Four African nations newly elected to UN Human Rights Council

Four African nations newly elected to UN Human Rights Council

Four African nations have been newly elected to the United Nations Humans Rights Council – among them a few that are raising eyebrows – and they’ll replace four outgoing nations beginning in 2020. Libya, Mauritania, Namibia and Sudan are the new nations, according to a UN statement that followed Thursday’s…

China’s FM begins 3-nation tour in South Africa

China’s FM begins 3-nation tour in South Africa

South Africa is hosting the foreign minister of China on Friday, with his counterpart Naledi Pandor of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) of South Africa welcoming him to Durban. Pandor will host bilateral talks in Durban as Wang Yi begins a three-nation visit that also will take him…

Wellcome Sanger denies charge of misusing African DNA

Wellcome Sanger denies charge of misusing African DNA

The Wellcome Sanger Institute has responded to a British media report that it misused African DNA it acquired from the Stellenbosch University in South Africa, with the intent to sell it in a commercial application rather than use the DNA for research into African genetics and evolution. The allegations were…

Global Hunger Index finds C.A.R. at highest risk

The Central African Republic has, for the second year in a row, topped the list of nations whose people suffer from hunger – and did so with a Global Hunger Index (GHI) score that makes it the only country in the world where hunger is rated as extremely alarming. The…

DRC: Tshisekedi visits grieving families after plane, bodies found

President Felix Tshisekedi visited families of some of the victims of last week’s plane crash in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, after authorities confirmed Tuesday that they found the wreckage of the missing Antonov AN-72 in Sankuru province. Abraham Luakabuanga, a spokesman for the presidency, said the plane was found…

U.S. imposes sanctions on Turkey

The United States government has put its previously threatened economic sanctions on Turkey into force, targeting top Turkish government agencies and officials as tensions between the two nations in the Middle East continued to escalate. “The Turkish government’s actions are endangering innocent civilians and destabilizing the region, including undermining the…

Ebola workers attacked in area of new DR Congo cases

Ebola health workers were attacked again in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, after people in the Lolwa community blamed them for the death of a 3-year-old child who was under care with a different diagnosis. The military restored order Sunday after youths vandalized the medical facility, according to Radio Okapi,…

Saïed wins Tunisian presidential election

Independent candidate Kaïs Saïed has won Tunisia’s presidential vote, following a runoff election held Sunday to choose between Saïed and Nabil Karoui, a business leader released from prison last week just days before voters headed to the polls. Saïed received 72.7 percent of the votes, according to the ISIE, Tunisia’s…

Amid protests, UN condemns Burkina Faso mosque attack

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has strongly condemned Friday’s attack on a mosque in northern Burkina Faso, in a statement released over the weekend. Guterres expressed condolences to the families of the deceased and the nation, and promised the UN will continue to support efforts to bring peace and…

Global Fund sees $14 billion committed to HIV, malaria fight

Donors at the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference pledged US$14 billion for the next three years to continue the fight to end HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030. The conference hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France appealed to governments and individual donors to ensure the necessary funding to combat…

UberBOAT pilot program sets sail in Lagos

Global rideshare company Uber is testing out its boat-commute service in the Nigerian city of Lagos for the next two weeks, expanding a concept the company’s tried in Mumbai, Istanbul and elsewhere. The UberBOAT will run on weekdays from Ikorodu Ferry Terminal to the LASWA Boat Jetty near the Falomo…

Abiy says Nobel award is a ‘collective win for Ethiopians’

The Nobel Peace Prize 2019 was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday, in honor of what the Nobel committee described as “his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.” Abiy, the 43-year-old…