Somali president suspends Prime Minister’s powers amid allegations of corruption

Somalia’s presidential office said in a statement Monday that Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble was accused “in an ongoing investigation on corruption and abuse of public land.” “The duty and powers of the Prime Minister remain suspended pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigations,” the statement added. While Farmajo accused Roble of looting public land… Continue reading Somali president suspends Prime Minister’s powers amid allegations of corruption

Desmond Tutu: As South Africa mourns the archbichop, so do LGBTQ groups, Palestinians and climate activists

As his country marks Tutu’s life and death, people around the world are doing the same, including many from groups he supported, from LGBTQ communities to Palestinians and climate justice advocates. While Tutu was best known for helping to end decades of institutionalized segregation and racism in South Africa, and for heading the truth and… Continue reading Desmond Tutu: As South Africa mourns the archbichop, so do LGBTQ groups, Palestinians and climate activists

Ethiopia to lose access to lucrative US trade program following CNN investigation

Ethiopia was found to be in violation of section 506a of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the statement added. The clause stipulates that eligible nations must not engage in “gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” The move comes after a CNN investigation earlier this year. President Joe Biden formally announced the decision… Continue reading Ethiopia to lose access to lucrative US trade program following CNN investigation

Arrival of Russian Wagner mercenaries in Mali condemned by European governments

The 16 governments, including France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany, said they were aware of “the involvement of the Russian Federation government in providing material support to the deployment of the Wagner group in Mali and call on Russia to revert to a responsible and constructive behavior in the region.” The Wagner group, a… Continue reading Arrival of Russian Wagner mercenaries in Mali condemned by European governments

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, anti-apartheid leader and voice of justice, dead at 90

In a statement confirming his death on Sunday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences to Tutu’s family and friends, calling him “a patriot without equal.”  ”A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression,… Continue reading Archbishop Desmond Tutu, anti-apartheid leader and voice of justice, dead at 90

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, anti-apartheid leader and voice of justice, dead at 90

In a statement confirming his death on Sunday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences to Tutu’s family and friends, calling him “a patriot without equal.”  ”A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression,… Continue reading Archbishop Desmond Tutu, anti-apartheid leader and voice of justice, dead at 90

50,000-year-old social network revealed in Africa

A decade-long study of more than 1,500 beads made from ostrich eggshells and found across Africa has revealed a 50,000-year-old social network, archaeologists say. The donut-shaped beads are among the earliest kinds of personal adornment found in the archaeological record — and some traditional, hunter-gatherer groups in southern Africa still make and use the beads… Continue reading 50,000-year-old social network revealed in Africa

South Africa has passed its Omicron outbreak peak, says top scientific researcher

The country has “surpassed the peak of the Omicron wave now, driven by the significant decline in the populous province and epicenter: Gauteng,” Ridhwaan Suliman, senior researcher at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), told CNN on Wednesday. This was echoed by one of the country’s top scientists, Michelle Groome of… Continue reading South Africa has passed its Omicron outbreak peak, says top scientific researcher

Madagascar boat accident: Death toll from boat accident rises to 83

Fifty people have been rescued and five are still missing, a spokesperson for the Maritime and River Port Agency (APMF) told CNN. The boat, which was carrying 138 people, sank late on Monday night, according to the APMF. The vessel, a cargo ship named “Francia,” was not authorized to transport people, the APMF spokesperson said.… Continue reading Madagascar boat accident: Death toll from boat accident rises to 83

Moncef Marzouki, former Tunisian president, sentenced to prison in absentia, state media reports

Marzouki — who lives in Paris — accused sitting Tunisian President Kais Saied of organizing a coup in July after Kais announced he was suspending the work of Parliament, firing the Prime Minister and suspending lawmakers’ parliamentary immunity amid a mounting political crisis. Saied has rejected accusations that his seizure of powers, suspension of Parliament… Continue reading Moncef Marzouki, former Tunisian president, sentenced to prison in absentia, state media reports