Six humanitarian aid workers killed in South Sudan ambush

Six humanitarian aid workers killed in South Sudan ambush

Six humanitarian aid workers were killed in South Sudan on Saturday when they were caught in an ambush while traveling from Juba to Pibor. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement that the deaths of the aid workers represent the highest number…

Cameroon: Trial again adjourned in Anglophone activist case

Cameroon: Trial again adjourned in Anglophone activist case

In troubled Cameroon, the trial of prominent lawyer and human rights activist Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla has again been adjourned after a Thursday appearance before a military tribunal in Yaounde. Agbor-Balla, leader of the Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, was arrested in January when the government under President Paul Biya outlawed the…

Rwanda: Case against British citizen rests on WhatsApp messages

Rwanda: Case against British citizen rests on WhatsApp messages

Rwandan authorities say that WhatsApp messages sent between British citizen Violette Uwamahoro and her cousin serve as evidence that the two were planning subversive activities against the government. The 39-year-old Uwamahoro, a dual citizen and native of Rwanda, left her husband and two children in Leeds last month to attend…

Update: Toll soars to 113 in Ethiopian trash landslide

The toll has soared to 113 people who died last weekend in a landslide at an Ethiopian trash dump, and dozens remain missing as the search for victims continues near Addis Ababa. The accident happened Saturday night at the dump on the outskirts of the city where people often gather to…

Madagascar: Slow storm Enawo tracks south with heavy rains

Powerful tropical cyclone Enawo, which made landfall near Antalaha Tuesday as an intense and destructive storm, continued Wednesday to affect the island nation of Madagascar. At 7 a.m. local time, the slow-moving storm – which is tracking farther inland than originally forecast – continued to make its way south in…

Ghana welcomes African leaders for 60th anniversary celebrations

Ghanians celebrate the 60th anniversary of the nation’s independence Monday, with events that include the 6th March Parade at Independence Square in Accra. The day celebrates the country’s 1957 independence from Britain, a milestone considered the first for sub-Saharan nations on the African continent and an achievement that advanced the end…

Nigeria’s Mohammed sworn in as UN Deputy Secretary-General

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed was sworn into office at the United Nations on Tuesday, then emphasized the importance of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a speech that followed the ceremony. Mohammed, the former Minister of Environment for Nigeria, was sworn in by UN Secretary General António Guterres. She has…