UNGA: Gutteres, Keita appeal for support for G5 Sahel force

UNGA: Gutteres, Keita appeal for support for G5 Sahel force

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutteres urged the international community to support the regional G5 Sahel Joint Force in northwest Africa, while warning that the window of opportunity for bringing stability to Mali was slowly narrowing. Guterres, speaking at a ministerial meeting at UN headquarters Wednesday, said delays in implementing…

Botswana: Nine elephants electrocuted while seeking water

Botswana: Nine elephants electrocuted while seeking water

In Botswana, nine elephants have died from electrocution that happened when they were trying to reach a pond, but accidentally knocked down a utility pole while trying to get past it to get to the water. Authorities with the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) say they went to the Dukwi community…

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…

Denied access to Mauritania, U.S. anti-slavery activists press on

Mauritania has denied access to a group of American anti-slavery activists on a mission to West African nations, on grounds that their plans conflicted with Mauritanian law and had not been approved through proper channels. That group has nonetheless continued on their mission in Dakar, Senegal. “We are engaged in this…