S. Africa: Soldiers deployed to counter surge in violence

Hundreds of South African soldiers were deployed on Thursday to crime-ridden suburbs of Cape Town to counter a surge of shootings, gang violence and murders. According to the Western Cape Government, bloodshed has claimed more than 2,000 victims in predominantly…

US shoots down Iranian drone

Tension is heightening between Washington and Tehran. The United States shot down an Iranian drone on Thursday over the Strait of Hormuz, located between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. According to US President Donald Trump, the Iranian…

France to ease restrictions on gay men donating blood

Since 2016 gay and bisexual men have been banned from donating blood within a year of sexual activity. The French Health Ministry announced on Wednesday that that period of abstinence, seen as disciminatory, would be reduced to four months. The…

Health Experts Issue Last Minute Warning To Hajj Pilgrims

Health experts from the Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH), a National Hajj/Umrah specific organisation, have issued a last minute warning to prospective Hajj pilgrims, from the UK and around the world, to safeguard their health against the risk…

Paris orders clean-up of schools near Notre Dame de Paris over lead poisoning fears

Local authorities in Paris have ordered a “deep clean” at schools around the fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral, following a media report claiming the extent of contamination has been covered up. Paris health official Arnaud Gauthier said that the cleaning had been ordered…

India to make new bid to launch moon rocket 50 years after first landing

India will make a new bid to launch a landmark mission to the Moon on Monday, a week after aborting lift-off at the last minute because of a fuel leak, officials said. The lauch will be just 50 years and…

Louvre removes name of US’ Sackler family as patrons over links to opioid crisis 

The Louvre museum in Paris has ended its overt association with an American family of prominent philanthropists following protests over their role in the opioid crisis in the US. Persian and Levantine artifacts at the Louvre have been housed in…

Greater Paris experiments with transhumance 

25 sheep triumphantly ended their 12-day transhumance on Wednesday in Paris after walking, grazing and bleating together in towns around the capital. Paris had a thriving farming culture up to the 1960s and the organisers wanted to revive that, to…

Trump sparks condemnation after supporters chant ‘send her back’

The row between President Donald Trump and four Democratic congresswomen has escalated after his supporters chanted “send her back” at a campaign rally. The chant was directed at Somali-born lawmaker Ilhan Omar, though Mr Trump had also attacked three other…

Ecoligo Ends Financing Round Of EUR 2.5mn To Expand Solar Services In Emerging Markets

The Berlin start-up ecoligo will receive EUR 2.5 million of funding from Saxovent, an investor specializing in ecological investments. Since its foundation in 2016, ecoligo has opened up the solar market for commercial and industrial businesses in emerging markets, driving…