South Sudan opposition refuses IGAD power-sharing proposal

South Sudan opposition refuses IGAD power-sharing proposal

Opposition leaders in South Sudan have rejected a peace proposal introduced by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East African regional body that’s so far failed to broker an agreement to end the conflict between President Salva Kiir’s government and rebel group leaders. Mabior Garang, the SPLM-SPLA IO spokesman,…

Seychelles initiative to address alarming heroin use rates

Seychelles initiative to address alarming heroin use rates

Officials in Seychelles are ramping up efforts to combat the island nation’s notorious heroin problem, which now effects more than 5 percent of the population age 15 or older. That’s according to survey results released earlier this month by the Agency for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation, which…

Ramaphosa’s Ramadan message makes note of mosque attack

As Ramadan begins, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa extended well-wishes to the country’s Muslim community while keeping in mind those grieving in Verulam, which has seen a Shia mosque attacked in recent days. “The importance and benefits of this holy month of fasting, piety and charity extends beyond the lives…

BRGM geologists discuss sudden swarm of quakes near Mayotte

The small Indian Ocean island of Mayotte has experienced an earthquake swarm since last week, according to BRGM Mayotte, the France-based geological agency serving the territory – and the swarm is consistent with seismic activity last seen in the 1980s. In a statement Monday, the BRGM said Mahorans began feeling…