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Namibia’s Gawanas named UNSG Special Adviser on Africa

Namibia’s Gawanas named UNSG Special Adviser on Africa

Bience Gawanas of Namibia has been named by United Nations Secretary General António Guterres as Special Adviser on Africa, a decision welcomed by the African Union (AU) on Tuesday. “Africa will be well served and we look forward to working with Ms Gawanas and the rest of the United Nations…

Mauritius braces for Tropical Cyclone Berguitta

Mauritius braces for Tropical Cyclone Berguitta

A Class III cyclone warning remained posted for Mauritius early Wednesday as Tropical Cyclone Berguitta continued on course to impact the Indian Ocean island nation. The cyclone was centered about 330 kilometers to the northeast of Mauritius and was moving west-southwest at 7 kilometers per hour. “On this trajectory, Tropical…

Rwanda plans park expansion to protect mountain gorillas

Rwandan authorities say they’re committing USD$180 million to an expansion of the Volcanoes National Park, a habitat for critically endangered mountain gorillas originally established in 1925. The government will add another 3,000 hectares (7,413 acres) to the parkland, Kigali Today reports. The funding will help to compensate residents who live…

Ethiopia drops charges against Oromo leader Merera, 500 others

Ethiopia on Monday said it was dropping charges against 528 political prisoners, the first such group since a decision announced earlier this month to release political prisoners. Among them is Merera Gudina, the Oromo scholar and longtime opposition leader. State-owned Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), FANA Broadcasting and other news outlets…

Liberia’s Johnson Sirleaf expelled from her own party

The Unity Party (UP) in Liberia has expelled outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from party membership, following allegations during the 2017 election cycle that she worked against Joseph Boakai, her own party’s candidate and vice president. Johnson Sirleaf was one of four people removed from party membership, according to a…

HRW report calls for accountability in Mozambique’s violence

In Mozambique, more than a year has passed since a ceasefire that curtailed the fighting between state security forces and the Renamo opposition. Since then, no one has been held accountable for serious human rights violations committed on both sides between November 2015 and December 2016. That’s according to a…

New research shows promise in managing lethal Marburg virus

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) say they’ve made promising breakthroughs in understanding how a treatment for the deadly Marburg virus might work. The team led by Erica Ollmann Saphire, a TSRI professor and senior author of the study, mapped the Marburg virus structure using high-resolution imaging to better…

Kenya cries foul over EU election observer report

Kenya remains deeply divided following the contentious 2017 elections, according to a report from the European Union’s chief elections observer released Wednesday – a report that created some division of its own as Kenyan officials objected to the EU decision to make it public. “Kenyans went from high hopes for…

China’s foreign minister to begin visit to four African nations

China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs plans official visits to four African nations beginning Friday, in keeping with the decades-long tradition of choosing destinations on the continent for the first trip abroad. Wang Yi will visit Angola, Gabon, Rwanda, and São Tomé and Príncipe during his trip, which “speaks volumes about…