AFRICA

Italian Jehovah’s Witness Hostages Held by JNIM Militants Released

What to Know: Three Italian Jehovah's Witness missionaries who were taken hostage by the al-Qaeda-linked JNIM militant group in Mali back in May 2022 have been released, according to a statement by the Italian government. The exact circumstances surrounding their release remain unknown. What Happened: Elderly couple Rocco Langone and Maria Donata...

Senegal’s Election Still Surrounded by Uncertainty

What's Happening Senegalese President Macky Sall has stated that the nation will hold Presidential elections "before the rainy season", which in Senegal takes place in June. However, no specific date has been set, something which has received staunch criticism from opposition leaders in Senegal. Originally, the elections were due for...

President of Sierra Leone to Visit China

What You Need to Know: Following an invitation from Xi Jinping, Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio, is set to visit China from February 27th until March 2nd to discuss bilateral relations and to participate in a focused investment roundtable.  Bio is also set to meet with Chinese Premier Li Qiang...

Zimbabwe Receives Part of 25,000 Ton Wheat ‘Donation’ From Russia

What You Need to Know: Zimbabwe has received most of a 25,000 metric ton shipment of wheat, as promised by Russia during the second Russia-Africa Summit held in July of last year. An additional 10,000 tons of fertilizer was shipped alongside the wheat through Mozambique, with it expected to arrive in...

Nigerian Port Workers Arrested After Drugs, Arms, and Ammunition Arrive from Durban, South Africa

What You Need to Know: Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested three workers from Lagos’ Tincan Seaport for attempting to import over 2000 lbs of drugs as well as arms and ammunition.  A dock worker, Falowo Samuel Kayode and terminal supervisors Anjorin Idowu and Uzairu Iguda were taken into...

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