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Moroccan Government Bans UK Flights Over Soaring Covid-19 Infections

Africa News

The government of Morocco has banned flights from the UK, Germany and the Netherlands due to high Covid-19 infection rates. Several UK airlines and holiday companies have been informed by the Moroccan government that flights will be suspended from 23:59 BST on Wednesday until further notice. The UK Foreign Office said the ban has been emplaced by the Moroccan Government and will come into force from midnight yesterday. It said: “The Moroccan Government has announced the suspension for an unspecified period of direct flights between Morocco and the UK (and Germany and The Netherlands) with effect from midnight 20 October.

Burkina Faso Begin Trial Of 14 Men Linked To Thomas Sankara Assassination

Africa News

A military court in Ouagadougou on Monday commenced the long-awaited trial of 14 men, including the former president, who was accused of the assassination of Burkina Faso's left-wing leader Thomas Sankara 34 years ago. The slaying of Sankara, an icon of pan-Africanism, has for years cast a dark shadow over the Sahel state. A hit squad in October 1987 riddled Sankara and 12 others with bullets during a putsch that brought his friend and comrade-in-arms Blaise Compaore to power. The 14 men going on trial are accused of complicity in the murder of Sankara who was known as "Africa's Che Guevara".

Over 50 Dead, Missing After Vessel Capsizes In Congo

Africa News

At least 50 people are believed dead or missing following the capsizing of a makeshift vessel on the Congo River, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said. Nestor Magbado, spokesman for the governor of the Northwestern province of Mongala disclosed that Fifty-one bodies have been recovered from the boat and about 70 are believed to be missing, while 39 people survived.

South Korea To Launch First Domestically Produced Space Rocket

Middle East & Asia News

In a bid to kick start its space programme, South Korea is on Thursday set to conduct its first test launch into space of a domestically made rocket on Thursday. The three-stage KSLV-II NURI rocket is powered by liquid-fuel boosters and designed to carry 1.5-ton payloads into orbit 600km t0 800km above Earth. The rocket will require a cluster of four 75-ton boosters in the first stage, another 75-ton booster in the second stage, and a single 7-ton rocket engine in the final stage.

North Korea Confirms Missile Launch From Submarine

Middle East & Asia News

North Korea has on Tuesday test-fired a new, ballistic missile with "advanced control guidance technologies", launched from a submarine in, the state media confirmed on Wednesday. The technology will make it harder to track the missiles. According to Reuters, the confirmation comes a day after South Korea disclosed that it believed North Korea had fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off its east coast.

Heavy Explosion Hits Shia Mosque In Afghanistan

Middle East & Asia News

Up to 32 worshippers were on Friday killed following an explosion that went off inside mosque in southern city during Juma'at prayers. 45 others have been wounded after the explosion went off inside a Shia mosque in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar, according to public health officials in the province. The explosion on Friday afternoon took place in the Bibi Fatima mosque, the largest mosque for Shia worshippers in Kandahar city. A local reporter in Kandahar told Reuters that eyewitnesses had described three suicide attackers, one of whom blew himself up at the entrance to the mosque with the two others detonating their devices inside the building. While referring to a local hospital where dead and injured had been taken he said, "The situation is very bad. Mirwais hospital is messaging and calling on young people to give blood."

Breaking: Colin Powell, First Black US Secretary Of State Dies From COVID-19 Complications

US & Canada News

General Colin L. Powell, former National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the first Black Secretary of State of the United States has died on Monday following COVID-19 complications.
Powell died at age 84 at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C, despite being fully vaccinated. Powell's death was announced by his family on Facebook, saying "General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19.

COVID-19: US To Ease Restrictions On Fully Vaccinated Foreign Visitors

US & Canada News

The United States intends to ease travel restrictions on all fully vaccinated foreign visitors beginning from November. According to the White House on Monday, the country could relax a patchwork of bans that had begun to cause anger in Europe and replacing them with more uniform requirements for inbound international air passengers. White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced the "new international air travel system". "This is based on individuals rather than a country-based approach, so it's a stronger system," he said.

COVID-19: Vaccination Mandatory For US Green Card Applicants

US & Canada News

The United States Government has announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination as part of its requirements for all applicants seeking lawful permanent residence in the US. This follows the recently released guidelines by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in August. According to the new CDC guidelines, permanent residence applicants will be required to provide an official vaccination record from October 1, 2021, noting that the guideline does not apply to non-immigrant visa applicants.

Gunman Kills Six At Perm University In Central Russia

Europe News

A gunman has killed six people and injured 28 others at Perm State University in the Russian city of Perm, officials have said. The assailant, a student at the university walked onto the campus on Monday morning and opened fire on innocent unsuspecting students and teachers. Those inside the campus building at the time of the incident built barricades out of chairs to prevent the shooter from entering their classrooms. Others were however seen screaming and jumping down from windows. According to Russia's interior ministry, the attacker was shot during an exchange of gunfire with a police officer Konstanin Kalinin, who was one of the first to arrive at the scene. Mr. Kalinin then disarmed the assailant, who had a gun and a knife, before administering first aid. State media broadcast revealed amateur video footage reportedly taken during the attack showing a man clad in black tactical clothing, including a helmet, carrying a weapon, and walking through the campus. The video from outside the university showed distressed students jumping out of windows, fleeing the campus, and making phone calls to friends and family behind a cordon of police wearing helmets and body armour.

Germany Flood Kills 42, Many Others Missing

Europe News

Torrential downpours in parts of Western and Central Germany has killed at least 42 people while many are missing following severe floods, which caused immense damage to property and transport disruption. It follows record rainfall that has caused major rivers to burst their banks. The worst of the flooding has been in the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, where buildings and cars have been washed away. At least six others have died in neighbouring Belgium, and the city of Liège has urged all residents to leave. The Netherlands has also been badly hit, with flooding rivers destroying many houses in the southern province of Limburg. A number of care homes have also been evacuated. Authorities used inflatable boats and helicopters, and the German army deployed 200 soldiers to assist in the rescue operation.

Pope Francis Departs To Vatican 10 Days After Surgery

Europe News

Pope Francis who recently had half of his colon removed for a severe narrowing of his large intestine has left the hospital in Rome after 10 days on Wednesday. The 84 years old, was released at 10:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET) from Gemelli Polytechnic hospital. On his way home to Casa Santa Maria in Vatican City, he stopped to pray at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.