Gunfire and explosions rock the Somali capital Mogadishu

إطلاق نار وانفجارات تهز العاصمة الصومالية مقديشو  مقديشو:  قال وزير الأمن الداخلي الصومالي إن العاصمة مقديشو شهدت إطلاق نار وانفجارات في الساعات الأولى من صباح اليوم الأربعاء مع مهاجمة متشددين من حركة الشباب العديد من مراكز الشرطة ونقاط تفتيش أمنية.  وتشن حركة الشباب المرتبطة بتنظيم القاعدة، التي تسعى للإطاحة بالحكومة المركزية وفرض تفسيرها المتشدد للشريعة، هجمات من حين لآخر على أهداف حكومية، مثل هجوم الأسبوع الماضي على حافلة صغيرة تقل مندوبين يشاركون في اختيار نواب البرلمان.  وكتب الوزير عبد الله نور على تويتر “هاجم الإرهابيون ضواحي مقديشو واستهدفوا مراكز الشرطة ونقاط التفتيش”.  وأضاف “هزم أفراد أمننا العدو”.  ولم ترد تفاصيل على الفور عن سقوط ضحايا. وقال الوزير إن الشرطة ستقدم مزيدا من التفاصيل عن الهجمات.  ولم تعلق حركة الشباب حتى الآن.    Gunfire and explosions rock the Somali capital Mogadishu  Mogadishu: The Somali capital, Mogadishu, witnessed shootings and explosions in the early hours of Wednesday morning, as al-Shabab militants attacked several police stations and security checkpoints, the Somali Minister of Internal Security said.  Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab, which seeks to overthrow the central government and impose its strict interpretation of sharia, occasionally launches attacks on government targets, such as last week's attack on a minibus carrying delegates involved in selecting parliamentarians.  "The terrorists attacked the outskirts of Mogadishu, targeting police stations and checkpoints," Minister Abdullahi Nour wrote on Twitter.  "Our security personnel defeated the enemy," he added.  There were no immediate details of casualties. The minister said the police would provide more details about the attacks.  Al-Shabab has not yet commented.

Gunfire and explosions rock the Somali capital Mogadishu


Mogadishu: The Somali capital, Mogadishu, witnessed shootings and explosions in the early hours of Wednesday morning, as al-Shabab militants attacked several police stations and security checkpoints, the Somali Minister of Internal Security said.

Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab, which seeks to overthrow the central government and impose its strict interpretation of sharia, occasionally launches attacks on government targets, such as last week's attack on a minibus carrying delegates involved in selecting parliamentarians.

"The terrorists attacked the outskirts of Mogadishu, targeting police stations and checkpoints," Minister Abdullahi Nour wrote on Twitter.

"Our security personnel defeated the enemy," he added.

There were no immediate details of casualties. The minister said the police would provide more details about the attacks.

Al-Shabab has not yet commented.

