Reports: Video implicates rebels in UN expert deaths in Kasai

Reports: Video implicates rebels in UN expert deaths in Kasai

Journalists in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they have reviewed a video that appears to document the violent deaths of United Nations experts Zaida Catalan and Michael Sharp in March. Government officials made the video available to reporters in Kinshasa on Monday, stressing that the dress and manner of…

Eritrea presses China for help on Security Council sanctions

Eritrea presses China for help on Security Council sanctions

Eritrea says that Foreign Minister Osman Saleh’s visit to China has yielded a promise to again plead its case on Western sanctions, the government said Thursday. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi “reaffirmed that his country will raise the issue of sanctions imposed on Eritrea” in the United Nations, the Eritrean…

Somalia: Leaders agree to form new National Security Council

Government leaders in Somalia agreed to form a National Security Council during two days of meetings in Mogadishu that were completed on Monday. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who met for the first time since his February election with the heads of Somalia’s federal government alongside regional member states including Puntland…

South Africa: Threats against Dlamini-Zuma require a security detail

South African authorities confirmed Friday that Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former chairperson of the African Union, is currently under police protection and has been the target of threats made against her safety. “Dlamini-Zuma continues to receive protection from the Presidential Protection Unit (PPU) of the South African Police Service,” the agency…

Death toll rises to 8 in Mogadishu bombing

The death toll in a Mogadishu car bombing has risen to eight people, with several others injured. Radio Shabelle in Somalia said that Wednesday’s explosion at a restaurant in the capital happened near the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The bomb destroyed the Coffee Break restaurant and caused chaos in…

Ethiopia extends state of emergency in place since Irreecha

Ethiopia will maintain its state of emergency for an additional four months, following a parliamentary vote Thursday that approved the extension. The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) said the measure passed unanimously after Ethiopian Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa made his case for additional time before lawmakers still concerned about unrest in…

Morocco: New wave of protests, vandalism in Al Hoceima

Moroccan authorities have arrested 14 people in connection with vandalism and arson attacks at an Imzouren police station in the troubled Al Hoceima province, the official Moroccan press agency said. The youths attended a rally on Sunday before stoning the police building and burning four police cars, a public bus…

UN agencies advance protection of antiquities, cultural heritage

The United Nations Security Council has moved to strengthen protections against the destruction and trafficking of priceless antiquities and humanity’s shared cultural heritage. Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO – the United Nations entity that helps to protect cultural sites across the globe – hailed the adoption of a new…