Mahmoud Fikri, WHO regional director in northern Africa, has died

Mahmoud Fikri, WHO regional director in northern Africa, has died

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, died suddenly while en route to a global health summit in South America. Fikri had served since February as the regional director of a challenging territory that includes Djibouti, Egypt, Libya,…

Liberia awaits final vote count as Brumskine demands a do-over

Liberians are still anxiously waiting to hear complete election results from the National Elections Commission (NEC) as voters in two Nimba precincts will recast their votes on Tuesday. The NEC says it will withhold any further results reporting until Nimba’s are added to the count, which keeps the known results…

Liberians ready to receive NEC’s provisional election results

Journalists and party officials in Liberia converged on the National Elections Commission (NEC) headquarters in Monrovia on Thursday, waiting to hear any official results from Tuesday’s presidential and legislative elections. Plenty of rumors were making the rounds, including reports that former football star and Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) presidential…

MacArthur ‘genius grant’ awarded to visionary Nigerian artist

A Nigerian artist now living in the United States has been named a 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of what are commonly called the MacArthur “genius grants.” Njideka Akunyili Crosby, 34, is a creator of large-scale works that incorporate mixed media, including paint, fabric and textiles, and photography….

Kenya: Nasa sends formal election withdrawal letter to IEBC

Kenya’s electoral commission says it has received official word from political opposition candidate Raila Odinga and the Nasa party confirming their intent to withdraw from the October 26 elections that followed the unprecedented overturning of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in August. The letter sent to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries…