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Chad president dies in battle with rebel group, nation’s army says

yenwen/iStock(PARIS) -- Newly reelected president of Chad, Marshal Idriss DĂ©by Itno, died Tuesday on the battlefield in clashes with rebels, according to the Chadian army. "Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces, Idriss DĂ©by Itno has just given his last breath while defending the territorial integrity on the battlefield. It is with deep bitterness that we announce to the Chadian people the death, this Tuesday, April 20, 2021, of Marshal of Chad ... as a result of his injuries to the forehead," Chad army spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, said during a statement on Tchad TV. One of Africa's longest-ruling leaders, DĂ©by was injured on the front line in the Kanem region where rebel groups took control of the territory, Chad's   ... Read More

US raising alarm over looming humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region

KeithBinns/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Biden administration is voicing increasing concern about the reported atrocities committed in Ethiopia's Tigray region and continued restrictions and challenges for aid organizations responding to a crisis that has only grown since fighting erupted last November. The U.S. deployed a disaster response team to the region last month, but its leader told ABC News in an exclusive interview that its personnel and aid partners still need greater and sustained access to civilians in the region, warning of a growing humanitarian crisis without international aid. "Humanitarians absolutely need unhindered access to populations in need, and we are concerned about the fact that there are populations that we haven't yet been able to reach," said Emily Dakin, the senior   ... Read More

Russia moves troops near Ukraine: Analysts explain what’s behind the buildup

200mm/iStock(MOSCOW) — For weeks, Russia has been massing troops close to Ukraine in a military buildup on a scale not seen since its invasion in 2014. Analysts, as well as Ukrainian and Western officials, have struggled to understand what the Russian buildup means: It is simply posturing intended to send a message to Ukraine and the Biden administration, or is it genuine preparations for Russian military action or even a full-scale invasion of Ukraine? Right now, only the Kremlin knows the answer. But most observers have concluded for now that the highly visible build-up is most likely saber-rattling, though the threat of escalation still can’t be ruled out. “In general, the situation is better now than it was a week   ... Read More

Russia moves Alexey Navalny to prison hospital as allies warn his life is at risk

Vladimir GerdoTASS via Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russia’s prison service said it is moving the jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny to a hospital at another prison camp, as Navalny’s allies continue to warn that he is dangerously ill and could die within days. International concerns has been growing for Navalny after his team said his life is “hanging by a thread.” His health rapidly deteriorated during a hunger strike he declared nearly three weeks ago. His doctors have warned that blood tests show dangerously high levels of potassium, meaning Navalny could suffer heart failure “at any moment” and that his kidneys may also be failing. Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service on Monday said Navalny’s condition was “satisfactory” and that he was being   ... Read More

NASA’s Mars helicopter makes first flight on another planet

NASA/JPL-Caltech(NEW YORK) -- All systems were a go as NASA made history on the red planet Monday. The agency launched its Ingenuity helicopter into the atmosphere of Mars around 3:30 a.m. ET, marking the first powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. The four-pound helicopter, which landed on the planet with the Perseverance rover in February, tested flight conditions in the planet's atmosphere, which is colder and has different levels of gravity. The first test flight hovered at around 10 feet off the ground, according to NASA. The flight was originally scheduled for April 11, however, the agency had to postpone the take-off as engineers worked on preflight checks and a solution to a command sequence issue. NASA   ... Read More

Russia’s Alexey Navalny ‘is dying’ in prison, allies call for nationwide protests

Russia’s Alexey Navalny ‘is dying’ in prison, allies call for nationwide protestsThere is growing international concern for jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, as his team warned he is now dangerously ill and could die within "a matter of days." Navalny’s allies are calling for mass protests next week, saying if the Kremlin is not forced to give Navalny medical care, he will die. Navalny, known as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critic, is 19 days into a hunger strike in prison, where he was sentenced after returning to Russia having survived a nerve agent poisoning last year. He declared the hunger strike to protest the prison’s refusal to provide him with medical treatment for severe back pain caused by two suspected hernias, but in recent days, his team has said   ... Read More

Alleged poacher trampled to death by herd of breeding elephants while escaping authorities

Suspected poacher killed by elephants at South African national parkAndrew Linscott/iStock(LONDON) -- A suspected poacher has been trampled to death after accidentally running into a herd of breeding elephants while trying to flee from authorities. The incident occurred on Saturday, April 17, in Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa when field rangers were out on a routine patrol of the Phabeni area of the more than 7,500-square mile reserve when they said they detected incoming spoor -- the track or scent of something -- and decided to follow up on it, according to a statement from Kruger National Park. It was shortly after that the rangers saw three alleged poachers in the park. “Three individuals were spotted by the Rangers and attempted to run away, but Rangers requested   ... Read More

Passenger train derailment in Egypt causes dozens of casualties

bjdlzx/iStock(CAIRO) — A passenger train derailed in Banha, Egypt, on Sunday, causing dozens of casualties. Video broadcast by local media showed several carriages overturned in the province of Qalyoubeya, about 18 miles north of Cairo. Health Ministry officials say a preliminary count indicates 109 people were injured. The number of deaths has not been confirmed. The train was traveling from Cairo to al-Mansoura when it derailed. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. ABC News' Hatem Maher contributed to this report. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.   ... Read More

