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Diplomatic tension continues as Rwanda accuses Congo DR of firing rockets into it

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There has been another round of accusations in the diplomatic tension between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo as Kigali has announced the DRC firing two rockets into the western part of its country.

The accusation was made by Rwanda’s Ministry of Defence on Friday. It claimed there were no casualties but left the population terrified at the border.

The ministry in a statement says it is the third such attack since March. This comes barely days after the DRC accused Rwanda of deploying 500 of its soldiers in eastern DRC in support of the M23 rebels.

The acrimony between the countries was pronounced last month when Rwandan military authorities accused the armed forces of neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo of cross-border attacks.

Days after, the Congo DR suspended all RwandAir flights into the country over alleged support of Rwanda for the M23 rebels that have been fighting to take control of the eastern parts of the country.

Rwanda and the DRC have had tense relations since the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Kinshasa regularly accuses Rwanda of sending troops into Congo to support M23 rebels. The Congolese army claimed at the end of May to have arrested two Rwandan soldiers in the DRC. But Kigali claimed instead that they had been abducted on the Rwandan side of the border by Hutu rebels based in Congo.

The African Union through its Chair, Macky Sall, who is also the president of Senegal has intervened in the diplomatic brouhaha and called for dialogue in the pursuit of a lasting solution.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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