Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo has visited strong ally Qatar even as the election programme back home faces another possibility of stalling.

He met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani with whom he enjoys close ties as Doha has become one of the biggest donors in Somalia.

Qatar, in spite of providing massive funding for Somalia’s federal government is also loathed by some opposition figures who feel Doha looks away when Mogadishu violates the law on free elections and civil liberties.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday called on nations expected to meet at the World Trade Organization next week to agree to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in the wake of the identification of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa.

The Biden administration faces fresh criticism over a failure to get vaccines to poorer countries while supplying free booster shots to Americans, after the new variant named Omicron was identified.

A criminal code provision that Greece’s parliament adopted on November 11, 2021, makes it a criminal offense to spread “fake news,” Human Rights Watch said.

The amended criminal code makes it a criminal offense to spread fake news that is “capable of causing concern or fear to the public or undermining public confidence in the national economy, the country’s defense capacity or public health,” punishable with up to five years in prison.

The new criminal measure comes at a time of rising concern about media freedom and the rule of law in Greece. In April, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) raised concerns that media freedom has been rapidly deteriorating in the country, including withholding government advertising from critical outlets, accusations of government censorship, and violence and harassment of journalists by police during demonstrations.

Libya’s top electoral body on Wednesday disqualified the son and one-time heir apparent of the late dictator Moammar Gadhafi from running for president in elections to be held next month, citing his previous convictions

Seif al-Islam had been sentenced to death by a Tripoli court in 2015 for using violence against protesters in a 2011 uprising against his father, but that ruling has since been called into question by Libya’s rival authorities. He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity related to the uprising.

The United States has urged Sudan to make more progress before it resumes $700 million in emergency assistance it had halted following October’s military coup that ousted the civilian-led contingent of the government, the State Department said.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken yesterday held separate talks with Sudan’s army chief and coup leader, Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, and Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok, a day after Sudan’s military leaders accepted a deal to reinstate Hamdok as prime minister.

Under the new deal, Hamdok will return to lead a technocratic government for a “transitional period” until elections can be held.

Yemen’s Houthi fighters said they fired 14 drones at several Saudi cities on Saturday, including at Saudi Aramco facilities in Jeddah, with the Saudi state news agency reporting that the Saudi-led coalition attacked 13 targets in Yemen during a military operation against the group.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels regularly launch drone and missile attacks targeting the Saudi kingdom’s strategic assets and oil facilities.

Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war since 2014, when the Houthis swept across much of the north and seized Sanaa, forcing the internationally recognised government into exile.

Zachary Weaver

I am blessed with a funny gene that makes me enjoy life to the fullest. I love to travel, eat and jog. I write interesting topics. I also love to take pictures.

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