L'Afrique paie le lourd tribut du changement climatique  Une femme suit le bétail affecté par la sécheresse alors qu'il se dirige vers une rivière près de Biyolow Kebele, dans la région Somali en Éthiopie, le  Les chiffres parlent d'eux mêmes. Selon l'ONU d'ici 2030 plus de 100 millions d'Africains seront touchés par le réchauffement planétaire. Sécheresses, inondations, fonte des rares glacier dans un avenir proche ... les événements climatiques extrêmes accentuent l'insécurité alimentaire et la pauvreté. Le coût est lourd pour un continent à faible revenu.  Le climat sera l'un des enjeux du sommet jeudi et vendredi entre l'Union Africaine et l'Union européenne "On estime que les effets dévastateurs du changement climatique feront augmenter (pour atteindre) en fait plus de 50 % le PIB du continent d'ici à 2030. Et il s'agit là d'une pilule amère à avaler, étant donné que le continent africain ne contribue qu'à hauteur de 4 % au total des émissions de gaz à effet de serre" a expliqué Robert Muthami, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Kenya, Expert en changement climatique membre de la délégation COP 2021.  L'Afrique s'est réchauffée plus rapidement que la moyenne mondiale souligne l'ONU. Les phénomènes climatiques extrêmement menacent la production agricole et l'accès à l'eau. Ces tensions pourraient entrainer le déplacement de 86 millions de personnes d'ici 2050. Pour l'Union européenne l'enjeu est climatique mais c'est aussi une question de justice sociale.  "Les pays industrialisés polluent beaucoup plus mais le continent africain souffre beaucoup plus. Nous devons donc tout rythmer sur une nouvelle compréhension de la justice et de la coopération. Nous ne devons pas oublier que les émissions de CO2 par habitant en Afrique sont les plus faibles, alors que la production d'émissions de CO2 par habitant sur le globe est la plus élevée en Europe, aux États-Unis et en Asie" a déclaré Andreas SCHIEDER, eurodéputé (S&D).  Toutefois tous les pays africains ne sont pas prêts à renoncer dans l'immédiat à la manne financière engendrée par les importantes réserves d'énergies fossiles présentes sur le continent.   Africa pays the heavy price of climate change  The numbers speak for themselves. According to the UN by 2030 more than 100 million Africans will be affected by global warming. Droughts, floods, melting of rare glaciers in the near future... extreme climatic events accentuate food insecurity and poverty. The cost is heavy for a low-income continent.  The climate will be one of the issues at the summit on Thursday and Friday between the African Union and the European Union  "It is estimated that the devastating effects of climate change will in fact increase (to reach) more than 50% of the continent's GDP by 2030. And that is a bitter pill to swallow, given that the African continent contributes only 4% of total greenhouse gas emissions" explained Robert Muthami, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Kenya, Climate Change Expert member of the COP 2021 delegation.  Africa has warmed faster than the global average, the UN points out. Climatic phenomena extremely threaten agricultural production and access to water. These tensions could lead to the displacement of 86 million people by 2050. For the European Union, the issue is climatic but it is also a question of social justice.  "Industrialized countries pollute much more but the African continent suffers much more. So we must pace everything on a new understanding of justice and cooperation. We must not forget that CO2 emissions per capita in Africa are the lowest , while the production of CO2 emissions per capita on the globe is the highest in Europe, the United States and Asia" declared Andreas SCHIEDER, MEP (S&D).  However, not all African countries are ready to immediately give up the financial windfall generated by the large reserves of fossil fuels present on the continent.

Africa pays the heavy price of climate change


The numbers speak for themselves. According to the UN by 2030 more than 100 million Africans will be affected by global warming. Droughts, floods, melting of rare glaciers in the near future... extreme climatic events accentuate food insecurity and poverty. The cost is heavy for a low-income continent.

The climate will be one of the issues at the summit on Thursday and Friday between the African Union and the European Union

"It is estimated that the devastating effects of climate change will in fact increase (to reach) more than 50% of the continent's GDP by 2030. And that is a bitter pill to swallow, given that the African continent contributes only 4% of total greenhouse gas emissions" explained Robert Muthami, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Kenya, Climate Change Expert member of the COP 2021 delegation.

Africa has warmed faster than the global average, the UN points out. Climatic phenomena extremely threaten agricultural production and access to water. These tensions could lead to the displacement of 86 million people by 2050. For the European Union, the issue is climatic but it is also a question of social justice.

"Industrialized countries pollute much more but the African continent suffers much more. So we must pace everything on a new understanding of justice and cooperation. We must not forget that CO2 emissions per capita in Africa are the lowest , while the production of CO2 emissions per capita on the globe is the highest in Europe, the United States and Asia" declared Andreas SCHIEDER, MEP (S&D).

However, not all African countries are ready to immediately give up the financial windfall generated by the large reserves of fossil fuels present on the continent.


