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International news roundup: From the strengthened ties between Africa and Korea to death of WWII veteran

From the commencement of the 2024 Korea-Africa Summit to the death of World War Two veteran Robert “Al” Persichitti from Rochester read a roundup of the most compelling news stories from Africa and beyond.

Here are some stories that made the headlines last week:

South Korea-Africa summit: 25 heads of state attend maiden meeting

Representatives from 48 African nations attended the first-ever Korea-Africa summit.

The two-day talks which opened on Tuesday (3 June) focused on trade, technology and investment.

South Korean officials say expanding ties in the area of minerals and resources would help improve the country’s supply chain resilience in key industries such as batteries.

World War II veteran aged 102 dies on way to D-Day event

A World War Two US Navy veteran travelling to France for an event marking the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings has died, a veteran organisation has confirmed.

Robert “Al” Persichitti from Rochester, New York, was airlifted to a hospital in Germany on 30 May after suffering a medical emergency aboard a ship heading to Europe.

He died the following day, aged 102.

Remembered as a “great, humble man,” Mr Persichitti was involved in the allied operation in Japan.
Honor Flight – a veteran organisation Mr Persichitti belonged to – confirmed his death on social media and said he had “served his country bravely without hesitation”.

Nasa ‘Earthrise’ astronaut dies at 90 in plane crash

Bill Anders

Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders, who snapped one of the most famous photographs taken in outer space, has died in a plane crash at the age of 90.

Officials say a small aircraft he was flying crashed into the sea off Washington state. Anders’ son Greg confirmed that his father’s body was recovered on Friday afternoon.

 “The family is devastated. He was a great pilot. He will be missed,” a statement from the family reads.

Anders – who was a lunar module pilot on the Apollo 8 mission – took the iconic Earthrise photograph, one of the most memorable and inspirational images of Earth from space.

Unity government is South Africa’s best option, says Ramaphosa

President Ramaphosa's spokesman denied the president's speech was AI-generated

South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) will invite other political parties to form a government of national unity, its leader President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

It comes after last week’s election in which the ANC lost its majority for the first time since the end of the racist system of apartheid 30 years ago.

Mr Ramaphosa said the ANC acknowledged people’s complaints, and he called for a national dialogue to help rebuild social cohesion.

Political parties have just over a week to form a government before parliament convenes to elect the country’s president.

Somalia gets non-permanent seat in UN Security Council

Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has welcomed the country’s election to the 15-member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year term starting in 2025.

The president made the welcome remarks in a statement issued in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

According to him, for Somalia to be among the five countries that received the winning votes for UNSC non-permanent status, it would enable the country to regain its global status.

Mohamud said the historic vote shows how the world perceives development and governance taking place in the country.

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