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Ethiopian minister defends access refusal for UN human rights team

Ethiopian minister defends access refusal for UN human rights team

Negeri Lencho of Ethiopia, the country’s information minister, has defended the extended state of emergency in the East African nation and its refusal to allow United Nations officials access to investigate allegations of human rights abuses. Lencho’s comments came during an interview with al Jazeera broadcast Tuesday. “It is the…

Four African cities chosen for Bloomberg #Cities4Health launch

Four African cities chosen for Bloomberg #Cities4Health launch

Global philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg – long a champion of cities and sustainability – announced Tuesday the launch of the Partnership for Healthy Cities initiative. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and the World Health Organization (WHO) ambassador for noncommunicable diseases, revealed the list of the first 40…

France’s Macron plans Sahel trip later this week

Newly elected President Emmanuel Macron of France promised during his campaign that once in office, his first trip abroad would be to see French troops stationed in the Sahel in Operation Barkhane. Now he’s making good on that promise with a visit, expected to be in Mali, on Thursday or…

Burundi priest dies after DRC abduction ordeal

A Roman Catholic priest who was abducted in Burundi in April has died, following an ordeal from which he never recovered. Adolphe Ntahondereye was the vicar of St. Francesco Saverio parish in Gatumba, near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo. He was ambushed while traveling by bus on April…

Kenyatta arrives in Beijing for Belt and Road Forum

President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in China to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) in Beijing, which runs through May 15. The Government of Kenya announced in April that it was one of more than 100 participating nations, with the heads of state of at least…

DRC: Tshisekedi’s funeral, burial again postponed

In Kinshasa, a dispute over funeral and burial arrangements for Etienne Tshisekedi, who died February 1 in Brussels, has again delayed the return of his remains to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tshisekedi’s body was to be repatriated on Friday, two months after the initial March 11 date was planned but then…