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Singapore seizes illegal pangolin scales worth $38.7 million

Singapore seizes illegal pangolin scales worth $38.7 million

Authorities in Singapore say they’ve seized what is the largest illegal shipment of pangolin scales in the world in recent years, after discovering almost 13 tons in a container en route from Nigeria to Vietnam. Customs officials along with the National Parks Board inspected a 40-foot container at the Pasir…

HRW series looks at Ethiopia across Abiy’s first year

HRW series looks at Ethiopia across Abiy’s first year

Human Rights Watch has launched an eight-part series on changes in Ethiopia since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took power a year ago. While there’s been much progress, there also remain many challenges in an increasingly tense political atmosphere. “With elections scheduled for May 2020, the next year will be a…

Pompeo declines comment on U.S. tourist abduction in Uganda

In the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to comment Wednesday on the reported abduction of a U.S. citizen in Uganda, when asked by reporters during a media availability held with the visiting Felix Tshisekedi of Democratic Republic of Congo. Ugandan officials reported the attack by an armed…

Bouteflika resigns with an emotional farewell to Algeria

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria resigned on Tuesday, ending weeks of speculation and confrontation. He followed the announcement with an emotional farewell letter to the Algerian people that recounted the successes of his long tenure but asked their forgiveness for his failings too. “Soon, Algeria will have a new president,…

HRW: Tourists abducted in Burkina Faso were taken to Mali

It’s been more than three months since travelers Canadian Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto of Italy went missing in Burkina Faso, and there’s been little information to break the silence on what has happened to them. Now a report from Human Rights Watch suggests that Blais and Tacchetto were kidnapped…

Report: Suspect Boeing system was activated before ET302 crash

Investigators say their preliminary findings into what went wrong with Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, which crashed outside of Addis Ababa with 157 people on board on March 10, suggest that a suspect feature in the Boeing 737 MAX8 was automatically activated before the plane nose-dived to the ground. That’s according…

Trump backs down on deadline for U.S. deportation of Liberians

The United States has issued a one-year extension for Liberians living in the country under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) provisions that have been in place for decades but were set to expire on Sunday. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he reconsidered the deadline set last year after the administration…

Ministry confirms 3 dead in post-election Comoros uprising

Officials in Comoros confirm at least three people died Thursday and many more were injured as violence continued to escalate following the disputed re-election of President Azali Assoumani on Sunday. The shooting deaths were linked to an operation to release military commander Faissoil Abdousalam from a Moroni prison, where he…