Vote-rigging claims, political violence mar Malawi campaigns

Vote-rigging claims, political violence mar Malawi campaigns

It may seem a minor offense at the moment, but in the run-up to Malawi’s May 21 presidential election, officials in Karonga in the country’s north are urging calm after someone tore down a campaign billboard promoting United Transformation Movement (UTM) party candidate Saulos Chilima. The giant billboard was placed prominently…

UN, EU push back on Trump decision to leave arms trade treaty

UN, EU push back on Trump decision to leave arms trade treaty

The European Union says that U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will fail to “contribute to the ongoing efforts to encourage transparency in the international arms trade, to prevent illicit trafficking and to combat the diversion of conventional arms.” The statement from EU…

Ebola deaths reach 900 amid DR Congo security crisis

Ebola deaths reach 900 amid DR Congo security crisis

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has reached a new milestone, with the number of fatalities reaching 900, according to the Congolese Ministry of Health on Friday. More than a third of those deaths are in Katwa, where controlling the outbreak has proven difficult and the fatalities rose to…

On Cameroon, EU’s Mogherini urges humanitarian and human rights action

The Anglophone crisis in Cameroon must remain a priority for the European Union, particularly the need for humanitarian support for those displaced, said EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini in an address to the European Parliament. “Regrettably, unlawful killings and atrocities continue to be reported regularly, allegedly involving both the…

Sarraj assesses damage after Tripoli bombing early Wednesday

Attacks on residential neighborhoods in Tripoli continued overnight into Wednesday with new fatalities reported in Abu Salim, as the death toll continued to rise since the advance of Libyan National Army (LNA) forces led by Khalifa Haftar on April 4. President Fayez Al-Sarraj, leader of the internationally recognized Government of…

Fighting intensifies in Libya as LNA refuses to halt advances

There is still time to avoid “a dramatic, bloody battle for Tripoli,” the United Nations Secretary General said late Wednesday, but there’s little optimism that will be the case amid intensifying clashes. Abdel Salam al-Hassi, the commander of Libyan National Army (LNA) forces led by Khalifa Haftar, told Asharq Al-Awsat on…

Haftar orders LNA forces to move into Tripoli

It’s been five days since Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army, vowed that the chaotic nation’s political crisis would come to an end in the next two weeks – comments he made to Al Arabiya news, with the promise of a national unity government. On Thursday, Haftar gave…

HRW: Tourists abducted in Burkina Faso were taken to Mali

It’s been more than three months since travelers Canadian Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto of Italy went missing in Burkina Faso, and there’s been little information to break the silence on what has happened to them. Now a report from Human Rights Watch suggests that Blais and Tacchetto were kidnapped…

HRW: Cameroon civilians caught between soldiers, separatists

Since October 2016, when Cameroon’s English-speaking lawyers and teachers first launched peaceful protests to press government reforms for its Anglophone populations, there’s been no shortage of international concern over the deepening cycles of violence. Yet they continue, with a new report from Human Rights Watch detailing the deaths, abductions and…