Angola mourns beloved 95-year-old cyclist ‘Pepino’

Angola mourns beloved 95-year-old cyclist ‘Pepino’

In Angola, President João Lourenço was among thousands of admirers mourning the death of beloved bicycling enthusiast Alberto da Silva, who pursued his love of riding until the end of his 95 years. The cyclist known as “Pepino” competed at the National Senior Games in the United States, winning the…

UN formally appoints Bachelet as new human rights chief

UN formally appoints Bachelet as new human rights chief

Former president of Chile Michelle Bachelet has officially been appointed as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, following a vote Friday at the UN General Assembly in New York. The Bachelet announcement was warmly received by UN Secretary General António  Guterres, who called her “a pioneer, a…

Cape Verde arrests 4 under stronger sea turtle protection laws

Environmental groups in the Cape Verde islands praised authorities for the arrest of four men who are charged with killing protected sea turtles, the first such arrests since tougher wildlife legislation was enacted in 2017. Biosfera, an NGO based on São Vicente, thanked police working in Santo Antão who pulled…

Uganda native is latest victim of U.S. wildfires

A native of Uganda has been identified as the latest victim of relentless wildfires in the United States, most of them affecting the state of California. Jairus Ayeta, a 21-year-old immigrant originally from Kampala, was working as an apprentice lineman for the Pacific Gas & Electric utility company on Saturday…

Ramaphosa welcomes India’s Modi as BRICS gets under way

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has arrived for the BRICS Summit in South Africa, where he was greeted by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Modi arrived in Johannesburg after a two-day visit in Uganda, where he met with President Yoweri Museveni, and a stop in Rwanda for talks with…

SA launches investigation into 11 taxi-ambush deaths

South African authorities said Sunday that specialized law enforcement units working on a 72-hour plan are working to track down those responsible for the deaths of 11 people who were traveling with a taxi association in the country’s eastern KwaZulu-Natal province. The 11 people from the Ivory Park Taxi Association…

Buhari set to deliver ICC anniversary keynote in The Hague

President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver a keynote speech Tuesday in The Hague as the International Criminal Court marks its 20th anniversary. Buhari is the only African president to attend the invitation-only event, which will be broadcast live on the ICC website and Facebook. “President Buhari will share his thoughts on…

France’s World Cup win celebrated across Africa

France’s 4-2 victory in the 2018 World Cup Final match in Moscow gave the country its second title, giving Les Bleus the trophy and a new two-star jersey along with jubilant throngs in the streets of Paris. There was much celebration across Africa too, as fans honored no less than…

Egypt arrests 7 for illegal archaeology and antiquities removal

Egyptian officials arrested seven men on Tuesday after they discovered an antiquities site dating to the Greco-Roman era and were illegally excavating and removing artifacts from the site. The site near Minya, along the Nile River south of Cairo, was an ancient city with archaeological structures including tombs and a…

South Africa’s Zuma family grieves loss of son to lupus

In South Africa, the family of former president Jacob Zuma – mourning the loss of his son, Vusi Nhlakanipho Zuma – issued a statement Wednesday explaining that the 25-year-old died at the weekend from complications of lupus. Services will be held Saturday in Johannesburg, followed by burial at the Westpark…