Governance

US Senate Poised to Vote on Defense Funding Veto Override

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging his colleagues to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a $740 billion defense spending measure in a vote expected this week. “President Trump has rightly noted this year’s defense bill doesn’t contain every provision that we Republicans would have wanted. I’m confident our Democratic colleagues feel the […]

Governance

US Embassy Says Sudan no Longer on List of Terror Sponsors

CAIRO – The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum said Monday that President Donald Trump’s administration has removed Sudan from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, a move that could help the African country get international loans to revive its battered economy and end its pariah status. The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum said in a […]

Governance

UN Chief Seeks Immediate Aid Access for Ethiopia’s Tigray 

NEW YORK / GENEVA – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that humanitarian access in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is his immediate priority.   “Once again, I wish to insist on: unfettered access of humanitarian assistance, and the swift resumption of the rule of law in a secure environment and in full respect for human rights, paving […]

General Governance

Trump Orders Most American Troops to Leave Somalia

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said Friday it is pulling most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump’s orders, continuing a post-election push by Trump to shrink U.S. involvement in counterterrorism missions abroad. Without providing details, the Pentagon said in a short statement that “a majority” of U.S. troops and assets in Somalia will […]

Governance

Jihadists Abduct Aid Worker, Local Officials in Nigeria

KANO, NIGERIA – A humanitarian aid worker and two local officials have been abducted by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters in conflict-plagued northeastern Nigeria, two security officials said Wednesday. Jihadists kidnapped them at a checkpoint in the village of Wakilti in Borno state on Monday, the sources told AFP, in the latest incident […]

Governance

Rescuers Search for 30 Trapped Miners in Zimbabwe

Rescuers are trying to reach at least 30 miners in Zimbabwe trapped underground after a shaft in an outdated gold mine collapsed. Relatives of those trapped have been holding vigil since late Wednesday, when the accident occurred in the town of Bindura, well north of the capital, Harare. The French news agency Agence France-Presse reports […]