Niger, Tunisia elected to UN Security Council seats

Niger, Tunisia elected to UN Security Council seats

The nations of Niger and Tunisia were elected to two-year terms on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday. They join the 10-nation roster of nonpermanent members to the council, along with incoming nations Estonia, Vietnam and – in a first for the smallest country to ever hold a…

South Africans return home after Egypt tour bus bombing

South African officials say that two dozen tourists who came under attack in Egypt on Sunday have returned home safely, while four citizens remained in Egypt. Three of them were wounded in the bus bombing near Cairo, while a fourth stayed behind to care for an injured family member. South…

ANC celebrates election win as Ramaphosa promises a fresh start

The African National Congress (ANC) celebrated in the streets on Sunday after pulling in 57.5 percent of the support in last week’s legislative election, down from previous years but still enough to protect the ANC’s long-standing majority. President Cyril Ramaphosa led the celebrations outside ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, promising that…

Artwork by Nelson Mandela set for Bonhams auction

Original artwork created by Nelson Mandela will be showcased next week during an auction of Modern and Contemporary African Art at Bonhams in New York. The sketch called “The Cell Door,” created in wax pastel crayon, is part of a series that Mandela began working on in 2002 alongside art…

Report: SA environmental defenders targeted by mining companies

Environmental defenders in mining areas of South Africa face harassment, intimidation, and violence, according to a joint report issued Tuesday by four advocacy organizations including Human Rights Watch. “The attacks and harassment have created an atmosphere of fear for community members who mobilize to raise concerns about damage to their livelihoods from…

Damage, one death in Tanzania earthquake

At least one person has died following a moderate earthquake that struck Thursday in the Lake Rukwa region of southwestern Tanzania. The 5.5-magnitude quake, centered beneath the lake itself, hit at 12:15 p.m. local time and affected the Katavi, Mbeya, Rukwa and Songwe regions. The fatality occurred south of the…

South Africans face load shed again on Tuesday

Eskom customers in South Africa are enduring yet another round of load shedding this week. The beleaguered public utility, seeking a bailout for its massive debt and caught up in South Africa’s “state capture” corruption drama, started cutting power to customers again on a rotating basis. On Monday, Stage 4…