HRW annual report presses for change in Egypt

HRW annual report presses for change in Egypt

Human rights abuses in Egypt were at the center of a conversation with executive director Ken Roth as the international Human Rights Watch NGO delivered its annual report on developments around the world. Roth stressed that it’s time for the global community to stop viewing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and…

Kuwait announces end to Qatar crisis ahead of GCC summit

Kuwait announces end to Qatar crisis ahead of GCC summit

The government of Kuwait confirmed on Monday that the regional standoff between Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations that began in June 2017 has been resolved between the two main players. Foreign Minister Ahmad Nasser Al Mohammad Al Sabah, who has represented Kuwait during mediation talks, delivered the news…

U.S. identifies soldiers killed in Sinai crash

The United States Army identified on Saturday the names of five soldiers who died while supporting a peacekeeping mission in the Sinai region of Egypt this week. The soldiers died when a UH-60 helicopter crashed on Thursday. They are: Capt. Seth Vernon Vandekamp, 31, from Katy, Texas. Chief Warrant Officer…

Shoukry, Lavrov call focuses on Libya ceasefire

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry urged the need for a ceasefire in Libya in order for political negotiations to move forward during his Tuesday telephone call with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, but he also warned that Egypt makes its own security situation a priority. Shoukry’s comments come one day after…

AU to review Nile dam talks as Ethiopia, Egypt remain at impasse

There has been little progress in the stalemate over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to the Ethiopian government as it continues lengthy and oft-contentious negotiations with Egypt and Sudan. Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that the three nations have been unable to resolve their differences over access to…

WHO warns COVID-19 spread is accelerating for Africa

More than 200,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on the African continent, and the sweep of the pandemic is accelerating, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Officials said Thursday the coronavirus count reached the benchmark of 100,000 cases in 98 days, but it then took only 19 days to…

Africa-focused Renault plans 15K job cuts around the globe

Struggling French automaker Renault is set to cut 15,000 jobs around the world, according to labor leaders who met with company officials Thursday night to discuss the plans before a public announcement expected Friday. The cuts are part of a deal the company hopes will deliver €2 billion in savings…

New projections see South African COVID cases climb

The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa continues to climb, with the Ministry of Health reporting 30 additional deaths on Thursday and a toll that has reached 369 victims. Among them is a 2-day-old baby who was born prematurely and did not survive on a ventilator. “The mother had…

HRW says Egypt is expanding repressive powers during pandemic

The Human Rights Watch organization is sounding the alarm over Egypt’s COVID-related emergency powers legislation, which would expand the power of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi regardless of any public health link to a stated emergency. “President al-Sisi’s government is using the pandemic to expand, not reform, Egypt’s abusive Emergency Law,”…

AFRICOM cancels annual ‘African Lion’ military exercises

The United States says it has decided to cancel an annual military exercise held in partnership with African nations, out of concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made Monday by the U.S. Africa Command, based in Stuttgart, Germany. AFRICOM said the decision was taken in careful consideration…