Sexual abuse in DR Congo ‘a dark day for WHO’

Sexual abuse in DR Congo ‘a dark day for WHO’

World Health Organization leaders responded with shock and sorrow after an independent panel released an investigative report that found widespread sexual abuse committed by workers during the 2020 Ebola outbreak in the country’s east. Malick Coulibaly, a panel member, said the commission interviewed dozens of women who were offered work…

Lavrov defends Russia’s role in Sahel, confirms Wagner plans

Lavrov defends Russia’s role in Sahel, confirms Wagner plans

The Russian foreign ministry confirmed reports that Mali plans to hire contractors with the Wagner Group to fight extremism in the Sahel, but insisted again that the private company is not operating under Moscow’s control. The remarks from Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov followed questions about the presence of Wagner…

Biden stresses Africa commitments at UNGA

Zambia, Sudan and Cameroon are just a few of the nations that United States President Joe Biden mentioned during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, as world leaders gathered in person after last year’s virtual UNGA because of the COVID crisis. Speaking on the values of…

AU, UN call for Condé’s release after Guinea coup

Leaders of the African Union and United Nations have called for the immediate release of President Alpha Condé following a coup attempt in the West African nation of Guinea. Moussa Faki Mahamat, the AU Commission chief, and Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi, the current head of the AU member nations, issued…

Guterres, Security Council focus on Tigray crisis

It’s been a week since any food or aid trucks were able to enter the Tigray region of Ethiopia, amid a mounting humanitarian crisis because of the unabated regional conflict. Nearly a half-million people are on the brink of famine, according to OCHA, the United Nations office for humanitarian assistance….

Biden to Kabul attackers: ‘We will not forgive’

In the United States, President Joseph Biden offered his condolences to the families of U.S. military personnel killed in Kabul airport bombings while offering a stern warning to U.S. adversaries. Biden, speaking to the nation in an evening address, was visibly moved by the deaths and injuries following what appeared…

Amnesty: Europe’s weapons sales are arming Sahel extremists

Weapons from Serbia and other European nations are being used by extremists in the Sahel and supporting armed conflict, according to a new Amnesty International report. The global NGO said it reviewed more than 400 pieces of digital media from Burkina Faso and Mali, including verified photos and videos posted…

UN counterterrorism chief calls for renewed focus on Africa

All eyes have been on Afghanistan as the Taliban takes control, but the United Nations Security Council was focused Thursday on the threat of Islamic extremism on the African continent. UN counterterrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov, presenting his report on Islamic State and related groups to the council, called for a…

Rwandan forces recapture Mozambique’s Mocímboa da Praia

The Rwandan military says it captured the Mozambican port of Mocímboa da Praia on Sunday, while also taking the airport and the regional headquarters. The city has been an insurgent stronghold for more than two years, with catastrophic results for civilians living in this part of Cabo Delgado province and…

U.S. calls on Ethiopia to protect people, places

The United States appealed for improved humanitarian aid access and an end to conflict affecting civilians in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, one day after USAID Administrator Samantha Power visited Addis Ababa. “We call on the TPLF, we call on the Amhara regional forces, we call on the Eritrean Defence…

Sudan takes first steps toward ICC membership

Sudan’s prime minister says the country plans to become a party to the Rome Statute, which puts legal force behind the International Criminal Court (ICC). “We unanimously approved the draft law on Sudan’s accession” to the statute, said Abdalla Hamdok, the head of Sudan’s transitional government.  He said the move…

Lungu deploys military ahead of Zambia elections

In Zambia, President Edgar Lungu said he has deployed military personnel to assist police in controlling political violence ahead of the country’s August 12 election. “Defense personnel have already been deployed in some parts of Lusaka and will be deployed in other parts of the country where need arises,” said…

Mali confirms knife attack on Goïta during Eid prayers

Officials in Mali say an attempted attack on interim leader Assimi Goïta on Tuesday was unsuccessful, and that they’re investigating the incident. Goïta was at the Grand Mosque in Bamako when an assailant with a knife approached him, according to an Agence France-Presse journalist who witnessed the attack. Mali’s transitional president…