Shock, sadness as conservationists mourn Bradley Martin

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…

UNHCR expresses concern over forcible returns to Cameroon

The UN Refugee Agency on Thursday expressed “great concern” over the forced return to Cameroon of 47 people who sought refuge in Nigeria, most of whom had submitted asylum claims. “Their forcible return is in violation of the principle of non-refoulement, which constitutes the cornerstone of international refugee law,” the…

South African miners rescued 30 hours after storm cuts power

More than 1,000 miners in South Africa trapped below ground since Wednesday night are safe, following the restoration of power following a storm-related outage. The miners at a Sibanye-Stillwater Beatrix gold mine near Welkom were brought to the surface early Friday morning after power was restored at about 3 a.m.,…

Tanzania rolls out new electronic passport system

Tanzania on Wednesday launched its new e-immigration system, designed to improve border security and migration at home while the new passports comply with international travel standards across the globe. “Tanzania is taking a leap forward in providing an electronic passport for our citizens,” said Anna Peter Makakala, Tanzania’s Commissioner General…

Namibia tightens up on travel, troops amid economic woes

A budget crisis in Namibia has forced the suspension of all international travel for ministers and elected officials through the end of February. It’s the latest announcement from President Hage Geingob as the southwestern African nation tightens up on government spending. “This directive is specifically in the interest of curtailing…

Kenya: Media closure, MP arrest and tear gas follow ‘subversive’ Odinga swearing-in

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s symbolic swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi is considered “a well- choreographed attempt to subvert or overthrow the legally constituted Government of the Republic of Kenya,” according to a statement released Wednesday. Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said full investigations into Odinga and his Nasa “co-conspirators and facilitators” are…

Paleontologists find new dinosaur species in Sahara

Scientists say they’ve discovered a new species of dinosaur in the Sahara Desert that will help to fill in gaps in the African fossil record that have long frustrated paleontologists. The new species, Mansourasaurus shahinae, is named after the Mansoura University in Egypt, whose team led by Dr. Hesham Sallam…

China denies report of spying at AU headquarters

China has denied spying on the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, following allegations published by a Le Monde investigative team late last week. Kuang Weilin, the Chinese ambassador to the AU, vigorously denied the account on Monday and said the “absurd” report of secret data transfers reflected poorly…