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South Sudan’s VP denies abuses that led to U.S. sanctions

The South Sudanese vice president placed under sanctions by the United States government for human rights abuses insisted on Thursday that he has been wrongfully accused. The targeted sanctions against Taban Deng Gai were announced earlier this week by the U.S. Dept. of Treasury, and follow similar sanctions against five…

Africa’s conflict, humanitarian crisis outlooks for 2020

The Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria are among the world’s top five countries facing humanitarian crisis in 2020, with Burkina Faso, Burundi and Chad added to the list compiled each year by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The NGO said Yemen remains the greatest concern, followed by DR Congo…

Trump vows new sanctions, NATO involvement on Iran

United States President Donald Trump said the U.S. will impose new and harsher sanctions on Iran following Tuesday night’s missile attacks on two military bases used by Americans in Iraq, while urging other nations to align with the U.S. position on Iran and its nuclear ambitions. Trump said no U.S….

Travelex locked down by ransomware attack

Websites across some 30 countries remain locked down for Travelex customers as the foreign exchange firm deals with a ransomware attack that’s crippled its operations since New Year’s Eve. Company officials say they took their websites offline in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America as a precaution to contain the…

WHO: More than 6,000 measles deaths in DR Congo

The World Health Organization says more than 6,000 people have died from measles in Democratic Republic of Congo, during an outbreak that has seen some 310,000 suspected cases reported since the beginning of 2019. “We are doing our utmost to bring this epidemic under control,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO…

U.S. releases name of soldier killed in Kenya attack

The United States Department of Defense has identified the soldier killed Sunday during an al-Shabaab attack on an airfield at Manda Bay in Kenya as Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr., a 23-year-old from metro Chicago, Illinois. The U.S. added that the death of Mayfield remains under investigation. He was one…

Uganda’s Wine released after campaign event disrupted

Uganda’s Bobi Wine says he and his People Power movement members were released late Monday following yet another police detention for the popular singer and presidential hopeful. Wine, who plans to challenge President Yoweri Museveni for the office next year, was detained at the Naggalama Police Station while others were…

Egypt, South Africa join nations urging restraint in Iraq

African leaders are among those calling for calm in the Middle East following a United States airstrike on Thursday that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Quds Force. The controversial military action authorized by U.S. President Donald Trump followed escalation in recent weeks…

U.S. issues Morocco travel advisory as Iraq crisis evolves

The United States has issued new security advisories for its citizens living or traveling in Morocco, Liberia or Ethiopia, with Morocco’s specifically linked to the escalating crisis in the Middle East. The Department of State urged U.S. nationals in Morocco “to maintain a high level of vigilance” in the wake…