Africa

Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns

Malawi’s albinos are at risk of “total extinction” amid escalating attacks against them for their body parts, the United Nations warned. Albinism is a genetic condition that leads to little or no pigment in the eyes, skin and hair. The southern African nation has about 10,000 albinos, according to the U.N… Source: Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns – CNN.com Read More »

Elephant summit: Kenya sets fire to huge ivory stockpile

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sets fire to a huge stockpile of ivory in an effort to show his country’s commitment to saving Africa’s elephants, but the move has its critics. More than 100 tonnes of ivory was stacked up in pyres in Nairobi National Park where it is expected to burn for several days… Source: Elephant summit: Kenya sets fire to huge ivory stockpile – BBC News Read More »

South Africa: Opposition leader warns president to step down

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Fiery South African opposition politician Julius Malema told 40,000 cheering supporters that President Jacob Zuma should step down before the army turns on him because of the corruption allegations against him… Source: South Africa: Opposition leader warns president to step down – Washington Times Read More »

The war on elephants

How the very existence of Africa’s elephants is threatened by poachers, traffickers and Asia’s appetite for ivory. WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Bloated and eerily upright the large adult elephant was still standing where it had been killed – just next to the stream – its face hacked off… Source: BBC News – The war on elephants Read More »

Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has unveiled a statue of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The unveiling ceremony on April 27 was attended by Palestinian government ministers, diplomats, the leaders of various Palestinian factions and hundreds of Palestinian citizens… Source: Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah – MIDEAST Read More »

Labour says ‘fight will go on’ after Tories vote down child refugee plan

Government defeats immigration bill amendment that would have let 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian minors enter UK. The shadow immigration minister, Keir Starmer, has promised that “the fight will go on” to force the UK to do more to help some of the thousands of… Source: Labour says ‘fight will go on’ after Tories vote down child refugee plan | World news | The Guardian Read More »

British ground troops could go to Libya, says Philip Hammond

Foreign secretary says he cannot rule any action out, but the question of military force would be put to MPs. British ground combat troops could go to Libya in the future, the foreign secretary has said… Source: British ground troops could go to Libya, says Philip Hammond | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Political corruption and clashing egos push South Africa to the abyss

As if enough damage has not already been inflicted on South Africa by its current leadership, another week brought more blows to a battered country. On April 21 President Jacob Zuma presented the findings of a Commission of Inquiry that… Source: Political corruption and clashing egos push South Africa to the abyss. | America Magazine Read More »

Amnesty urges Nigeria to ‘come clean’ over Shiite killings

Amnesty International says satellite footage and witness accounts offer damning new evidence that Nigeria s military killed hundreds of minority Shiite Muslims late last year. The Dec. 12-14 massacre in the northern town of Zaria is currently the subject of a government inquiry… Source: Amnesty urges Nigeria to ‘come clean’ over Shiite killings – AFRICA Read More »

Europe migrant crisis: Up to 500 asylum seekers may have drowned in latest tragedy, UNHCR says

Up to 500 asylum seekers might have drowned in the Mediterranean last week, the UN refugee agency says. If confirmed, it would be the worst such tragedy in 12 months and bring the total number of drownings in the southern… Source: Europe migrant crisis: Up to 500 asylum seekers may have drowned in latest tragedy, UNHCR says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

New to the Parish: ‘I can’t work and I can’t go to a proper university’

A young Zimbabwean living in direct provision in Cork has had to turn down good opportunities because of his status. Bernard Kudakwashe Matanire slept through his alarm on the morning of his visit to Áras an Uachtaráin. He was so late for the bus to Dublin he didn’t have… Source: New to the Parish: ‘I can’t work and I can’t go to a proper university’ Read More »

Malawi empowers children to fight sexual abuse

Rape is Malawi’s most reported crime. Ujamaa initiative is helping schoolkids defend themselves against perpetrators. Chimoya, Malawi –  Small fists fly towards throats, knees jerk from under pinafore dress hems up to groin level and two-pronged fingers shoot for the… Source: Malawi empowers children to fight sexual abuse – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Saudi Arabia looks for anchor as it inches toward defeat in Yemen

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman’s recent visit to Egypt, although aimed at cultivating Turkey and Egypt into a strategic alliance, has taken place at a time when things look really bad for it in Yemen. Never has the need for actualizing the paper-army, the coalition of 39 countries, been felt as badly as today. On the one hand, the… Source: Saudi Arabia looks for anchor as it inches toward defeat in Yemen – Asia Times Read More »

Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (III): West Africa

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has a formidable record in its efforts to promote peace in a particularly turbulent region. Still, reform is essential to give the organisation new impetus, and is ever more urgent as insecurity worsens throughout the Sahel and Lake Chad regions… Source: Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (III): West Africa – International Crisis Group Read More »

How Boko Haram is turning girls into weapons

Minawao refugee camp, Cameroon (CNN)The question was always the same, she says. So, too, was the answer. “They came to us to pick us,” Fati recalls. “They would ask, ‘Who wants to be a suicide bomber?’ The girls would shout, ‘me, me, me.’ They were fighting to do the… Source: How Boko Haram is turning girls into weapons – CNN.com Read More »

Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court

Bribing a Nigerian official was just “a cost of doing business”, the former financial director for Australian Reserve Bank subsidiary Securency has told a London court.. “At the time there was disappointment, but I agreed to proceed with it,” said David Ellery, who was Securency’s financial controller and company secretary until 2010… Source: Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court Read More »