South Africa’s naval exercise with Russia and China raises Western alarm

South Africa holds 10-day exercise with Russia and China Government rejects criticism, says neutral on Ukraine The drills have sounded the alarm among key Western partners JOHANNESBURG, Feb 17 (Reuters) – South Africa was due to launch a joint naval exercise with Russia and China on Friday, a move it calls routine but has fueled … Read more

Top Israeli diplomat expelled from African Union summit as row escalates

ADDIS ABABA, Feb 18 (Reuters) – A senior Israeli diplomat was expelled from the annual African Union summit in Ethiopia on Saturday as the dispute over Israel’s accreditation to the bloc escalated. Footage posted online showed AU security officers confronting the diplomat during the summit’s opening ceremony, before she left the auditorium. “Israel views harshly … Read more

Body of Ghanaian winger Atsu found under rubble in Turkey

ANKARA, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu has been found dead under the building where he lived in southern Turkey after last week’s massive earthquake, his Turkish agent said on Saturday. Atsu had been missing since the February 6 earthquake following a building collapse in Hatay. He was 31 years old. “Atsu’s lifeless … Read more

Explosions hit western Ukraine after Russia fired four missiles, officials say

KYIV, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Explosions injured two civilians and shattered several hundred windows in the western Ukrainian town of Khmelnytsky as Russia fired missiles from the Black Sea on Saturday, officials said Ukrainian officials. The Ukrainian Air Force said Russia launched four Kalibr missiles from the Black Sea, two of which were shot down … Read more

Kim Jong Un’s daughter appears at sporting event

SEOUL, Feb 18 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his daughter attended a sporting event attended by government officials on Friday, according to state media, the first time the girl was seen at a a non-military event. The daughter, often described by state media as Kim’s ‘beloved child’ or ‘respected child’, was … Read more