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’.
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.
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.
‘No country will be spared’ impact of climate change: US gov’t
Reports by US White House, defence and intelligence agencies say climate change likely to increase global instability.
US to launch Amazon-wide pact to reduce deforestation: Blinken
During visit to Colombia, Blinken announces initiative that will include financial support for protected areas.
UN sets up trust fund for Afghanistan amid cash shortages
UNDP says special fund aims to inject liquidity into Afghan households as the country suffers ‘economic implosion’.