By Global Information Network (2019-06-13). TROUBLE BREWING IN LIBERIA FOR PRESIDENT WEAH. blackstarnews.com June 10, 2019 (GIN) — Liberian President George Weah is having a few bad days. And more may be on their way. | A citizen action group — the Council of Patriots (COP) — has a long list of demands covering governance, human rights and the rule of law, national peace and reconciliation, integrity and accountability, among others. | The group has called on President Weah to part ways with some of his close lieutenants they believe are not up to the task and may cause him more harm politically. | Thousands of Liberians turned out on June 7 to protest corruption and economic decline that many blame on...

plenglish (2019-06-13). SA Presidency Confirms Receipt of Subpoena from Public Protector. plenglish.com dePretoria, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was informed of an investigation into his alleged violations of the Executive"s Code of Ethics and requested an extension to answer the Public Protectorate"s questions.

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-13). Saudi Arabia/UAE: Join Landmine Ban Treaty. hrw.org | | A sign warning "only the road has been checked," in the village of Ruwais, Mokha district. | © 2018 Private | (Washington, DC) — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should go beyond supporting mine clearance efforts in Yemen and renounce all use of these indiscriminate weapons by joining the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, Human Rights Watch said today ahead of a June 13,...

By Global Information Network (2019-06-13). GHANA'S PRESIDENT STUNS WOMEN WITH DEMEANING REMARKS AT CANADA CONFAB. blackstarnews.com June 10, 2019 (GIN) — In this day and age of "Me Too" shaking up outdated gender relationships around the world, it was somewhat unsettling to hear Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo demean his country's working women as insufficiently activist and dynamic enough to obtain better leadership jobs. | Did he really say this at the recent Women Deliver Conference at Vancouver attended by gender activists from around the world? Really? | The President was taking issue with 52 percent of Ghana's population, the percentage of the nation comprised of women, whom he called insufficiently active to change the politica...

By Global Information Network (2019-06-13). REPRESSION FAILS TO QUELL OPPOSITION TO CAMEROON REGIME. blackstarnews.com June 10, 2019 (GIN) — Facing a growing pro-democracy movement, Cameroon is resorting to an old formula — namely unleashing government power in the form of threats, arrests and excessive force. | This week, hundreds of supporters of Maurice Kamto, leader of the opposition Cameroon Resistance Movement, filled the streets, demanding his release from detention but were detained themselves by security forces. | According to his lawyer, Kamto could be charged with: insurrection, hostility against the homeland, criminal association, threats to public order, rebellion, group rebellion, and inciting insurrecti...

amnesty (2019-06-13). "I know things can change" amnesty.org By Vongai Chikwanda Campaigner in Amnesty International's Southern Africa office. | I first visited Malawi in February 2016, when Amnesty International was conducting research on the attacks and killings of people with albinism that had been reported in the country. Our research mission also sought to investigate the widespread discrimination against this vulnerable group in Malawi. | | While we were there, we received news that a nine-year...

By Global Information Network (2019-06-13). ARAB AUTOCRATS FUNDING VIOLENT CRACKDOWN IN SUDAN. blackstarnews.com June 3, 2019 (GIN) — The hopeful path to peace in Sudan evaporated almost overnight as members of Sudan's military junta suddenly cocked their rifles and aimed them at a sit-down demonstration by hundreds of civilians. | Over 30 Sudanese peaceful protestors preparing for the Muslim ritual Eid al Fitr — Festival of Breaking the Fast — lost their lives in an instant. Audio from civilian radios posted online captured the sounds of crying, shouting, and nonstop gunfire. | The question on everyone's lips has been: What changed? What unleashed this deadly assault on quietly seated pro-democracy demons...

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Israel Carries Out First Strikes in Gaza This Month. telesurenglish.net The Israeli Air Force carried out their first airstrikes over the Gaza Strip this month, claiming they were targeting a Hamas post. | RELATED: | Palestine Urges Egypt, Jordan To Boycott US-Led Bahrain Talks | According to an Israeli military statement, their air force was launching a retaliatory attack in response to a rocket allegedly fired by Hamas on Wednesday.In a statement, the Israeli military said fighter planes attacked "underground infrastructure" in a compound belonging...

aljazeera (2019-06-13). Mali declares 3 days of national mourning for massacre victims. aljazeera.com Government sacks governor and deploys troops in the wake of Sobane Da village massacre amid reports of more attacks.

aljazeera (2019-06-13). Uganda bans public gatherings in Kasese district amid Ebola fears. aljazeera.com Move comes as health officials declare second Ebola fatality in Uganda just days after the virus spread from DR Congo.

By Global Information Network (2019-06-13). KENYA 'HANGING AT THE EDGE OF A DEBT TRAP'. blackstarnews.com June 3, 2019 (GIN) — Lending institutions fear that Kenya's foot may be stuck on the debt pedal with the latest loan in the amount of $750 million from the World Bank to be paid over 30 years. | A number of experts and players in the financial sector do not think all is well.
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| The Central Bank, which is the government's banker, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) all say Kenya's debt position is getting to dangerous levels and the country must enga...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-13). Mauritania: Allow Ex-Guantanamo Detainee to Travel. hrw.org (Tunis) — Mauritanian authorities should issue a passport without delay to a former Guantanamo Bay detainee or explain the legal grounds for denying his right to travel, Human Rights Watch said today. | | | Mohamedou Ould Slahi | © 2019 Human Rights Watch | The United States released Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the author of a renowned prison memoir, after he was detained for more than 14 years in Jordan, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo, and returned him to his...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-12). Burundi: Rampant Abuses Against Opposition. hrw.org | | A National Congress for Freedom (CNL) party building in Bubanza province, Burundi, June 8, 2019. The CNL has been able to organize some rallies and meetings since February, but members of the ruling party's youth league, known as the Imbonerakure, have led a concerted campaign of arrests and abuses against its members. | © 2019 Private | (Nairobi) — Burundian authorities and ruling party youths have carried out dozens of beatings, arbitrary arrests, disappearan...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-12). Uganda: Two new Ebola cases rise fears of further spread. cgtn.com Mwamini Kahindo, an Ebola survivor working as a caregiver to babies who are confirmed Ebola cases, holds an infant outside the red zone at the Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 25, 2019.REUTERS/Baz Ratner /File Photo | Uganda announced two more cases of Ebola on Wednesday, confirming the first spread of a deadly outbreak beyond the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo. | This comes following the death late Tuesday of a 5-year-old boy who had contracted Ebola. | The two new confirmed cases include the 50-year-old grandmother and 3-year-old brother of the deceased, accord...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-12). Sudan: End Network Shutdown Immediately. hrw.org | | Sudanese celebrate after officials said the military had forced longtime autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down after 30 years in power in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, April 11, 2019. | © 2019 AP Images | (Nairobi) — Sudan's ongoing internet shutdown is a gross violation of human rights and should be lifted immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. Disruptions to access escalated over the past week and the country is now almost entirely cut off from the...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-12). Nigeria elects new parliament speaker. cgtn.com Congressman Femi Gbajabiamila of Nigeria's governing All Progressives Congress (APC) party on Tuesday emerged as the country's new Speaker of the House of Representatives when the 9th National Assembly was inaugurated in the capital Abuja. | Congressman Femi Gbajabiamila (Getty Images) | Gbajabiamila, 56, representing the southwestern state of Lagos, was the favored candidate of the Nigerian ruling party for the House leadership. | The former majority leader of the 8th National Assembly, which was dissolved Thursday, emerged through an election to lead the lower chamber of the Nigerian bi-cameral legislature. | T...

amnesty (2019-06-13). Mozambique: Refugees, asylum seekers held arbitrarily. amnesty.org Fifteen refugees and asylum seekers (14 men, one woman) from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and one male refugee from Ethiopia are currently held at the Third Police Station in Pemba city, Cabo Delgado Province in Mozambique. They have been held since 17 January and are not being given necessary medical care and adequate food.

Sam Husseini (2019-06-12). Euphemisms All the Way Down. fair.org The report ( 5/30/19) was by Ally Schweitzer, "WAMU's business and development reporter." | A recent segment on WAMU, one of the NPR affiliates in Washington, DC, focused on efforts to change the name of the largely African-American neighborhoods "East of the River" to "East End." | The station reported: Residents insist the name change only encourages gentrification, and the term "Eas...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-12). Mohamed Salah links up with Egypt squad ahead of AFCON 2019. cgtn.com Egyptian football star Mohamed Salah has finally joined The Pharaos for training ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. | The Liverpool FC forward was given a longer rest period after his side's exploits in the just ended season, which saw them lift a sixth Champions League title. | The 26-year-old joined the Egyptian team on Wednesday, one week after the team begun ioyts pre-AFCON preparations. | The Pharaohs are scheduled to play two friendly games before their AFCON campaign begins. | Salah will however not participate in the first friendly match against Tanzania on Thursday, though he is expected to get...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-12). Gaza: Unlawful Attacks in May Fighting. hrw.org | | The sign for a gift shop recently converted into a center for people with disabilities on the ground floor of a commercial building in south Gaza. On May 5, 2019, Israeli airstrikes killed three civilians in the building. | © 2019 Khaled Al-'Azayezeh, B'Tselem | (Jerusalem) — Fighting between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza in early May 2019 involved unla...

Labor Video Project (2019-06-12). Palestinian Solidarity & SA BDS Director Desai With Professor Sang He. indybay.org SJSU professor Sang Hea Kil is interviewed by WorkWeek about her trip to the Teaching Palestine conference in Capetown, South Africa. The conference looked at the role of Israel and the Zionist apartheid state. While attending the conference, she and two other participants were sexually harassed by the South African BDS director Muhammed Desai and the organization sought to cover-up this incident.

aljazeera (2019-06-12). 20 years of democracy: Has Nigeria changed for the better?>. aljazeera.com Two decades after the West African country's army handed power to a civilian leader, many question if life has improved.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-12). Kenya's Strathmore University beats Harvard in WTO competition. cgtn.com A team of three students from Strathmore University defeated Harvard Law School in the final of a global law school competition held in Geneva, Switzerland. | Strathmore University trio beats Harvard in global law school competition. | Mishael Wambua, Kandalla Maleehah, and Catherine Penda became the first African team to win the John H. Jackson Moot Court on World Trade Organization (WTO) Law Competition. | They also beat teams from Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Lesotho, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Uganda to represent African at the competition's seventeenth edition. | During the competition, part...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-12). Five-year-old boy dies of Ebola in Uganda. cgtn.com A five-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Uganda, a health official said on Wednesday, in the first case of the disease crossing the border from the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. | The boy died overnight, the official told Reuters, after entering Uganda from Congo with his family. His mother had returned to Congo to nurse her father, who died of the disease, the health minister said on Tuesday. | Uganda's health ministry and the WHO sent a team to the western town of Kasese to trace likely cases and vaccinate those who might have come into contact with the family, the statement continued...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-12). China Southern Airlines launches Nairobi-Changsha flights. cgtn.com China Southern Airlines on Wednesday launched a direct flight between the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and the Changsha, the capital city of China's Hunan province. | The carrier will make two weekly non-stop flight between the two cities, a move that will boost tourism and business ties between Kenya and China. | The new route means China Southern Airlines will now operate four weekly flights, the other two being non-stop flight between Nairobi and Guangzhou. | "We now have four weekly non-stop flights between China and Kenya and this will help to boost business and tourism links among the two countries," Judith...

plenglish (2019-06-12). Venezuela Strengthens Exchange Mechanisms with West Africa. plenglish.com 12 de junio de 2019, 10: 14Caracas, June 12 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government is strengthening its exchange mechanisms with West Africa with the tour of Aristobulo Isturiz, Venezuelan Vice President for Social and Territorial Development.

MAIL (2019-06-12). Headlines for June 12, 2019. democracynow.org Police Crack Down on Second Wave of Hong Kong Mass Protests, Trial Against Humanitarian Activist Scott Warren Ends in Hung Jury, House Votes to Sue Trump Admin over AG Barr and Don McGahn Subpoenas, DOJ Advises Trump to Block Possible Contempt Motions Against Wilbur Ross and Barr over 2020 Census, Donald Trump Jr. Testifies Before Senate, Mass Arrests in Russia After Protests over Detention of Journalist, Reports of Injuries After Houthi Missile Hits Saudi Airport, Sudanese Protesters and Military Gov't to Resume Talks After Bloody Crackdown, Botswana Decriminalizes Homosexuality, DHS Secretary Testifies to Congr...

Kerron ˆì Luain (2019-06-12). The Irish Language and Marxist Materialism. counterpunch.org "The night of the sword and bullet was followed by the morning of the chalk and the blackboard. The physical violence of the battlefield was followed by the psychological violence of the classroom. But where the former was visibly brutal, the latter was visibly gentle" The above, written by renowned Kenyan thinker Ng≈©gƒ© wa Thiong'o, More

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Arreaza Slams Bolton as "Man Stuck in the Anachronic Cold War'. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza took to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton's recent comments about the Bolivarian Republic, Cuba, and Nicaragua. | RELATED: | 38 Accused of Assassination Attempt on President Maduro | "We reject @AmbJohnBoltons absurd, false, malicious & perverse statements today on Venezuela. It's no surprise that he has failed in every step he's taken. He completely ignores the country's reality. A man stuck in the an...

aljazeera (2019-06-12). Nigeria democracy: Anger over slow progress of reforms. aljazeera.com People are unhappy with failures to reform the electoral process, violence, electricity shortages and unemployment.

The Canary (2019-06-12). UN calls for investigation into Sudan's slide into 'human rights abyss'. thecanary.co UN experts are concerned that Sudan is sliding into a "human rights abyss" in the aftermath of the Sudanese authorities' deadly break-up of the main protest sit-in in the capital, Khartoum. Military forces reportedly killed at least 100 people. | The experts, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, called on Wednesday for an independent investigatio...

Joe Piette (2019-06-12). Ramona Africa honored. workers.org Ramona Africa & Eleanor Johnson Friends, family and political activists held a "Birthday Celebration of Life" for Ramona Africa in Philadelphia on June 8. Africa is the only adult survivor of the horrendous May 13, 1985, bombing of the communal MOVE home by city officials. The bomb killed six adults . . . | Continue reading Ramona Africa honored at Workers.org

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-12). At least 525 people infected with cholera in Ethiopia. cgtn.com At least 525 Ethiopians have been diagnosed with cholera over the past few days, health officials said as the country embarked on an anti-cholera campaign. | The Deputy Director of the Ethiopia Public Health Institute, Beyene Moges, said Ethiopia had detected the cholera cases in Oromia, Amhara, Tigray, as well as the capital Addis Ababa. | Moges said the largest case of cholera patients was detected in Ethiopia's central Oromia regional state where 236 people were diagnosed with the disease out of which two people died subsequently. | Moges said the country's northern Amhara regional state had recorded 198 ch...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-12). Envoy: Sudan transition talks to resume. cgtn.com Special envoy Mahmoud Dirir says Sudan's military and opposition groups have agreed to resume talks on the formation of a transitional council. The announcement comes as opposition members made the decision to suspend the campaign of civil disobedience and strikes. | Sudanese protesters gesture and chant slogans at a barricade along a street, demanding that the country's Transitional Military Council hand over power to civilians, in Khartoum, Sudan June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer | The latest developments are the first positive steps since talks between the two sides collapsed following the violent breakup of a pr...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-12). European Investment Bank launches effort to help Kenya's smallholders. cgtn.com European Investment Bank (EIB) on Wednesday launched a 5.7 billion shillings (57 million U.S. dollars) program to help boost economic opportunities for thousands of smallholders across Kenya. | Catherine Collin, European Investment Bank regional representative for East Africa said the Kenya Agriculture Value Chain Facility will seek to transform long-term investments in agriculture in Africa. | "Working with Equity Bank across country, the new Kenya Agriculture Value Chain Facility will help agriculture companies to modernize and harness the full economic, employment and export potential of agriculture as well...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-12). 427 people have died in 2019 trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe — UNHCR. cgtn.com The United Nations refugee agency says that the number of people that have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe has hit 427 so far since the turn of the year. | UNHCR released the figures on Wednesday following the latest sea incident that saw seven people drown on Tuesday following a shipwreck off the Greek island of Lesvos. | According to the UN migration agency, IOM, 41 people have died so far trying cross to the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route linking Africa and the Middle East to Europe, which is one of the busiest routes for migrants. | Tuesday incident saw 57 people rescue...

John Muto-Ono p'Lajur (2019-06-12). UGANDA: GOVERNMENT SHOOTING ITS OWN FOOT ON APAA LAND GRABBING SCHEME. blackstarnews.com A journalist, Mr.Emma Okano, conducting interview in Apaa.
| "Apaa is the only village in Uganda where you need a visa to access the area and to talk to its people. What kind of injustice is this?"
| AMURU-UGANDA: On Friday May 24 2019, a group of fifteen independent media personalities under their umbrella organization, The Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) traveled to the contested village of Apaa, about eighty kilometers west of Gulu City to conduct independent investigations on the plight of residents living there.
| There have been reports of deaths, arsons and displacements of people living in A...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-11). Kenya receives over 11,000 tons of rice from China for drought relief. cgtn.com Kenya has received 11,835 tons of rice from China as part of efforts to assist the country's drought relief efforts. Chinese ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng on Monday said the first batch has already been distributed and is currently benefiting the drought-affected people. | "The shipment for the second batch of 1,500 tonnes will start by the end of this month," the envoy said. | He was speaking during the handover ceremony of the China-aided project of emergency humanitarian rice donation to Kenya during the 2017 drought. | Kenya has been ravaged by low food production over the past two years after rains failed to r...

United Nations (2019-06-11). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Disability inclusion, minimum wage, and LGBTI rights in Botswana. un.org This Tuesday, we cover: a new strategy for disability inclusion; continued talks on social justice at the international labour conference; an update on Yemen; a historic Security Council resolution on missing persons in conflict; and same-sex rights in Botswana.

aljazeera (2019-06-12). Mali PM says massacre victims include 24 children. aljazeera.com Deceased were mostly shot in the back, Boubou Cisse says, as he visits site of massacre that killed almost 100 people.

WSWS (2019-06-12). At least 95 killed in massacre at Sobane Kou village in Mali. wsws.org This is the latest in a series of massacres amid growing ethnic conflicts in Mali provoked by the French and German occupation of the country.

United Nations (2019-06-12). Mali peace process in a 'critical phase', says head of UN Mission. un.org Addressing the Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, the head of the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, said that amid ongoing violence, including scores of civilian deaths and deadly attacks on UN peacekeepers, a critical phase of the peace process had now been reached.

United Nations (2019-06-12). Wednesday's Daily Brief: mental health, conflict prevention, Ebola in Uganda, Sudan protests, child labour. un.org This Wednesday's top stories are: one-in-five conflict-affected people suffer from a mental illness; the Security Council holds a special session on conflict prevention; 5-year-old Congolese boy is first to die from Ebola in Uganda; Sudanese protestors' rights baffled; the decline of foreign investment; and tackling child labour.

