Africa

The Gambia seeks to rejoin Commonwealth

The Gambia is looking to rejoin the Commonwealth after a four-year absence. The new government made its official request shortly after a visit by Boris Johnson, the UK foreign secretary, to the West African nation in February.<p>The Gambia is looking to rejoin the Commonwealth after a four-year …

Gambia

Israeli fire kills three in Syria at pro-government military base: militia, monitor

An Israeli attack against a military base for the Syrian pro-government National Defence Forces in southern Syria killed three NDF members on Sunday, the NDF militia and a monitoring group said.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitoring group, said it remained unclear …

North Africa

How insults and a campaign over sanitary towels landed activist in jail

Stella Nyanzi’s attack on her government’s refusal to fund sanitary wear for girls led to a successful crowdfunding campaign, and prison<p>Stella Nyanzi, an academic and formidable campaigner, is languishing in a jail in Kampala for describing her president as “a pair of buttocks”. Uganda’s …

Anti-Mugabe election coalition takes shape in Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe's grip on power has faced little recent threat from Zimbabwe's splintered opposition, but efforts to forge a unified alliance …

Kenya

Target Somalia: The new scramble for Africa?

<b>I know some rather annoying crows in the Somali port town of Berbera. Every morning, as I eat my breakfast by the beach, they swoop down and steal my bread, my jam, even my butter.</b><p>Then they fly back up to their perches on a tall metal fence. They look like sentries, their black feathers gleaming, …

Somalia

ISIS Militant Killed, 10 Arrested in Lebanese Army Raid Near Syrian Border - ASHARQ AL

The Lebanese army intelligence on Saturday killed an ISIS leader and arrested ten terrorists after they came over the northeastern border from Syria, …

North Africa

Two Turks kidnapped in Nigeria freed: Police

Two Turkish construction workers abducted by gunmen earlier this month in oil-rich southern Nigeria have been freed, police said April 21

Nigeria

Journalist Detained Over Whatsapp Comment Granted Bail

A journalist arrested by the Kaduna State command of the Nigeria Police for an alleged offence not related to his reportorial duties has been granted …

Extremism

Islamic State attacks Iraq police base, 1 killed

Iraqi officials say Islamic State militants have attacked a police base in a town that is being used as a staging ground for the Mosul offensive, …

North Africa

Afghan survivors recount horror after Taliban attack at military base kills over 100 soldiers

<b>Mazar-I-Sharif (Afghanistan):</b> Survivors of a deadly Taliban assault on an Afghan military base described leaping from windows to escape gunmen …

Afghanistan

Can This Luxurious Nile Cruise Ship Revive Egypt’s Tourism Industry?

<b>Amid the uncertainty in postrevolution Egypt, the elegant Philae has risen from the dead—and is hoping to bring the mighty river’s tourism industry</b> …

Africa Travel

Novelist and conservationist Kuki Gallman shot in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan police official says novelist and conservationist Kuki Gallman has been shot and injured at her ranch after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought.<p>Ezekiel Chepkowny said Sunday that Gallman was patrolling the ranch when she was …

Kenya claims 52 Al-Shabaab fighters killed in Somalia

Kenyan troops killed 52 Al-Shabaab fighters in an attack on the militants’ camp in southern Somalia on Friday, a military spokesman said.<p>Colonel …

Al-Shabaab

Trump’s offensive to ‘wipe out’ al-Shabaab threatens more pain for Somalis

Efforts to avert a disaster caused by drought are at risk from renewed offensive<p>A new US-backed military offensive against Islamist militants in Somalia could undermine the massive international effort to help millions of people threatened by the worst drought there in more than 40 years, aid …

Al-Shabaab

Climate Change as Genocide

<i>Girls line up at a feeding center in Mogadishu, Somalia, which is in a severe drought. (Tobin Jones UN Photo / CC 2.0)</i><p>Not since World War II have …

Climate Change

The Greatest Treasure House on Earth. Visiting the Egyptian Museum, Cairo

We’ve taken our kids to the best and most famous museums in the world, London, New York, Washington DC and a hundred smaller storehouses of …

Africa Travel

World Bank to Grant Ivory Coast Budget Aid as Cocoa Price Slumps - Bloomberg

The World Bank will grant Ivory Coast $100 million to $125 million in budget support in the coming months as a sharp drop in cocoa prices hurts the …

Ivory Coast

Survey sheds light on who marched against Zuma and why

South Africa has long been described as the “protest capital of the world”. But the protests have largely been confined to townships and informal …

South Africa

Mosul Battle To Be Concluded Before May 15: Source

A military source has disclosed a new plan to liberate the city of Mosul before May 15, AlTaghier news website reported.<p>The source indicated …

North Africa

24 most beautiful homes in South Africa (Part 1)

So you adore the idea of a home that is comfortable, free from the woes of the working world and the noise of city traffic. Well, this homify feature …

Interior Design

Hillary Clinton makes surprise appearance at Tribeca Fest

The premiere of a virtual reality short by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was already a high-profile event at the Tribeca Film Festival on …

Hillary Clinton

Lebanon army kills wanted IS militant in raid

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's army says it has killed a Syrian Islamic militant fighter during a raid in the country's east.<p>The army says in a statement Saturday the militant was killed during a raid to arrest infiltrators from neighboring Syria. The army says the killed militant, Hassan al-Malees, was …

North Africa

Funeral held for Russian marine major killed in Syria

The funeral has taken place in Crimea for a Russian marine major reportedly killed in combat in Syria.<p>The circumstances surrounding the death of Major Sergei Bordov remain unclear but he is said to have been killed on Tuesday amid shelling.<p>Russia is supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar …

Syria

Watch as Ship Security Guards Have an Intense Gunfight With Somali Pirates

A BBC profile of Somalia says that country, after decades of pure chaos, has been "inching toward stability." It looks like no one has told the …

East Africa

Why is the illicit rhino horn trade escalating?

Rhino horn trade continues to be a highly lucrative business across the world.<p>In South Africa, domestic trade of rhinoceros horn, forbidden since …

Conservation

Darfur and Beyond

A lot has been said about the need to take action to stop and prevent mass atrocities. But less has been done.<p>States continue to engage in mass …

Darfur

Trump: The Hunger President

There are now 1.4 million children at risk of dying from famine.<p>“One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”<p>The quote comes from Stalin. The policy comes from Donald Trump.<p>Trump famously changed his policy on Syria after seeing photographs of a couple Syrian children killed by a …

Foreign Policy

UAE telethon to help Somalian children facing starvation raises Dh165 million

ABU DHABI // A charity telethon for tens of thousands of Somalian children facing starvation raised Dh165 million within hours on Friday.There was an …

United Arab Emirates

Photo Essay: The Homeless Children on the Streets of Kitale Kenya

http://ift.tt/2pQkopA<p>Photo Essay: The Homeless Children on the Streets of Kitale, Kenya<p>http://ift.tt/2pPUDpf<p>It’s five o’clock in the morning, and a …

Photography

My thoughts on the state of South African publishing industry, if not the world's. - IDEAS ON

Very quickly, please have a listen to this brilliant episode on a South African radio show this morning (Radio Today – 18/04/2017). It was an …

South Africa