Locust swarms present risk to Red Sea nations

Locust swarms present risk to Red Sea nations

Horn of Africa nations continue their battles with a desert locust outbreak that is affecting the Red Sea region, where February rains have promoted a second generation of the insect breeding that began in December. New swarms are expected to form at the end of the month. “Once vegetation begins…

Autopsy confirms Kenyan activist died of abortion complications

The results of a post-mortem examination completed Thursday in the death of Kenyan human rights activist Caroline Mwatha Ochieng are consistent with excessive bleeding following complications of an attempted abortion. Amnesty International in Kenya said they are accepting the results of the examination, which followed street protests in the Dandora…

Missing Kenyan activist’s body found in morgue

Police in Kenya have arrested six people in connection with the disappearance and death of Caroline Mwatha Ochieng, a prominent human rights activist who was reported missing on February 9. Mwatha’s body was found on Tuesday at the city morgue in Nairobi, where she had been since last Thursday although…

HRW: The Swiss didn’t go far enough in Obiang case

Did Swiss courts go far enough in their decision to seize assets from Teodorin Nguema Obiang, the vice president of Equatorial Guinea and son of its president of nearly four decades? Not according to Human Rights Watch, which said Friday that Swiss prosecutors – though they established some hefty consequences…

African penguins in Namibia are dying, but no one knows why yet

Experts at the Lüderitz Marine Research facility in Namibia are working to understand why hundreds of endangered penguins have died at Halifax Island, an important breeding site for African penguins. “No other species seems to have been affected,” the researchers said. “We are seeing decades of conservation efforts and rehabilitation…

Five dead, at least 130 missing from Djibouti migrant boats

More than 130 migrants went missing on Tuesday morning when two boats capsized off the coast of Djibouti. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations agency for refugees and migrants, said the boats capsized about 30 minutes after leaving shore because they were overloaded as they headed into…

Musician Mtukudzi laid to rest in Zimbabwe

Burial services were held Sunday in Zimbabwe for musician Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, whose legendary music was beloved across the world. The 66-year-old Mtukudzi, considered a cultural icon in Zimbabwe for his Afro-jazz style as well as his philanthropy and political activism, was laid to rest in his hometown of Madziwa….

UN expert welcomes Angola’s decision on same-sex relations

A United Nations human rights expert has welcomed Angola’s leadership in decriminalizing same-sex relations, and urged other countries to follow the example in establishing human rights. “All other countries that still criminalize homosexuality and other forms of sexual orientation and gender identity, without exception, must observe these processes of decriminalization…