Swazi military faces new threat from … chickens

Swazi military faces new threat from … chickens

Members of the Swaziland Defence Force say they’re facing a new threat that they aren’t sure how to overcome – and it’s the chickens. Soldiers at the Mdzimba Army Barracks in the Hhohho region, in a mountainous northwestern part of the country, say their base is overrun by about 200…

ANC denies rumors of impending Zuma resignation, immunity

ANC denies rumors of impending Zuma resignation, immunity

South Africa remains on edge over the future of President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress (ANC), leading to speculation and rumors including word of a Zuma resignation as early as Saturday. Some reports that emerged from Thursday’s closed-door ANC Parliamentary Caucus meeting were quickly refuted by the party….

More than 300 child soldiers released in South Sudan

In South Sudan, 311 child soldiers have been released by armed groups, the United Nations mission in the country said Wednesday. The group including 87 girls marks the first phase of a program at Yambio, in the southwest part of the country, to secure the release of more than 700…

Applications open for SDG innovation lab at Singapore UNLEASH

UNLEASH is a global innovation lab, bringing together 1,000 young talents from across the world to collaborate on solutions to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Those interested in applying for the program have until February 15 to get their paperwork in. This year’s UNLEASH will be held…

Shock, sadness as conservationists mourn Bradley Martin

Environmental and conservationist groups across the globe are mourning the loss of Esmond Bradley Martin, a champion of wildlife protection and leading world expert on the illegal ivory trade who was stabbed to death in Kenya on Sunday. Authorities say the 76-year-old American researcher, a former United Nations special envoy…

African groups sign Global Fund protest letter on Heineken partners

African health advocacy organizations have joined in a global campaign against the Heineken beverage company’s new partnership with The Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Dutch company’s announcement came during the World Economic Forum in Davos, as Heineken promised to share its expertise in logistics and supply…

Guinea Bissau: ECOWAS moves on sanctions, PAIGC re-elects Pereira

With no clear end to the Guinea Bissau political crisis in sight, the West African governing body ECOWAS has announced sanctions on “all persons or organizations who impede the process” of its resolution. The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States said the sanctions – a long-discussed measure revisited in…