United Nations (2019-06-11). Sudan: 'Violence must stop', says UNICEF chief, 'gravely concerned' over 19 child deaths since military backlash. un.org At least 19 children have reportedly been killed in Sudan and another 49 injured since a military backlash against protesters began earlier this month, prompting the head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to express her grave concern "at the impact of the continuing violence and unrest in the country on children and young people".

aljazeera (2019-06-12). Ebola kills child in Uganda as two new cases confirmed. aljazeera.com Total of three cases in Uganda as world health officials consider meeting to discuss global emergency warning.

aljazeera (2019-06-12). Ebola in Uganda: 5-year-old boy dies of virus. aljazeera.com The government is launching an emergency vaccination campaign, to immunise doctors and health workers on the front line.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-11). Kenya closes part of its border with Somalia. cgtn.com The Kenyan government says it closed part of its border with Somalia. | Kenya says the decision was reached as security operations against Al Shabaab militants in the area intensified. The country is also trying to crack down on human trafficking as well as the trafficking of contraband goods and drugs. | The closing affects the area of the border in Lamu county. Residents living in border villages have been prohibited from any cross-border trade. | This comes barely a week after fishing activities off the coast near the Somalia border were outlawed. | The county officer says they are taking action by deployin...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-11). Bharti Airtel to pay $26 million to Tanzania to settle dispute. cgtn.com India's Bharti Airtel has agreed to pay 60 billion shillings ($26 million) over five years and cancel debt to resolve a dispute over ownership of its Airtel Tanzania unit, the Tanzanian government said on Monday. | Tanzania's minister for foreign affairs and east Africa cooperation, Palamagamba Kabudi, announced the deal at a ceremony to receive a three-month batch of monthly payments worth 1 billion shillings each due from April this year. | Bharti Airtel also canceled $407 million of debt owed to it by Airtel Tanzania as part of the settlement, Kabudi said. | In 2017, the Indian company was drawn into a disput...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-11). Morocco starts compulsory military service since 2006. cgtn.com Morocco's compulsory military service for young men and women starts this year for the first time since 2006, the Moroccan Interior Ministry announced on Monday. | A total of 133,820 Moroccans filled the compulsory military service census forms, including 13,614 young women, at a percent of 10.17, who did it voluntarily, the ministry said. | According to the state budget for 2019, a total of 40,000 female and male citizens aged between 19-25 will do military service for 12 months. | The voluntary military service census took place from April 9 to June 7, 2019. | Regional committees will hold meetings since nex...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-11). Nigeria to publish results of corruption survey. cgtn.com The Nigerian government said Monday it will publish the findings of its ongoing survey on corruption in September. | The survey is the second National Household Survey on Quality and Integrity of Public Services in Nigeria this year. | It is designed to collect evidence-based information on forms of corruption, how corruption affects the daily life of Nigerian citizens as well as the type and frequency of corruption in the country. | The director said field workers had been deployed and the survey would be completed by the end of June. | "This survey is a large one. We have since moved away from analog to elec...

aljazeera (2019-06-11). Botswana's High Court rejects laws criminalising homosexuality. aljazeera.com Judges declare 1965 laws punishing same-sex relations with up to seven years in prison should be scrapped.

aljazeera (2019-06-11). Mali attack: At least 95 killed in ethnic Dogon village. aljazeera.com At least 95 people killed and 19 missing after an overnight attack on an ethnic Dogon village, according to officials.

Staff (2019-06-11). Facial Recognition Data Collected by US Customs Agency Hacked. truthout.org One of the key fears that critics of mass surveillance and the proliferation of facial recognition technology have warned about has been realized with new reporting Monday that a "malicious cyber attack" has resulted in photos of airport passengers and other personal data harvested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol being stolen by unknown a...

Christine Maema (2019-06-11). UN chief condemns Mali attack that left 95 dead. cgtn.com A traditional Dogon village in central Mali. (file 2013, UN Photo) | UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack in central Mali that killed at least 95 civilians, his spokesman said. | According to a statement released by his spokesman,Stephane Dujarric, the Secretary-General said he was "outraged by reports that at least 95 civilians, including women and children", following the assault on Sobanou-Kou village in the Mopti region of central Mali. | He also "strongly" condemned the attack and called on the Malian authorities "to investigate this tragedy". | He urged the Government and all actors to...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-11). Notre Dame Cathedral to hold first mass since fire tragedy. cgtn.com Notre Dame Cathedral was razed by the fire on 15 April, destroying the 850-year-old building's roof and caused its spire to collapse. | Notre Dame Cathedral in the French capital, Paris, is set to hold its first mass this weekend since a fire ravaged it's roof and walls two months ago. | The city's diocese confirmed the plan on Tuesday, saying the mass will be held on a small scale late on Sunday. | It will take place in a "side chapel with a restricted number of people, for obvious security reasons," it said. | Only 20 people are expected to take part in the mass, including priests and canons from the cathedral...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-11). Ahmed Lawan elected new president of Nigerian Senate. cgtn.com Ahmed Lawan, the Senator representing Yobe North constituency, has been elected the new president of the Nigerian Senate. | Lawan beat Senator Ali Ndume of Borno South in the secret ballot vote that was conducted before the swearing in of 107 senators in the upper legislative chamber. | Both Lawan and Ndume are affiliated to the ruling All Progressive Party (APC), but Ndume went against party orders to step down for Lawan, and was himself endorsed by the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP). | All 107 senators participated in the Tuesday vote. | Lawan emerged victorious after garnering 79 votes, and was...

teleSUR (2019-06-11). Nearly 100 People Massacred in Central Mali, 19 missing. telesurenglish.net Nearly 100 people were killed in Mali last night when a unknown group carried out a ruthless attack on a villages inside the central region of this African nation. | RELATED: | UN Security Council Debates Military Group to Address Violence in West Africa | Local officials told the AFP News Agency that "armed men, suspected to be terrorists, launched a murderous attack on this peaceful village." | The government, giving a provisional toll, said 95 people had bee...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-11). Injured Naby Keita confident of playing for Guinea at 2019 AFCON. cgtn.com Guinea's Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has declared he will be ready for his national side's Africa Cup of Nations duty in Egypt later this month. | The 24-nyear-old has been recovering from injury he sustained last month while on duty for the Merseyside club in the Champions League. | "Upon my arrival here, I am going to train with the team to see what's next. I like to assure the fans, my teammates and the coach that I should be ready for Guinea's first match<" keita said after linking up with his teammates. | "I am 100% motivated." | Guinea is pooled in Group B alongside Nigeria, Madagascar and Burundi.

John Shafthauer (2019-06-11). BBC plans to spend the over-75 licence fee on more 'young fee-payer-losing content'. thecanary.co The BBC has found itself in something of a steep decline. With more and more good TV being made (and less and less of it on the Beeb), many people are cancelling their licence fees. This means the BBC is forced to go after the people who are least likely to have a Netflix account — the over-75s. | Ageism: | The BBC has previously been accused of ageism. Against the young. Largely because it creates programmes that: | Don't really appeal to young people. | Actively normalise and protect a model of society that makes young people's lives worse. | By going after the elderly — many of whom have it...

teleSUR (2019-06-11). UAE Recruited Businessman To Spy on Trump Admin. telesurenglish.net The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recruited a businessman to spy on their ally the United States President Donald Trump and the White House according to a report by The Intercept. | RELATED: | Saudi, UAE Crown Princes Meet with Sudan's Military Council in Effort to Cement Influence | Rashid Malik, an Emirati businessman was paid tens...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-11). Rwandan President Paul Kagame meets Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. cgtn.com Rwanda's President Paul Kagame arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday for an official two day visit, which he begun by gracing an anti-corruption conference alongside President Muhammadu Buhari. | The Rwandan leader called for a new approach in the fight against graft, urging for more participation from the public in the process. | "Corruption needs to be tackled from the top down. This is not only the fairest approach, it is also the most effective, because it empowers the public to join the fight and hold leaders accountable, through elections and other means," Kagame said in his speech at the National Democracy Day...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-11). Senegal: Unchecked Abuses in Quranic Schools. hrw.org | | Two talibŽ children approach cars to beg in the streets of Dakar, Senegal, as viewed from a car mirror, June 21, 2018. | © 2018 Lauren Seibert/Human Rights Watch | Severe abuse, exploitation, and neglect of children known as talibŽs continue at alarming rates in many of Senegal's Quranic schools, Human Rights Watch and the Platform for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (PPDH), a Senegalese coalition of rights groups, said in a report released today. | The...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-11). UN: Halt Handover to Abusive Forces in Sudan. hrw.org | | United Nations Mission in Darfur peacekeepers stand guard in Shagra village, North Darfur, October 18, 2012. | © 2012 Reuters | (New York) — The United Nations Security Council should halt the withdrawal of the UN-African Union peacekeeping mission from Darfur in view of the political instability in Sudan and continuing insecurity for civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. This week, the Security Council will discuss the mandate of the joint mission (UNAMID),...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-11). Botswana: High Court Strikes Down Sodomy Laws. hrw.org | | © 2014 LEGABIBO | (Johannesburg) — The High Court in Botswana ruled on June 11, 2019 that laws criminalizing consensual same-sex relations were unconstitutional, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling upheld the rights of the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. | The court in...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). DR Congo's First Lady calls for women's unity in tackling social injustices. cgtn.com DR Congo's First Lady Mrs. Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi [Right] chats with Rwanda's First Lady Jeannette Kagame. The Democratic Republic of Congo's First Lady Mrs. Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi has urged women to come together to tackle social injustices that they face. | "For us to keep valuing the woman and families in Africa we need to work together. Together as women we are strong, very strong," she said. | The 52-year-old made the remarks in Rwanda, where she is conducting an official visit. | Mrs. Tshisekedi is hosted in Rwanda by her Fellow First Lady Mrs. Jeannette Kagame. | The two on Monday visited Isange One...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). Security guard trampled to death by elephant. cgtn.com A guard that was protecting mine workers from a pride of 14 hungry lions died after being trampled by an elephant. | 45-year-old Eric Kgatla is believed left his guard hut in darkness either to answer a call of nature or to investigate noises out in the bush. | His movements surprised an elephant which immediately attacked and trampled him to death. | His body was found by a fellow guard at 4am on Saturday after he heard the elephant trumpeting. | Kgatla and his colleagues were on full alert after a pride of man-eating lions were found to be living very close to the phosphate mine and had been ordered to be on...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-10). Nigeria: Widespread Violence Ushers in President's New Term. hrw.org | | Nigeria's military guard the campaign headquarters of President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria, Feb. 25, 2019. | © AP Photo/Jerome Delay | (Abuja) — The Nigeria elections in 2019 that brought President Muhammadu Buhari back into office for a second term were marred by political violence, some of it by soldiers and police officers, Human Rights Watch said. Buhari should take concrete steps to address the widespread political violence, and to ensure accounta...

United Nations (2019-06-11). UN health agency identifies 5-year-old Congolese boy as first confirmed case of Ebola in Uganda. un.org The World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health, confirmed on Tuesday the first case of the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda, stemming from the nearly year-long current outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Joˆ´l LŽon (2019-06-10). Haiti, the Silent Chaos! globalresearch.ca Introductory Note on Somalia. Its Relevance to Haiti | One year of the war between Somalia and Ethiopia (1977-78) was enough to destroy an entire country and spread instability across the region. | After the 1991 coup that toppled general Mohamed Siad ...

teleSUR (2019-06-11). Bikini Kill's Riot Grrrls Reunite 22 Years After Separation. telesurenglish.net As a political assault on reproductive rights rages in the United States (U.S.), Bikini Kill, one of the groups credited for sparking the legendary riot grrrl movement is back, reuniting Monday for a London show to spread their message of empowerment and equality, protesting violence against women and normalizing female anger. | RELATED: | US: Straight Pride Organizers Linked to White Supremacists | Before London, Bikini Kill delivered a thunder...

United Nations (2019-06-10). Scores killed in 'barbaric' attack on Mali village, UN chief urges restraint, calls for 'dialogue' to resolve tensions. un.org Nearly 100 people were reportedly killed during an attack on a traditional Dogon hunters' village in Mali on Sunday, prompting a call from UN chief Ant—nio Guterres for authorities to act fast and "bring the perpetrators to justice".

commondreams (2019-06-10). Despicable Killings of Civilians in Mali Must Be Investigated. commondreams.org ______________________________...

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-06-10). 'Unlawful Killings': Nearly 100 Dead in Attack on Mali Village. commondreams.org "The authorities should immediately investigate these unlawful killings and bring those responsible to justice." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/dogon_village_mali.jpg...

WSWS (2019-06-10). General strike against military regime brings Sudan to a standstill. wsws.org Photos and video posted on social media showed empty streets and shuttered markets across the country.

aljazeera (2019-06-10). Sudan opposition members 'deported' on 2nd day of general strike. aljazeera.com Deputy head of Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North rebel group says he and colleagues were forcibly sent to Juba.

Christine Maema (2019-06-10). 653 killed, 3,547 injured in Libya's Tripoli clashes: WHO. cgtn.com 653 people have been killed and 3,547 others injured in the fighting in and around Libya's capital Tripoli, the World Health Organization confirmed on Sunday. | W.H.O also said that in the past week, 3 health workers had also been injured. This came barely a week after the organization condemned attacks on two field hospitals in Tripoli, as the fighting between the east-based army and the UN-backed government continues. | #Tripoli clashes: Among the civilians hurt this past week are 3 health workers. The toll for the ongoing conflict...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-10). Rwandan secondary school students compete on Chinese language. cgtn.com Rwanda's secondary school students from different parts of the country participated in the Rwanda final of a Chinese language proficiency competition held in the capital city Kigali on Sunday. | The overseas preliminary rounds of the 12th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students for Rwanda were hosted by Chinese Embassy in Rwanda and organized by Confucius Institute at University of Rwanda. | Ten finalists who won out of about 1,000 competitors demonstrated their Chinese language skills through three rounds of competition including the speech, quiz of Chinese knowledg...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). Kenyan defender set to miss 2019 AFCON with knee injury. cgtn.com Brian Mandela is helped off the field after he sustained an injury. [FKF Images]Kenya has lost defender Brian Mandela to injury ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which is scheduled to begin later this month. | The Maritzburg United player injured his knee in during a Harambee Stars' training session on Monday, and hence will not be available for selection for the elite continental competition. | "Brian (Mandela) got injured in training. He is one of our key players and will not be available for Afcon. We will need to find a solution," coach SŽbastien MignŽ confirmed. | "It is not good for us and for him as...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). Nigeria's Borno State in need of teachers amid Boko Haram insurgency. cgtn.com About 6,000 additional teachers are needed in Nigeria's northeast Borno state to improve the quality of education in the area, an official said. | "The government is building state of the art schools with a decent environment, but our teachers lack motivation," Jibril Muhammed, chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) said on Sunday in Maiduguri, the state capital. | "It is my firm belief that with the necessary motivations for our teachers, the problems in our education sector will be solved." | Muhammed made the comments against the backdrop of 40 mega schools constructed by the government to cater f...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). Helicopter crashes in New York, Fire Department says. cgtn.com A helicopter crashed onto a building in Midtown Manhattan on Monday before bursting into flames, according to the New York Fire Department. | The Fire department says it has deployed some 100 emergency workers to the scene. | It is not clear how many people were on board the aircraft when it crashed. | More details to follow...

aljazeera (2019-06-10). Ghana's churches part of noise pollution problem. aljazeera.com Residents in Ghana take matter to court as noise from growing number of churches becomes intolerable.

aljazeera (2019-06-10). Scores killed in attack on central Mali village. aljazeera.com At least 95 people killed and 19 missing after an overnight attack on an ethnic Dogon village, according to officials.

Middle East Eye (2019-06-10). Somali. Black. Muslim. Woman. Refugee. American: The Making of Ilhan Omar. theantimedia.com (MEE) — In a Turkish grill house in the Cedar-Riverside neighbourhood of Minneapolis, the tables have turned. Habon Abdulle, the woman I have spent days pursuing for an interview, wants to know what I think about US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. The question catches me off guard. But I should have anticipated it. Abdulle knows that a few ...

aljazeera (2019-06-10). Sudan protests: How the country became a 'dark spot' for media. aljazeera.com Sudan's security forces lead crackdown on social media and information after political transition turns violent.

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). President Xi congratulates Tokayev on election as Kazakhstan president. cgtn.com Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday congratulated Kazakhstan's president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev following his victory in Sunday's vote. | Xi in his message reiterated the mutual friendship that China and Kazakhstan enjoy, one he hailed as being sincere and trustworthy. | The Chinese president also noted that he attached great importance to further development of China-Kazakhstan ties, adding that he is willing to establish a close contact with Tokayev in carrying forward bilateral relations with steady progress. | Tokayev won the Kazakhstan presidential election with over 70 percent. | The 66-year-old...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). Nigerian president accepts retirement of former chief judge. cgtn.com Nigerian president has accepted the voluntary retirement of former chief justice Walter Onnoghen after his conviction earlier this year. | Onnoghen was accused of of breaching an asset-declaration rule. He was then sacked on 18 April by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), which said it had found him guilty of hiding the extent of his wealth. | Onnoghen had earlier in January been suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari, a few weeks before the West African nation held its presidential election. | Nigerian laws require that all senior servants and government officials declare their assets before taking office as...

plenglish (2019-06-10). South African President Leads Delegation to ILO Conference. plenglish.com Pretoria, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) President Cyril Ramaphosa leads the South African delegation to the International Labor Organization (ILO)'s Centenary Conference starting on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-10). Armed group kills 25 in fresh Nigeria attack. cgtn.com Twenty-five people were buried on Sunday in Nigeria's northwestern state of Sokoto, following an attack allegedly by a local armed group on Saturday. Local police said four people linked to the attack have been arrested, including a woman informant who pretended to be a lunatic. | The attack affected three communities in Rabah local government area of the northern state. | State police chief Ibrahim Kaoje told reporters that Kalhu, Tsage, and Geeri villages came under intense attack by a large number of gunmen who spared no one at sight on Saturday evening. | Kaoje said the attackers also stole hundreds of cow...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-10). Sudan releases rebel leader, Yasir Arman after five days. cgtn.com Sudan opposition leader Yasir Arman arrived in Juba, South Sudan on Monday after he was released together with two other rebel leaders by the military junta | Arman, a high-ranking member of the rebel group, Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, was arrested in his home in Khartoum on June 5 and was detained for five days. | He had just recently returned to Sudan after spending several years in exile. | The Sudanese government convicted and sentenced Arman to death in absentia in 2011 for his involvement in an uprising in the Blue Nile State. | The government today also freed SPLM secretary, Ismail Jalab,...

aljazeera (2019-06-10). How to truly decolonise the study of Africa. aljazeera.com 'Epistemic decolonisation' cannot happen in a political vacuum, separated from the African streets.

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). At least 95 killed in Mali attack. cgtn.com At least 95 people were killed in an attack on a village in Central Mali, where the ethnic Dogon community lives, officials said on Monday. | Loca media report that the attack happened in Sobane-Kou, near Sanga town. | Local residents said the bodies of the dead were burned, and the search for any more bodies was ongoing. | According to Reuters news agency, the attack was staged by semi-nomadic Fulani herders at night. | Mali has seen an escalation of attacks in recent months, some ethnic while others were carried out by jihadist groups. | In March, more than 130 Fulani villagers were killed by armed men weari...

