidays, a move that has raised concern among health experts which they say could intensify raging Covid-19 outbreak in areas less equipped to handle it.

Gunman Kills 10 In California During Lunar New Year Festival

US & Canada News

At least 10 persons have been killed by a dance club, in Monterey Park, Los Angeles, California in the United States on Saturday. The latest incident is been described to as one of the worst mass shooting in California after a 72-year-old gunman gunned down 5 men and 5 women in a Ball Room Dance floor while they were celebrating Chinese New Year. Ten others were injured. The area where the incident occurred is a predominantly Asian community on the outskirts of Los Angeles.

System Outage Causes Disruption Of Flights In US

US & Canada News

The US Federal Aviation Authority ordered a temporary halt to all domestic flights departures Wednesday, after a major system outage that disrupted air traffic across the country. Airlines and airports were left scrambling with news of the nationwide pause, as the White House said there was no immediate evidence of a cyberattack. The FAA had said flights would begin to take off again from 0900 ET (1400 GMT), though further delays are expected due to a backlog of flights.
Airports nationwide were affected, from Denver to Atlanta to New York City.

Detained US Basketball Star Brittney Griner Released In Prison Swap

US & Canada News

The US and Russia have exchanged jailed US basketball star Brittney Griner for notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout, held in an American prison for 12 years. “She’s safe, she’s on a plane, she’s on her way home,” US President Joe Biden said at the White House Thursday morning alongside Griner’s wife, Cherelle. “After months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held under intolerable circumstances, Brittney will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones, and she should have been there all along.” Biden acknowledged that Griner’s release was occurring while Whelan remained imprisoned, saying that Whelan’s family “have to have such mixed emotions today.”

Jacinda Ardern Steps Down As New Zealand Prime Minister

Europe News

Jacinda Ardern has announced she will quit as New Zealand prime minister ahead of this year’s election, saying she no longer has “enough in the tank’, to lead. Speaking at a Labour Party Retreat on Thursday she said “I’m leaving, because with such a privileged role comes responsibility, the responsibility to know when you are the right person to lead and also when you are not. I know what this job takes. And I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice. It’s that simple,” she said. “I am human, politicians are human. We give all that we can for as long as we can. And then it’s time. And for me, it’s time,” she added.

Ukraine Interior Minister, Others Killed In Helicopter Crash

Europe News

Three main figures in Ukraine’s interior ministry have been killed in a helicopter crash beside a nursery in an eastern suburb of the capital Kyiv. The interior minister, Denys Monastyrsky, other senior officials and three children were among those killed after the helicopter crashed into a kindergarten. A number of children at the school in Brovary were injured. All together about 15 people lost their lives. The 42-year-old interior minister was a prominent member of President Volodymy Zelensky's cabinet. He played a key role in updating the public on casualties caused by Russian missile strikes since Ukraine was invaded in February 2022.

Russia Verses Ukraine War: Putin Order For Temporary Seize Fire

Europe News

Russian Federation President, Vladimir Putin, has directed his defense Secretary to order a temporary seize fire in the ongoing Ukraine military operation to allow celebration for an orthodox Christmas celebration. The Seize fire will take effect for 36hrs starting from noon of the 6th through the 7th of January as a tradition celebrated by many orthodox Christians in Russia. Accordingly, the Russian president made the pronouncement in response to an earlier call by the country’s Patriarch Kirill demanding guns to go on silent while the orthodox celebrate its holiday.