African leaders decry racism after CDC head stopped in Germany

African leaders decry racism after CDC head stopped in Germany

The acting director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says he won’t be attending this year’s World Health Summit in Berlin after experiencing difficulties with immigration control when his flight landed in Germany — a situation that immediately sparked outrage on social media. “I’ve been mistreated at…

West African nations conduct maritime security exercises

Twenty African nations, along with European partners and the United States, are participating in the Grand African Navy Exercise for Maritime Operations (NEMO) in the Gulf of Guinea. The exercise, led by French forces, is designed to support cooperative security efforts in West African waters. Along with coastal and island…

Amnesty calls on Lesotho to end alleged human rights violations

Authorities in the small southern African kingdom of Lesotho have come under scrutiny from human rights advocates who say excessive force is part of a pattern when security forces arrest and detain suspects. Ahead of general elections planned for next week, the Amnesty International appeal calls on political candidates in…

U.S. urges Ethiopia, TPLF to engage in AU-led negotiations

The United States has again urged the Ethiopian government and Tigray leaders to negotiate a peace deal, while insisting that Eritrea needs to step away from fueling conflict in the northern Ethiopian region. Ned Price, spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, said Tuesday that the U.S. does not favor…

Humanitarian crisis grows amid Burkina Faso violence

More than 600,000 people in Burkina Faso now face severe food insecurity, with nearly one in 10 people displaced by conflict and in urgent need of assistance. That’s according to a statement signed by 28 different nonprofit agencies, including Oxfam, the Danish Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee and World…

At least 32 dead in renewed Tripoli fighting

At least 32 people have died in renewed fighting in Tripoli, ending the relative peace that has held for the last two years and signaling the breakdown of a political process that’s brought Libya no closer to long-delayed elections and a unified state. Libya’s health ministry, cited by Al Jazeera,…

Tedros opens WHO meeting in Togo amid reports of new Ebola case

African health ministers and government officials gathered in Togo on Monday for the Regional Committee on Africa meeting, headed by the World Health Organization with WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivering the keynote remarks. The meeting, hosted in Lomé by President Faure Gnassingbé, centers on issues faced by African nations…

Death toll rises to 21 in Mogadishu hotel attack

The death toll in Saturday’s attack on the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu has risen to 21 people, but Somali officials have released few other details about the attack. Gen. Abdi Hassan Mohamed Hijar, head of Somalia’s police force, confirmed that the 30-hour siege had ended early Sunday and that 106…

Germany suspends UN peacekeeping role in Mali

Germany has suspended its participation in MINUSMA, the United Nations mission in Mali, after a rotation flight carrying soldiers to and from the Sahel nation didn’t receive overflight and landing rights from the government. “Once again, the Malian rulers have denied MINUSMA overflight rights,” said German defense minister Christine Lambrecht….

Kenya tallies the vote with isolated reports of political violence

With polls in Kenya now closed and early results arriving, current Deputy President William Ruto, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate, appeared to be holding a slim lead over main rival Raila Odinga of the Azimio Coalition Political Party. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said late Tuesday that…