Alex Emmons (2019-06-10). UAE Enlisted Businessman to Spy On Trump White House. theintercept.com In January 2017, three days before President Donald Trump's inauguration, a businessman from the United Arab Emirates was invited to a lavish dinner planned by Trump's longtime ally Thomas J. Barrack Jr., who was chair of the president's inaugural committee. The guest list placed Rashid al-Malik, a onetime business associate of Barrack's, amid more than 100 foreign diplomats and top mem...

aljazeera (2019-06-10). Gangs kill dozens in series of attacks in northern Nigeria. aljazeera.com The attacks, carried out overnight in Sokoto, saw the gangs ride out from forest hideouts into villages with weapons.

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-10). Sudan: Chaos Unleashed. Color Revolution. globalresearch.ca The ongoing events in Sudan are a perfect example of the uncontrollable chaos that can be unleashed in society following a Color Revolution, with it now becoming almost impossible to predict how the latest crisis will be resolved, if ever....

aljazeera (2019-06-10). Sudan: 'Several killed' on first day of civil disobedience. aljazeera.com Group of doctors linked with protesters says four people killed in capital Khartoum and neighbouring Omdurman city.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-10). WHO notes significant reduction in new Ebola cases, deaths. cgtn.com Medical stuff and an Ebola survivor treat Ebola patient Ibrahim Mupalalo inside the Biosecure Emergency Care Unit (CUBE) at the ALIMA (The Alliance for International Medical Action) Ebola treatment centre in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. REUTERS/Baz Ratner | The World Health Organisation said there has been a significant reduction in the number of new Ebola virus disease cases and deaths reported in Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last weeks, according to its latest weekly bulletin. | The WHO says that while observed declining trend is positive and encouraging, it is still too early to make a...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). Rwanda's President Kagame meets Gabon's Ali Bongo. cgtn.com Rwanda's President Paul Kagame on Monday travelled to Gabon where he met with his counterpart Al Bongo Ondimba. | President Ali Bongo officially welcomed the Rwandan leader at Palais de la Renovation, where they held talks. | Speaking to the press, President Kagame acknowledged Ali Bongo's recovery, saying he could not resume his duties. | "I am glad that there is significant improvement to his health that has led to the resumption of his responsibilities," Kagame said. | Kagame's visit comes just a day after President Ali Bongo made his first televised speech since he returned to the country after a long abse...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-10). Ghana EPA: Total ban on plastics not practical. cgtn.com Ghana EPA boss John Pwamang | The Acting Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), John Pwamang, has said the country cannot put a total ban on plastics. | He said this was due to the large number of plastic industries present in the country. | Pwamang made the comments at a sensitization cleanup exercise held in Tema Fishing Harbour as part of the activities by the EPA to mark the 2019 World Oceans Day. | "If you look at the kind of manufacturing system we have in Ghana and the number of people that are employed, it's not practical (that plastics) be banned outright but something can be do...

aljazeera (2019-06-10). Uganda's first wet season causes destruction. aljazeera.com The short rains have again caused landslides and flash-flooding in the East African country.

plenglish (2019-06-10). President of South Africa highlights ILO Work World Changes. plenglish.com Geneva, June 10 (Prensa Latina) South African President Cyril Ramaphosa denounced today before the 108th International Labor Organization (ILO) Conference that unemployment and poverty among workers has trapped millions of people around the world .

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). Canada becomes latest country to ban single-use plastics. cgtn.com Canada has become the latest country to announce a ban on single-use plastics, to take effect in 2021. | The ban was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, with a list of items affected. | Some of the single-use plastic materials that will be done away with include plastic straws, cotton swabs, drink stirrers, fast-food plastic containers and cutlery, as well as balloon sticks. | The Canadian government's ban falls in line with a larger strategy to tackle a plastic pollution menace in the European country. | The Trudeau government ban on single-use plastic has been inspired by a similar move by...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-09). Voting begins in Kazakhstan's presidential election. cgtn.com Kazakhstan's presidential election kicked off on Sunday as voters seek to elect the country's first new leader in nearly 30 years. | The Central Asian country's election come following the resignation of former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev in March. The 78-year-old has ruled the country since it became the last Soviet republic to declare independence from the USSR in 1991. | Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took over from Nazarbayev as interim president, and is in contention to replace the latter on a full capacity. | Tokayev is joined by six other candidates on the ballot, all of whom are not considered as popular as he...

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-09). South Africa, Nigeria lose opening Women's World Cup games. cgtn.com Soccer Football — Women's World Cup — Group A — Norway v Nigeria — Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims, France — June 8, 2019 Nigeria's Faith Michael reacts to her team's loss at the FIFA Women's World Cup. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann | South Africa and Nigeria both suffered defeats in the opening group games of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. | South Africa lost 3-1 to Spain at the Stade OcŽane in Le Havre while Nigeria lost 3-0 to Norway at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims. | In Group B, World Cup debutants South Africa took a shock lead against Spain when Thembi Kgatlana scored wi...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-09). Libyan navy rescues 22 migrants off western coast. cgtn.com Libyan navy on Saturday announced rescuing 22 migrants of different African nationalities off the country's western coast. | Picture showing the shipwreck of an overcrowded boat of migrants off the Libyan coast (Getty Images) | The migrants were rescued some 55 km off the coast of Sabratha city, some 70 km west of the capital Tripoli, the navy said in a statement. | The rescued migrants have been provided with humanitarian and medical assistance and taken to a reception center in eastern Tripoli, the statement said. | Migrant flows from western Libya toward Europe have increased significantly during the past few...

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-09). US tactical vehicle damaged on firing range in Niger. cgtn.com A Nigerian soldier stands guard. (Photo credit BOUREIMA HAMA/AFP/Getty Images) | The United States Africa Command confirmed that an American tactical vehicle was damaged on a firing range on Saturday in Niger. | In a post on its official Twitter account, AFRICOM said that as at the time of reporting there were no casualties in the incident and the cause of the damage was yet to be determined. | The United States and Niger are cooperating to deter and defeat terrorist threats in the West African nation and across the Sahel region. | West Africa's Sahel region has seen a number of attacks in 2019 on military and ci...

teleSUR (2019-06-09). Civil Disobidience Empties Streets in Sudan's Capital. telesurenglish.net A campaign of civil disobedience to demand civilian rule left the streets of Sudan's capital Khartoum largely deserted as the working week began Sunday, while police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in Khartoum North, witnesses said. | RELATED: | African Union Suspends Sudan After Army Crackdown on Protests | They also started the general strike to protest the arrest of three movement leaders who participated in the negotiations with the military authorities. | Opposition...

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-09). Sub-Saharan Africa 2019 growth to rise to 2.9%: World Bank. cgtn.com FILE PHOTO: Locals walk towards the Mogalakwena platinum mine in Mokopane, Limpopo province, South Africa. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko//File Photo | The World Bank says it expects the economic growth of Sub-Saharan Africa to pick up to 2.9% in 2019 in its latest report. | The Bank further expects the region's economic growth to accelerate to 3.3% in 2020 on the back of an improvement in investor sentiment toward some of the large economies of the region improves. | The Bank also says that a recovery in oil production by large exporters and robust growth in non-resource-intensive economies underpinned by continued stro...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-09). African leaders head to Geneva to attend UN Labour Conference. cgtn.com Various African Heads of State and government representatives are expected in Gevena, Switzerland, ahead of the 108th International Labour Organization (ILO) Conference. | The conference is scheduled to run from 10 to 21 June 2019, and will bring together over 5,000 delegates from around the globe to find solutions to the challenges of the future of the world of work. | 2019 marks the Centenary of ILO, and next week's conference will be held under the theme: "Building a Better Future with Decent Work" | Some of the African leaders expected to make speeches at the 108th ILO include President Cyril Ramaphosa (S...

aljazeera (2019-06-09). US politicians ask Pompeo to clarify policy on Libya. aljazeera.com Bipartisan legislators say Libyan armed groups are using confusion over US policy to justify fighting in Tripoli.

Camille Baker (2019-06-09). Amid Spike in Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean, Europe Is Still Delaying Rescues. theintercept.com "They know where we are and they just wait for the Libyans to come tomorrow to pick our corpses," came the anguished call from a boat in distress.

plenglish (2019-06-09). West has just Ravaged the Middle East, Iranian FM Says. plenglish.com 09 de junio de 2019, 09: 23Tehran, June 9 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Yavad Zarif has afirmed that the West just ravaged the Middle East and its duty now is to normalize relations with the Islamic Republic. Zarif stressed on the lack of commitment by the rest of signatories of the Comprehensive Plan of Joint Action (JCPOA) or nuclear agreement after the US withdrawal.

Yves Engler (2019-06-09). General RomŽo Dallaire Denies the "Canadian Genocide" and Distorts Rwanda's. globalresearch.ca Is RomŽo Dallaire a genocide denier? | After a (question free) talk at Concordia University this week I followed the famous Canadian general out of the room to ask why he still supports ruthless dictator Paul Kagame. Kagame is the ...

aljazeera (2019-06-10). Sudan's military blames protesters for deadly crackdown. aljazeera.com Remarks come as protesters continue civil disobedience campaign after security forces stormed protest camp on June 3.

Combined Sources (2019-06-10). General strike brings Sudan to standstill. peoplesworld.org KHARTOUM, Sudan—Shops were closed and streets were empty across Sudan on Sunday, the first day of a general strike called for the start of the workweek by protest leaders demanding the resignation of the ruling military council. Sudan has been rocked by political instability since protests started last November over the tripling of bread prices. ...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-09). President Ali Bongo gives first televised speech since he suffered a stroke. cgtn.com President Ali Bongo Ondimba [AFP Images]Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba has called upon his Prime Minister to form a new government. | The 60-year-old made the call in his first televised speech since he returned to the country after a long absence during which he sought treatment for a stroke. | President Ali Bongo called for a smaller government that was capable of being "exemplary, honest and ethical". | This call for an "honest" government comes following last month's sacking of his vice president and forestry minister who is accused of smuggling precious timber. | In late February and early March, autho...

Christine Maema (2019-06-09). Angola in need of USD 300 million to clear land mines. cgtn.com The government of Angola announced that over $300 million is needed by the National Inter-sectoral Commission for Demining (CNIDAH) to be able to clear about 174 kilometres of the Angolan territory of landmines by the year 2025. | Photo of unexploded ordnances (UXO) — UN Photo | The information was given by the CNIDAH representative Adriano Gonˆßalves, during a mine co-ordination meeting dubbed 'Agenda 2025'. | In 2018, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), released a report which stated that Angola is among the twelve countries where the level of landmines presence is still...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-09). Iheanacho axed from Super Eagles squad for 2019 AFCON. cgtn.com Nigeria's Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been dropped from the Super Eagles squad set to represent the country at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt. | Iheanacho had a silent season in the Premier League, scoring only once in 30 appearances, 21 of which came as a substitute. | Other than Iheanacho, Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr also dropped defender Semi Ajayi who plays for Championship club Rotherham United. | Rohr included Mikel John Obi for the continental tournament, alongside fellow England based players like Arsenal's Alexander Iwobi and Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi. | Th...

Staff (2019-06-09). Media's Russiagate Obsession Smears Black Activists. therealnews.com Specious claims that Russians plan to use disaffected African Americans in a covert war against the U.S. reveals the long history of corporate media blaming "outside agitators," dismissing the Black freedom struggle...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-09). IAAF extends ban on Russia over doping. cgtn.com The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has voted to extend the doping ban imposed on Russia, a decision that could bar the country's athletes from competing at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. | IAAF took the decision at a council meeting in the French city of Monaco, the 11th time it has voted to maintain the ban. | Russian athletes have been banned from world competitions since 2015 after an alleged discovery of state-sponsored doping. | Under the terms of the IAAF ban, Russian athletes are not allowed to compete under their own flag. | However, athletes who have met the IAAF dopi...

Christine Maema (2019-06-08). 86 displaced South Sudanese return home following peace deal. cgtn.com The group comprising of 86 women and children at the UN's air terminal ready to return to their homes (UNMISS) | Thousands of families who were displaced after a civil war broke out in South Sudan finally returned home to rebuild their lives after leaving a special protection site at the United Nations base in Wau. | The families were in the protection site in the capital of South Sudan for almost six years after seeking sanctuary from the violent conflict that erupted during the outbreak of civil war. Some of the children were even born in the camp and have never experienced life outside. | With a reduction in v...

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-08). US military airstrike kills one militant in Somalia. cgtn.com A military drone. (Getty Images) | The United States military said it killed a militant in an airstrike near Tortoroow in Somalia. | The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said no civilians were killed or injured in the latest airstrike but it would release more details as appropriate as a post-strike analysis continues. | The airstrike, which took place on Wednesday, is the first in the area in about a month. | On May 5, three al-Shabaab terrorists were killed by an airstrike in defense of Somali security forces. The security forces were engaged by Al-Shabaab militants during an operation to disrupt the terrorist net...

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-08). 10-man Mali fall to Italy in U-20 World Cup quarterfinals. cgtn.com Mali striker Ibrahima Kone reacts after scoring an own goal in his side's quarterfinal game against Italy at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup at the Tychy STadium in Tychy, Poland. (Photo credits: FIFA) | Mali was eliminated from the FIFA Under-20 World Cup following a 4-2 loss to Italy on Friday at the Tychy City Stadium in Tychy, Poland. | The Malians fell behind to a bizarre Ibrahima Kone own goal after 12 minutes and things got worse nine minutes later when Ousmane Diakite was sent off for a dangerous foul on Italian midfielder Luca Pelligrini. | Mali leveled the match on 38 minutes through Sekou Koita after a bri...

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-08). Kenya's First Lady urges Kenyans to intensify tree planting activities. cgtn.com Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta waters a tree in Githunguri, Kiambu County during the Bamboo Planting Day event at Ruiru Dam. (Photo: PSCU) | Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta called on Kenyans to increase tree planting activities in order to restore the ecosystem which has faced destruction over the years. | Mrs. Kenyatta spoke at a Bamboo Planting Day event at Ruiru Dam in Kiambu, about 45 kilometres north of the capital Nairobi. | Earlier in 2019, a series of fires destroyed thousands of acres of vegetation in Mount Kenya, the Aberdare range, Arabuko Sokoke and Mau forests. Arson is suspected in severa...

aljazeera (2019-06-09). Gabon's Ali Bongo calls for new cabinet in comeback speech. aljazeera.com Bongo, 60, says 'exemplary' government is needed after $250m hardwood scandal, in first speech since suffering a stroke.

aljazeera (2019-06-09). Malawi protests: Opposition demands president's resignation. aljazeera.com Malawi police used tear gas on Thursday to disperse the supporters of the opposition party protesting against President Mutharika's re-election.

aljazeera (2019-06-09). Sudan protesters start nationwide 'civil disobedience' campaign. aljazeera.com Sudanese Professionals Association says campaign will continue until military transfers power to civilian government.

aljazeera (2019-06-09). Sudan police fire tear gas as civil disobedience campaign starts. aljazeera.com Protest campaign will continue until military transfers power to civilian government, organisers say.

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-09). Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week. hrw.org Trending rights tweets this week: Jared Kushner's hypocrisy in the Middle East; Aung San Suu Kyi adopts the language of Europe's far right; Sudan's death toll grows to over 100 people in violent clashes with pro-democracy demonstrators; and remembing the Tiananmen Square massacre.

aljazeera (2019-06-08). Sudan: Crackdown on protests, clampdown on media. aljazeera.com Sudan security forces rampage through protest sites and a media blackout is enforced. Plus, British poverty-porn media.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-08). Factbox: China, Africa to embrace closer economic, trade ties. cgtn.com China has been the largest trading partner of Africa for 10 consecutive years. (Photo credit: Xinhua) | BEIJING, June 8 (Xinhua) — China and African countries will see more intimate economic and trade ties as the first China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo will open on June 27 in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province. | A total of 53 African countries have confirmed to attend the expo, and international organizations including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the World Food Programme and the World Trade Organization will also send representatives to attend the event. | Here are...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-08). Niger, Tunisia elected non-permanent members of UN Security Council. cgtn.com Representatives of the newly elected five non-permanent members of UN Security Council (L to R: Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Niger's Minister of Foreign Affairs Kalla Ankourao, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung) pose for a group photo at the council chamber of the UN headquarters in New York, June 7, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Muzi) | UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) — The UN General Assembly on Friday elected Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-08). Nigerians call for redefining of broadcasting laws as media station gets shut down. cgtn.com Nigerians have called for the redefining of laws guiding local media following the recent suspension of the operating license of a popular broadcast station in the country. | The Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) on Thursday halted the operation of Daar Communications, owner of the African Independent Television (AIT), Raypower FM and Faaji FM, for allegedly violating broadcast rules in some aired programs. | The station was accused of airing "hate speech, divisive and inciting comments," breaching the provisions of the NBC's code and had been summoned in the last two years, the director-general of the Nige...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-08). Seychelles president meets Irish counterpart in Dublin. cgtn.com Seychellois President Danny Faure on Saturday met with his Irish counterpart Michael D.Higgins in Dublin, as part of his visit to Ireland. | The two leaders held bilateral talks, touching on economic ties, cultural relations, climate change, maritime security among others. | President Higgins lauded President Faure for his recent keynote address on ocean protection and for being nominated, along with former President James Michel, for the National Geographic Planetary Leadership award. | On his part, the Seychellois president thanked his counterpart for the warm welcome extended to him and his delegation, and...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-08). Kenyan innovator creates gloves that turn sign language into audible speech. cgtn.com Roy Allela show his glove. [Photo courtesy: Royal Academy of Engineering]A young Kenyan innovator has created a set of gloves that will ultimately interpret sign language into audible speech. | 25-year-old Roy Allela created the Sign-IO gloves, which are meant to enable communication between deaf persons and those who may not understand sign language. | The gloves feature sensors that are able to interpret finger movements and turn them into audible speech. They are paired via Bluetooth to a mobile phone application that Allela also developed, which then vocalises the letters. | Allela says he drew his inspiratio...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-08). Rwanda waives visa requirements for Cote d'Ivoire citizens. cgtn.com Rwanda has waived visa requirements for Cote d'Ivoire citizens seeking to visit the East African country. | The visa waiver was approved in an extraordinary cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on Friday in Kigali. | The deal to exempt Cote d'Ivoire citizens from visa requirements to visit Rwanda was struck during President Kagame's visit to Abidjan in December 2018. | Kagame and his host President Alassane Ouattara signed a raft of agreements aimed at strengthening ties between their two nations. | Friday's extraordinary cabinet meeting also approved various policies and programs, including a nati...

aljazeera (2019-06-08). Sudan arrests opposition leaders after Ethiopia mediation effort. aljazeera.com Protest leaders Mohamed Esmat and Ismail Jalab arrested shortly after meeting mediator, Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed.

aljazeera (2019-06-08). Libya's GNA: US stands by us as the legitimate government. aljazeera.com Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maetig expresses optimism about US role in ending international support for Khalifa Haftar.

aljazeera (2019-06-08). Is a military solution the only option left in Libya?>. aljazeera.com Both internal and external actors have undermined UN efforts to keep the political process in Libya alive.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-07). Malawi police use tear gas to break up protests. cgtn.com Armed police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators demanding the resignation of Malawi's president, Peter Mutharika. Mutharika narrowly won re-election in the southern African country in May. | Critics say the election was rigged. | Teargas is seen outside the Malawi Congress Party headquarters in Lilongwe, Malawi June 6, 2019, in this still image obtained from video taken from social media. Ulemu Msungama (Malawi Congress Party)/via REUTERS. | Thousands of supporters of opposition parties marched in the streets of the capital, Lilongwe, a Reuters witness said, with one group occupying a complex housing the pre...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-07). CAF president freed without charge. cgtn.com President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF; Ahmad Ahmad, was released by French anti-corruption officials on Thursday evening without charge, according to reports. | CAF president Ahmad Ahmad | A section of the reports said that his passport had been handed to him, meaning he was free to travel. Ahmad was in France to attend the 69th FIFA Congress which ended on Wednesday. | He was being questioned in connection into the alleged misappropriation of $830,000. | In April, former CAF Secretary-General Amr Fahmy accused Ahmad Ahmad of alleged bribery and misappropriation of funds after awarding a contrac...

