2024 Olympics: Former Senegalese Sharpshooter Oumar Diémé Dons

Oumar Diémé: An Ode to Valor and Heritage At 92, Oumar Diémé will bear the Olympic flame in Seine-Saint-Denis. This department is not just any random place but one where he spent a considerable chunk of his life before returning to Casamance, Senegal, his homeland. A veteran who once fought with the colonial troops in Indochina and Algeria, Oumar, a pentathlon pro, is gearing up for this significant occasion with an air of readiness. Donning a new blue boubou adorned with medals and a neatly placed chéchia, Oumar Diémé’s…

Globally, the Hottest Day on Record Occurred on July 21

Record-breaking Heat: An Unprecedented Global Scorch Sunday, 21st July marked the most blistering day ever documented globally, according to preliminary figures from the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service. The global mean surface air temperature on that fateful Sunday hit 17.09 degrees Celsius (62.76°F). This temperature slightly surpassed the former record from last July, which stood at 17.08 degrees Celsius (62.74°F). Sprawling heatwaves have seared vast regions of the United States, Europe, and…

Croatian City to Observe Day of Mourning Following Shooting Incident

Day of Mourning Declared in Daruvar Following Tragic Nursing Home Shooting The eastern Croatian town of Daruvar is set to observe a day of mourning tomorrow, officials have announced. This comes in the wake of a tragic mass shooting at a local nursing home that claimed six lives, leaving the nation in a state of shock. Yesterday morning, a gunman entered the private nursing facility and opened fire, killing five residents and one staff member. Among the victims was the shooter’s own mother. Such violent incidents are…

18 Dead, Pilot Rescued Following Plane Crash in Nepal

Tragedy in Kathmandu: Plane Crash Claims Eighteen Lives In a heartbreaking incident, a small aircraft erupted in flames and veered off the runway during takeoff from Kathmandu's airport, resulting in the death of eighteen people, as shared by officials and local media. A police representative reported that the pilot managed to survive the unfortunate event. The aircraft, crewed by two members and carrying 17 technicians, was en route to Pokhara for routine maintenance checks. Owned by Saurya Airlines, a local…

Taiwan Closes Down as Lethal Typhoon Gaemi Nears

Typhoon Gaemi Sparks Widespread Evacuations in Taiwan As Typhoon Gaemi barrels toward Taiwan, sweeping evacuations and school closures have become the norm. Authorities are bracing for what they predict could be the fiercest storm to hit the island in eight years, with two confirmed fatalities already. In the Philippines, the storm exacerbated monsoonal rains, leading to deadly floods and landslides that claimed six lives. Gaemi's ferocious winds, clocking in at 190 kilometers per hour, are expected to strike…

Environmental advocates hold demonstrations at airports across Europe

Protest Wave Sweeps Through Airports as Activists Demand Climate Action Climate activists faced arrests at Heathrow Airport this morning, as reported by the group Just Stop Oil. The protests, echoing across Europe, saw seven individuals from this group apprehended along parts of the airport’s perimeter road. The Metropolitan Police confirmed the detention of nine demonstrators on charges of "conspiring to disrupt Heathrow Airport," subsequently taking them into custody. Heathrow officials, meanwhile, assured that…

Senegal: A Study Sheds Light on Economic Setbacks

Senegal Fights for Food Sovereignty Amid Challenging Conditions Securing food sovereignty remains a formidable aspiration for Senegal. In Podor, located in northern Senegal, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's fertile land lies, the Agricultural and Rural Prospective Initiative (IPAR)—a think tank focused on agricultural strategy in West Africa—conducted an insightful report. The findings shed light on the massive fiscal setbacks endured by the agricultural sector annually due to insufficient equipment for proper crop…

North Western of Somalia Cautions Against Turkish Navy’s Presence in Somali Waters

North Western of Somalia Voices Opposition to Turkish Naval Presence in Somali Waters MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somaliland, a self-declared republic, has issued a firm caution to Somalia regarding the proposal of Turkish Naval forces patrolling its waters. In a recent declaration, Somaliland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphatically denounced the possibility of Turkish naval intervention, stating, "We categorically oppose any planned involvement of Turkish naval forces within our legally defined maritime zones." This…

Mali: Efforts Toward the “Charter of Peace and Reconciliation”

Mali's Charter of Peace and Reconciliation: An Overview In Mali, the freshly minted commission tasked with drafting a "Charter of Peace and Reconciliation" kicked off its mission this week. This commission, formed last month, has already met with the nation's traditional and religious leaders on Monday, July 22. The subsequent day, political parties were brought in for consultations. However, all these efforts have been somewhat overshadowed. The political landscape remains marred by ongoing calls for the release of…

Kenya: Duale Transferred from Defence to Environment Ministry

Kenya: Duale Switched from Defence to Environment Ministry NAIROBI – In a surprising shuffle, President William Ruto has reassigned Aden Duale, a close ally, to head the Environment ministry. This unexpected move unfolded just before a crucial second vetting phase for Kenya's new batch of ministers, happening a week post-nomination. In the midst of mounting public unrest, Ruto dismissed his entire cabinet, subsequently announcing 11 new nominees in his initial selection. Originally appointed as Defense Minister, Duale's…

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