Egypt releases all detained Mada Masr journalists

Egypt releases all detained Mada Masr journalists

Journalists with the independent media outlet Mada Masr said Monday that they were all “safe and sound,” but their thanks for international support following staff detentions by an increasingly authoritarian Egypt was overshadowed by calls to pressure President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his government on human rights and free speech….

Kenya landslide toll at 37 as rains continue over East Africa

Kenya landslide toll at 37 as rains continue over East Africa

The death toll has risen to 37 in Kenya, where authorities continue to deal with heavy rains and landslides in West Pokot, a county along the border with Uganda. Saturday’s massive downpours complicated the rescue efforts, isolating communities because of closed roads and leaving “already remote areas virtually unreachable,” according…

Namibia shaken by latest southern African quake

Namibia shaken by latest southern African quake

Villagers in northern Namibia were shaken from sleep early Thursday by a moderate earthquake that happened shortly after 4 a.m., the second such quake to strike in southern Africa in a 24-hour period. The epicenter was located about 64 kilometers to the northwest of Khorixas, according to the United States…

Services set for slain Somali activist, diplomat Almaas Elman

Services will be held Friday for Almaas Elman, the Somali-Canadian human rights activists and former diplomat killed earlier this week in Mogadishu when she was shot by unknown assailants. Ilwad Elman, the prominent sister of Almaas, announced Thursday that “we will lay my sister to rest” during Friday prayers at…

Omar, Harris comment on Kenyan image used by U.S. campaign

The controversy over stock-art images from Kenya used by United States presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg wasn’t going away on Monday, as U.S. lawmakers and rival presidential campaigns pointed to the damage done by an already-weakened Buttigieg campaign on race and diversity issues. Buttigieg, an Indiana Democrat surging in polls ahead…

The Gambia presses Rohingya ‘genocidal acts’ case with ICJ

Authorities in The Gambia filed a case with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to begin proceedings against Myanmar for alleged crimes against humanity and “genocidal acts” against the Rohingya people. The case, according to the ICJ, argues that Myanmar military and security forces systematically used mass murder, rape and…

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ICC hands former Congolese warlord Ntaganda a 30-year term

Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda was sentenced by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday to 30 years in prison for his role in war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the eastern Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ntaganda was found guilty in July on 18…

Cyclone Kyarr heads for Socotra, Horn of Africa

Forecasters are calling for Tropical Cyclone Kyarr, now spinning in the Arabian Sea, to travel the southern edge of the Gulf of Aden before making landfall on the Horn of Africa. That’s posing a wind and potential flooding threat to Puntland and Somaliland, with rains pushing into Ethiopia and Kenya…

Lupita Nyong’o tapped for wildlife advocacy award

Lupita Nyong’o has met with plenty of accolades, and now the Kenyan-Mexican actor is receiving a new one for her commitment to wildlife protection. Nyong’o was named this year’s Wildlife Champion on Monday by WildAid, a global conservation organization with a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade and a…

Sakharov Prize awarded to Uyghur activist

This year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded for exceptional achievements in human rights, goes to Ilham Tohti, an economist and widely recognized Uyghur defender who was sentenced to life in Chinese prison in 2014. Tohti was selected by the European Union from a short list of finalists that…

Egypt braces for more wind, rain from ‘medicane’

Egypt braced for another round of wicked weather on Friday night, as a storm spinning in the Mediterranean Sea just off the coast promised to deliver potentially flooding rains and high winds. The storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall with some thunderstorms in the country’s north, including Cairo, with…

DRC: Tshisekedi visits grieving families after plane, bodies found

President Felix Tshisekedi visited families of some of the victims of last week’s plane crash in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, after authorities confirmed Tuesday that they found the wreckage of the missing Antonov AN-72 in Sankuru province. Abraham Luakabuanga, a spokesman for the presidency, said the plane was found…

U.S. imposes sanctions on Turkey

The United States government has put its previously threatened economic sanctions on Turkey into force, targeting top Turkish government agencies and officials as tensions between the two nations in the Middle East continued to escalate. “The Turkish government’s actions are endangering innocent civilians and destabilizing the region, including undermining the…