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-07). South African Court Issues Press Violation Ruling Against Politician Julius Malema And His EFF Party. blackstarnews.com A South African court ruled that politician Julius Malema and his EFF party had violated the rights of journalist Karima Brown... | The Johannesburg High Court ruled today that opposition politician Julius Malema and his political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, had breached the country's Electoral Code of Conduct by doxxing veteran journalist Karima Brown. This finding is according to a copy of the judgment seen by the Committee to Protect Journalists and news reports. | The case stemmed from an incident in March in which Malema published Brown's personal contact information on Twitter. Malema�...

Diana Block (2019-06-07). Teaching Palestine in South Africa. counterpunch.org Reaffirming Internationalism in the Twenty-first Century In March 2019 I traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to attend a conference — Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice. The conference was co-sponsored by the AMED (Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies) program of San Francisco State University (SFSU), AMEC (Afro-Middle East Centre) in More

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-07). Investigations and Monitoring Needed in Response to Sudan Violence. hrw.org | | Smoke rises behind barricades laid by protesters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. | © 2019 Mohammed Najib via AP | On the heels of Monday's brutal and bloody crackdown on protesters in Khartoum, the African Union (AU) has suspended Sudan's membership and threatened its leaders with sanctions for failing to hand over power to a civilian-led government. The AU's willin...

WSWS (2019-06-07). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Workers at the Nutella factory in Normandy have been blockading the plant over demands for a wage increase while Greek tram workers stopped work Monday to protest the Syriza government's attacks on public transportation.

aljazeera (2019-06-07). Eastern Libyan forces attack Tripoli airport for second night. aljazeera.com Renegade commander's Libyan National Army attacks military wing of Tripoli's airport, targeting a 'Turkish plane'.

United Nations (2019-06-07). Libya's migrants and refugees with tuberculosis 'left to die' in detention centres. un.org Migrants and refugees suffering from tuberculosis are being left "effectively to die" in a Libyan detention centre south of Tripoli, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday, citing reports that those returned to shore by the coastguard have been disappeared or sold to traffickers.

United Nations (2019-06-07). St. Vincent and the Grenadines breaks a record, as smallest ever Security Council seat holder. un.org Following a secret ballot held on Friday, the UN General Assembly elected five countries to the Security Council, including St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the smallest nation ever to secure a seat. Also elected were Estonia, Niger, Tunisia, Viet Nam.

susan_p (2019-06-07). Sudan: 'The people want a transition to a civilian government'. greenleft.org.au Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke to Osama Yousif, a member of the Sydney Sudanese community, who has recently returned from visiting Sudan, about the events leading up to the massacre of more than 100 protesters in Khartoum on June 3. | Only two weeks or so ago we saw images of celebration from the sit-in, when protesters thought that negotiations for a transitional military-civilian council had been successful. What happened to turn the situation to one of violent repression? | First, because of the nature of the [ruling] Military Council. Before they took power there was a security council appointed by the...

susan_p (2019-06-07). Sudan: 'Move by the military was organised, planned and backed by the Saudis'. greenleft.org.au Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke to Osama Yousif, a member of the Sydney Sudanese community, who has recently returned from visiting Sudan, about the events leading up to the massacre of more than 100 protesters in Khartoum on June 3. | Only two weeks or so ago we saw images of celebration from the sit-in, when protesters thought that negotiations for a transitional military-civilian council had been successful. What happened to turn the situation to one of violent repression? | First, because of the nature of the [ruling] Military Council. Before they took power there was a security council appointed by the...

MAIL (2019-06-07). Headlines for June 7, 2019. democracynow.org Bowing to U.S. Pressure, Mexico to Deploy 6,000 Troops to Guatemala Border, House Judiciary Chair Pushes for Presidential Impeachment Inquiry, House Ways and Means Chair Has No Plans to Acquire Trump's New York Tax Records, Russian President Says U.S. Is Shunning Negotiations on Nuclear Arms Treaty, African Union Suspends Sudan over Massacre of Sit-in Protesters, Study Finds Limiting Climate Change Would Save Thousands from Heat-Related Deaths, Jay Inslee: Democratic National Committee Refusing to Hold Debate on Climate, SEIU Becomes First Major Union to Endorse Green New Deal, Report: Earth's Oceans More Contami...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-07). Nigeria's oldest prisoner released after 19 years. cgtn.com Nigeria's oldest prisoner, Pa Celestine Egbonuche, 101, who was imprisoned at the Enugu Maximum Prison for over 19 years has finally been released. | The younger Egbonuche is alive and still in prison on death row. | Pa Celestine was released on Thursday to his only surviving daughter, Miss Chisom Celestine through a non-governmental organisation, Global Society for Anti-corruption (GSAC) who had been pushing for his release from the Enugu Prison. | "I am so grateful to God who made this day a reality, who made it possible for my father to come out of prison after spending over 19 years in the prison," Celesti...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-07). Tunisia: CafŽ Owner Jailed Over Ramadan Hours. hrw.org (Tunis) — A cafŽ owner in Tunisia was convicted of publicly offending morality on May 29, 2019 for keeping his cafŽ open during Ramadan fasting hours, Human Rights Watch said today. Such prosecutions, using a vague provision that is applied sporadically and inconsistently, constitute an arbitrary use of the criminal law. | | | Imed Zaghouani outside his cafŽ in Kairouan, Tunisia. | | © Private | Imed Zaghouani kept his Damascus cafŽ in the city of Kai...

Staff (2019-06-07). After Sudan Massacre, Opposition Demands Immediate Return to Civilian Rule. therealnews.com Sudan was suspended from the African Union following a military attack on peaceful demonstrators that killed over 100. But Saudi Arabia and UAE continue to support Sudan's military regime. We discuss the situation with Prof. Khalid Ahmed...

Staff (2019-06-07). DuVernay: Wrongly Convicted Boys Aren't "Central Park Five" — They're People. truthout.org We spend the hour with Ava DuVernay, whose damning new four-part television series "When They See Us" tells the story of five teenagers of color from Harlem — four African-American and one Latino — who were wrongfully accused and convicted of raping and nearly killing a white woman out for a jog in New York City's Central Park. The night that would come to define the boys' lives was April 19, 1989, more than 30 years ago. In the sensational trial that followed, they became known as the "Central Park Five." Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana served between six and seve...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-07). WHO: Health workers targeted in Sudan. cgtn.com A Sudanese protester, injured when violence broke out over an agreement on a political transition reached by Sudan's ruling military council generals and protest groups, receives treatment at Moalem Medical City Hospital in Khartoum, Sudan May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah | The World Health Organsation (WHO) has condemned recent violence in Sudan, which has reportedly targeted people in need, health workers and medical facilities. | This comes in the wake of a brutal military crackdown on protesters in the capital of Khartoum earlier this week, with at least 108 people killed and more than 500 woun...

aljazeera (2019-06-07). Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed begins mediation talks in Sudan. aljazeera.com Move comes after AU suspends Sudan's membership following the killing of dozens of protesters by Rapid Support Forces.

United Nations (2019-06-07). Friday's Daily Brief: electronic hopes and fears, Security Council elections, updates from Libya, Syria, Australia and the Philippines. un.org Wrapping up this week, our top stories are: how new technologies are a "vector for hope" and "source of fear", according to UN chief Guterres; new members at the Security Council; the plight of migrants in Libya; war rules violations in Syria; human rights in Australia and the Philippines.

aljazeera (2019-06-07). 'We need urgent help': Refugees perish in Libyan detention centre. aljazeera.com Refugees and staff of international aid groups confirm at least 22 deaths since September in Zintan.

aljazeera (2019-06-07). Malawi police fire tear gas at protesters seeking Mutharika exit. aljazeera.com Escalation in Lilongwe comes as President Peter Mutharika accuses opposition of wanting to topple government 'by force'.

Chauncey K. Robinson (2019-06-07). 'CTRL ALT DELETE': Normalizing abortion rights one laugh at a time. peoplesworld.org An office comedy—set in an abortion clinic. That's the main concept of the returning short form series CTRL ALT DELETE. The idea is extremely relevant in our current political climate, which features a full-fledged attack on reproductive health rights. The series, with its second season debut this year, seeks to normalize the idea of abortion ...

Rima Najjar (2019-06-07). Washington's "Malicious Intent": Trump and Son-in-Law Kushner's "Deliberate" Ignorance of Palestinian History. globalresearch.ca When the President of Israel and the Jewish son-in-law of the President of the United States make surprisingly thoughtless statements about Palestine, they show us just how deliberately ignorant of history they are‚Ää—‚Ääand how uncaring they are for ...

aljazeera (2019-06-07). Nigeria shuts down private TV, radio stations tied to opposition. aljazeera.com Opposition party member and business tycoon Raymond Dokpesi accuses presidency of intimidation, crackdown on his media.

United Nations (2019-06-07). Accountability in Sudan 'crucial' to avoid 'further bloodshed', says UN rights office. un.org Now in its fifth day, a crackdown by the military authorities in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, with dozens reported killed, has prompted a "gravely concerned" UN human rights office (OHCHR) to propose the "rapid deployment" of a monitoring team to look into allegations of serious rights violations.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-07). Ethiopian PM in Sudan to help mediate political crisis. cgtn.com Ethiopia's prime minister arrived in Khartoum on Friday in a bid to mediate in the political crisis that has followed the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April. | A diplomatic source says Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed planned to meet members of both the ruling Transitional Military Council headed by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the opposition. Abiy's exact schedule for Friday was not known. | The Ethiopian effort follows the worst bloodshed in Sudan since Bashir was ousted by the military after four months of protests against his repressive three-decade rule. | The opposition says 108 peopl...

MAIL (2019-06-07). "They Are Not the Central Park 5": Ava DuVernay's Series Restores Humanity of Wrongly Convicted Boys. democracynow.org We spend the hour with Ava DuVernay, whose damning new four-part television series "When They See Us" tells the story of five teenagers of color from Harlem—four African-American and one Latino—who were wrongfully accused and convicted of raping and nearly killing a white woman out for a jog in New York City's Central Park. The night that would come to define the boys' lives was April 19, 1989, more than 30 years ago. In the sensational trial that followed, they became known as the "Central Park Five." Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana served between six and seven years...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-07). Algerian interim president urges dialogue in election preparation. cgtn.com A demonstrator holds a banner depicting Algeria's interim president Abdelkader Bensalah during a protest demanding the removal of Algeria's ruling elite in Algiers, Algeria May 10, 2019. The banner reads: "Leave, you don't represent us". REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo | Algeria's interim President Abdelkader Bensalah called on Thursday for all parties to launch an "inclusive dialogue" to prepare for presidential elections, following the constitutional council's scrapping of a vote set for July 4. | Bensalah, in a speech broadcast on state television, did not set a date for the new contest. | The constitutional...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-07). Activists urge banks not to finance Uganda oil pipeline. cgtn.com A group of 30 international and local campaign groups have petitioned two banks to abandon plans to raise funds to build an oil pipeline to export Ugandan oil, saying the project would damage local livelihoods, water resources and wildlife. | The 1,445 km (900 mile) pipeline, which will run from fields in the west of Uganda to Tanzania's Indian Ocean port of Tanga, is vital to developing the East African nation's oil reserves. | South Africa's Standard Bank Group and Japan's Sumito Mitsui Banking Corporation are helping to raise the debt needed to finance the $3.5 billion pipeline. | "We consider this project...

teleSUR (2019-06-07). Sick Migrants Being Left To Die in Libyan 'Hellhole': UN. telesurenglish.net The United Nations (U.N.) denounced the atrocious conditions of migrant detention centers in Libya with reports of dozens left untreated and dying from tuberculosis and hundreds of others trying to survive on starvation rations. | RELATED: | At Least Two Migrants Die, 25 Missing in Boat Crash off Libya | U.N. rights office spokesman Rupert Colville made a statement to the press about a recent visit by the OHCHR to the Zintan detention center, where 654 refugees and migrants are b...

Yves Engler (2019-06-07). RomŽo Dallaire denies Canadian Genocide and distorts Rwanda's. dissidentvoice.org Is RomŽo Dallaire a genocide denier? After a (question free) talk at Concordia University this week I followed the famous Canadian general out of the room to ask why he still supports ruthless dictator Paul Kagame. Kagame is the individual most responsible for the mass slaughter in Rwanda in mid-1994 since his forces invaded the ...

aljazeera (2019-06-07). Will pressuring Sudan make a difference?>. aljazeera.com With more than 100 protesters killed, pressure grows on Sudan's military government to compromise with its opponents.

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-06). South Africa selectors do not regret not recalling AB de Villiers. cgtn.com South Africa's AB de Villiers during nets Action. (Images via Reuters / Paul Childs Livepic/File Photo) | Cricket South Africa on Thursday said it has no regret over the decision not to recall former batsman AB de Villiers following his reported decision to come out of retirement for the 2019 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup. | CSA National Selection Panel convenor Linda Zondi said that the body had urged de Villiers against retirement in 2018 but he insisted he was at peace with his decision. | "AB is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world, but above all else, we have to stay true to our morals and principl...

teleSUR (2019-06-06). US Sees Surge of African Migrants Along Southern Border. telesurenglish.net There has been a drastic increase of African migrants at the United States (U.S.) border, migration agents report, as citizens of various African countries flee "humanitarian crisis" in their homelands. | RELATED: | Mexico Deported Over 80,000 Migrants So Far This Year | Since May 30, over 500 African migrants have registered along the Del Rio border in Texas, arriving from Angola, Cameroon, and the Republic of the Congo, the U.S Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) informed. | "We are conti...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). Chinese tyre manufacturer sets up base in Zambia to explore African market. cgtn.com Fujian Haian Rubber Company Limited director Africa market Eric Lin (right) at Zambia's premier agricultural mining, industrial, networking enterprise expo held from June 4 to 6, in Kitwe in the Copperbelt of Zambia. (Xinhua/Nkweto Mfula) | KITWE, Zambia, June 6 (Xinhua) — Fujian Haian Rubber Company Limited, a tyre manufacturing firm from China, has established its base in Zambia to market its products and services in Africa. | The company supplies its products to the mining industry in Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Africa and Senegal. | Eric Lin, company director for the Africa market,...

plenglish (2019-06-06). Africa Increases Presence at the UN. plenglish.com By Ibis Frade Brito | United Nations, June 6 (Prensa Latina) After the Nigerian diplomatå ¥s election, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, as President of the UN General Assembly at its upcoming 74th session, the African continent is becoming more prominent in the multilateral organization.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). CAF president arrested in France. cgtn.com Ahmad Ahmad, the current president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was arrested Thursday in Paris. | CAF president Ahmad Ahmad | He is being questioned in connection into the alleged misappropriation of $830,000. | In April, former CAF Secretary-General Amr Fahmy accused Ahmad Ahmad of alleged bribery and misappropriation of funds after awarding a contract to a French company called Tactical Steel. Fahmy was fired from the organization shortly after making the allegations. | Ahmad had previously denied the accusations, claiming all the decisions were made "collegially" and that the process was "tra...

United Nations (2019-06-06). Thursday's Daily Brief: STIs worldwide, food safety and food prices, updates on Iraq and East Africa. un.org This Thursday, we cover: the latest global report by the UN health agency (WHO) on sexually transmitted infections (STIs); the first ever World Food Safety Day, celebrated this Friday; an update on global food prices; updates on the education and farmland situation in Iraq; and a new UN allocation of US$45 million to help people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya facing food shortages.

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Algeria Interim Gov't Calls for Dialogue To Advance Elections. telesurenglish.net Algeria's interim President Abdelkader Bensalah called Thursday for all parties to launch an "inclusive dialogue" to prepare for presidential elections, following the constitutional council's scrapping of a vote set for July 4. | RELATED: | Algeria: Protesters Demand Presidential Elections Be Delayed | Armed forces chief, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaed Salah, who has bee...

aljazeera (2019-06-06). Media group demands release of jailed Al Jazeera journalist. aljazeera.com Mahmoud Hussein's freedom was ordered by an Egyptian court in May, but the reporter remains in detention.

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Putin: US Army Intervention in Venezuela Would Be Disaster. telesurenglish.net Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday that a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela would be a disaster and said even Washington's allies did not support such a course of action. | RELATED: | China, Russia Will Support Stabilization in Venezuela: Putin | "We are against intervention into interior political affairs of other countries. We think it causes drastic, if not tragic consequences. The cases of countries like Libya, Iraq are the best proof to that," the Russia l...

G. Dunkel (2019-06-06). Niger's students demand U.S. and French bases close. workers.org On May 25, at the call of the Union of Nigerien Students (USN), a few thousand students marched through Niamey, the capital of Niger, chanting, "Down with foreign military bases," "Down with the French army" (Niger is a former French colony), "Down with the American army," and "Down with the . . . | Continue reading Niger's students demand U.S. and French bases close at Workers.org

Staff (2019-06-06). Sudan Protesters Call for Civilian Rule After Military Kills Over 100 at Sit-In. truthout.org The death toll in Sudan has risen to more than 100 following a deadly military raid on a nonviolent sit-in in Khartoum Monday morning. According to doctors who have been taking part in the ongoing anti-government uprising, at least 40 bodies were dredged up from the Nile River in the aftermath of the carnage. Meanwhile, the state news agency reported Thursday that the death toll was no more than 46. On Wednesday, the Transitional Military Council said it had launched an investigation into the violence and offered to resume a dialogue on a transition to democracy, just a day after scrapping all agreements with...

