South Africa has temporarily closed its embassy in Nigeria following violence against South African businesses in reprisal for attacks on foreign-owned stores in Johannesburg, while Nigeria has announced plans to evacuate its nationals from South Africa. The announcement, which signals worsening diplomatic relations between the two African countries, comes after Nigeria introduced plans to evacuate its nationals from South Africa following a wave of attacks on foreigners, including Nigerians.
President Donald Trump’s administration said Tuesday it will redirect $3.6 billion in Pentagon money to step up construction of the president’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, drawing howls from Democrats who said the money would be better spent on military construction. The Pentagon will cut funding to 127 construction projects. The administration declined to detail which projects, specifically.
Hurricane Dorian is expected to bring “life-threatening storm surges” up the US east coast after causing destruction and at least 20 deaths in the Bahamas. The category three storm is currently lashing the coast of the Carolinas as it moves slowly north. Tens of thousands of people are without power. Residents from Georgia up to Virginia are being warned to listen to emergency advice.
An explosion at a fireworks factory in northern India has killed at least 22 people and caused the building to catch fire and collapse, officials have said. Residents complained that authorities had failed to take any action against the factory. Fireworks manufacturing is a big business in India, with firecrackers often used in festivals and weddings. Many illegal factories produce firecrackers that are cheaper to buy than legally made ones.
Indonesian police on Thursday vowed to hunt down separatists blamed for violent protests in the region of Papua, as the government partially lifted an internet blackout imposed in the easternmost area after three weeks. The region has suffered its most serious civil unrest in years since mid-August over perceived racial and ethnic discrimination. Some protesters have also demanded an independence referendum, something the government has ruled out.