Five countries elected new non-permanent members of UNSC

UN General Assembly President Csaba Korosi (left) presides over a meeting to elect non-permanent members of the Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, on June 6, 2023. (PHOTO / XINHUA) UNITED NATIONS – Algeria, Guyana, the Republic of Korea, Sierra Leone, and Slovenia were elected non-permanent members of the UN Security Council […]

Africa mulls alternatives to US dollar

Experts moot single payment system within continent to facilitate trading A question on whether African countries should ditch the United States dollar and seek alternatives as the continental currencies continue to weaken against the dollar and worsen the cost of living, has received mixed reactions from both leaders and experts. On Monday, Kenya's President William […]

Ukraine: Russia destroyed dam supplying water to nuke plant

This handout picture released by the state-owned company Ukrhydroenergo shows the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam which was damaged in Nova Kakhovka, near Kherson, on June 6, 2023. (HANDOUT / AFP) VLADIVOSTOK/KIEV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that Russian forces had destroyed the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam in southern Ukraine. All services are […]

Kremlin: Russia open to dialogue with US on arms control

In this Dec 23, 2021 photo, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov moderates Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual press conference at the Manezh exhibition hall in central Moscow, Russia. (PHOTO / AFP) MOSCOW – Russia remains open to a dialogue with the United States on arms control as it is "extremely important," but Moscow is waiting for […]

Mike Pence enters 2024 Republican presidential race

This file photo shows Former US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks at a campus lecture hosted by Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, on April 12, 2022. (PHOTO / AFP) WASHINGTON – Former US Vice-President Mike Pence on Monday declared himself a candidate in the 2024 Republican race for the […]

Somali, AU forces step up joint operations against al-Shabab

A Somali federal government soldier and an African union peacekeeper patrol a street of Mogadishu on July 27, 2014, during a security operation. (PHOTO / AFP) MOGADISHU – The African Union forces and the Somali National Army (SNA) have intensified joint military operations against al-Shabab fighters in Hirshabelle State, central Somalia, ahead of the withdrawal […]

McCarthy lauds US debt ceiling deal, Republicans divided

US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy speaks in the Rayburn Room following the House vote on Fiscal Responsibility Act at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on May 31, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP) WASHINGTON – US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Sunday lauded the debt ceiling deal he negotiated with Democratic President Joe Biden, […]