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-06). Kenya bans single use plastics in all protected areas. cgtn.com Kenya announced a ban with immediate effect on single-use plastics in all its protected areas including national parks, beaches, forests and conservation areas. | The directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta was made at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver, Canada. | "Kenya is host to the global environment program and has remained a campaigner for a sustainable environment. Two years ago, we banned the use, manufacture and sale of environmentally harmful plastics, polythene bags and packaging materials," President Kenyatta said. | President Kenyatta noted that a campaign for a sustainable environment,...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). CAF orders replay of African Champions League final. cgtn.com The second leg of the African Champions League final will be replayed after the original fixture was abandoned and the match awarded to Esperance. | The Confederation of African Football's executive committee, meeting in Paris on the fringes of the FIFA congress, decided on Wednesday to re-stage the match at a neutral ground in a decision that could spark an immediate legal challenge. | Tunisian club Esperance was initially handed the title after Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca walked off an hour into last week's return match. | At the time, Esperance was ahead 1-0 in the second leg and 2-1 overall. Wydad Casab...

ACLU (2019-06-06). Harvard Was Wrong to Dismiss its Dean for Representing Harvey Weinstein. aclu.org Our system of rights depends on the fundamental distinction between a lawyer and his client. | Last month, Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana announced that Ronald Sullivan, a professor in the law school, would no longer serve as faculty dean of Winthrop House, a residential dorm at Harvard. Sullivan was the first African American to serve as a faculty dean and had served in that role at Winthrop House for a decade. But when he chose to join the legal team defending Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in his upcoming criminal trial on allegations of sexual assault, his decision sparked protests and sit-ins, as stud...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). 'Renew-Africa' initiative aims to change Africa's energy sector. cgtn.com FILE PHOTO — REUTERS | African and European renewable energy sector leaders launched a new initiative, dubbed Renew-Africa, to boost renewable energy investments across the African continent, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) revealed on Wednesday. | "Leaders representing the African and European renewable energy sector gathered in a closed-door event for the launch of Renew-Africa, a new initiative aimed at boosting renewable energy investments in Africa," an ECA statement issued on Wednesday read. | According to the ECA, the newly launched Renew-Africa initiative "aims to be a game-changer for Af...

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-06). FIFA, AFD sign deal to develop women's, school football in Africa. cgtn.com French president Emmanuel Macron applauds after the signature of an agreement between FIFA president Gianni Infantino and AFD (Agence Francaise de Developpement) president Remy Rioux at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France. Jacques Demarthon/Pool via REUTERS | FIFA and the French Development Agency (AFD) signed an agreement to develop collaboration for the implementation of various social projects related to football, including the development of women's football and the Football for Schools Programme. | FIFA and the AFD will implement joint programmes to promote football as a sport for all and invest in local...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). China trade week opens in Kenya. cgtn.com Photo courtesy: ChinaTradeWeek.com | The fifth edition of China Trade Week Kenya opened on Wednesday in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi as more than 500 exhibitors showcased high-end manufactured products from China. | Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Devolution and ASAL, Eugene Wamalwa helped kick off proceedings. | "Kenya is a rising economy that is keen to strengthen bilateral trade with China through exhibitions as well as business to business forums. The China Trade Week presents a platform for us to exchange knowledge and ideas that can promote fruitful economic partnership," said Wamalwa.

aljazeera (2019-06-06). FIFA World Cup: The Cameroonian girls who dream of football. aljazeera.com The first wave of girls are being trained at the West African country's first female football academy.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). WHO: 25 percent of Ebola infections in eastern DR Congo go undetected. cgtn.com Roughly a quarter of Ebola infections in eastern Congo are estimated to be going undetected or found too late, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Thursday. | Health workers dressed in protective suits carry a Congolese woman confirmed to have Ebola as she is admitted to the Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 28, 2019. Picture taken March 28, 2019.REUTERS/Baz Ratner TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY | Some 2,025 cases and 1,357 deaths have been recorded since the epidemic began in August in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu and Ituri provinces, said Dr. Mike...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). African Union suspends Sudan for violence against protestors. cgtn.com Sudanese protesters set up a barricade on a street, demanding that the country's Transitional Military Council hand over power to civilians, in Khartoum, Sudan June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer | The African Union's Peace and Security Council voted on Thursday to suspend Sudan from all AU activities until a civilian government has been formed. | The council made the announcement after a meeting in Addis Ababa of the member states of the pan-continental body. | The decision follows an upsurge in violence in Sudan that erupted on Monday, as its ruling military council and opposition groups vye to take charge of the tr...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). Islamic State says it has moved into Mozambique, police say no. cgtn.com The Islamic State group claims it was involved in an insurgent clash in Mozambique for the first time, but analysts expressed doubt and Mozambican police dismissed the claim outright. | According to SITE Intelligence, a company that monitors extremist activity, Islamic State issued a statement late Tuesday claiming involvement in an apparent gunfight with the Mozambique military in Cabo Delgado. | "The soldiers of the Caliphate were able to repulse an attack by the Crusader Mozambican army in Metubi village, in the Mocimboa area," said the statement, according to a SITE translation. | "They clashed with them w...

Eds. (2019-06-06). Heineken In Africa: A Multinational Unleashed — book review. mronline.org Olivier van Beemen's meticulous exposure of Heineken's activities in Africa show the damage done by neo-colonial capitalism, argues Ellen Graubart | Source

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). Study suggests higher cocoa prices could end child labor in Ghana. cgtn.com REUTERS FILE | Ghana could end child labor on cocoa farms by increasing the prices it pays impoverished farmers by about 50%, a U.S. study said on Wednesday. | Paying just 3% more at the farm gate could stop children in Ghana doing the most hazardous tasks, like using machetes, or working more than 42 hours a week, researchers said, as the illegal practice is driven by poverty and rarely prosecuted. | Ghana is the world's second largest cocoa grower, More than 700,000 children help produce the crop. | "We figured there has to be some kind of incentive, on top of the laws, to get the farmers to stop using child la...

aljazeera (2019-06-06). African Union suspends Sudan over military crackdown. aljazeera.com Announcement comes after dozens of demonstrators were shot in the violent dispersal of a sit-in on Monday.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). Maltese military rescues hundreds of migrants from Mediterranean. cgtn.com REUTERS FILE PHOTO | Malta's armed forces rescued nearly 400 migrants in four separate sea operations on Wednesday and brought them all ashore to the small Mediterranean island, the military said. | A government official said it was one of the largest number of arrivals to Malta in many months. | An army source said other migrant boats were being monitored in the central Mediterranean, and it was not immediately clear if the Maltese authorities planned to intervene. | NGOs have reported that several boats are trying to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe. | Sea Watch International said on Twitter that a rubb...

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-06). FIFA, AFD sign deal to develop women's football in Africa. cgtn.com French president Emmanuel Macron applauds after the signature of an agreement between FIFA president Gianni Infantino and AFD (Agence Francaise de Developpement) president Remy Rioux at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France. Jacques Demarthon/Pool via REUTERS | FIFA and the French Development Agency (AFD) signed an agreement to develop collaboration for the implementation of various social projects related to football, including the development of women's football and the Football for Schools Programme. | FIFA and the AFD will implement joint programmes to promote football as a sport for all and invest in local...

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Liverpool: Islamophobia Decreases Thanks to Mohamed Salah. telesurenglish.net Recruited by Liverpool F.C. in 2017, Mohamed Salah has become an icon and one of the best soccer players in the world. Winner of the 2019 Champions league, he was the subject of a study at Stanford University indicating that acts of Islamophobia have declined in the county of Merseyside - of which Liverpool is the main city - since the Egyptian player was hired. | RELATED: Fans Baffled as Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah Goes Offline | On Saturday, June 1, Salah made history by opening t...

aljazeera (2019-06-06). US man sprays Somali children, yells slurs in Minnesota: Police. aljazeera.com Zachariah Manahan, 18, accused of felony stalking committed because of bias and other charges.

aljazeera (2019-06-06). Sudan protesters 'totally reject' army call for talks. aljazeera.com Protest leaders dismiss army's offer to hold talks as medics say 40 bodies pulled from Nile in wake of deadly crackdown.

kathy_f (2019-06-06). Manus Island, Nauru refugees appeal for help. greenleft.org.au Prime Minister Scott Morrison famously awarded himself a trophy for stopping the boats in the lead-up the recent federal election. That trophy looks a little odd now, with recent reports of several boats full of asylum seekers fleeing Sri Lanka and attempting to reach Australia. | However, since the election the situation on Manus Island and Nauru has become even more dire. Dozens of people have attempted suicide in the past few weeks and there were reports of guards beating up sick refugees in a hospital in Port Moresby on May 31. | A young Sudanese refugee, Fares, wrote a note before he attempted to hang himsel...

MAIL (2019-06-06). "Massacre" in Sudan: Protesters Continue Call for Civilian Rule After Military Kills 100+ at Sit-in. democracynow.org The death toll in Sudan has risen to more than 100 following a deadly military raid on a nonviolent sit-in in Khartoum Monday morning. According to doctors who have been taking part in the ongoing anti-government uprising, at least 40 bodies were dredged up from the Nile River in the aftermath of the carnage. Meanwhile, the state news agency reported Thursday that the death toll was no more than 46. On Wednesday, the Transitional Military Council said it had launched an investigation into the violence and offered to resume a dialogue on a transition to democracy, just a day after scrapping all agreements with an...

aljazeera (2019-06-06). Sudan crackdown: All the latest updates. aljazeera.com The latest from Sudan as army clamps down on protesters demanding civilian rule following Omar al-Bashir's removal.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). China's new Kenyan Ambassador aims to strengthen bilateral ties. cgtn.com The Chinese embassy in Kenya held a cocktail party on Wednesday to welcome the new Chinese ambassador to Kenya, his excellency, Wu Peng. | Kenya's chief administrative secretary in the ministry of foreign affairs Ababu Namwamba Lauded the ambassador's illustrious career as a diplomat and praised the shared values between the two countries. | Among the invited guests were members of the diplomatic cooperation, members of parliament and representatives of the Kenyan government. | Ambassador Wu has promised to strengthen the relationship between China and Kenya.

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-06). DR Congo: No Justice for 2014 Massacre. hrw.org | | An 18-year-old student who was shot while fleeing an attack by unidentified gunmen on a church service in Mutarule, South Kivu in Democratic Republic of Congo on June 6. 2014. | © 2014 Human Rights Watch | (Goma) — The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has failed to deliver justice for the killing of at least 30 civilians in Mutarule, South Kivu province, in June 2014. For five years, victims and their families have sought justic...

Eric A. Gordon (2019-06-06). Comprehensive retrospective of African-American artist Charles White at LACMA. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Right now, the critical thing to say about the magnificent Charles White retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is that it closes June 9! Sorry, the time flew and I did not get to it until a couple of days ago. A retrospective exhibition aims at a universal glance back ...

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-06). 'Biggest Animal Disease Outbreak We've Ever Had on the Planet': Swine Fever Spreads Like Wildfire Across Asia. commondreams.org Officials in Asia are reportedly calling on farmers to diversify their farms to offset the effects of the African swine fever, the virus that's forced the region to slaughter millions of pigs in recent months. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/15674819516_9c77fc2e26_o1.jpg...

teleSUR (2019-06-06). African Union Suspends Sudan After Army Crackdown on Protests. telesurenglish.net The African Union (AU) has suspended Sudan Thursday from the regional bloc in response to its brutal crackdown by the military on protesters. | RELATED: | UN Calls for Probe Into Sudan Army's Killing of 35 Protesters | The AU's Peace and Security Department said on Twitter that Sudan's participation in the AU is immediately suspended "until the effective establishment of a civilian-led transitional authority" is established as the only way to "exit from the current crisis." | Si...

aljazeera (2019-06-06). Algeria interim leader urges 'dialogue' over election. aljazeera.com Abdelkader Bensalah calls for an election date to be set 'as soon as possible' days after planned vote was pulled.

Staff (2019-06-06). Trump Dodges His Own Benghazi as Pentagon Closes Probe Into Niger Ambush. truthout.org After a U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked and four Americans were murdered in 2012, the Republican-led House of Representatives ordered eight congressional investigations, including a special select committee whose two-year, $7 million probe lasted longer than the main Watergate investigation. But after four American soldiers were ambushed and killed in neighboring Niger five years later, House Republicans opened no such investigations. Nearly two years after the...

aljazeera (2019-06-06). Children at risk in Nigeria due to lead poisoning from gold mines. aljazeera.com Lead poisoning has killed hundreds of children in Nigeria, with treating them made difficult by violence.

aljazeera (2019-06-06). Who are Sudan's RSF and their commander Hemeti? aljazeera.com Paramilitary force violently cracks down on protesters despite its initial support for protests against Omar al-Bashir.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). UN allocates $45 million to avert famine risk in Horn of Africa. cgtn.com The United Nations on Wednesday allocated 45 million U.S. dollars to help stave off famine risks in the Horn of Africa region. | Mark Lowcock, under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator said the funds from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will scale up urgent humanitarian support to drought-affected people across parts of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya who are facing acute food problems following another season of failed rains. | "We need to move to a system where we act much earlier on the warning signs of drought and hunger so that we can cut response time and c...

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-06). US military airstrike kills six militants in Somalia. cgtn.com A military drone. (Getty Images) | The United States military said it killed six terrorists in an airstrike targeting an ISIS-Somalia encampment in the Golis Mountains in Somalia on Tuesday. | The US military says this is the seventh airstrike in the last month against ISIS-Somalia and Al-Shabaab in the Golis Mountains. The airstrikes in the area have so far killed a total of 34 terrorists. | AFRICOM notes that the Golis Mountains are a known area for Al-Shabaab camps and ongoing fighting between Al-Shabaab and ISIS-Somalia. | AFRICOM says the airstrikes support Somali security forces efforts to protect the Somal...

aljazeera (2019-06-06). UN pulls staff from Sudan amid growing global concern. aljazeera.com African Union to hold emergency meeting as death toll continues to rise following military crackdown on protesters.

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Chimpanzees in the Wild Reduced to 'Forest Ghettos'. telesurenglish.net Urban expansion and hunting have pushed chimpanzees, humanity's closest relative in the animal kingdom, into shrinking islets of wildness, top experts said Tuesday after a three-day meeting in Germany. | RELATED: | Global Warming Effects on Ocean Life Kill 70 Grey Whales | All four sub-species of the African primate are threatened with extinction, with at least one —the western chimpanzee— declining in numbers by more than 80 percent over three generations. Chimps number...

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Brazil Closes 5 Caribbean Embassies Citing Costs and Staffing. telesurenglish.net Brazil confirmed the closure Wednesday of five Caribbean embassies to include those in Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Brazilian Foreign Ministry is also considering more embassy closures in two African countries. | RELATED | 'Told You, I Don't Understand the Economy': Bolsonaro | Brazil's Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo made the official confirmation Wednesday through a press release to the media. His stated justification...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-05). Kenya and World Bank launch entrepreneurship project. cgtn.com A woman working at her computer in Kenya. Reuters File/Thomas Mukoya | Kenya and the World Bank launched an initiative aimed at providing a platform for Kenyan youths to use their talents in developing innovative solutions to drive manufacturing. | Betty Maina, principal secretary for industrialization at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives said that Kenya Industry and Entrepreneurship Project (KIEP) will strengthen innovation ecosystem as part of the implementation of the Kenya industrial transformation program. | "The project marks an important milestone towards the ongoing digitizing and transform...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-05). UN calls for global support to help Somalis displaced by drought. cgtn.com The United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday warned of a growing climate-related displacement in Somalia where more than 2 million people are in need of food aid. | REUTERS — FILE PHOTO Climate change deepening Horn of Africa's hunger crisis, Oxfam says | In a statement issued ahead of the World Environment Day on Wednesday, the UNHCR called for urgent additional support to help people affected and displaced by drought in the horn of Africa nation. | "UNHCR is calling for more international action to prevent climate-related disasters, scale up efforts to strengthen resilience and to protect people affected b...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-05). Higher tariffs catapult U.S. businesses into greater uncertainty: expert. cgtn.com NEW YORK, June 5 (Xinhua) — The Washington-initiated tariff tensions against Mexico and China have catapulted U.S. companies with overseas business into vast uncertainty, with relevant costs passed on to U.S. consumers, a U.S. expert said here on Monday. | "So you now have companies looking out of the world and saying well if we can't do business in China, we can't do business in Mexico, are there other safe places to locate?" said Edward Alden, a senior fellow with U.S. think tank Council on Foreign Relations. | "So this action from a global supply chain perspective has introduced vastly more uncertaint...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-05). IAAF seeks reversal of Swiss court's ruling on Semenya. cgtn.com The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said it will seek a swift reversion of Monday's Swiss court ruling in favour of double Olympic champion Caster Semenya. | Semenya has appealed a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision that supported the IAAF's rule that XY chromosome athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs), like Semenya, can only race in distances from 400m to a mile if they take medication to lower their testosterone levels. | The Swiss Federal Tribunal (SFT) ruled Semenya will be able to run in her favoured 800 metres event without taking medication until her a...

aljazeera (2019-06-05). Egypt attack: Soldiers killed in raid on Sinai checkpoint. aljazeera.com State media reports attacks on multiple checkpoints, saying death toll is likely to increase.

pip.hinman (2019-06-06). In memory of Degeufe Hailu. greenleft.org.au Everyone who met Deguefe Odysseas Hailu, who passed away after a short period of illness on May 22, remembers him as a quietly spoken and gentle person. | But he was also passionately committed to the struggle for democracy and social justice, a longstanding member of the Socialist Alliance and a writer of several articles on Ethiopian politics for Green Left Weekly. | Degeufe was born in Ethiopia on April 5, 1955, the eldest of four siblings. From a young age he was an avid reader and he became inspired by US Black rights activist Malcolm X and Belay Zeleke, a leader of the Ethiopian resistance to Italian coloni...

Israel Shahak (2019-06-06). "Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East...

United Nations (2019-06-05). FROM THE FIELD: Keeping Morocco's indigenous culture and conservation in balance. un.org The delicate balance between indigenous farming practices and conservation in Morocco is under threat, but according to the UN, local communities in the Western High Atlas Mountains are finding ways to preserve traditions and still make a living from the land.

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Cuban Doctors Restore Sight to Brazilian Community in Bolivia. telesurenglish.net One of Bolivia's Brazilian communities is one of the main recipients of Cuban ophthalmologists' medical talents since the clinic was erected in Guayaramerin city, Prensa Latina reported. | RELATED: | Cuban Doctors Praised for Their Work in Post-Cyclone Mozambique | Since opening the clinic in 2006, thousands of Bolivians have had their sight restored both in the city of Guayamerin, but also with its sister-city across the Mamore river, Guajara-Mirim. | According to the Cuba-B...

WSWS (2019-06-06). Military junta launches counter-revolution in Sudan. wsws.org The counter-revolutionary bloodbath has killed some 100 people, including an eight-year old child, and injured hundreds more since Monday.

aljazeera (2019-06-06). How Sudan arrived at its Tiananmen moment. aljazeera.com What happened on June 3 has pushed the country to the edge of the abyss.

