SA musicians welcome U.S. orchestra on 5-city Mandela tour

SA musicians welcome U.S. orchestra on 5-city Mandela tour

Traveling from the United States to South Africa this week is the Minnesota Orchestra, with its members completing a five-city performance tour – the first such visit by a professional U.S. orchestra. The American guests, led by music director Osmo Vänskä, are performing alongside their South African counterparts in a…

Sierra Leone marks anniversary of mudslide tragedy

Sierra Leone marks anniversary of mudslide tragedy

President Julius Maada Bio paid respects to the victims and families of Sierra Leone’s 2017 landslide tragedy, promising during the memorial events to create a National Disaster Preparedness and Management Agency to prevent future catastrophes. “Today, we remember all our brothers, sisters and children who lost their lives in this…

Libyan militias force nearly 2,000 IDPs from Tripoli settlement

Nearly 2,000 people living in Tripoli in an internally displaced persons (IDP) settlement have been forcibly evicted by armed militias, the United Nations Refugee Agency said Tuesday. Triq Al Matar was the largest IDP settlement in Tripoli, hosting families originally from the city of Tawergha who have lived there since…

EU nations agree to accept stranded Aquarius migrants

The 141 migrants aboard the rescue ship Aquarius are headed for Malta, after days of yet another standoff on the Mediterranean Sea as three countries refused to allow the ship port access. Malta originally refused to accept the ship, as did Spain, which previously allowed its passengers to disembark during…

Angola mourns beloved 95-year-old cyclist ‘Pepino’

In Angola, President João Lourenço was among thousands of admirers mourning the death of beloved bicycling enthusiast Alberto da Silva, who pursued his love of riding until the end of his 95 years. The cyclist known as “Pepino” competed at the National Senior Games in the United States, winning the…

Eritrean delegation meets with Somali president

Somalia’s President Mohamed Farmaajo welcomed a delegation from Eritrea on Monday, as the Horn of Africa neighbors move forward in re-establishing diplomatic relations. The official visit to Mogadishu, which included Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Yemane Gebreab, top adviser to President Isaias Afwerki, sought to advance a comprehensive cooperation…

Report: Poll chief killed near Timbuktu during Mali runoff election

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali was expected to win Sunday’s second-round runoff election, as he faced Soumaila Cissé, the main URD opposition candidate, to determine the country’s final presidential election result. Keïta, the EPM party’s incumbent candidate, received 41.4 percent of votes cast in the July 29 election, according…

Project moves elephants from South Africa to Mozambique

There are some major moves afoot in South Africa and Mozambique, as conservationists and researchers try moving elephants to help protect them from ivory poaching and habitat loss. So far this summer, the “Moving Giants” project has relocated four dozen elephants from the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR), a conservation…

Top officials face arrest on Kenya railway deal corruption charges

Prosecutors in Kenya have called for the arrest of more than a dozen people, including the heads of the National Land Commission (NLC) and managing director of the state-owned Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC), following a fraud and corruption investigation into the country’s USD$3.2 billion railroad project. NLC Chairman Mohammed Abdalla…

UN formally appoints Bachelet as new human rights chief

Former president of Chile Michelle Bachelet has officially been appointed as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, following a vote Friday at the UN General Assembly in New York. The Bachelet announcement was warmly received by UN Secretary General António  Guterres, who called her “a pioneer, a…

Mnangagwa inauguration on hold as MDC files legal challenge

In Zimbabwe, the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been postponed following a legal challenge to the July 30 election that gave Mnangagwa a narrow win. “Our legal team successfully filed our court papers,” said Nelson Chamisa, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance candidate who has consistently refused to…