WHO warns of global surge in COVID cases, deaths as world approaches ‘highest rate of infection’

K_E_N/iStock(LONDON) — The pandemic is reaching deadly new heights across the world, the WHO warned this week, even as the focus in some countries, including the U.S., has shifted toward how quickly to ease restrictions as vaccination figures eke upward. "Around the world, cases and deaths are continuing to increase at worrying rates," WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference on Friday. "Globally, the number of new cases per week has nearly doubled over the past two months. This is approaching the highest rate of infection that we have seen so far during the pandemic. Some countries that had previously avoided widespread transmission are now seeing steep increases in infections." The bulk of new infections have   ... Read More

Duchess Meghan sends wreath, handwritten note for Prince Philip’s funeral

Alastair Grant/WPA Pool via Getty Images(LONDON) -- As Britain's royal family gathers to remember the life of Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99, one family member will be notably absent from St. George's Chapel, the site of the funeral. Duchess Meghan, the wife of Philip's grandson, Prince Harry, is pregnant with the couple's second child and was not cleared for travel to the United Kingdom by her physician at this stage in her pregnancy. Meghan plans to watch the funeral from the couple's home in California, where they moved last year after stepping down from their official royal roles. In her absence, Meghan sent a handwritten note and, with Harry, sent a wreath to be laid for   ... Read More

Queen Elizabeth faces new life ahead after funeral for husband of 73 years, Prince Philip

Hannah McKay/WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth has served her country as the ruling monarch for nearly 70 years, but she is now doing it for the first time without her husband, Prince Philip, by her side. The queen was joined by her closest family members Saturday for the funeral of Philip, who died April 9 at the age of 99. It marked the first time Queen Elizabeth has been seen publicly since the death of her husband of 73 years. "Anyone who has lost a life partner will understand that the morning of the funeral and the day of the funeral are very challenging," said ABC News royalty consultant Alastair Bruce. "And the queen has always just got on   ... Read More

Funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh: Live updates

Jeff Spicer/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The funeral for Britain's Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, is set to begin at 3 p.m. local time, 10 a.m. ET, at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, England. The Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9 at the age of 99, will not lie in state, palace officials said. The funeral will be limited to 30 guests (excluding clergy and pallbearers) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Check back for updates. Apr 17, 10:15 am Funeral service begins Before entering St. George’s Chapel, members of the royal family who walked in the procession -- including Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry   ... Read More

Fierce Beijing critic Jimmy Lai jailed for 14 months over Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

Anthony Kwan/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Hong Kong's rebel media tycoon Jimmy Lai was sentenced to 14 months in prison in Hong Kong District Court Friday after being found guilty of charges related to pro-democracy protests in 2019. Lai, a 73-year-old billionaire and founder of pro-democracy paper Apple Daily, has been remanded in jail since December. In addition, Hong Kong's "father of democracy" Martin Lee, 83, was given suspended sentences for the Aug. 18 and Aug. 31 protests, which were sparked by a widely unpopular extradition bill, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. Anger over the proposed legislation grew into a broader call for democracy in the Chinese-ruled territory. The mass protests lasted for more   ... Read More

Russia moves to outlaw Navalny’s movement as doctors plead for access to him in prison

Macky_CH/iStock(MOSCOW) -- Russian authorities have moved to designate the organizations of opposition leader Alexey Navalny as "extremist groups" in a step that effectively would outlaw his political movement. The move is the most serious attack so far by authorities on Navalny's movement as the Kremlin seeks to break the opposition fomented by its fiercest critic, who was sent to in a prison camp for 2 1/2 years in February. Russia's decision comes as doctors supporting Navalny have warned the state of his health is becoming dangerous in prison, where he's been on a hunger strike for more than two weeks and has accused authorities of denying him medical care. Russia's general prosecutor's office on Friday released a statement saying it   ... Read More

US, Iran hold first indirect talks in bid to save nuclear deal

Oleksii Liskonih/iStockBy Conor Finnegan, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. and Iran are holding indirect talks on Tuesday in what could be the first step toward reviving the 2015 deal that constrains Tehran's nuclear facilities in exchange for sanctions relief.The meetings, hosted by the European Union, will work toward two separate agreements -- on how the U.S. and Iran can both return to compliance with the deal's terms.Former President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord in 2018, re-imposing strict U.S. sanctions on Iran's economy and government. In response, the Iranian government began violating the restrictions on its nuclear program, now enriching more uranium, at higher levels, and with more -- and more advanced -- centrifuges.While both sides have downplayed Tuesday's meetings,   ... Read More

Chad president dies in battle with rebel group, nation’s army says

yenwen/iStock(PARIS) -- Newly reelected president of Chad, Marshal Idriss DĂ©by Itno, died Tuesday on the battlefield in clashes with rebels, according to the Chadian army. "Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces, Idriss DĂ©by Itno has just given his last breath while defending the territorial integrity on the battlefield. It is   ... Read More