John McEvoy (2019-06-05). At least 100 people dead as Sudanese military launches new attempt to crush revolution. thecanary.co As widespread popular protests continued in Sudan, military forces began a brutal new crackdown on 3 June. The death toll is currently at 100, and is expected to rise. | Revolution: | Sudan has been gripped by mass protests since December 2...

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Sudan: Death Toll Rises to 60 in Crackdown on Protests as Military Rulers Seek Deescalation. telesurenglish.net The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, a medical arm of the Sudanese Professionals Association which has been leading protests in Sudan, said Wednesday the death toll has jumped to 60 people with hundreds more wounded since the latest military crackdown on protests. | RELATED: | Sudan Must Cede to Civilian-Led Transitional Authority: UN | Civil society groups name what is currently happening in their country a "bloody massacre" and among international concerns, the U.N. firmly...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-05). At least 5 dead, others missing after mudslides in Uganda. cgtn.com The Uganda Red Cross says at least five people have died in mudslides triggered by heavy rains in the east. Several others are said to be missing. | The group said Wednesday that its search and rescue teams ploughing through the mud had retrieved the bodies and handed them over to police. | Julius Mucunguzi, a spokesman for the prime minister's office, says at least 10 people are missing and many are displaced. | Several villages in the eastern district of Bududa, in the foothills of Mount Elgon, are prone to. Deaths are reported every year during the wet season. | Uganda's government is encouraging the reloca...

Staff (2019-06-05). Trump Wants to Make Alaska's Protected Wilderness a Hunting Ground. truthout.org A video featuring a father and son slaughtering a mother black bear and then her two screaming newborn cubs in their den has ricocheted around the world, drawing obvious comparisons to the killing of Cecil, the African lion, by a Minnesota dentist several years ago. | Sadly, the shocking brutality the two men displayed for the world to see could soon be sanct...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-05). Gianni Infantino reelected FIFA president. cgtn.com Gianni Infantino was re-elected as president of football's world governing body FIFA for a second term. | FILE PHOTO-REUTERS | The 49-year-old Swiss-Italian lawyer ran unopposed and during a lengthy speech before FIFA's congress highlighted the accomplishment of his first term at the helm with an eye toward FIFA and football's future. | "Nobody talks about a crisis at FIFA any more or rebuilding it from scratch. Nobody talks about scandals or corruption, we talk about football. We can say that we've turned the situation around," Infantino said. | Infantino took over the organization in 2016, succeeding Sepp Batte...

Colin Benjamin (2019-06-05). American Professor At Jamaica's Edna Manley College Contemplates Hunger Strike Amid Student Sex Scandal "Coverup" blackstarnews.com Visiting African-American Maluwa Williams-Myers has a story to tell about sex abuse at Edna Manley... | On Tuesday, African-American Professor Maluwa Williams-Myers told the Black Star News she is contemplating a hunger strike to force change at a Jamaican college where a serial sex offender has allegedly abused female students "for a decade." | Professor Williams-Myers told Black Star News she is compelled to consider this drastic approach because officials at this college are involved in a "coverup." She is worried about the victimization of other young women. | Is there a rape culture problem inside this Jama...

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Global Gag Rule Depriving of Healthcare, Killing Women: IWHC. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump's "global gag rule" is depriving "women of essential healthcare" and "ultimately killing" women around the world, the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) said in a report Wednesday. | RELATED: | Women Rights Groups Decry Expansion of US 'Global Gag Rule' on Abortion | In a statement,...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-05). Zimbabwe moves to ban strikes and protests. cgtn.com Zimbabwe's leaders are expected to enact a law this week that will bar workers from staging strikes and other protests before using other measures. | Zimbabwean schoolchild awaits transport from school during a teachers' strike in Harare, Zimbabwe, February 8, 2019. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo | The country has dealt with several strikes by doctors, teachers since its disputed general elections took place in 2018. Zimbabwe is currently facing a threat of a strike by the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA). ZINA recently issued a two-week notice to the Health Services Board. Nurses are threatening a walkout over sala...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-05). 3 civilians killed in attacks in Cameroon's restive Anglophone region. cgtn.com At least three civilians are dead and several others hurt following violent clashes between armed separatists and a Muslim community in Wum. Wum is located in Cameroon's restive English-speaking region of Northwest. | Regional Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique says a group of Hausa and Aku youths carried out Monday's attack in Wum in response to the killing of a local Hausa leader last Thursday. | The attack was the first of its kind since November 2017 when separatists began clashing with government forces to demand the independence of the minority two Cameroon's Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest.

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-05). WHO calls for sustained political commitment to end Ebola. cgtn.com Medical stuff and an Ebola survivor treat Ebola patient Ibrahim Mupalalo inside the Biosecure Emergency Care Unit (CUBE) at the ALIMA (The Alliance for International Medical Action) Ebola treatment centre in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. REUTERS/Baz Ratner | The World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for sustained political commitment to improve the response to the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. | Ghebreyesus' statement comes in the wake of the DR Congo's Ministry of Health confirming that the number of Ebola cases reported has exceed...

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Cuba's Diaz-Canel Rejects New Cultural Restrictions by US. telesurenglish.net Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Wednesday rejected the new restrictions by the United States on cultural and educational trips to the island. | RELATED: | Cuban Doctors Praised for Their Work in Post-Cyclone Mozambique | The new measures, which enter into force this Wednesday, will intensify the blockade and violate international law, the president said in...

aljazeera (2019-06-05). Toll in Sudan army attack jumps as China, Russia block UN action. aljazeera.com Sixty killed since raid at Khartoum sit-in, doctors say, as Security Council fails to adopt text condemning killings.

MAIL (2019-06-05). Headlines for June 5, 2019. democracynow.org GOP Mounts Possible Trump Challenge as Threat of U.S.-Mexico Trade War Looms, House Passes Dream and Promise Act, Which Could Grant Citizenship to 2.5 Million, Dozens of Children Forced to Spend Up to 39 Hours in Hot Vans After Botched ICE Family Reunification, U.K.: Trump Calls for New Trade Deal, Calls Protests "Fake News" as 10,000s Demonstrate Against His Visit, Sudan: Death Toll Rises to 60+ as Struggle Between Military and Protesters Mounts, Chynal Lindsey Is the 3rd Black Trans Woman to Be Killed in Dallas in Past Year, Virginia Governor Calls for Gun Control Reforms After VA Beach Mass Shooting, Police Ar...

aljazeera (2019-06-05). At least five dead, dozens missing after landslides in Uganda. aljazeera.com Red Cross says 50 people are missing and 150 houses were destroyed after major mudslides in Bududa district.

Sarah Mukabana (2019-06-05). Death toll rises to 60 as Sudanese generals request new talks. cgtn.com A protester flashes the victory sign in front of burning tires and debris on road 60, near Khartoum's army headquarters, in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, June 3, 2019. Sudanese protest leaders say at least 13 people have been killed Monday in the military's assault on the sit-in outside the military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum. The protesters have announced they are suspending talks with the military regarding the creation of a transitional government. (AP Photo) | Sudan's military ruler on Wednesday offered to resume a dialogue on a transition to democracy, one day after he scrapped all agreements with an o...

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Global Gag Rule Is Depriving Healthcare, Killing Women: IWHC. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump's "global gag rule" is depriving "women of essential healthcare" and "ultimately killing" women around the world, the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) said in a report Wednesday. | RELATED: | Women Rights Groups Decry Expansion of US 'Global Gag Rule' on Abortion | In a statement,...

Sarah Mukabana (2019-06-04). 13 civilians killed in Ebola zone after rebel attack in Congo. cgtn.com Soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) look at the distant hills near the town of Kibumba at its border with Rwanda after fighting broke out. | REUTERS | Authorities in eastern Congo say at least 13 civilians are dead after rebels attacked a town affected by the Ebola virus outbreak. | Residents on Tuesday blamed the overnight violence near Beni on rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces group. | Beni's interim Mayor Modeste Bakwanamaha said two Congolese soldiers also were killed. Spokesman Zachee Mathima said one attacker was killed and a teenage girl was taken away as hostage. | Calm returned by...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-05). Chinese President Xi arrives in Moscow for state visit. cgtn.com Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Moscow for a state visit to Russia at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. | The two world leaders will attend the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) where President Xi will address a plenary session and explain China's stance on sustainable development. | The visit is President Xi's eighth trip to Russia since 2013 and comes as the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination between the two nations is at its best in history. | Presidents Xi and Putin will review the achievements and experience in the development of the...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-05). Protecting Older People and People with Disabilities in South Sudan. hrw.org ...

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-05). Mali beat Argentina to advance to U20 World Cup quarterfinals. cgtn.com Mali's Boubacar Konte (centre) celebrates with his teammates during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup Round of 16 match against Argentina at the Stadion Miejski in Bielsko-Biała, Poland. (COURTESY: FIFA) | Mali booked their place in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup after knocking out pre-tournament favourites Argentina 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 2-2 after extra time at the Stadion Miejskiin Bielsko-Biała, Poland. | Mali successfully converted all their penalties while keeper Youssouf Koita saved Tomas Chancalay's penalty, Argentina's second spot-kick. | Mali came...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-04). Mass Arrests of Opposition Members in Cameroon. hrw.org | | Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto was arrested in Douala on January 28, 2019 for what appears to be politically motivated reasons. | © 2018 PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Image | At least 350 members and supporters of Cameroon's main opposition party, including its vice president, were arrested across the country this weekend after they tried to hold demonstrations. The arrests, targeting the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) party, appear to mark yet another step in the government's attempt to limit politi...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-04). President Kenyatta holds talks with Canadian PM in Vancouver. cgtn.com Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday held talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the 2019 Global Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver. | The Global Women Deliver Conference is the world's largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women. It has brought together over 8,000 world leaders and players in the academic fields as well as various change-makers. | This year's Conference focuses on the key role of power for progress and change, how power operates at three levels: individual power, structural power and the power of movem...

United Nations (2019-06-05). FROM THE FIELD: Balancing Morocco's indigenous culture and conservation. un.org The delicate balance between indigenous farming practices and conservation in Morocco is under threat, but according to the UN, local communities in the Western High Atlas Mountains are finding ways to preserve traditions and still make a living from the land.

Liberation Staff (2019-06-05). Massacre in Sudan: Revolutionaries vow to fight on despite deadly repression. liberationnews.org The Party for Socialism and Liberation is outraged at the horrific massacre carried out on Monday by forces loyal to the high command of the Sudanese armed forces against peaceful protesters conducting a sit-in in Khartoum outside army headquarters.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-04). Sudan's Pro-Democracy Opposition Urges 'Total Civil Disobedience' After Soldiers Massacre 35 People at Peaceful Sit-In. commondreams.org Condemning a "bloody massacre" which killed at least 35 peaceful protesters at a sit-in in the Sudanese capitol of Khartoum, pro-democracy leaders urged "total civil disobedience" on Monday to rise up against the military council currently running the country. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11479334981.jpg...

WSWS (2019-06-04). Military massacres protesters in Sudan. wsws.org Dozens were killed and hundreds wounded Monday after troops broke up a sit-in in Khartoum with live ammunition.

Labor Video Project (2019-06-04). Palestinian Solidarity, South Africa BDS & Director Muhammed Desai. indybay.org WorkWeek interviews SJSU professor Sang Hea Kil about her trip to South Africa to attend the Teaching Palestine confernce in March 2019. While at the conference she and two other women were sexually harassed by Muhammed Desai, the director of South Africa BDS. She talks about that experience and the cover-up that followed. She also discusses the role of Israel and the attacks against professors and students in the United States who are critical of Israel...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-04). UN Security Council to discuss Sudan crisis. cgtn.com The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Sudan after security forces violently broke up weeks of protests against military rule, leaving more than 30 dead. | FILE PHOTO: Members of Sudan's alliance of opposition and protest groups chant slogans outside Sudan's Central Bank during the second day of a strike, as tensions mounted with the country's military rulers over the transition to democracy, in Khartoum, Sudan May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo | UN Secretary-General Ant—nio Guterres said in a statement that he was "alarmed" by reports th...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-04). 53 African countries to attend inaugural China-Africa trade expo. cgtn.com 53 African countries have confirmed attending the inaugural China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo scheduled to take place between June 27-29. | The China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo was proposed in the discussions at the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, and is establishing a new mechanism for economic and trade cooperation between China and African countries. | Various conferences, forums and exhibitions lined up. | The forum will be co-hosted by China's Ministry of Commerce and the People's Government of Hunan Province. | Other than the participating countries, various organizations like the United N...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-04). Sudan: Halt Attacks on Protesters. hrw.org | | A protester wearing a Sudanese flag flashes the victory sign in front of burning tires and debris on road 60, near Khartoum's army headquarters, in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, June 3, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo | Sudan's forces violently attacked protesters, bystanders, and medical workers on June 3, 2019, reportedly killing at least 35 people and injuring hundreds, Human Rights Watch said today. The forces attacking protesters included the Rapid Support Force (RSF),...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-04). Sudan military council calls for election in 9 months. cgtn.com Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Tuesday announced it had cancelled all previous agreements with the main opposition coalition and called for snap elections following deadly violence in the capital Khartoum. | Sudanese protesters gesture as they chant slogans along a street and demanding that the country's Transitional Military Council hand over power to civilians in Khartoum, Sudan, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY | This is after security forces moved to disperse the main protest camp outside the Defence Ministry. | The announcement came as the military faced mounting internati...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-04). Trump baby balloon raised to protest his state visit to UK. cgtn.com The 20-foot high Trump baby balloon returned to skies over London as U.S. President Donald Trump continues his state visit to the United Kingdom. | Members of the Stop Trump Coalition raised the balloon, which shows Trump as a baby, over Parliament Square in London. The flyover coincided with Trump's Tuesday morning meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at nearby St. James Palace. | The launch marked what is expected to be a day of protests across the country. In central London, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party will join tens of thousands in a "Carnival of Resistance" against the presi...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-04). UNHCR appeals for additional funding to mitigate effects of Somalia drought. cgtn.com The United Nations refugee agency has appealed for additional support top help people affected and displaced by drought in Somalia. | UNHCR says Somalia has been hit by a worsening drought in many parts of the country following failed rains in the "Deyr" (October — December 2018) and "Gu" (April-June 2019) rainy seasons. | The agency says that some 5.4 million people are expected to be food insecure by July. Of these, 2.2 million will be in severe conditions needing immediate emergency assistance unless aid is urgently scaled up. | The drought in the Horn of African country has also forced more than 49,0...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-04). Netherlands Takes Big Step Toward Tackling Child Labor. hrw.org | | "Peter," 15, working alongside a teenage girl at an artisanal and small-scale mine in Odahu, Amansie West district, Ghana. | © 2016 Juliane Kippenberg for Human Rights Watch | People are becoming more and more aware that the things they buy — like clothes, mobile phones, or even vegetables — could be the product of child labor. Consumers in the Netherlands may soon be able to buy goods with new-found confidence, thanks to a law that tackles child labor in companies' supply chains. | On May 14, the Dutc...

aljazeera (2019-06-04). Sudan army 'expels wounded protesters' from hospital after attack. aljazeera.com Medics say soldiers forced Khartoum hospital to evict wounded protesters after shooting and detaining a doctor.

teleSUR (2019-06-04). Sudanese Military Scraps All Agreements With Protesters. telesurenglish.net Sudan's ruling party, the Transitional Military Council (TMC), announced on Tuesday that they were canceling all of the agreements they made with the main opposition, vowing to hold elections within nine months. | RELATED: | Death Toll Climbs to 9 in Sudan After Security Forces Attack | This move by the Transitional Military Council came on the same day that the Sudanese military stormed a protest camp in Khartoum, killing at least 35 peaceful protesters. The group had earlier sa...

Isma'il Kushkush (2019-06-04). 'Blood,' the Anthem of Sudan's Revolution, Takes on New Meaning Amid Violent Repression. thenation.com 'Blood,' the Anthem of Sudan's Revolution, Takes on New Meaning Amid Violent Repression...

teleSUR (2019-06-04). UN Calls for Probe Into Sudan Army's Killing of 35 Protesters. telesurenglish.net The United Nations' rights agency (OHCHR) Tuesday called on Sudanese security forces to halt attacks on Khartoum protest camps and to allow for negotiations for a transition to civilian-led power in the nation to continue. | RELATED: | Sudan Transitional Gov't Bans Al Jazeera, Revokes Staff Permits | OHCHR spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said between 30 and 35 people have been killed and several others injured in the violence. She called for a "de-escalation" in the country, warni...

aljazeera (2019-06-04). Sudan opposition rejects military transition plan after crackdown. aljazeera.com

CGTN Africa (2019-06-04). Ebola cases pass the 2000 mark in DRC. cgtn.com (Photo: Reuters File) | DR Congo's health ministry said late on Monday that it had recorded more than 2 000 cases of Ebola, two-thirds of which had been fatal, since the disease broke out in the country's east 10 months ago. | "Since the start of the epidemic, the total number of cases stands at 2 008, of which 1 914 have been confirmed [by lab test] while 94 are probable," it said in an update. | "In all, there have been 1 346 deaths (1 252 confirmed and 94 probable) and 539 people have recovered." | The ministry said it was important to retain the overall perspective, despite the breaching of the symbolic thres...

United Nations (2019-06-04). 'Regional security and integration' in Central Africa under threat, Security Council warned. un.org Recurrent and often deadly clashes between pastoralists and farmers in several countries in Central Africa continue to cause "serious concern", threatening "regional security and integration", a senior UN official warned the Security Council on Tuesday.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-04). Kenya to host Africa dairy conference in August. cgtn.com A shop steward arranges dairy products at the Quick Mart Lavington supermarket in Nairobi on January 24, 2019. (Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images) | Kenya will host the 15th African dairy conference from Aug. 14 to 16, organizers announced on Tuesday. | Peter Ngaruiya, executive director of Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association, said in Nairobi that more than 600 delegates from 45 countries in Africa will attend the event to review ways to address the challenges affecting the dairy sector. | "Over 100 companies from China, India and Europe will also showcase the latest technology in the dairy industry...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-04). CAF to hold emergency meeting in Paris following Champions League chaos. cgtn.com CAF President Ahmad Ahmad | The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is set to hold an emergency meeting today in Paris following the events that marred the CAF Champions League final on June 1. | The match pit Tunisian side Esperance against Wydad Casablanca. Chaos ensued when the match officials declined to award Wydad a goal and did not also seek the assistance from the VAR to verify their decision. This angered Moroccan football fans and observers, who strongly argued that the decision of the referee was unjust. | The situation prompted wide backlash from football fans across the continent and worldwide.

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-04). Jordan: Crackdown on Political Activists. hrw.org | | Protestor raises the Jordanian flag during 2018 protests in front for the prime ministry building in Amman, Jordan. | © 2018 AlMothanna B. AlGhazzawi | (Amman) — Jordanian authorities have increasingly targeted political and anti-corruption activists on charges that violate the right to free expression, Human Rights Watch said today. Since mid-March 2019, the authorities have detained over a dozen people, most linked to a loose coalition of politic...

