Libyan official says Haftar headed home to Benghazi

Libyan official says Haftar headed home to Benghazi

Libya’s Khalifa Haftar is expected to return Thursday to Benghazi, where he will address the nation following weeks of speculation about his health and the future of his Libyan National Army (LNA). Libyan media outlets, citing spokesman and military leader Saqr al-Jaroushi, said Haftar will travel home from Cairo for…

DRC: Commission to finalize plans for Etienne Tshisekedi burial

DRC: Commission to finalize plans for Etienne Tshisekedi burial

Congolese sources say there’s a new deal to complete the burial arrangements for longtime political opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who died in February 2017 in Brussels but 14 months later still has never had his remains repatriated to Democratic Republic of Congo. The Tshisekedi family, along with the Union for Democracy…

U.S. sentences accused Liberian warlord Jabbateh to 30 years

Mohammed Jabbateh, a Liberian living in the United States, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after a guilty verdict in October on charges of immigration fraud and perjury. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) identified Jabbateh as a brutal warlord during the 1992-1995 years of Liberia’s first civil…

At least 15 African athletes now missing from Australia games

Authorities in Australia say the Commonwealth Games are over, but there’s still no trace of what is now at least 15 African athletes from five different countries who have disappeared without contacting their teams. The latest departure, according to The Australian, is Denyse Mutatsimpundu, a beach volleyball player from Rwanda…

Algeria to observe three-day mourning after crash kills 257

Algeria will observe three days of mourning following the crash of a military airplane in Boufarik that claimed the lives of all 257 people on board. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika issued the mourning decree and also called for the victims to be remembered during Friday prayers, while sending condolences to the families…

DRC: Six rangers ambushed at Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Monday the deaths of five park rangers and a staff driver killed during an ambush in the park’s central sector. “A sixth ranger was also wounded,” the park said in its statement, adding that additional information will be released as…

Africa’s oldest boat set for exhibit in Nigeria

After years of restoration work, Africa’s oldest boat will soon go on display. Nigerian Minister Mohammed Abare said this week that an 8,500-year-old canoe, found near the village of Dufuna some 30 years ago, is in the final stages of preparation before it goes on exhibit. It has been kept…

Guardian posts graphic Cambridge Analytica video targeting Buhari

The Guardian has published a disturbing video, used by Cambridge Analytica (CA) and its AggregateIQ (AIQ) affiliate, to influence the Nigerian presidential election in 2015 in favor of Goodluck Jonathan by portraying President Muhammadu Buharu as an extremist Muslim threat to the nation’s future. The video provided by former CA…

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies in South Africa

South Africans mourned on Monday the loss of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the apartheid-era leader of the country’s struggle for justice and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela. Madikizela-Mandela, 81, died at a Johannesburg hospital where she had been treated over the last year for chronic illness, the family said in…

Morocco touts gun safety, security in FIFA World Cup bid

Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup made quite an impression Monday when the international football organization made the “bid books” publicly available – and it wasn’t just because of King Mohammed VI’s appeal on the basis of traditional Moroccan hospitality in a new era of modernity. The…