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UK defends Rwanda deportation policy

The UK continues to defend its deal to send migrants to Rwanda to have their asylum claims processed, despite ongoing opposition from human rights organizations and a last-minute court decision that halted a deportation flight to Kigali. Home Secretary Priti Patel, the British architect of the Migration and Economic Development…

China, Russia align at BRICS session on security

China hosted Wednesday’s meeting on security among BRICS nations, with South Africa, Russia, Brazil and India attending the virtual session led by Yang Jiechi, director of China’s foreign affairs commission. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping expressed mutual solidarity on political issues including China’s proposed Global…

Opposition grows to Ghana’s Agyapa gold deal

Civil society organizations in Ghana are stepping up their opposition to the Agyapa Royalties deal advanced by President Nana Akufo-Addo, which would set up an offshore company in the Channel Island tax haven of Jersey. The deal, approved by parliament in 2018, was established by the Minerals Income Investment Fund…

Pope cancels trip to DR Congo, South Sudan

Pope Francis has canceled a trip to African nations that was set for early July due to health reasons, according to a Vatican spokesman. “At the request of his doctors, and in order not to jeopardize the results of the therapy that he is undergoing for his knee, the Holy…

Mozambique elected to UN Security Council

The nation of Mozambique will join the United Nations Security Council in January 2023, following a UN General Assembly election on Thursday. Also elected to the council are Ecuador, Japan, Malta and Switzerland, all as nonpermanent members of the 15-nation body. Ten of those nations are determined by the UN…

UK ban intends to end elephant ivory trade

Trade in elephant ivory has come to an end in the United Kingdom, following the announcement of a near-total ban that’s meant to put a stop to both legal and illegal trafficking in ivory. Britain’s ban, which took immediate effect Monday, covers ivory of any age rather than restricting the…

South Africa confirms Gupta arrests in UAE

Two members of the Gupta family, wanted in South Africa in connection with a years-long “state capture” corruption investigation involving multiple entities and officials, have been taken into custody in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The arrest of Rajesh and Atul Gupta was confirmed late Monday by the Ministry of…

Nigerian leaders condemn church attack in Owo

Nigerian leaders expressed shock and sorrow Sunday following a deadly attack on a church in Ondo State, east of Lagos. President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack on St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, calling the deaths of dozens of worshippers a heinous killing. He promised a swift response from the…