US raising alarm over looming humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region

KeithBinns/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Biden administration is voicing increasing concern about the reported atrocities committed in Ethiopia's Tigray region and continued restrictions and challenges for aid organizations responding to a crisis that has only grown since fighting erupted last November. The U.S. deployed a disaster response team to the region last   ... Read More

Russia moves troops near Ukraine: Analysts explain what’s behind the buildup

200mm/iStock(MOSCOW) — For weeks, Russia has been massing troops close to Ukraine in a military buildup on a scale not seen since its invasion in 2014. Analysts, as well as Ukrainian and Western officials, have struggled to understand what the Russian buildup means: It is simply posturing intended to send   ... Read More

Russia moves Alexey Navalny to prison hospital as allies warn his life is at risk

Vladimir GerdoTASS via Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russia’s prison service said it is moving the jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny to a hospital at another prison camp, as Navalny’s allies continue to warn that he is dangerously ill and could die within days. International concerns has been growing for Navalny after   ... Read More

NASA’s Mars helicopter makes first flight on another planet

NASA/JPL-Caltech(NEW YORK) -- All systems were a go as NASA made history on the red planet Monday. The agency launched its Ingenuity helicopter into the atmosphere of Mars around 3:30 a.m. ET, marking the first powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. The four-pound helicopter, which landed on   ... Read More

Russia’s Alexey Navalny ‘is dying’ in prison, allies call for nationwide protests

Russia’s Alexey Navalny ‘is dying’ in prison, allies call for nationwide protestsThere is growing international concern for jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, as his team warned he is now dangerously ill and could die within "a matter of days." Navalny’s allies are calling for mass protests next week, saying if the Kremlin is not forced to give Navalny medical care,   ... Read More

Alleged poacher trampled to death by herd of breeding elephants while escaping authorities

Suspected poacher killed by elephants at South African national parkAndrew Linscott/iStock(LONDON) -- A suspected poacher has been trampled to death after accidentally running into a herd of breeding elephants while trying to flee from authorities. The incident occurred on Saturday, April 17, in Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa when field rangers were out on a routine patrol   ... Read More

Passenger train derailment in Egypt causes dozens of casualties

bjdlzx/iStock(CAIRO) — A passenger train derailed in Banha, Egypt, on Sunday, causing dozens of casualties. Video broadcast by local media showed several carriages overturned in the province of Qalyoubeya, about 18 miles north of Cairo. Health Ministry officials say a preliminary count indicates 109 people were injured. The number of   ... Read More

WHO warns of global surge in COVID cases, deaths as world approaches ‘highest rate of infection’

K_E_N/iStock(LONDON) — The pandemic is reaching deadly new heights across the world, the WHO warned this week, even as the focus in some countries, including the U.S., has shifted toward how quickly to ease restrictions as vaccination figures eke upward. "Around the world, cases and deaths are continuing to increase   ... Read More

Duchess Meghan sends wreath, handwritten note for Prince Philip’s funeral

Alastair Grant/WPA Pool via Getty Images(LONDON) -- As Britain's royal family gathers to remember the life of Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99, one family member will be notably absent from St. George's Chapel, the site of the funeral. Duchess Meghan, the wife of Philip's grandson, Prince   ... Read More

Queen Elizabeth faces new life ahead after funeral for husband of 73 years, Prince Philip

Hannah McKay/WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth has served her country as the ruling monarch for nearly 70 years, but she is now doing it for the first time without her husband, Prince Philip, by her side. The queen was joined by her closest family members Saturday for the funeral   ... Read More

Funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh: Live updates

Jeff Spicer/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The funeral for Britain's Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, is set to begin at 3 p.m. local time, 10 a.m. ET, at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, England. The Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9 at the age of 99, will   ... Read More

Fierce Beijing critic Jimmy Lai jailed for 14 months over Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

Anthony Kwan/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Hong Kong's rebel media tycoon Jimmy Lai was sentenced to 14 months in prison in Hong Kong District Court Friday after being found guilty of charges related to pro-democracy protests in 2019. Lai, a 73-year-old billionaire and founder of pro-democracy paper Apple Daily, has been remanded   ... Read More

Russia moves to outlaw Navalny’s movement as doctors plead for access to him in prison

Macky_CH/iStock(MOSCOW) -- Russian authorities have moved to designate the organizations of opposition leader Alexey Navalny as "extremist groups" in a step that effectively would outlaw his political movement. The move is the most serious attack so far by authorities on Navalny's movement as the Kremlin seeks to break the opposition   ... Read More

US, Iran hold first indirect talks in bid to save nuclear deal

Oleksii Liskonih/iStockBy Conor Finnegan, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. and Iran are holding indirect talks on Tuesday in what could be the first step toward reviving the 2015 deal that constrains Tehran's nuclear facilities in exchange for sanctions relief.The meetings, hosted by the European Union, will work toward two separate   ... Read More
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