Earlier, the late Chadian leader Idriss Deby, 68, was killed while visiting troops on the frontlines in the fight against a rebel group.
Chad is just one of several African nations on which former colonial powers have kept tight reins through military cooperation, debt diplomacy, and multinational corporate investment in resources extraction. The Sahelian nation plays a key role in sustaining the French military presence in West Africa.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's foreign ministry on Tuesday expressed condolences to the people of Chad over the death of President Idriss Deby, who died in combat after decades of leading the Sahelian country.
RABAT (Sputnik) - Chadian rebels from the Military Command Council for the Salvation of the Republic (CCMSR) on Tuesday reaffirmed their opposition to authorities in N'Djamena, currently ruled by the Transitional Military Council, in the wake of President Idriss Deby's death, and have vowed to continue fighting.
The 68-year-old political veteran took office as president in 1990 and had recently won a sixth term.
Back in 2006, the East African country of Uganda made one of the biggest oil discoveries after crude oil reserves were unveiled in the Albertine Rift basin. The finding resulted in a race to secure projects related to these resources that have the ability to turn East Africa into a major international oil player.
South African drug regulator SAHPRA reversed its decision to halt use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — the only jab in use in the country — over the weekend, despite reports of multiple blood clotting reactions in those inoculated with it.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least a dozen people, including one child and three women, have died as a result of an oil tanker explosion in Nigeria’s southeastern Benue State, Premium Times reports.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A massive fire has been raging out of control on the Table Mount near South Africa’s Cape Town, the local authorities said Sunday.
The incident comes just weeks after a deadly train collision in Egypt's Sohag that killed 19 and injured almost 200. Earlier this week, another train derailment incident occurred in the province of Sharqia that left a dozen people wounded.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency US government employees from the capital of Chad, N'Djamena, amid civil unrest and the threat of armed violence, the US Embassy in Chad said in a statement.
The African Union had only last week placed an order for up to 400 million doses of US firm Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine — most of which were to be made at a South African plant — for distribution to its 55 member states.
Images from the site of the tragedy show the charred remains of school desks as people mourn the young victims.
AMSTERDAM (Sputnik) - All the 15 crew members of Dutch company De Poli Shipmanagement's vessel who were kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea in March were eventually released and are now safe, they are now being repatriated to their home countries, spokesman Cor Radings told Sputnik on Thursday.
Before his 1987 killing, Burkinabe President Thomas Sankara predicted his defiance of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), debts to which he encouraged African nations to refuse to pay, would get him killed.
Emergency loans granted to Maputo by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have come at a steep price: the mandated slashing of Mozambique’s civil service budgets have left its military struggling to handle a growing Daesh*-linked insurgency, prompting the government and international companies to hire private mercenaries.
CAIRO (Sputnik) - Tourists will have an opportunity to see a 3,000-year-old lost "golden city" that has been recently uncovered by Egyptian archaeologists no earlier than in three years, as only 30 percent of the ancient city has been discovered so far, Fathi Yassin, the director general of west bank antiquities in Luxor, told Sputnik.
PEMBA, Mozambique (Sputnik) - Mozambique's security services, following last month's days-long terror assault on the gas town of Palma, fear a emergence of the Daesh terror group in the country, a national security source told Sputnik.
LUXOR (Sputnik) - It will take archaeologists at least 10 years to fully excavate the recently discovered ancient city, dubbed The Rise of Aten, that had been buried under sand in modern Egypt's eastern Luxor Governorate for over 3,000 years, lead archaeologist Zahi Hawass told Sputnik.
The United Nations mission to Western Sahara, established to oversee an independence referendum that has yet to occur, is the body’s only such mission without a human rights monitoring component. Saharawi activists have pressured the UN to act for years, but their efforts have languished amid Morocccan intransigence.