Analysis: Cuba’s protests are unprecedented but the future for newly defiant Cubans is anything but certain

Cubans are used to being endlessly patient and inventive in the face of an often dysfunctional daily existence and crushing shortages. But over the past several years that ability to overcome misfortune has been replaced by a stone-faced reality that life has become as difficult as during any point in their embattled lives. Relations with… Continue reading Analysis: Cuba’s protests are unprecedented but the future for newly defiant Cubans is anything but certain

Haiti President’s killing followed by fierce chase and gun battle — exclusive

CNN has obtained exclusive information about the hunt for the killers of Jovenel Moise, a banana exporter-turned-politician who was killed in a hail of gunfire in the bedroom of his private residence in the leafy Port-au-Prince district of Petion-Ville at around 1 a.m. last Wednesday, according to government statements. The Haitian President’s body was found… Continue reading Haiti President’s killing followed by fierce chase and gun battle — exclusive

Cuba lifts customs restrictions on food and medicine after biggest protests in decades

Thousands took to the streets across the island nation last weekend to protest chronic shortages of basic goods, curbs on civil liberties and the government’s handling of a worsening coronavirus outbreak, marking the most significant unrest in decades. The rare wave of demonstrations against the country’s communist government has been fanned by a deepening economic… Continue reading Cuba lifts customs restrictions on food and medicine after biggest protests in decades

Royal Mint credits commemorative coins and gold rush for return to annual profit

The Royal Mint has credited demand for commemorative coins and a rush to invest in gold and silver for its return to annual profit. The government-owned coin-maker revealed it swung to a £12.4 million pre-tax profit in the year to 31 March, against losses of £200,000 the previous year as investors piled into precious metals… Continue reading Royal Mint credits commemorative coins and gold rush for return to annual profit

Anger after Liverpool stripped of Unesco World Heritage status

Liverpool has been stripped of its World Heritage status after a UN committee found developments including the new Everton FC stadium threatened the value of the city’s waterfront. The city was named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 2004, joining places including the Taj Mahal, Egypt’s… Continue reading Anger after Liverpool stripped of Unesco World Heritage status

My uncle died of Covid-19 before he could get a vaccine in Kenya, and I got mine in a US drugstore. This is what vaccine inequality looks like

Even at 96, my Kenyan grandmother was among hundreds of millions in the developing world who was not vaccinated until recently because rich nations have hoarded most of the available shots. Though I’m more than 60 years younger than her, I was fully inoculated by April because I was living in the United States, where… Continue reading My uncle died of Covid-19 before he could get a vaccine in Kenya, and I got mine in a US drugstore. This is what vaccine inequality looks like

Mali’s interim president targeted in stabbing attempt during Eid prayers

The incident happened during prayers at the Grand Mosque in the capital Bamako to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. “Attempted stabbing attack against the President of the Transition, Colonel Assimi Goita at the Grande Mosque of Bamako. The attacker was immediately subdued by close security. Investigations are ongoing,” the presidency said in a… Continue reading Mali’s interim president targeted in stabbing attempt during Eid prayers

Ethiopia’s Tigray forces enter neighboring Afar region, Afar says

Tigrayan fighters crossed into Afar on Saturday and Afar forces and allied militias were still fighting them on Monday, Afar spokesman Ahmed Koloyta said. “Now (Ethiopian military forces) are on their way and we will work with them to eliminate (the Tigrayan forces),” he said. Getachew Reda, a spokesman for the Tigrayan forces, confirmed they… Continue reading Ethiopia’s Tigray forces enter neighboring Afar region, Afar says

WNBA players Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams won’t play for Nigeria at Olympics after appeal rejected

FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, had ruled that the two WNBA players could not suit up for Nigeria, as they have previously played for the US in FIBA events. Ogwumike and Williams requested CAS to provisionally change their national status from USA to Nigeria, as FIBA eligibility guidelines state a player could potentially… Continue reading WNBA players Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams won’t play for Nigeria at Olympics after appeal rejected

Jacob Zuma’s arms deal corruption trial adjourned for one month

Zuma, whose jailing earlier this month triggered some of the worst unrest of the post-apartheid era, appeared by video link in court on Monday to seek a further delay in his corruption trial. While the government has largely restored order in the streets, there were fears Zuma’s latest court appearance could again trigger violent protests… Continue reading Jacob Zuma’s arms deal corruption trial adjourned for one month