Officials have said 400 Mawozo gang is demanding $1m per hostage in ransom to release 17 members of missionary group.
Comments prompt swift White House clarification after seeming to suggest change to policy of ‘strategic ambiguity’.
WHO says COVID may have killed 180,000 health workers
UN agency steps up calls for governments to do more to protect and support workers as the pandemic continues to grow.
Melbourne reopens as world’s most locked-down city eases limits
State Premier promises there will be ‘no more lockdowns’ as Victoria reaches its vaccination targets.
Crowds take to Sudan’s streets after calls for rival protests
Competing street protests cap rising tensions between military and civilian factions of Sudan’s transitional gov’t.
As Turks wrestle with inflation, central bank cuts rates again
Turkey’s central bank delivered a massive interest rate cut on Thursday, sending the lira to a new record low.
NATO agrees new plan to deter Russian attacks
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says NATO agreed a $1bn fund to provide seed financing to develop new tech.
Libyan PM, foreign powers back landmark election in December
Elections have been viewed as a key step in ending a decade of violence and instability in Libya.
Canada launches proof-of-vaccination system for travel
The standardized certificate will have a QR code for scanning at airports, train stations and other entry points.