War-torn South Sudan launches youth rugby league for peace
Clutching the ball with both hands, Gloria Nene charges past opponents and proudly scores a try. The 11-year-old girl traded in Boro Boro, South Sudan's equivalent of dodgeball, for rugby a few months ago and already has decided she wants to go pro."It's good to play. If you're outside doing ...
Ethiopia charges 5 with terrorism over assassination attempt
Ethiopia's attorney general on Friday filed terrorism charges against five people accused of trying to "kill the prime minister" at a huge rally in the capital in June, barely two months after the reformist leader took office.The charges say the five acted on the premise that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ...
UN Report: Peace Impossible in CAR Without Justice for Victims
Human rights in CAR are threatened by public incitement to violence and media-sponsored hate speech by various factions
Angolan President, One Year In, Praised for Anti-Corruption Push
Joao Lourenco commended for taking on endemic culture of graft he inherited from predecessor, longtime president Jose Eduardo dos Santos
Italy, Tunisia vow to cooperate more over migrants
Tunisia and Italy agreed to step up efforts to send Tunisian migrants identified as illegally staying in Italy back to their country and improve both countries' cooperation.Tunisian Interior Minister Hichem Fourati, talks during a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart Matteo Salvini, in the Interior Ministry in Tunis, ...
South Sudanese Women Want Political Quota Respected
Women leaders call on president to give 35 percent of executive appointments to women, as agreed to in recently revitalized peace deal
Autopsy on dead Egyptian monk shows signs of poisoning
Egyptian security officials say an autopsy on a monk who had until recently belonged to a monastery where the abbot was killed showed clear signs of poisoning.Speaking on Thursday, they said the autopsy was performed late Wednesday, hours after the monk was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital at ...
In Nigeria, voodoo festival shows strength of traditions
Excitement grew in the crowd as the Zangbeto Voodoo festival reached a climax, with scores of colorful palm-frond figures representing the traditional guardian of the night.As men and women in white ceremonial clothing sang and danced to the sound of heavy drums, adherents doused a cone-shaped Zangbeto with kerosene. A ...
Somalia to Get First Direct World Bank Grants in Decades
Finance minister says central government is building trust after years of chaos and corruption
Update: Ghana president defends Chinese investment
The Latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local):10:15 a.m.Ghana's president is defending massive Chinese investment across Africa in the face of concerns about a possible "re-colonization of the African continent by a new power."President Nana Akufo-Addo says "it is obvious to us that the development trajectory we ...
Mandela’s ordinariness helped make him great, lawyers say
While Nelson Mandela is celebrated at the United Nations, two prominent South African lawyers say his greatness lay partly in his ordinary qualities and recognition of his own mistakes.Former judge Albie Sachs recalls how Mandela, as president after apartheid's 1994 end, pushed in vain for the new constitution to allow ...
Nigerian Wives, Mothers of Detainees Say Their Men Are Not Boko Haram
Women in Borno state are appealing to Nigerian government to free their husbands, sons who have been detained for years on suspicion of being members of violent militant group
UN Warns Rights Violations Threaten Credibility of DRC Elections
Three months before poll, UN reports 35 percent increase in democratic rights violations
Nearly 400,000 ‘excess deaths’ in South Sudan, report says
South Sudan's civil war has caused nearly 400,000 "excess deaths" since fighting erupted in late 2013, a new report funded by the U.S. State Department said Wednesday after years of uncertainty.The report by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine estimates that "violent injuries" caused about half of those ...
Cameroon lurches toward election amid separatist conflict
John Nlom has five children and wants to keep them alive. When machete-wielding men attacked a nearby school this month in a suspected strike against the teaching of French, wounded students were rushed to hospitals while frightened parents decided to flee.Nlom and his family piled onto one of the dozens ...
Nations Rally Around Action to Improve UN Peacekeeping
Conflicts have changed over time, and peacekeeping operations are working to meet those challenges, cut their high casualty rates and improve performance
At UN, Congo’s Kabila Vows ‘Peaceful, Credible’ Elections
Outgoing president's announcement calmed tensions that have seen dozens of anti-Kabila demonstrators killed by security forces since he refused to step down when his constitutional mandate expired in December 2016
Zambia’s Sovereignty Concerns Put China in Crosshairs
Heated rhetoric has put country's ties to China under scrutiny, as international players withhold assistance
Congolese Activists Convicted of Inciting Anti-Kabila Protests
The U.N. has repeatedly criticized Congolese authorities for suppressing freedom of speech and using violence against peaceful protesters
Police: More Than 1,200 Detained Over Deadly Ethiopia Violence
The violence, which included attacks on minorities in Ethiopia's ethnic Oromo heartland, was a blow to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's efforts at reconciliation