UK ban intends to end elephant ivory trade

UK ban intends to end elephant ivory trade

Trade in elephant ivory has come to an end in the United Kingdom, following the announcement of a near-total ban that’s meant to put a stop to both legal and illegal trafficking in ivory. Britain’s ban, which took immediate effect Monday, covers ivory of any age rather than restricting the…

Afwerki defends Russia, China in Eritrean Independence Day speech

President Isaias Afwerki, authoritarian leader of Eritrea, defended both Russia and China while holding the West responsible for the situation in Ukraine, during a speech marking Independence Day in the Horn of Africa nation. Afwerki, in office since 1991—a tenure that places him among Africa’s longest-running leaders—drew parallels to his…

U.S. troops to return to Somalia as Farmaajo loses election

The United States plans to reestablish its troop presence in Somalia, reversing a policy decision to remove U.S. forces made by former president Donald Trump. A small force of several hundred military personnel is expected to be deployed following the decision by President Joe Biden, announced Monday by the U.S….

African leaders note the passing of UAE president

African heads of state were among global leaders sending their condolences to the United Arab Emirates on Friday upon the news that President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan had died. He was 73 years old. The news of his death was announced via state media, along with plans for…

Family of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero files $400m lawsuit over his arrest

The family of Rwandan prisoner Paul Rusesabagina has filed a US$400 million lawsuit against the government of Rwanda, for its alleged role in luring the humanitarian activist—known for saving lives during the 1994 genocide—back to Rwanda in 2020. Rusesabagina, whose story was portrayed in the award-winning film “Hotel Rwanda,” was…

Russia declines help in Ukraine from Ethiopian volunteers

Ethiopians have reportedly volunteered to fight on Russia’s side in its war with Ukraine, but Russia said Tuesday that it will decline their overtures in keeping with international law. “The embassy has been receiving, by emails and in person visits from citizens of Ethiopia, expressions of their solidarity and support…

UK’s Patel defends immigration deal with Rwanda

British Home Secretary Priti Patel continued to defend the United Kingdom’s decision to send immigrants to Rwanda, a deal that’s come under deep criticism for essentially outsourcing its responsibilities to asylum seekers. “The UK-Rwanda partnership is the type of international cooperation needed to make the global immigration system fairer, keep…

Zelensky appeals to Sall, seeks to address African Union

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has again reached out to the African Union (AU) for support in his nation’s war with Russia, calling his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, on Monday to discuss the crisis. Zelensky said he provided an update to Sall, the current president of the AU, on the…