Governance

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 […]

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Experts Call ECOWAS Mali Deadline Unrealistic

ACCRA, GHANA – Leaders of West African states and Mali’s military coup failed to agree on a transfer to civilian rule in talks this week, raising concerns about the political standoff and regional security in that country. Security experts in Ghana, where the talks took place, say the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) […]

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SADC Region tackles outbreak of the African Migratory Locust

On the 4th September, the SADC Secretariat in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Sub-regional Office for Southern Africa and the International Red Locust Control Organisation for Central and Southern Africa (IRLCOCSA) launched a Technical Cooperation Project (TCP). The project is meant to address the outbreak of the African […]

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A New Map Predicts Which Areas Will Be Most At Risk of Malaria Because of Global Warming

Of an estimated 228 million cases of malaria worldwide each year, around 93% are in Africa. This proportion is more or less the same for the 405,000 malaria deaths globally. That’s why there are huge efforts underway to provide detailed maps of current malaria cases in Africa, and to predict which areas will become more […]

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Journalists’ Union Urges South Sudan Security to Free Reporter

JUBA , SOUTH SUDAN – The Union of Journalists in South Sudan is calling on the government to release Jackson Ochaya, a journalist who was detained a week ago after he contacted a rebel group spokesman for a story. A family member who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals told Ochaya’s newspaper, […]