Ramaphosa appeals for calm in address to nation

Ramaphosa appeals for calm in address to nation

President Cyril Ramaphosa took to the airwaves Thursday evening to deliver another message on South Africa’s escalating violence over migrants, which has claimed at least 10 lives and led to the arrest of more than 400 people. It’s also started to spread to other nations, with Nigeria reporting attacks on…

Pope Francis arrives in Mozambique

Pope Francis arrives in Mozambique

Pope Francis arrived late Wednesday in Mozambique to begin a seven-day tour that will take him to three African nations, beginning with his time in Maputo. President Felipe Nyusi and other dignitaries were on hand to meet the pope at the airport when he arrived about 7:30 p.m. local time….

CITES wraps up wildlife conference in Geneva

CITES wraps up wildlife conference in Geneva

In Geneva, the World Wildlife Conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) wrapped up on Wednesday with the adoption of a number of measures meant to protect wildlife and support global conservation. Among them is the revision of trade rules meant…

Floods in Sudan kill at least 54 people

Floods in Sudan have claimed at least 54 lives so far this rainy season, with impacts in almost all of the 18 states in the country. Most of the fatalities have occurred when the roofs of homes collapsed or people were electrocuted. The heavy rains that began August 13 have…

SA blaze claims a dozen homes in resort town

Authorities in South Africa say a fast-moving field fire is now contained in the resort community of St. Francis Bay, but not before the blaze claimed at least 11 homes. There was no immediate word of any injuries. The fire broke out Thursday near Lyme Road North, which runs between…

Algeria deports human rights observer

The Human Rights Watch organization said Tuesday that one of its staff has been deported from Algeria after a 10-day ordeal that saw him briefly detained followed by the seizure of his travel documents. Ahmed Benchemsi, a Middle East communications and advocacy director who holds dual citizenship in Morocco and…

Death toll reaches 75 in Tanzania fuel tanker explosion

The death toll has risen to 75 in Tanzania, following the explosion of a fuel tanker Saturday that attracted dozens of villagers to the scene of its crash. That’s according to the Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, which said the four new fatalities came from among the 43…

Amnesty issues ‘travel warning’ for U.S. because of gun violence

The global human rights organization Amnesty International has issued a travel warning calling for anyone considering travel to the United States to “exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the country due to rampant gun violence, which has become so prevalent in the United States that it amounts to a human rights crisis.”…

ICRC suspends Timbuktu work after yet another vehicle theft

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is suspending operations in the Timbuktu region of Mali after yet another attack by an armed group on Monday, this time again stealing one of the organization’s vehicles. The humanitarian aid organization said the clearly marked Red Cross vehicle was…

Acclaimed author Toni Morrison dies at 88

Toni Morrison, the influential writer who became the first African American woman to receive a Nobel award, has died in New York City. She was 88 years old. “She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends,” her family said in…