China to spotlight African issues at UN Security Council

China to spotlight African issues at UN Security Council

China says it will maintain focus on the African continent, as it assumes leadership of the United Nations Security Council for the month of March. Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Tuesday that Somalia and Sudan’s Darfur region are top priorities as China leads discussion on…

Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia add to Africa’s COVID19 count

Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia announced Monday that they are among dozens of countries around the world reporting positive coronavirus cases as the COVID-19 outbreak spreads beyond China. The Moroccan Ministry of Health said its confirmed case was a Moroccan citizen with ties to Italy who is being treated in an…

DR Congo, FRPI fighters sign peace agreement in Ituri province

The Congolese government has signed a peace agreement with the Ituri Patriotic Resistance Force (FRPI), the last of large armed militias fighting in the eastern Ituri province of Democratic Republic of Congo. The signing ceremony took place Friday at Tata Akobi Stadium in Gety, a city where Congolese FARDC forces…

South African cruise ship workers test positive for COVID-19

Two South African citizens working aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship are being treated in Japan after testing positive for the coronavirus, the government’s health ministry said. Dr. Lwazi Manzi, speaking to South African media on Friday, said the two were among 3,711 passengers and crew who were quarantined aboard…

Nigeria confirms first COVID19 case in Lagos

Nigeria has confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus, according to a statement from the Federal Health Ministry issued early Friday morning. The patient was identified in Lagos State, a coastal area along the Gulf of Guinea, said health minister Osagie Ehanire. It is home to the city of…

Bachelet turns to Africa in report to UN Human Rights Council

As the United Nations Human Rights Council holds its annual meeting in Geneva, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet of OHCHR, the UN human rights agency, provided an overview on Thursday of concerns in various African nations beginning with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bachelet, a former president of Chile who was…

Algerian health minister confirms first COVID-19 case

Algeria has confirmed the first case of coronavirus within its borders according to health minister Abderrahmane Benbouzid, who announced the finding to the nation on state-owned ENTV Tuesday evening. The patient is an Italian citizen who arrived in the country on February 17 and has been placed in isolation, the…

UNHCR: Social media insults led to fighting in eastern Chad

Social media provocations have been blamed for a spike in clashes among the Zaghwa people living in eastern Chad, causing at least 8,300 people to flee into Darfur regions of neighboring Sudan, according to UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency. The Zaghwa live in a region that stretches across the…

Libya’s GNA backs out of Geneva talks after Tripoli port bombing

Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) has suspended participation in the Geneva negotiations on military issues, one of three national dialogue tracks established following the Berlin Conference on the conflict in January. GNA President Fayez Al-Sarraj said the decision followed the bombing of Tripoli’s port on Tuesday by the Libyan…

Cameroon denies military was responsible for last week’s massacre

Cameroon’s government is denying allegations that its military was involved in a massacre last week in the village of Ngarbuh, a community in the country’s Northwest Anglophone region. Spokesman René Emmanuel Sadi, speaking to reporters Tuesday, said the accusations against security forces were false. “Without the slightest preliminary investigation, several…