Abducted Libyan lawmaker remains missing

Abducted Libyan lawmaker remains missing

No one knows the whereabouts of Siham Sergiwa, a Libyan lawmaker abducted from her home in Benghazi one month ago, and amid the country’s armed conflict that means fears for her safety are mounting. Sergiwa was taken during an early-morning incident on July 17 that left her husband, Ali, shot…

HRW: Ethiopian migrants to Gulf face perilous conditions

HRW: Ethiopian migrants to Gulf face perilous conditions

While much attention is rightly focused on the perils of Mediterranean Sea crossings, the Human Rights Watch organization is calling attention to the conditions faced by Ethiopian migrants as they take other routes across the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. “A combination of factors, including unemployment and other economic…

UNHCR laments Italy’s approval of stiff migrant rescue penalties

The United Nations refugee agency responded quickly on Tuesday to a decision made by Italy’s parliament that will impose harsher penalties against those people and organizations involved in migrant search and rescue on the Mediterranean Sea. The UNHCR said that under the changes, fines for private vessels that rescue migrants…

Libya’s GNA objects to Salamé report to UN Security Council

Libyan leader Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, has summoned United Nations envoy Ghassan Salame in order to register disapproval about what the GNA says is “misinformation” provided to the U.N. Security Council on the situation there. At the same time, the Libyan…

A new call for truth on anniversary of Russian journalist deaths in C.A.R.

It’s been a year since Russian journalists Kirill Radchenko, Alexander Rastorguyev and Orkhan Dzhemal were killed in the Central African Republic (CAR) while working on an investigative project for Russian exile and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The three seasoned journalists were launching a probe into the activities of alleged Russian…

Laureen Fagan

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AFRICOM welcomes new command as Waldhauser set to retire

United States Army Gen. Stephen J. Townsend has assumed command of AFRICOM, replacing Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, who served in the position for three years. Waldhauser is retiring after 43 years of service. Townsend steps into the AFRICOM leadership role after serving as the commander of United States…

Tedros: Ebola case in Goma may be ‘game-changer’

The report of an Ebola patient in the busy travel hub of Goma heightened the sense of urgency during a high-level meeting in Geneva on Monday, where global response leaders met to evaluate the crisis. It also spurred the decision to meet for a fourth time to reassess the level…