HRW report on EU-Turkey migrant deal may raise red flags for Africa

HRW report on EU-Turkey migrant deal may raise red flags for Africa

The European Union’s dicey migration deal with Turkey is causing untold misery among migrants and refugees trapped on Greek islands, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Wednesday. The HRW organization conducted research in May and June on the island of Lesbos that “documented the deteriorating mental health…

Pope Francis cancels plans for a 2017 visit to South Sudan

Pope Francis will not be traveling to South Sudan this year, a trip that tentatively was planned for October, according to Vatican spokesman Greg Burke. The Vatican did not cite a specific reason for postponing the ecumenical visit, according to the Catholic News Agency, and Burke did not elaborate during…

Muslims watch for moon signaling start of Ramadan

Muslims across Africa and around the globe begin the holy month of Ramadan this weekend, with some variations among countries based on how their religious authorities interpret the visibility of the moon that signals the start of the fast. In Saudi Arabia, the High Judicial Court said that the moon…

Kenyatta arrives in Beijing for Belt and Road Forum

President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in China to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) in Beijing, which runs through May 15. The Government of Kenya announced in April that it was one of more than 100 participating nations, with the heads of state of at least…

Air pollution and the impact on public health in Africa

Air pollution has increased significantly in the last 25 years, and that’s having health consequences especially in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study published in The Lancet medical journal. Researchers found that air pollution – specifically, the small particles measured as less…

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Egypt: High-profile Hijazi detention, NGO case end in acquittal

An Egyptian-American held in detention for her humanitarian aid work with street children was acquitted in a Cairo court on Sunday. Aya Hijazi and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, were among eight people found not guilty on charges of human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual exploitation and torture, according to Egyptian media reports….