UNGA and African youth: ‘Climate change is real for us’

UNGA and African youth: ‘Climate change is real for us’

African heads of state aren’t the only ones heading to New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Young climate activists from across the continent, along with their global peers, are again calling for action on climate change through various events aligned with UNGA. The Youth4Climate initiative, along with other…

Sudan flooding wipes out entire villages

Sudan flooding wipes out entire villages

Sudan is in the midst of yet another round of severe floods, even as much of the Horn of Africa struggles with catastrophic drought. The Save the Children organization says 83 people have died and another 146,000 have been affected by the flooding. Whole villages have been submerged, with nearly…

Algeria mourns dozens lost to fast-moving wildfires

Algerian authorities say they’ve mobilized all resources to combat wildfires that have claimed at least 38 lives in the El Tarf and Setif districts of the country’s northeast. The month of August has seen at least 106 different fires reported through Wednesday, with hundreds more people injured and homes and…

With no election results yet, Kenya’s IEBC calls for patience

Kenyans were still waiting for election results on Friday, with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) urging citizens to reject disinformation about the results and trust the vote counting and reporting process. Officials with the IEBC reminded Kenyans that by law, there is a seven-day window in which to…

Malaysia’s $18m illegal wildlife seizure traced to Africa

Malaysian authorities say they’ve made the largest seizure of elephant ivory and other illegally trafficked wildlife parts in the nation’s history. The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) statement said the agency found US$18 million in tusks, rhino horn, pangolin scales and related items while tracking a shipment of timber to…

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…

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…

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…

Southern Angola’s severe drought drives migration into Namibia

People living in southern Angola are experiencing the worst drought in 40 years, with many crossing the border into Namibia in search of resources and relief after consecutive years of below-average rainfall affecting their crops. The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) says the Angolan provinces of Huila, Cunene…