The US state department has made known economic sanctions against Zineb Jammeh, the wife of Gambia’s former President, Yahya Jammeh.

Jammeh is said to have been involved in illicit transfer of funds to her husband.

“Zineb Jammeh is designated for her role in materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing support to her husband. She utilised a charitable foundation and charities as cover to facilitate the illicit transfer of funds to her husband,” the statement said.

A former United States ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, is dead, aged 90. This was confirmed in a statement signed by his wife, Arese Carrington.

“It is with a heavy and broken heart but with gratitude to God for his life of selfless humanity that I announce the passing of my beloved husband Walter Carrington, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and Senegal. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at the age of 90 years old on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020. Further announcements will be made shortly. Walter was a loving husband, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle, friend and in-law. Ralph Waldo Emerson said…It is not the length of life but the depth of life. Walter was fortunate, his life had both length and depth,” the statement read.

US and Turkish troops during the first joint ground patrol in northeast Syria, September 8, 2019. Image: @tcsavunma/Twitter

A statement released from the US African command has revealed that a US airstrike has killed seven jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) militant group in north-east of Somalia.

The statement added that the attack was done in co-ordination with Somalia’s government.

It hasn’t been confirmed if any civilians were killed in the process.

On Monday, four more people have been confirmed by Health Officials in Washington state, to have died of coronavirus, bringing the state’s death toll, and the nation’s, to nine. Georgia reported its first two cases Monday, bringing the number of states with confirmed cases to 15.

The disease that emerged in central China is taking a toll on America. Stores in regions with COVID-19 clusters were running out of basic goods as people stocked up.

The disease has hit at least 70 countries, with 90,000 cases and over 3,000 deaths. The vast majority of cases and deaths have been in China. While the number of new cases recorded daily has declined for weeks, the virus continues to spread fast in South Korea, Iran, and Italy, prompting increased travel warnings and restrictions.

A team of scientists in Washington said the state’s deaths could mean hundreds of people in King County, Seattle, might already be exposed to the virus.