Governance

UN Investigators Accuse Burundi of Enacting Strategy to Undermine Elections

GENEVA – The U.N.’s Commission of Inquiry on Burundi accuses the ruling party and Burundian authorities of implementing a strategy based on violence that skewers election results in their favor. The commission has just submitted its final report to the U.N. Human Rights Council. This is the fourth and final year that the human rights […]

Governance

As Rich Nations Struggle, Africa’s Virus Response Is Praised

JOHANNESBURG – At a lecture to peers this month, John Nkengasong showed images that once dogged Africa, with a magazine cover declaring it “The Hopeless Continent.” Then he quoted Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah: “It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in […]

Governance

Mali Junta Picks Former Defense Minister as Transitional President

The junta that overthrew Mali’s president last month said Monday that former defense minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N’Daw will be the president during the transition period. Bah N’Daw was appointed by a 30-person panel set up by the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), the junta that has ruled Mali […]

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Cameroon Deploys Peacekeeping Troops to CAR for Election Stability

MOTCHEBOUM, CAMEROON – Cameroon is sending hundreds of troops and police to the Central African Republic to protect civilians and build peace ahead of December elections. The troops, under the U.N.’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA), finished training this week in the border village of Motcheboum. Cameroon’s defense minister, Joseph Beti Assomo, says the troops […]

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UN Watchdog: No Improvement in Burundi’s Rights Record

GENEVA – A U.N. watchdog group reports gross violations of human rights, many of which could amount to crimes against humanity, continue unabated in Burundi despite a change in leadership. The Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, which was appointed four years ago, will submit its just launched final report to the U.N. Human Rights Council […]

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Sudan Security Forces Seize Explosives, Bomb-making Materials

Sudanese security forces targeted a suspected terrorist cell in Khartoum and seized massive amounts of explosives, including TNT and ammonium nitrate, authorities announced Wednesday. At least 41 people were arrested and are being investigated, according to Sudan Attorney General Taj Alsir Alhibir. Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) carried out the operation under the supervision […]