The helicopter, which came under attack during a flight to Goma, was able to land as the source of the fire remains unknown.
The pope had promised to travel to South Sudan, when he hosted rival leaders Salva Kiir and Riek Machar at a Vatican retreat but four years since that meeting violence remains a problem in the country.
The statement came amid news circulated on social media platforms claiming that Egypt had contracted an Israeli company to manage the waterway’s services through a 99-year concession contract.
Nigerians deal with fuel shortages and limited access to cash as presidential candidates trade accusations of blame.
The "pilgrimage of peace" is the first-ever papal visit to the country since the predominantly Christian nation gained independence from Muslim-majority Sudan in 2011.
Sudan, an Arab League member, had for decades maintained a rigid anti-Israel stance.
Elections in Africa's most populous nation have often been marred by violence, claims of vote-rigging and logistical problems since it emerged from military rule in 1999.
The announcement was made on Wednesday in a joint statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chadian President Mahamat Deby.
In a tweet, Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue congratulated Botey, saying her appointment is proof of the commitment to gender equality and opportunities in the country.
President Chakwera dissolved his entire cabinet last year citing corruption allegations against ministers.
Use of mercenaries, private security and military companies exacerbate the cycle of violence and impunity in Mali, say experts.
Beyond risk of counterfeits and poorly made drugs — which at best do not work and at worst lead to toxic contaminations — UN report also warns of legitimate medications being used in unauthorised ways.
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