DRC: Urban fire destroys homes, displaces hundreds in Bukavu

DRC: Urban fire destroys homes, displaces hundreds in Bukavu

A house fire that swept through a densely populated neighborhood in the city of Bukavu in Democratic Republic of Congo late Sunday left at least one person dead and four seriously injured, while displacing hundreds of residents who turned to sleeping in the elements. President Felix Tshisekedi said he mourned…

Rwandan accused of genocide crimes sentenced in U.S.

Rwandan accused of genocide crimes sentenced in U.S.

A Rwandan man living in the United States since 2014 has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for his role in the 1994 genocide, which he failed to disclose to U.S. authorities when arriving in the country. Jean Leonard Teganya, 47, was a medical student at the National…

Ramaphosa attends G20 summit in Japan

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa is attending the annual G20 Leaders’ Summit, a two-day meeting that began Friday in Osaka, Japan. Ramaphosa joined other world leaders in a discussion of the global economy at a time when trade tensions and concerns over economic growth dominate the agenda. The South…

Rights group blames Egypt, demands probe into Morsi death

The Human Rights Watch organization has called for an independent investigation into the death of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who collapsed during a court appearance in Cairo on Monday. Morsi had just finished statements to the court when he lost consciousness, according to Egyptian media. He was rushed to…

Namibia’s drought forces wildlife auction

Namibia’s government plans to auction off some of the wildlife living in its national parks because of the severe drought affecting the southwest African nation – a drought that has left them without water and vegetation to sustain them. Stanley Simataa, the country’s information minister, made the announcement during a…

Congolese welcome home the body of Etienne Tshisekedi

The body of longtime Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi arrived Thursday evening in Kinshasa as his son Felix – now the nation’s president – waited expectantly at the airport. The younger Tshisekedi then accompanied the body during a formal procession that stopped at his home and at the headquarters of…

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

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….