UN rights agency disappointed in Kenya same-sex ruling

UN rights agency disappointed in Kenya same-sex ruling

The UN human rights agency said Friday it was dismayed by the Kenyan High Court decision to uphold the nation’s ban on same-sex relations. “Criminalizing acts targeting certain individuals based on who they are and whom they love is inherently discriminatory,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet….

Burundi releases detained Seventh-day Adventist church members

Burundi releases detained Seventh-day Adventist church members

Nearly two dozen members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Burundi who were arrested by government authorities were released on Friday, church leaders said. The arrests more than a week ago followed some six months of interference by Burundian officials, according to global church leader Ted N.C. Wilson. The government…

Malawi: EU election observers robbed, injured in Chikwawa

Two members of the European Union’s election observation mission in Malawi became crime victims early Sunday after a robbery where the team was staying. The EU observers, in Malawi ahead of the country’s May 21 presidential election, said the incident happened overnight in Chikwawa, about 50 kilometers southwest of Blantyre….

Mediterranean migrant shipwreck toll reaches 65

Some 65 people have drowned off the coast of Tunisia, after their boat sank early Friday about 83 kilometers from the shore as they attempted a Mediterranean Sea crossing. Another 16 people were rescued and brought to the coastal city of Zarzis by the Tunisian Navy, according to UNHCR, the…

Study: Vanishing hippos are critical to African ecosystem health

The hippopotamus is contributing to ecosystem health in African lakes and rivers in a way that scientists haven’t considered before, and it’s because of the beneficial silicon that hippos are transferring through their poop. “Hippos differ from other large grazing animals in the savannah,” said biologist Jonas Schoelynck from the…

Rains from stalled Kenneth hamper Mozambique relief efforts

The rain keeps falling in Mozambique, where the government confirmed 38 fatalities and 39 injuries linked to Cyclone Kenneth and the flooding in its aftermath. The rain continues to inundate Cabo Delgado province and parts of Nampula. Last week’s storm came into Cabo Delgado at landfall as a strong cyclone…

Mass registrations for Ghana Card begin in Accra

Ghanaians in Accra began on Monday to register for the country’s new Ghana Card, the biometric identification system long promised by President Nana Akufo Addo and supervised by the National Identification Authority. People reported to their designated registration centers, but some discovered they were unable to complete their registrations because…

Flooding follows initial Kenneth impacts in Mozambique

Mozambique continues to deal with the effects of tropical storm Kenneth, which is dumping heavy rain across Cabo Delgado province and parts of Nampula and Zambevia. The storm came into Cabo Delgado at landfall as a strong cyclone with winds of 220 kilometers per hour, but has since stalled over…

Artwork by Nelson Mandela set for Bonhams auction

Original artwork created by Nelson Mandela will be showcased next week during an auction of Modern and Contemporary African Art at Bonhams in New York. The sketch called “The Cell Door,” created in wax pastel crayon, is part of a series that Mandela began working on in 2002 alongside art…

Buhari’s UK trip raises new questions about his health

There’s already new speculation in Nigeria about President Muhammadu Buhari, who left on Thursday for a 10-day private trip to the United Kingdom – the country where he’s twice had extended visits while seeking medical care. Buhari spokesman Femi Adesina announced the travels would follow Buhari’s visit to Nigerians in…

Six still missing after West African pirates storm tanker

Another six sailors have been taken hostage, after pirates stormed an oil tanker in the dangerous Gulf of Guinea. Their abductors boarded the APECUS, a Palau-flagged vessel at anchor off Bonny Island in Nigeria, at about 1:30 p.m. last Friday. They escaped with the six crew members, leaving the others…

Kenneth aims at Mozambique; storm fatalities in Comoros

As if the southern African nation of Mozambique wasn’t already facing enough of a challenge in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, now Cyclone Kenneth is bearing down on the impoverished southeast African nation. The storm’s position on Thursday was some 167 kilometers northwest of Comoros, and it rapidly intensified into…