Fernando Espinoza, a US teacher, had disappeared in Libya. Now his mother is trying to bring him home

His voice was shaky, she said, almost unrecognizable from the confident commentary he would post to YouTube charting his foreign travels. “Towards the end, I guess as they were telling him that the call had to end, he started crying,” she said. His final words were, “I’m sorry, but I have to go. And Merry… Continue reading Fernando Espinoza, a US teacher, had disappeared in Libya. Now his mother is trying to bring him home

Solhan, Burkina Faso: How children were used in a 48-hour deadly rampage for gold

They were killed by children — some apparently as young as 12 — and men who had arrived on dozens of motorbikes and were egged on in their murderous spree by women who knew the village well, according to witnesses. The local militia had left. The army came to the rescue for a matter of… Continue reading Solhan, Burkina Faso: How children were used in a 48-hour deadly rampage for gold

Sudan protests: UN calls for investigation into allegations of rape

Sunday’s demonstration drew hundreds of thousands of people to the capital Khartoum to protest against a military coup on October 25 and a November 21 agreement signed to reinstate the Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Demonstrators converged on the presidential palace, where they attempted a sit-in before being dispersed after sundown. Officials from the Sudanese security… Continue reading Sudan protests: UN calls for investigation into allegations of rape

Ghana will fine airlines if they bring unvaccinated passengers to the country

The operator of Ghana‘s main international airport will fine airlines $3,500 for every passenger they fly in who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 or who tests positive for the coronavirus upon arrival, it said on December 13. The rule comes into effect on Tuesday at Kotoka International Airport in the capital Accra, Ghana Airports said.… Continue reading Ghana will fine airlines if they bring unvaccinated passengers to the country

How do Ghanaians feel about travel restrictions? Hear from public health expert

The operator of Ghana’s main international airport will fine airlines $3,500 for every passenger they fly in who is not vaccinated against Covid-19 or who tests positive for the coronavirus upon arrival, it said on December 13. CNN’s Zain Asher discusses with Justice Nonvignon, professor at the University of Ghana School of Public Health.

Ethiopian government rejects Tigrayan fighters’ ceasefire call, dashing hopes of an end to the conflict

The leader of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region had announced a withdrawal of rebel forces from neighboring areas in the country on Sunday, a move that raised hopes of a ceasefire after 13 months of war. But Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s spokesperson Billene Seyoum on Tuesday cast doubt on the motives of the Tigray People’s Liberation… Continue reading Ethiopian government rejects Tigrayan fighters’ ceasefire call, dashing hopes of an end to the conflict

After $1 billion investment, Google pledges to build a more ‘vibrant and dynamic’ digital ecosystem in Africa

During the pandemic in 2020, nearly 20 million more Africans subscribed to a mobile service than in the previous year, according to industry trade group Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), with 4G connections set to double over the next four years. Tech giants such as Google — which expects hundreds of millions more people… Continue reading After $1 billion investment, Google pledges to build a more ‘vibrant and dynamic’ digital ecosystem in Africa

Sudan gold mine collapse: At least 32 killed in gold mine collapse in Sudan

Khaled Al Dahwey, the director of the government-owned Sudanese Mineral Resources Company, told CNN on Tuesday there were 36 people at the gold mine when the accident took place Sunday. One person survived, he said. Authorities are still searching the 20-meter (66-foot) site for bodies, Al Dahwey said. Sudan is in the throes of a… Continue reading Sudan gold mine collapse: At least 32 killed in gold mine collapse in Sudan

A viral image of a Black fetus is highlighting the need for diversity in medical illustrations

The image, created by Nigerian medical student and illustrator Chidiebere Ibe, struck a chord with countless people on social media, many of whom said that they had never seen a Black fetus or a Black pregnant woman depicted before. It also brought attention to a larger issue at hand: A lack of diversity in medical… Continue reading A viral image of a Black fetus is highlighting the need for diversity in medical illustrations

2020 Lekki toll gate shooting: Nigerian judicial panel condemns shooting as ‘a massacre’

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at the Lagos Court of Arbitration had been charged with investigating last year’s notorious Lekki toll gate shooting in Lagos, when Nigerian security forces opened fire on young people protesting peacefully against alleged police brutality. Its bombshell report — which took more than a year to produce —… Continue reading 2020 Lekki toll gate shooting: Nigerian judicial panel condemns shooting as ‘a massacre’