Staff (2019-06-04). The US Cult of Bombing and Endless War. truthout.org From Syria to Yemen in the Middle East, Libya to Somalia in Africa, Afghanistan to Pakistan in South Asia, an American aerial curtain has descended across a huge swath of the planet. Its stated purpose: combatting terrorism. Its primary method: constant surveillance and bombing — and yet more bombing. Its political benefit: minimizing the number of U.S. "boots on the ground" and so American casualties in the never-ending war on terror, as well as any public outcry about Washington's many conflicts. Its economic benefit: plent...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-04). China lauds ties with Africa ahead of inaugural China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo. cgtn.com Ahead of the inaugural China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo (CAETE) scheduled for later this month, the Chinese organizers have revealed that the forum will hold 14 events and one exhibition to discuss a new path and new measures for China-Africa economic and trade cooperation. | The announcement was made at the first press conference in the run-up to the expo, attended by the Vice Minister of MOFCOM Qian Keming and the Vice Governor of the People's Government of Hunan Province He Baoxiang. | Mr. He said in his briefing that the Expo had set up a project database covering investment, trade, agriculture, touris...

WSWS (2019-06-04). Algerian army suspends July 4 presidential elections. wsws.org The decision came amid continuing mass weekly protests of workers and youth in cities across Algeria, opposing the elections, Interim President Bensalah and the military dictatorship.

United Nations (2019-06-04). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Bicycles for the environment, new leader for the UN General Assembly, UN values, Ebola, Syria and Libya. un.org This Tuesday, we cover: Bicycles in China; a new President elected for the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, to start in September; vital food crops destroyed in Syria; migrants and refugees in Libya's detention centres; Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo surpasses 2,000 cases; and the UN deputy chief in London pushes for UN values.

aljazeera (2019-06-04). 'No safe places': aid group urges evacuation of migrants in Libya. aljazeera.com MSF group slams migrant detention centre conditions, calls on EU to drop support for Libyan coastguard.

United Nations (2019-06-04). Newly-elected Nigerian UN General Assembly President pledges focus on 'peace and prosperity' for most vulnerable. un.org The global reach of the United Nations makes it "the world's best hope for peace and security, sustainable development and the promotion and protection of human rights and social progress", said the top Nigerian diplomat who will be the next President of the General Assembly.

aljazeera (2019-06-04). Children used by anti-Boko Haram groups struggle agianst trauma. aljazeera.com 'One day, I hope to open my own business and take control of my life,' says 18-year-old Kaumi Kolo, a former child vigilante in Nigeria.

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-04). South Sudan: Government Forces Abusing Civilians. hrw.org ...

aljazeera (2019-06-04). 'Bloody massacre': Sudan forces kill at least 35, protesters say. aljazeera.com UN condemns deadly Sudan crackdown as protesters call for 'total civil disobedience' to depose military rulers.

aljazeera (2019-06-04). After bloody attack, Sudan army scraps agreements with protesters. aljazeera.com Ruling military council says it will hold elections within nine months as crackdown on protesters draws condemnation.

aljazeera (2019-06-04). Sudan protesters reject military election plan after crackdown. aljazeera.com Heavy security presence and gunfire in Khartoum as protesters reject military plan to hold elections in nine months.

Dinah Matengo (2019-06-04). Talk Africa: Reclaimed Land conversation in South Africa. cgtn.com South Africa is one of the most industrialized countries on the continent. Yet, not far from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan centers such as Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town, underdeveloped rural communities continue to struggle for a better life. Under successive colonial and apartheid governments, the mass relocation of black people to poor homelands and underserved townships formed the basis of today's challenges. | The end of apartheid ushered in new hope. As Nelson Mandela said in 1995: "With freedom and democracy, came restoration of the right to land. And with it the opportunity to address the...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-04). Senegal's opposition calls for inquiry on BP gas deal. cgtn.com A group of opposition politicians in Senegal is demanding an investigation of two major offshore gas blocks run by British Petroleum (BP) after a report alleging fraud involving President Macky Sall's brother Aliou Sall. | Aliou Sall, brother of Senegalese President Macky Sall, speaks during a news conference in Dakar, Senegal June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Christophe Van Der Perre | The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Monday published an investigation alleging that in a previously unpublished arrangement, BP agreed to pay Timis Corporation, a company run by Romanian-Australian tycoon Frank Timis, around $10 bil...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-04). Huawei, AU deepen relationship with new 3-year deal. cgtn.com Chinese technology giant, Huawei, and the African Union (AU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to consolidate ICT cooperation. The MoU aims at strengthening the partnership between the two sides on broadband, internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, 5G and artificial intelligence, according to a statement issued by Huawei. | The initiative will also train young people in tech skills, and offer AU departments support in dealing with cybersecurity, as well as digital health and education. | The deal follows a 2015 MOU which focused on improving the union's technological capabilities, including by or...

Sarah Mukabana (2019-06-03). Switzerland turns to courts after Nigeria drops anchor over detained oil-tanker it seized. cgtn.com Nigerian naval vessel christianed Centenary sails in high sea during Obangame Express, a multinational maritime exercise involving 33 countries off the coast of Lagos on March 20, 2019. — Thirty-three countries are participating in Obangame Express, a multinational maritime exercise sponsored by the United States Africa Command to test multinational maritime forces in a broad range of operations to increase capability and capacity to respond, check piracy, illicit trafficking, and other maritime threats in the Gulf of Guinea. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP) (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Ge...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-03). Tunisia PM Chahed elected as leader of new secular party. cgtn.com FILE PHOTO — REUTERS | Tunisia's secular Tahya Tounes party, founded this year, elected Prime Minister Youssef Chahed as its president on Sunday, confirming expectations of his leadership months before parliamentary and presidential elections. | The new party was formed in January after months of wrangling within ruling coalition party Nidaa Tounes, resulting in the resignation of dozens of leaders. | The fragile coalition, which also includes the moderate Islamist party Ennahda, is struggling to pass economic reforms demanded by foreign lenders. | Tahya Tounes party (Long Live Tunisia) includes ministers in...

MAIL (2019-06-04). Headlines for June 4, 2019. democracynow.org CBP Confirms 2 More Migrants' Deaths in Recent Days, Judge Denies Dem Request to Block Funding of Border Wall, Mexico, U.S. Lawmakers Hope to Avert Trump Tariff on Mexican Goods, U.S. Sends Border Patrol Agents to Guatemala, Trump Meets with Theresa May as Protesters Blast His U.K. Visit, Sudan: Death Toll from Anti-Protest Raid Mounts, as Transitional Gov't Sets Timeline for Election, Reports: Car Bomb Kills At Least 14 People in Northern Syria, Swedish Court Rejects Detention Request for Julian Assange, New Images Appear to Contradict Reports of Killings of High-Level North Korean Officials, House Passes Disast...

aljazeera (2019-06-04). Sudan's military government calls for elections in 9 months. aljazeera.com Protesters say they do not trust the military government and call for an immediate transfer of power to civilian rule.

Steve Sweeney (2019-06-04). Security forces massacre demonstrators in Sudan, opposition calls for mass resistance. peoplesworld.org Sudanese opposition forces warned of a "massacre" in Khartoum yesterday as security forces attacked a sit-in protest in front of the army headquarters. Protesters are demanding the transfer of power to civilians. Tents were burned to the ground as Sudanese militia opened fire on the crowds. At least 35 people are believed to have been ...

aljazeera (2019-06-03). Military forces break up Sudan protests in Khartoum. aljazeera.com Protesters say despite the violence they will remain on the streets until the military agrees to civilian rule.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-03). IMF concerned about Zimbabwe's mineral-backed loans. cgtn.com Foreign loans that use minerals as collateral may complicate Zimbabwe's future negotiations with foreign creditors to restructure its $8.8 billion debt, an International Monetary Fund official said on Monday. | Unable to get funding from lenders like the IMF since defaulting on its debt in 1999, Zimbabwe has over the last five years relied on the African Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank) for mineral-backed loans. But the country still faces a dollar crunch that has led to shortages of fuel and medicines. | Zimbabwe remains in debt distress, said Gene Leon, the IMF mission chief to Zimbabwe. Its $2.6 billion a...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-03). Caster Semenya free to compete after Swiss court suspends controversial IAAF ruling. cgtn.com South Africa's star female athlete Caster Semenya will be allowed to compete in races of all distances without medication to limit her testosterone levels after a successful appeal against the ruling. | A Swiss court on Monday suspended the new IAAF rule which was meant to apply to women events between 400 metres to the mile. In those rules, athletes classed as having DSDs would have to reduce their blood testosterone levels to below five (5) nmol/L for a period of six months before they can compete. The athletes must then maintain it below that level continuously. | "I hope following my appeal I will once again...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-03). South Africa ruling opens way for apartheid-era prosecutions. cgtn.com FILE — In this Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 file photo, Imtiaz Cajee, nephew of Ahmed Timol, poses with his book "Timol, A Quest for Justice" in the North Gauteng High court in Pretoria, South Africa. A former South African police officer will face trial over the 1971 killing of an anti-apartheid activist after a court ruling that could lead to the prosecution of similar crimes. The high court in Johannesburg on Monday, June 3, 2019 dismissed 80-year-old Joao Rodrigues' application for a permanent stay of prosecution. (AP Photo, File) | A former South African police officer will face trial over the 1971 killing o...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-03). Burundi's application to join SADC rejected. cgtn.com The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has rejected Burundi's application to join the bloc, saying Bujumbura did not meet all the requirements. | Through a statement issued last week on Tuesday quoted the SADC chair, Namibian President Hage Geingob, as saying that Burundi did not meet the bloc's admission requirements after the latest assessment. | While Speaking in Tanzania, President Geingbob said, "The SADC assessment mission was in Burundi, but recommended that it is not yet beneficial for Burundi to be admitted into SADC," due to what he called the unresolved democratic process in that country.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-03). IGAD urges progress toward implementation of South Sudan peace deal. cgtn.com The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has urged parties in South Sudan to effectively engage on transitional security arrangements towards the timely implementation of South Sudan's latest peace accord. | "The timely implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) significantly revolves around the transitional security arrangements," Wais, IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, was quoted as saying by an IGAD statement issued late Saturday. | South Sudan's new peace deal calls for the reunification of all fighters involved in the civil conflict,...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-03). IMF say Zimbabwe's mineral-backed loans may complicate talks with creditors. cgtn.com The International Monetary Fund (IMF) building sign is viewed. / AFP / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images) | Foreign loans that use minerals as collateral may complicate Zimbabwe's future negotiations with foreign creditors to restructure its $8.8 billion debt, an International Monetary Fund official said on Monday. | Unable to get funding from lenders like the IMF since defaulting on its debt in 1999, Zimbabwe has over the last five years relied on the African Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank) for mineral-backed loans. But the country still faces a dollar crunch that has led...

Laura Walubengo (2019-06-03). Two feared dead as Sudan military disperse protesters. cgtn.com Sudanese protesters close Street 60 with burning tyres and pavers on June 3, 2019 (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images) | Two people have been killed and several others injured after security forces in Sudan dispersed a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum. | According to witnesses and the medical association affiliated to the protesters, Sudanese security forces entered the site of a sit-in in central Khartoum early on Monday, in an attempt to disperse the protest. | In response to the gunfire, some protesters have blocked a street in Khartoum with bricks and burning tyres. | The violence comes amid a pers...

aljazeera (2019-06-03). Protesters shot as Sudan military tries to clear Khartoum sit-in. aljazeera.com At least nine killed in ongoing military raid on Khartoum sit-in site, as protesters continue to demand civilian rule.

United Nations (2019-06-03). FROM THE FIELD: Watering the parched farmland of Sˆ£o TomŽ‚ÄØand‚ÄØPr’ncipe. un.org Farmers on the island of Sˆ£o TomŽ‚ÄØand‚ÄØPr’ncipe, off the western coast Africa, are being supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to become more resilient in the face of climate fluctuations which have left the land parched and farmers without an income.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-03). Kenya's central banker warns about impact of illicit flows. cgtn.com Kenya Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge displays the newly designed 1000 Kenyan shilling bank note(L)near the old note, during a news conference at the Central Bank in Nairobi, Kenya, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner | Kenya needs to urgently stamp out an upsurge of suspicious transactions in its financial sector that imperil future commercial activities and economic growth, Patrick Njoroge, the central bank governor, said on Monday | The East African nation is favoured by foreign investors mainly due to its diverse, fast-growing economy, but its reputation has long been tainted by widespread graft and weak a...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-03). Drought threatens to wipe out more than half of Zimbabwe's cattle. cgtn.com More than half of Zimbabwe's national herd of 5.2 million cattle is at risk of being wiped out by this year's drought if nothing is done within the coming few months | FILE PHOTO — REUTERS | Farmers and livestock experts say escalating diseases, as well as the devastating effects of the El Ni–o-induced drought, have combined to put millions of animals at risk of dying. | "According to our assessment, if no mitigatory measures are put in place to avert the situation, we are likely to lose about 50% of the country's national herd. Government should declare the situation a national disaster," Livestock Farmers...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-03). Sadio Mane named in 23-man Senegal squad for AFCON 2019. cgtn.com Senegal football team's coach Aliou CissŽ has named his squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to begin later this month in Egypt. | While the squad boasts of some big-name players who are contracted to teams in top European leagues, other stars have been left out of the squad. | Among the players that have been left out of CissŽ's squad include Diafra Sakho, Mame Biram Diouf, Cheikh Ndoye and Adama Mbegue. | Even so however, the Lions of Teranga will have stars such as Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Crystal Palace midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, Everton midfielder Id...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-03). U.N. chief warns of "high risk" of atrocities in Mali. cgtn.com The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of a "high risk" of atrocities in Mali, calling for beefing up the U.N. peacekeeping presence in the country. | Guterres submitted the report to the Security Council, saying he was "appalled" by the upsurge in violence. | He called on the Malian government to boost its response to extremist groups operating in the country. | "If these concerns are not addressed, there is a high risk of further escalation that could lead to the commission of atrocity crimes," the U.N. chief said in the report. | With the increasing security concerns in Mali, Guter...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-03). Russia/Syria: Flurry of Prohibited Weapons Attacks. hrw.org | | A man inspects the destruction left by overnight air strikes targeting residential areas at Kafr Nabl in the rebel-held Idlib Province, Syria, May 20 2019. | © 2019 Anas Alkharboutli/AP Images | (Beirut) — The Russian- Syrian joint military operation has used internationally banned and other indiscriminate weapons in unlawful attacks on civilians in northwest Syria in recent weeks, Human...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-03). Sudan military denies breaking up protest sit-in, 9 dead. cgtn.com TOPSHOT — Sudanese protesters gather for a sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum on May 19, 2019. — Talks between Sudan's ruling military council and protesters are set to resume, army rulers announced, as Islamic movements rallied for the inclusion of sharia in the country's roadmap. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images) | Nine protesters were shot dead on Monday as Sudan's ruling military tried to break up a sit-in protest outside army headquarters in Khartoum, a doctors' committee close to demonstrators said. | It said the deat...

aljazeera (2019-06-03). 'Wrong, outrageous': World reacts as Sudan forces attack sit-in. aljazeera.com US calls attack on Khartoum protest camp 'wrong' as AU, Egypt and Germany appeal for a return to talks.

plenglish (2019-06-03). Egypt Rejects US Proposed Deal for Palestine. plenglish.com Cairo, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has rejected the most recent rumors about the so-called Deal of the Century, which the United States is proposing to tackle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

aljazeera (2019-06-03). Speaking up against sexual violence, domestic abuse in Ethiopia. aljazeera.com Laws have changed and crimes are increasingly reported but survivors, activists and politicians say stigma remains.

Eds. (2019-06-03). 98.3 percent of Ghana's gold remains in the hands of multinational corporations. mronline.org Disproportionate focus on corruption of national leaders distracts from the systemic theft of Ghana's wealth. | Source

Corinna Barnard (2019-06-03). Abuses Show Assange Case Was Never About Law. consortiumnews.com Jonathan Cook says 17 glaring legal anomalies provide overwhelming evidence that the WikiLeaks publisher has been the victim of political persecution. By Jonathan Cook Jonathan-Cook.net It is astonishing how often one still hears well-informed, otherwise reasonable people say about Julian... Read more →

MAIL (2019-06-03). Headlines for June 3, 2019. democracynow.org Gunman Kills 12 People During Virginia Beach Rampage, DHS Watchdog Warns of "Dangerous Overcrowding" at El Paso Migrant Prison, El Salvadoran Transgender Migrant Dies in ICE Custody After Denial of Medical Care, Judge Temporarily Keeps Missouri's Sole Abortion Clinic Open, Military Forces in Sudan Raid Sit-in, Killing At Least 9 Protesters, Protesters Set Fire Outside U.S. Embassy in Honduras, Police Tear-Gas, Arrest Palestinian Protesters as Israeli Settlers Enter Al-Aqsa Mosque, Trump Blasts Brexit, Insults Meghan Markle, While London Mayor Protests His U.K. Visit, Report: Disappearance and Murder of 1000s of I...

unitedEditor (2019-06-03). Trump VS Mexico, EU leaders meet in Brussels, Sudan protests. uwidata.com Trump VS Mexico US President Donald Trump announced the introduction of 5% duties on all products from Mexico on Sunday, threatening to increase the number if the problem of illegal immigrantion continues. Mexican Deputy Foreign Minister Jesus Sead promised a "vigorous" response to the new duties on Thursday. On March 29, Trump threatened to close ...

teleSUR (2019-06-03). Death Toll Climbs to 9 in Sudan After Security Forces Attack. telesurenglish.net The death toll in Khartoum has climbed to nine dead after the Sudanese security forces stormed a protest camp inside the country's capital city. | RELATED: | Sudanese Security Forces Open Fire on Protesters in Khartoum | In footage broadcasted by Al-Jazeera TV, a large number of people could be seen fleeing through the streets of Khartoum after the Sudanese security forces opened fire on the crowd. This chaotic scene has sparked the deadliest day since the long-time Sudanese Pre...

aljazeera (2019-06-03). What's happening in Sudan: Six things to know about the unrest. aljazeera.com Sudanese protesters seek civilian rule as Transitional Military Council retains power after Omar al-Bashir's removal.

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-03). UN: Highlight Cameroon at Central Africa Briefing. hrw.org (New York, June 3, 2019) — Members of the United Nations Security Council should focus on the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation in Cameroon at the June 4, 2019 briefing by the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, nine human rights organizations said today in an open letter to Security Council members. | While UN Regional Office for Central Africa briefings are an opportunity to formally raise the situation in Cameroon at the Securi...

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2019-06-03). Discover the expansion of California Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebrations. indybay.org Juneteenth is our National Freedom Day. Before, during and after the US Civil War (1840-1875) California has a "hidden story" to tell that honors our California Pan African legacy and contributions by over 200,000 "unknown" US Colored Troops, "Gospel Soldiers" who gallantly fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today.

United Nations (2019-06-03). FROM THE FIELD: Watering the parched farmland of Sˆ£o TomŽ and Pr’ncipe. un.org Farmers on the island of Sˆ£o TomŽ‚ÄØand‚ÄØPr’ncipe, off the western coast Africa, are being supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to become more resilient in the face of climate fluctuations which have left the land parched and farmers without an income.

