Detained Turkish citizens released as LNA steps up Libya attacks

Detained Turkish citizens released as LNA steps up Libya attacks

Six Turkish citizens were released by Libyan forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar on Monday, following Haftar’s declaration that all Turkish citizens and assets in the country are Libyan National Army targets – and an equally forceful message from Turkey that warned of retaliation. Turkey’s ministry of foreign affairs called the…

DRC: Urban fire destroys homes, displaces hundreds in Bukavu

DRC: Urban fire destroys homes, displaces hundreds in Bukavu

A house fire that swept through a densely populated neighborhood in the city of Bukavu in Democratic Republic of Congo late Sunday left at least one person dead and four seriously injured, while displacing hundreds of residents who turned to sleeping in the elements. President Felix Tshisekedi said he mourned…

Rwandan accused of genocide crimes sentenced in U.S.

Rwandan accused of genocide crimes sentenced in U.S.

A Rwandan man living in the United States since 2014 has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for his role in the 1994 genocide, which he failed to disclose to U.S. authorities when arriving in the country. Jean Leonard Teganya, 47, was a medical student at the National…

Swiss step in to mediate Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis

The government of Switzerland is leading a mediation process in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon, in hopes of bringing an end to conflict that’s marked the West African nation for nearly three years. The Swiss foreign affairs ministry said it completed a second round of meetings on Thursday in preparation…

Ramaphosa attends G20 summit in Japan

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa is attending the annual G20 Leaders’ Summit, a two-day meeting that began Friday in Osaka, Japan. Ramaphosa joined other world leaders in a discussion of the global economy at a time when trade tensions and concerns over economic growth dominate the agenda. The South…

ECOWAS set to hear Sierre Leone case on pregnant student ban

An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court will hold a hearing Thursday on Sierra Leone’s ban that prevents pregnant girls from attending school with their peers or sitting for their exams. Joining in the legal case on behalf of the affected girls is Amnesty International, which received permission…

Ethiopia’s sorrow, amid questions of ‘too much, too soon’

In Addis Ababa, the memorial for Ethiopian chief of staff Gen. Seare Mekonnen and retired Major Gen. Gezai Abera on Tuesday was a somber affair with crowds gathering around the venue amid tight security. They came in solidarity as Ethiopia reels from a regional coup attempt in Amhara that left…

Laureen Fagan

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DRC research adds new insights on deforestation, carbon release

A group of international researchers working in the Democratic Republic of Congo say that deforestation, typically to use more land for agriculture, may be adding carbon dioxide into the planet’s atmosphere through a different and less understood pathway. While the broader effects of deforestation are known, the new research suggests…

Mnangagwa defends Zimbabwe currency decision

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Tuesday that the country’s decision to return to a single Zimbabwean currency is part of a suite of decisions meant to stabilize the economy – but the abrupt decision to make other currencies illegal, effective immediately, has caught many off guard. Mnangagwa said the use of…