Tanzania: Eleven dead in plane crash at Empakaai Crater

Eleven people have died in Tanzania after a small tourist-line airplane crashed near the Empakaai rater, in the eastern part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The region, which includes the adjacent Serengeti National Park and Maswe Game Reserve, is a popular destination for sightseers served by Coastal Aviation and its…

Sudan, Egypt send condolences as Iraq-Iran quake toll passes 500

The governments of Egypt and Sudan joined the international community in extending condolences to Iraq and Iran following a devastating 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck a border region Sunday. Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country stands in “solidarity and sympathy” with both nations, and “with the people of Iran…

UNESCO appoints Azoulay as new Director General

UNESCO on Friday announced the appointment of Audrey Azoulay as new Director-General of the United Nations educational and cultural organization. Azoulay, who was nominated in October, will take the place of outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova of Bulgaria beginning November 15. General Conference President Zohour Alaoui congratulated Azoulay at the end…

Mauritania lifts death sentence, releases anti-slavery blogger

Mauritanian blogger Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir is now free, after an appeals court reviewed and overturned a death sentence imposed for publishing a 2014 article that challenged the use of religion to support social injustice. Mkhaitir was arrested almost four years ago after sharing his critical views on the way Islam…

Congolese opposition balks at announcement on 2018 elections

Sunday’s announcement that long-deferred elections will take place in December 2018 in Democratic Republic of Congo is meeting with some hope, confusion and rejection. President Joseph Kabila’s ruling party welcomed the decision in a statement released Monday. The Parti du Peuple pour La Reconstruction et La Democratie (PPRD) acknowledged the…