Tunisian youth launch ‘gilet rouge’ movement

Tunisian youth launch ‘gilet rouge’ movement

The protests aren’t just for yellow vests anymore. Now a Tunisian grassroots group has launched its “gilet rouge” movement, saying it’s the only way to save the nation eight years after the Tunisian Revolution of December 2010. Citing their disappointment in Tunisia’s economic situation, including high prices, unemployment and corruption,…

Matatu ban on hold for Nairobi’s CBD

The sight of Kenyans streaming on foot into Nairobi’s central business district (CBD) while passenger cars continued to clog streets with heavy traffic contributed to what is at least a temporary reprieve from the new ban on matatu, the privately operated shared taxis many rely on for transport. The ban…

Group says to leave missionary Chau’s body, island people alone

Survival International, an organization dedicated to protecting indigenous peoples including those on Sentinel Island, is urging Indian authorities to give up the quest to retrieve the body of John Allen Chau, the missionary adventurer believed to have died there on November 17. Chau, an American with ties to South Africa,…

Gabon’s Bongo set to arrive in Morocco for medical care

President Ali Bongo of Gabon is due to arrive in Morocco on Wednesday to continue his medical convalescence, according to information provided by the Gabonese first lady, Sylvia Bongo. He’ll travel to Rabat from King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh, where he has been treated for what is reported to be…

Brazil’s Lula sees new corruption charges tied to Equatorial Guinea

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, imprisoned earlier this year after a corruption scandal, now faces new charges that allegedly involved benefits for President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea. Federal prosecutors charged Lula with money laundering after he accepted USD$260,000 as a donation to his Lula Foundation…

American with Cape Town ties killed by remote island tribe

The family of a Christian missionary with ties to South Africa says they’ve received word he was killed in India’s Andaman Islands by members of a fiercely private tribe known for hostility to outsiders. John Allen Chau, an American from the state of Washington, was an adventurer who traveled much…

Botswana named top African safari tourism destination

Botswana has been named the best African country for safari adventures, narrowly edging out Tanzania for the first time in annual ratings conducted by SafariBookings.com. “Botswana – a study in contrasting landscapes, from the impossibly beautiful Kalahari Desert with its big skies to the watery wonderland of the famous Okavango…

Sudan confirms it has missing opposition activist detained

Authorities in Sudan confirmed they are holding Mohamed Boshi, a vocal critic of the government who was forcibly disappeared in Egypt last month despite seeking asylum in Cairo, the Human Rights Watch organization said Thursday. The 35-year-old Boshi has been missing since October 10. Witnesses reported five armed men, believed to be…

Egypt’s latest antiquities find is the cat’s meow

Dozens of cat mummies, along with 100 wooden gilded statues of cats and a bronze one dedicated to a cat goddess, have been unearthed in a new archaeology find in Egypt – demonstrating once again that the ancients adored their cats as much as modern humans do.   The find was…

Prince Charles addresses colonialism, climate in Ghana speech

Britain’s Prince Charles, speaking in Ghana during his three-nation tour of West Africa, praised the progress of the nation while addressing the painful history of its colonial past. “The histories of our two nations are, I know, closely intertwined, and while today we enjoy shared opportunity, we can never forget…