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UNHCR laments Italy’s approval of stiff migrant rescue penalties

UNHCR laments Italy’s approval of stiff migrant rescue penalties

The United Nations refugee agency responded quickly on Tuesday to a decision made by Italy’s parliament that will impose harsher penalties against those people and organizations involved in migrant search and rescue on the Mediterranean Sea. The UNHCR said that under the changes, fines for private vessels that rescue migrants…

Gambians get new money without Jammeh’s portrait

Gambians get new money without Jammeh’s portrait

New currency went into circulation on Tuesday in the West African nation of The Gambia, where life after former dictator Yahya Jammeh will now mean banknotes without his portrait on them. President Adama Barrow showed off the new dalasi notes alongside the head of the Central Bank of The Gambia,…

Acclaimed author Toni Morrison dies at 88

Acclaimed author Toni Morrison dies at 88

Toni Morrison, the influential writer who became the first African American woman to receive a Nobel award, has died in New York City. She was 88 years old. “She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends,” her family said in…

Fresh concerns over Ebola outbreak as Japan tests for possible victim

The United Nations Security Council has again expressed “grave concern” over developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the death toll from the Ebola virus outbreak has reached 1,843 people, according to the latest numbers from the World Health Organization. The 15-member council issued its statement through current council…

Libya’s GNA objects to Salamé report to UN Security Council

Libyan leader Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, has summoned United Nations envoy Ghassan Salame in order to register disapproval about what the GNA says is “misinformation” provided to the U.N. Security Council on the situation there. At the same time, the Libyan…

Lesotho welcomes new cannabis facility

Lesotho celebrated the opening of its new cannabis processing facility on Thursday, with King Letsie III set to join investors at the Verve Lesotho facility. Verve plans to produce cannabidiol (CBD) for medical uses, capitalizing on Lesotho’s decision to be at the forefront of African nations in exploring business opportunities…

Mauritius, ICIJ respond to tax-haven investigation

One week after a new investigation into tax policies in Mauritius was published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the ICIJ said it has seen international response to the reporting and concerns over allegations from officials in the Indian Ocean island nation. The project, a collaboration of 54 journalists…

HRW: Mozambique’s amnesty law will fuel more rights violations

Mozambique’s new amnesty law is meeting with resistance from activists outraged by the idea that neither their government nor its longtime Renamo opposition will be held accountable for abuses. The new law protects from prosecution those accused of serious human rights violations since 2014. They include allegations of enforced disappearances,…