The Gambia presses Rohingya ‘genocidal acts’ case with ICJ

The Gambia presses Rohingya ‘genocidal acts’ case with ICJ

Authorities in The Gambia filed a case with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to begin proceedings against Myanmar for alleged crimes against humanity and “genocidal acts” against the Rohingya people. The case, according to the ICJ, argues that Myanmar military and security forces systematically used mass murder, rape and…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

ICC hands former Congolese warlord Ntaganda a 30-year term

ICC hands former Congolese warlord Ntaganda a 30-year term

Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda was sentenced by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday to 30 years in prison for his role in war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the eastern Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ntaganda was found guilty in July on 18…

Cyclone Kyarr heads for Socotra, Horn of Africa

Forecasters are calling for Tropical Cyclone Kyarr, now spinning in the Arabian Sea, to travel the southern edge of the Gulf of Aden before making landfall on the Horn of Africa. That’s posing a wind and potential flooding threat to Puntland and Somaliland, with rains pushing into Ethiopia and Kenya…

Lupita Nyong’o tapped for wildlife advocacy award

Lupita Nyong’o has met with plenty of accolades, and now the Kenyan-Mexican actor is receiving a new one for her commitment to wildlife protection. Nyong’o was named this year’s Wildlife Champion on Monday by WildAid, a global conservation organization with a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade and a…

Sakharov Prize awarded to Uyghur activist

This year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded for exceptional achievements in human rights, goes to Ilham Tohti, an economist and widely recognized Uyghur defender who was sentenced to life in Chinese prison in 2014. Tohti was selected by the European Union from a short list of finalists that…

Egypt braces for more wind, rain from ‘medicane’

Egypt braced for another round of wicked weather on Friday night, as a storm spinning in the Mediterranean Sea just off the coast promised to deliver potentially flooding rains and high winds. The storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall with some thunderstorms in the country’s north, including Cairo, with…

DRC: Tshisekedi visits grieving families after plane, bodies found

President Felix Tshisekedi visited families of some of the victims of last week’s plane crash in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, after authorities confirmed Tuesday that they found the wreckage of the missing Antonov AN-72 in Sankuru province. Abraham Luakabuanga, a spokesman for the presidency, said the plane was found…

U.S. imposes sanctions on Turkey

The United States government has put its previously threatened economic sanctions on Turkey into force, targeting top Turkish government agencies and officials as tensions between the two nations in the Middle East continued to escalate. “The Turkish government’s actions are endangering innocent civilians and destabilizing the region, including undermining the…

U.S. pastor arrested, deported by Rwanda

In Rwanda, authorities say a Christian pastor from the United States arrested while in Kigali despite the ban on his radio station and ministry has been deported. The Rwandan Directorate General for Immigration and Emigration (DGIE) confirmed to New Times that Gregg Schoof was declared a prohibited immigrant and not permitted…

South Africa’s DA says Maimane inquiry finds no wrongdoing

In South Africa, the main opposition party Democratic Alliance said Friday that an internal investigation has found no evidence of financial wrongdoing by DA head Mmusi Maimane. Maimane has been under scrutiny after allegations surfaced that he used a car and benefited financially from a housing deal in Cape Town…

Hurricane Lorenzo near Azores with 25-meter wave forecast

The good news is that Hurricane Lorenzo won’t affect the African continent, and the winds from its record-setting status as the farthest north and east any powerful Category 5 storm has ever been in the Atlantic Ocean have decreased. The storm has winds reduced to 160 kilometers per hour now,…

Scientists to investigate Cabo Verde whale deaths

Authorities in the Cabo Verde islands are looking for clues as to why 163 whales washed up on a Boa Vista beach this week, launching a massive rescue effort that included everyone from police and fire professionals, to maritime and fisheries staff. Volunteers from Norte and Bofareira, two nearby communities,…