AFRICA: Tanzania said on Wednesday it had awarded licences for the construction of a mineral smelter and two gold refineries to Chinese firms, as part of government efforts to generate more revenues from the nation’s mining industry.
AMERICAS: The governor of Puerto Rico announced that he will resign effective August 2, amid intense pressure from inside his government and from frustrated citizens, who had taken to the streets for 13 consecutive days of protests.
AFRICA: The U.S. State Department said it had imposed visa restrictions on some Nigerian citizens, who it said were involved in trying to undermine democracy in presidential and parliamentary elections in Nigeria this year.
AMERICAS: The Lima Group said Venezuela’s political crisis threatened regional peace and international security, and urged the global community to make a “huge effort to re-establish” democracy in the South American country.
AFRICA: DR Congo’s health ministry has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, home to more than a million people.
AMERICAS: Guatemala said it would postpone President Jimmy Morales’ visit to Washington to discuss Guatemala’s potential designation as a ‘safe third country’ for asylum seekers, stressing it had no plans to sign such an agreement.