Milton G. Allimadi (2019-06-03). A True Hero -- the Life and Times of Ulric Cross, Trinidadian Pan-African. blackstarnews.com Filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon and Allimadi. | [Commentary] | Sunday I saw a great film by Frances-Anne Solomon called "Hero: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross," at the ongoing 26th African Film Festival New York. | The festival continues through June 4 at Lincoln Center and then moves to the Maysles Cinema in Harlem from Ju...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-03). Sadio Mane sets eyes on Premier League glory after Champions League triumph. cgtn.com Liverpool's Senegalese forward Sadio Mane has set his eyes on the Premier League after helping his side win a sixth Champions League on Saturday. | The 27-year-old was crucial for Liverpool's success this season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions. | He finished the Premier League season as joint top-scorer alongside fellow Red Mohamed Salah and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with 22 goals each. | Speaking following his side's victory against Tottenham on Saturday, Mane said the Merseyside club would seek more trophies next season. | "Last year we were so close, and this season we won it. So, nex...

United Nations (2019-06-03). Monday's Daily Brief: the cost of maternal healthcare, Sudan and Chad updates, sustainability in focus. un.org This Monday, top stories includes: the "catastrophic" cost of maternal healthcare; UN condemnation following violence against protesters in Sudan and the killing of a journalist in Chad; and the urgent need for sustainability highlighted through an exhibit in Geneva and a special event in London.

aljazeera (2019-06-03). To return a king. aljazeera.com After losing almost everything after Nigeria's police razed his community, Elijah Atinkpo now wants justice.

aljazeera (2019-06-03). Nigeria's former child vigilantes return to school. aljazeera.com The UN wants the disengagement process to help children caught up in violence have a chance at a normal life.

United Nations (2019-06-03). Sudan: UN chief deplores excessive force used against pro-democracy protesters, calls on military and civilian leaders to 'stay the course' in negotiations. un.org Security forces in Sudan fired on pro-democracy protesters in the capital Khartoum on Monday, leaving a number of dead and many more injured, prompting the United Nations chief's condemnation and an appeal for "peaceful dialogue" to resume.

aljazeera (2019-06-03). Sudan crackdown on protesters: All the latest updates. aljazeera.com The latest from Sudan as protesters seek civilian rule even as military council retains power since al-Bashir's removal.

aljazeera (2019-06-03). 'Bloody massacre': Sudan forces kill at least 30, protesters say. aljazeera.com UN condemns deadly Sudan crackdown as protesters call for 'total civil disobedience' to depose military rulers.

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-03). Donors pledge $1.2 billion for Mozambique's post-cyclone recovery. cgtn.com Donors have pledged an initial $1.2 billion to help Mozambique in its post-cyclone recovery after the country was hit by two tropical storms earlier this year. | The UN Development Program announced on Sunday that the pledge was made following the two-day donor conference held in the Mozambican coastal city of Beira. | The conference's main aim was to "facilitate the reconstruction and building of resilience in the affected areas". | Mozambique was hit by Cyclone Idai in March, killing over 600 people and destroying nearly 240,000 homes. | As the country was still recovering from the effects of Idai, Cyclone K...

aljazeera (2019-06-03). South Africa's Caster Semenya free to run while appeal is heard. aljazeera.com Order comes a month after special court denied Olympic champion's appeal against testosterone suppressing treatment.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-02). Man found hiding behind car glove box in desperate attempt to enter Europe. cgtn.com An African man was found crammed behind the glove box of a car in a bid to get to Europe. | He was one of four people spotted in vehicles on the same day by authorities in Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, North Africa. | Three people including a 15-year-old girl were found in separate cars at the Beni-Enzar border between Morocco and Melilla on May 24. | Two hid in special compartments behind the dashboard and a third was under a rear seat. | Two were treated by medics for asphyxia, disorientation and joint pain. | A fourth person was also found on May 24 under a truck in the Melilla port. | In rece...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-02). Morocco's 27-man provisional AFCON squad unveiled. cgtn.com Morocco national football team's coach Herve Renard on Sunday named a 27-man provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for later this month. | The Atlas Lions will be hoping to replicate the result realized by their Africa-based players who won the 2018 African Nations Championship. | The 2019 AFCON tournament will be staged in Egypt between 21 June and 19 July. | Coach Renard included Dutch-based duo, Hakim Ziyech and Noussair Mezraoui both with Ajax, Borussia Dortmund left back Achraf Hakim and Al-Duhail defender Medhi Benatia. | Al-Nasr forward and Saoudi League best player and top Scorer Ab...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-02). DR Congo forces kill 26 rebels in shootout. cgtn.com The Democratic Republic of Congo's army says its forces on Thursday killed 26 rebels thought to have links to Islamic State. | The soldiers engaged the rebels in a shootout in a village near the city of Beni, an area where more than a dozen different militia groups and associated armed gangs are said to operate, and the epicentre of country's worst ever Ebola epidemic. | The army's spokesman for east Congo, General Leon-Richard Kasonga, said the insurgents from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked a position in Ngite village and that soldiers returned fire and pursued them. | "Twenty six rebels were neu...

teleSUR (2019-06-02). Algeria Scraps July 4 Presidential Election. telesurenglish.net Algeria cannot hold a presidential election planned for July 4 due to a lack of valid candidates, its constitutional council said Sunday, prolonging the country's transition after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned two months ago. | The move will likely extend the rule of interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, who was meant to stay only until the vote to elect a new president after Bouteflika ended his 20-year rule in the wake of mass protests. | Demonstrations have since continued, with protesters demanding Bensalah's resignation. | In a statement on state television, the constitutional council said it...

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-06-02). Palestinian Photojournalist at Risk of Deportation. imemc.org For the past five months, Mustafa al-Kharouf has been languishing inside Israel's Givon prison, away from his wife Tamam and their one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Asia. But, now, he faces deportation to Jordan. The 32-year-old photojournalist, son to an Algerian mother and a Palestinian father, has been living in Jerusalem since 1999, when ...

teleSUR (2019-06-02). Ecuadorean Richard Carapaz Wins Giro d'Italia. telesurenglish.net Richard Carapaz rode a perfect race to fulfill his immense potential and become the first Ecuadorean rider to win a grand tour when he prevailed in the Giro d'Italia on Sunday. | The 26-year-old took command of the race with a solo win on the 14th stage and never surrendered the pink jersey, comfortably holding off his main rivals in the mountains in the final week. | Italian Vincenzo Nibali, who was chasing a third title, ended up second overall, one minute and five seconds behind, with Slovenian Primoz Roglic taking third place 2: 30 off the pace after Sunday's time trial was won by American Chad Haga. | Ca...

teleSUR (2019-06-02). Egypt Won't Accept Anything Against Palestinian Wishes: al-Sisi. telesurenglish.net Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday that his country would not accept anything undesired by the Palestinians referring to the unannounced United States (U.S) so-called " deal of the century." | RELATED: | Palestinians Say US 'Deal of Century' Seeks to End Their Cause | The initiative, led by Jared Kushner,...

teleSUR (2019-06-02). Cuban Doctors Praised for Their Work in Post-Cyclone Mozambique. telesurenglish.net The Cuban Minister of Public Health Jose Angel Portal Sunday praised the work of Cuban doctors in Mozambique who went to treat people affected by cyclone Idai. | RELATED: | Cuban Doctors Attend to Venezuelan Oil Workers Amid US Blockade | Portal said the doctors not only treated people but left the mark of revolution on the country. | "The work t...

teleSUR (2019-06-03). Sudanese Security Forces Open Fire on Protesters in Khartoum. telesurenglish.net The Sudanese security forces have begun to use force to crack down on the long-running sit-in protests outside of the army's headquarters in the capital city of Khartoum, protesters told the BBC. | RELATED: | Sudan Must Cede to Civilian-Led Transitional Authority: UN | According to the BBC, the Sudanese security forces opened fire on the protesters, killing at least one person and wounding several others. | "Now an attempt is taking place to disperse the sit-in," said a short state...

Staff (2019-06-01). The History of Black Women Championing Demands for Reparations. truthout.org The American media has paid increasing attention to the legacies of slavery. The new National Museum of African American History and Culture features a huge exhibition on the history of slavery. Many US universities are studying their links with slavery and the slave trade. In several cases, schools decided to provide symbolic reparations by renaming buildings and/or creating memorials and monuments to honor enslaved men and women. | But these measures do not seem to suffice: several activists and ordinary citizens are calling for financial reparations. Students of Georgetown University recently voted to pay a...

teleSUR (2019-06-02). At Least Two Migrants Die, 25 Missing in Boat Crash off Libya. telesurenglish.net At least two migrants died and around 25 others are missing after their inflatable boat capsized off the western Libyan coast, a spokesman for the coastguard said on Sunday. | RELATED: | Libya Intercepts Migrants as Fighting in Tripoli Slows | A total of 73 migrants were picked up by a coastguard patrol about 14 miles off Qarabulli town, some 49 kilometers east of the capital Tripoli, spokesman Ayoub Qassem stated. | "A wrecked and inflatable boat was found without an engine and the i...

United Nations (2019-06-01). International partners pledge $1.2 billion to help cyclone-hit Mozambique recover, 'build back better'. un.org Donors have pledged an initial $1.2 billion to help restore livelihoods and rebuild infrastructure destroyed by cyclones Kenneth and Idai in Mozambique, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced on Sunday.

United Nations (2019-05-31). From philanthropy to profit: how clean energy is kickstarting sustainable development in East Africa. un.org Until recently, Namacurra district, in the Zambezia province of Mozambique, some 1,500 km from the capital Maputo, did not have any basic services — such as schools, health centres, or even energy — connecting the region to the electricity grid would be extremely time-consuming, and costly. But a new UN-backed clean energy initiative looks set to change the outlook for Namacurra, and, within a matter of months, kickstart sustainable development for the benefit of the thousands of people, relocated to the area following the devastating rains of 2015, and it could herald an improved outlook for other ec...

United Nations (2019-05-31). Mozambique pledging conference hopes to soften devastating blow of back-to-back cyclones. un.org As some 1.85 million people in Mozambique try to recover from back-to-back cyclones Idai and Kenneth, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Friday kicked off a two-day pledging forum to drum up funds to help get the vulnerable country get back on its feet.

amnesty (2019-05-31). Nigeria: Human rights agenda. amnesty.org The human rights situation in Nigeria is marked by serious human rights violations such as extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and other ill-treatment, enforced disappearances, violence against women and girls, restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, mass forced evictions, environmental pollution and lack of accountability for human rights violations and abuses. Amnesty International is proposing the following human rights agenda and recommendations to the government to improve respect for the human rights of everyone in Nigeria.

MAIL (2019-05-30). Trump Admin's Move to Delay Placing Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill Is "Rooted in Misogyny & Racism" democracynow.org The Trump administration is under fire for delaying plans to replace Andrew Jackson's portrait on the $20 bill with abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made the announcement last week, saying Tubman won't appear on the bill until at least 2026. Under a 2016 Obama initiative, Tubman was originally scheduled to replace Andrew Jackson by 2020—the 100th anniversary of women being granted the right to vote. She will be the first woman in over a century and the first African American to appear on the front of a U.S. banknote. Andrew Jackson was a slaveholder who in 1830 signed th...

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-30). Zimbabwe: 7 Detained After Rights Meeting. hrw.org | | Farirai Gumbonzvanda at Chikurubi Maximum Prison on May 29, 2019. | | © Private | (Johannesburg) — Zimbabwe's authorities should immediately release seven activists and drop fabricated charges of seeking to subvert the government. | Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the local group representing the activists, said that state security agents arrested all seven between May 20 and 27, 2019, at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare, the capital, on...

Danny Sjursen (2019-05-30). America's Allies in the Middle East Are the Real 'Troika of Tyranny'. thenation.com America's Allies in the Middle East Are the Real 'Troika of Tyranny'

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-31). Resignation Confirms Fears of Delay in Guinea Stadium Massacre Trial. hrw.org | | In Guinea's capital, Conakry, family members cry after identifying the body of a relative killed on September 28, 2009, when security forces fired on opposition supporters as they marched to and later held a rally in the September 28 Stadium. The body of their relative was one of 57 dead displayed at the Grand Fayˆßal Mosque on October 2, 2009. | © 2009 Reuters | The resignation of Guinea's Justice Minister Cheick Sako — who oversaw significant progress in the investigation in Guinea's devastating 2009...

amnesty (2019-05-30). Portrait of an activist: Cressida Kuala. amnesty.org | Cressida Kuala is a women's human rights defender of the Ipili Indigenous people, and an environmental activist from a gold mining town in the highlands of Porgera, Enga Province, in Papua New Guinea (PNG). She told Amnesty International that her interest in protecting human rights was motivated by her own experience of...

amnesty (2019-05-30). Portrait of an activist: Emmanuel Peni. amnesty.org | Emmanuel Peni, aka Manu, is an LGBTI and environmental activist from Sepik, in the coastal region of Papua New Guinea (PNG). | Manu is the president of Kapul Champions, the only national LGBTI network in Papua New Guinea. He told Amnesty International that his work is complicated by the fact that homosexuality is criminalized in PNG, and intolerant forms of Christianity influence public attitudes toward the LGBTI community. | Manu explained that the words "lesbian," "gay...

United Nations (2019-05-30). Thursday's Daily Brief: the European Charlemagne prize, sexual abuse, transgender rights, Somalia and Libya updates. un.org Top stories this Thursday: UN chief Guterres received the Charlemagne Prize for services towards European unification; sexual abuse in Somalia and within the UN; a leap in transgender rights; news from Libya; and new political appointments at the UN.

United Nations (2019-05-31). Friday's Daily Brief: Fundraising for Mozambique, Assange's rights, Asia-Pacific development, Somalia and Sudan updates. un.org This Friday, we cover: a donor conference to support life-saving and recovery aid for Mozambique following two recent devastating cyclones; the need to respect Wikileaks' Assange's rights; how Asia-Pacific is working towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ; news from Somalia and Sudan; and a new stamp honouring Kofi Annan.

United Nations (2019-05-30). Mozambique: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets the child cyclone survivors who've lost everything. un.org Visiting storm-ravaged Mozambique, UN Children's Fund Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom, listened to devastating stories of children who lost everything in Cyclone Idai, while observing on Thursday that UNICEF-built safe spaces have given them "a sense of normality".

amnesty (2019-05-31). Zimbabwe: Seven activists arrested, charged with treason. amnesty.org Seven activists, arrested on different dates, are facing charges of treason after they attended a training organised by the Center for Non-Violence Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in the Maldives. Five of the activists have already appeared in court and are remanded in custody until 6 June. The offence 'subverting a constitutional government' carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. These arrests are part of an ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders, activists and opposition members in the country and are an attempt by the government to stifle peaceful protest over the recently implemented austerity mea...

amnesty (2019-05-31). Zimbabwe: Sept militants arrtŽs et inculpŽs de trahison. amnesty.org Sept militants, arrtŽs ˆ des dates diffŽrentes, sont inculpŽs de trahison pour avoir participŽ ˆ une formation organisŽe par le Centre pour l'action et les stratŽgies non violentes (CANVAS) aux Maldives. Cinq d'entre eux ont dŽjˆ comparu devant un tribunal et sont maintenus en dŽtention jusqu'au 6 juin. La ´ subversion d'un gouvernement constitutionnel ª est une infraction sanctionnŽe par une peine allant jusqu'ˆ 20 ans d'emprisonnement.

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-30). Egypt: Threats to Human Rights Watch Staff. hrw.org | | Remnants of a demolished home. © 2014 Private | (Beirut) — On May 28, 2019, Human Rights Watch released a report, "'If You Are Afraid for Your Lives, Leave Sinai!': Egyptian Security Forces and ISIS-Affiliate Abuses in North Sinai," which details the serious abuses, including war crimes, Egyptian government forces and ISIS-affiliated militants have carried out in North Sinai. | Immediately following the report's release, numerous pro-government Egyp...

unitedEditor (2019-05-28). The Chagos Islands and the defeat of the UK at the UN : a precedent for Argentina and Spain. uwidata.com The General Assembly of the United Nations urged the United Kingdom to leave the Chagos archipelago, ruling in favor of the West African country Mauritius. The United Kingdom had already face off with Mauritiu at the UN for control of the Chagos archipelago in February before the International Court of Justice gave a favorable response ...

Andre Vltchek (2019-05-28). Andre Vltchek: It Is Indifference of the Israelis That Is Killing People. mintpressnews.com As always, I was impressed by Israel's infrastructure, but not by whom it serves. South Africa, during apartheid, built some of the greatest highways in the world. For the whites. Others were forced to live in the gutter. Israel does the same.

United Nations (2019-05-28). DR Congo: Strengthened effort against Ebola is paying off, but insecurity still major constraint — UN health agency. un.org Although the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to make headway thanks to the determination of health workers on the ground, insecurity is still hampering the response, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. This has led the UN to establish a new coordination structure in the hopes that access to at-risk areas can be improved.

United Nations (2019-05-29). Mozambique cyclones a 'wake-up call' to boost resistance: UN weather agency. un.org The havoc caused by cyclones Idai and Kenneth across Mozambique is "a wake-up call" for vulnerable countries "to build resistance" against further high-impact tropical storms, coastal flooding and intense rainfall linked to climate change, according to the United Nations weather agency chief.

United Nations (2019-05-28). Tuesday's Daily Brief: violence surges in Nigeria, anti-Semitism on the march, taxing pollution to tackle climate crisis, and more. un.org Tuesday's main stories include: thousands fleeing into Niger as violence surges in Nigeria; UN rights office condemns rise in anti-Semitic incidents; UN chief says tax pollution, not people for climate's sake; North Koreans trapped in vicious cycle of corruption and bribery; Ebola latest from DR Congo.

Liberation Staff (2019-05-27). Interview with the Sudanese Communist Party: "Wrench the power from the hands of the military" liberationnews.org The SCP's main aim is to continue the fight 'til final victory; to dismantle and liquidate the dictatorial regime thus creating the basis for the completion of the tasks of the national democratic revolution and paving the way for the building of socialism in Sudan.

Ben Norton (2019-05-16). US-backed opposition leader admits Venezuela 'is not a dictatorship' and only foreign intervention can topple Maduro. thegrayzone.com Opposition leader Mar’a Corina Machado, a key figure in the US coup plot, admitted that Venezuela "is not a dictatorship"...

amnesty (2019-05-23). Eritrea: Conscripted Conscience . amnesty.org It has been 17 years since a group of opposition politicians, popularly known as the G-15, and journalists were rounded up and arrested in Eritrea, never to be seen again. Here is the story of one of their counterparts who narrowly escaped arrest and now lives in the US, as told by his friend. | Adhanom Gebremariam strode across his Bronx apartment with nimble, calculated steps. As he walked from one end of the room to the other, the former "Tegadalay" (Eritrean freedom fighter) mentally kept track of his physical progress. | "You see," Adhanom said mid-exercise, "from this wall to that wall is twenty paces, abou...

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