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International news roundup: From Kenyan demolition tragedy to Iran’s political turmoil

From a tragic gold mine collapse in Kenya and the resignation of Togo's Prime Minister to the US troop withdrawal from Niger and Iran's political upheaval, read a roundup of the most compelling news stories from Africa and beyond.

From a tragic gold mine collapse in Kenya and the resignation of Togo’s Prime Minister to the US troop withdrawal from Niger and Iran’s political upheaval, read a roundup of the most compelling news stories from Africa and beyond.

Here are some stories below:

Several trapped as building collapses in Nairobi amid ongoing demolition

 

A tragic incident unfolded in Kenya’s capital on Monday as a three-story building undergoing demolition suddenly collapsed, trapping numerous people under the rubble.

The building, located in a densely populated area of Nairobi, came down unexpectedly while people were inside retrieving their belongings.

Resident Faith Opuko reported that up to ten young men might be trapped in the debris. “There might be about 8, 9 or 10 young men, who are trapped in there. So far so good, but the government has totally failed us today. Rescue efforts arrived too late, after five hours with no help,” Opuko lamented, expressing frustration at the delayed response from authorities.

The Prime Minister of Togo resigns.

Madam Victoire Sidemeho Tomegah-Dogbé resigned as Prime Minister of Togo.

In the communiqué, the President of the Republic, Faure Gnassingbé, congratulated the Prime Minister and the government members on their work serving the nation and asked them to ensure the handling of current affairs until a new government is appointed.

The prime minister resigned after the 29th April legislative election results were confirmed, allowing President Faure Gnassingbé to extend his 19-year rule.

US Troop Withdrawal from Niger is expected on 15 September 2024

Representatives of the US Department of Defense and the Department of National Defense of the Republic of Niger have agreed on a disengagement agreement to effect the withdrawal of US troops from Niger which is to occur no later than 15 September 2024.

The respective defence departments met from the 15th to the 19th of May to settle on a disengagement agreement to effectively withdraw U.S. troops from Niger.

According to the press release published by the US Department of Defense, “The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Niger does not affect the continuation of U.S.-Niger development relations. The United States and Niger are committed to ongoing diplomatic dialogue to define the future of their bilateral relations.”

Iranian President Dies in Helicopter Crash

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi tragically died in a helicopter crash, a significant event with profound political ramifications.  

State TV reported that images from the site showed the aircraft slammed into a mountain peak, although there was no official word on the cause of the crash. State news agency IRNA said Raisi was flying in a U.S.-made Bell 212 helicopter.

The crash plunged Iran into uncertainty, affecting domestic stability and international relations. As Iran navigates this crisis, global leaders closely monitor the situation, assessing its potential impact on regional stability and diplomatic ties.

International UN Court orders Israel to halt Rafah offensive

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has issued a directive to Israel to cease its offensive in Rafah, citing severe humanitarian concerns.

Presiding judge Nawaf Salam said the situation in Gaza had deteriorated since the court last ordered Israel to take steps to improve it. Israel has vehemently denied the allegation and signalled it would ignore any order to halt its operation.

This ruling underscores the urgency of addressing the conflict’s impact on civilians and adhering to international law. The decision has garnered mixed reactions globally, with some nations endorsing the ICJ’s stance while others advocate for a more balanced approach to the ongoing conflict. 

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