Hamas leader re-elected

Ismail Haniya has been re-elected as leader of the Palestinian group Hamas, cementing his control of the organisation which rules the besieged Gaza Strip. Al Jazeera reports that Haniya, Hamas chief since 2017, has controlled the group’s political activities in Gaza,...

SA government urged to trace school drop-outs

The South African government is being urged to track down all learners who have dropped out of school, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Education activist Hendrick Makaneta says that learners should be persuaded to return to class and that if the issue of...

Iran blamed for oil tanker attack

The United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel have accused Iran of attacking an Israeli-operated oil tanker off the coast of Oman. Jagruti Dave reports that they allege Iran conducted a drone strike on the MV Mercer Street last week, which killed two people...

Zambia deploys the army to stop electoral violence

Zambia deployed the military to curb escalating political violence ahead of elections on August 12. This, Al Jazeera reports, as ockets of violence have been reported in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, as well as northern, southern and Muchinga provinces where supporters...

Police on high alert following threats to Chinese nationals

Head of the Namibian Police, Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga has called on all regional police commanders to tighten security around Chinese nationals and their businesses. This comes after the Chinese Defence Attaché to Namibia Colonel Gao Peng sent out a...

Fuel prices to remain unchanged in August

The Ministry of Mines and Energy have, in their latest fuel price update for the month of August highlighted large fluctuations in the price of oil during the period under review, as well as volatility going forward due to Covid-19 continuing to pose a threat to oil...

Bolsanaro supporters back calls for electoral system change

Supporters of Brazil’s embattled far-right President Jair Bolsonaro have rallied in Rio de Janeiro to show support for his call to change the country’s electronic voting system, which has been in use for more than 20 years. Al Jazeera reports that Bolsonaro, who is...

CAR arms embargo extended

The United Nations Security Council, despite an appeal from China to lift it, has extended an arms embargo against the Central African Republic for 12 months citing the government's failure to ensure the protection and control of its weapons.

Rhino poaching increasing in South Africa

At least 249 rhinos were killed in South Africa in the first six months of this year, 83 more compared with the same period in 2020, something News24 quotes Environment Minister Barbara Creecy as attributing, at least partially, to the easing of lockdown curbs that...

Opposition to fight Noa’s reappointment

Anti-Corruption Commission Director General, Paulus Noa and his deputy, Erna van der Merwe were last night reappointed for a term of another five years, after their nomination by President Hage Geingob was accepted by the National Assembly despite earlier protests and...