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Pangolin scales shipped from Ghana seized by Malaysian officials

Malaysian officials say they have seized another illegal shipment of pangolin scales as it passed through Kuala Lampur International Airport (KLIA) late last week. The 288 kilograms of pangolin scales were packed in sacks inside 12 cardboard boxes labeled as oyster shells, according to a report Wednesday by the Malaysia…

Central Africa envoy urges UNSC to stay focused on LRA rebel threat

The United Nations (UN) envoy for the Central Africa region warned the UN Security Council on Tuesday not to underestimate the continued threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), particularly as troop withdrawals create space for potential further instability. François Loucény Fall, the Special Representative and head of the UN…

Farmajo warns of new strikes as U.S. confirms 8 al-Shabaab deaths

United States military officials say eight al-Shabaab militants have been killed in an American airstrike in southern Somalia over the weekend. That strike occurred early Sunday morning at an al-Shabaab training camp near Sakow, in the country’s Middle Juba region, according to a statement issued by Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi…

Merkel makes G20 ‘Compact for Africa’ case in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed her case for investment in Africa on Monday as part of the G20’s Compact for Africa initiative, the focus of two-day meetings in Berlin. Merkel, whose nation holds the current G20 presidency, welcomed African leaders from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Tunisia, the three nations that…

Kenya: Audit finds millions of discrepancies in voter registrations

An independent audit of Kenya’s voter registration rolls shows a number of discrepancies, including 2.9 million voters with some type of inaccuracy in their records, with the recommendation that thousands of names of now-deceased persons need to be removed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya. Comprehensive…

DRC: Zeid requests international investigation in the Kasais

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has asked the UN Human Rights Council to open an investigation into widespread violations and abuses in the Kasai regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The human rights violations include 42 mass graves documented by UN officials, who say the actual…