Report: Troubling trends in an increasingly repressive Chad

Report: Troubling trends in an increasingly repressive Chad

A new human rights report on Chad finds a disturbing trend in government repression of rights activists, journalists, labor leaders and community organizers, Amnesty International said on Thursday. The “Between recession and repression: The rising cost of dissent in Chad” document looks at the increasing use of laws that restrict…

Study: African wild dogs use sneezing to make group decisions

African wild dogs in Botswana arrive at consensus about when the pack will hunt by sneezing, according to scientists who studied the dogs and reported their “sneeze to leave” findings in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The international research team studied the endangered wild dogs at Botswana Predator Conservation…

Amid protests, Togo activists demand an end to Internet cutoff

Togo’s chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC) has called on government leaders to end a blackout of online services that began Tuesday night amid widespread protests against President Faure Gnassingbe. Norbert Glakpe, an IT professional and president of ISOC in Togo, said it was difficult if not impossible to access…

Gabon: Ping’s rally follows travel ban for opposition leaders

In Gabon, a Monday demonstration planned by opposition leader Jean Ping was moved to political coalition headquarters after security officials surrounded the initial site in Libreville. The afternoon rally went ahead as planned, with no immediate reports of clashes or unrest. The demonstration followed the government’s announcement on Sunday that…

Rwanda: NGO founded by missing Rwigara appeals for her release

Where is Diane Shima Rwigara? Authorities in Rwanda deny that the opposition political figure who sought to run against newly elected President Paul Kagame is detained, but multiple accounts from witnesses and family members in recent days dispute their claims. Now the humanitarian organization People Salvation Movement, founded by Rwigara…

Tunisia: Archaeologists find Roman city lost to 4th-century tsunami

Archaeologists say they’ve discovered the undersea ruins of a Roman city off the coast of Tunisia, where part of the ancient Neapolis was submerged after a fourth-century earthquake and tsunami on the Mediterranean Sea. That’s the working theory of a research team from Tunisia’s National Heritage Institute and the University…

Kenyan wildlife filmmaker Alan Root dies at age 80

Alan Root, the award-winning British filmmaker who documented the beauty of the Serengeti and other African ecosystems and wildlife for decades, has died at age 80. Root, a resident of Kenya, traveled for years with his wife Joan as they worked together on films that helped to build an understanding…

IOM, Libyan officials meet to coordinate migrant rescues

There was some positive news Tuesday from the International Organization for Migration, as officials announced they had not seen a single migrant death on the Mediterranean Sea in the past three weeks. That’s a far cry from the 689 deaths recorded in August 2015, and the news comes as the…

Manhunt for Barcelona suspect ends in Moroccan’s death

Authorities in Spain say that Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspect in Thursday’s attack in Barcelona, was shot and killed by police Monday in the city’s western suburb of Subirats. Abouyaaquob was wearing what appears to be a bomb belt and shouted Islamic slogans as police closed in. Spain’s Mossos agency said…

SADC welcomes new member Comoros, puts Burundi on hold

 Comoros has become a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), following the formal acceptance of the nation’s application during the SADC summit that ended Sunday in South Africa. It joins the island nations of Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles in attaining its SADC membership. Comoros, led by President Azali…

An international effort to help Sierra Leone

The images from Sierra Leone following Monday’s flooding and landslide are heartbreaking, leading some to wonder how much more trauma the small West African nation can absorb. It’s still rebuilding communities after an Ebola outbreak that claimed more than 3,500 lives before the World Health Organization declared its end little…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times