Nigeria : une pénurie d'essence au pays du pétrole  Le Nigeria, premier producteur de pétrole en Afrique, est touché depuis une semaine par une pénurie d'essence. L'importation d'une grande quantité d'essence frelatée aurait contaminé le marché.  La situation est pour le moins cocasse même si elle est loin d'amuser les Nigérians : le premier producteur de pétrole en Afrique est confronté depuis une semaine à une pénurie d'essence qui cause d'importants embouteillages dans les principales villes du pays.  Devant les stations essences encore ouvertes à Abuja et à Lagos, bouillonnante capitale économique de 20 millions d'habitants, les files de voitures s'étendent sur des centaines de mètres. Cette pénurie serait due selon la Compagnie Pétrolière Nationale (NNPC) à l'importation d'une grande quantité d'essence frelatée. Malgré tout le pétrole qu'il extrait, le Nigeria doit en effet importer la majorité de son carburant. Les quatre raffineries de ce pays de 220 millions d'habitants ne fonctionnent pas, ou alors en deçà de leur capacité.  Des conséquences pour les Nigérians La semaine dernière plusieurs automobilistes et conducteurs de motos ont eu leur véhicule endommagé par ce "carburant". La compagnie pétrolière nationale s'active depuis plusieurs jours pour retirer le produit contaminé du marché.  Les conséquences sont nombreuses sur le quotidien des Nigérians : un grand nombre utilise des générateurs à essence ou gazole pour alimenter les maisons et les commerces. Le coût des transports a grimpé également et est devenu exorbitant dans plusieurs villes du pays obligeant la population à utiliser d'autres moyens de déplacement comme le vélo ou la marche.    Nigeria: a shortage of gasoline in the country of oil  Nigeria, the largest oil producer in Africa, has been affected for a week by a gasoline shortage. The importation of a large quantity of adulterated gasoline would have contaminated the market.  The situation is comical to say the least, even if it is far from amusing Nigerians: the first oil producer in Africa has been confronted for a week with a shortage of petrol which is causing major traffic jams in the main cities of the country.  In front of the gas stations still open in Abuja and Lagos, a bubbling economic capital of 20 million inhabitants, the lines of cars stretch for hundreds of meters. This shortage is due according to the National Oil Company (NNPC) to the import of a large quantity of adulterated gasoline. Despite all the oil it extracts, Nigeria must indeed import the majority of its fuel. The four refineries in this country of 220 million inhabitants are not working, or are below capacity.  Consequences for Nigerians Last week several motorists and motorcycle drivers had their vehicles damaged by this "fuel". The national oil company has been working for several days to withdraw the contaminated product from the market.  The consequences are numerous on the daily lives of Nigerians: a large number use gasoline or diesel generators to power homes and businesses. The cost of transport has also risen and has become exorbitant in several cities of the country, forcing the population to use other means of transport such as cycling or walking.

Nigeria: a shortage of gasoline in the country of oil


Nigeria, the largest oil producer in Africa, has been affected for a week by a gasoline shortage. The importation of a large quantity of adulterated gasoline would have contaminated the market.

The situation is comical to say the least, even if it is far from amusing Nigerians: the first oil producer in Africa has been confronted for a week with a shortage of petrol which is causing major traffic jams in the main cities of the country.

In front of the gas stations still open in Abuja and Lagos, a bubbling economic capital of 20 million inhabitants, the lines of cars stretch for hundreds of meters. This shortage is due according to the National Oil Company (NNPC) to the import of a large quantity of adulterated gasoline. Despite all the oil it extracts, Nigeria must indeed import the majority of its fuel. The four refineries in this country of 220 million inhabitants are not working, or are below capacity.

Consequences for Nigerians
Last week several motorists and motorcycle drivers had their vehicles damaged by this "fuel". The national oil company has been working for several days to withdraw the contaminated product from the market.

The consequences are numerous on the daily lives of Nigerians: a large number use gasoline or diesel generators to power homes and businesses. The cost of transport has also risen and has become exorbitant in several cities of the country, forcing the population to use other means of transport such as cycling or walking.
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