Egypt arrests 7 for illegal archaeology and antiquities removal

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…

Botswana OK’s blankets at school as southern region shivers

The cold winter blast that brought snow to South Africa this week is affecting other countries in the region, including Botswana – where the government issued a statement saying students could bring blankets to school on Tuesday and Wednesday in order to stay warm while learning. Temperatures were expected to…

Earthquake swarm (and the stress) continue in Mayotte

It was June 14 when officials in Mayotte opened up a psychological support services unit, designed to help residents deal with the stress of hundreds of earthquakes they’ve experienced as part of the ongoing seismic activity the Indian Ocean island nation has endured for weeks. The situation has “caused concerned…

Amnesty calls on Malawi to ensure justice for albino victims

Amnesty International has called on authorities in Malawi to ensure justice for victims targeted because they are albinos, a practice that has claimed the lives of 21 people since 2014 and amounts to nearly 150 total cases. The attacks against people with albinism are fueled by stereotypical beliefs that their…

Doctors Without Borders responds to BBC report on sexual misconduct

The global NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has issued a statement saying it has been unable to confirm allegations that its logistics staff members working in Africa were commonly engaged in sexual misconduct, but takes the allegations seriously. The response Thursday followed a BBC report featuring interviews with former employees…

Ivoirian PM appeals for calm as 18 die in Abidjan floods

At least 18 people have died in flash flooding that hit in and around the capital city of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire on Tuesday, according to emergency personnel. Video from Côte d’Ivoire shared on social media appeared to show streets that turned into swollen and raging rivers, sweeping vehicles away…

Lesotho: A year later, and no arrests in Thabane murder case

It’s been a year since Lipolelo Thabane, then the estranged wife of Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, was shot dead at her home and still there’s been no closure on the case. The 58-year-old Lipolelo Thabane was killed on June 14, 2017  – immediately prior to Thabane’s inauguration  – in Ha Masana,…

Moon sighting marks Eid Al-Fitr for African Muslims

Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced the official sighting of the moon on Thursday, and said the Eid Al-Fitr celebration will begin Friday for Muslims in Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and a host of countries. South Africa also is among nations observing the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which is…