Africa World 

Outrage over the sacking of AU Ambassador Chihombori-Quao

Many Africans in the Diaspora have been angered by the sacking of the African Union (AU) Permanent Ambassador in the United States. Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao appointed to the position in December 2016 and has been able to galvanize the support of peoples of African Descent in the U.S and beyond. Chihombori-Quao is very outspoken and has become a leading voice for Pan-Africanism. She has been heard on several occasions criticizing the west for maintaining neo-colonial policies that are meant to keep Africa poor. In some media interviews she has called out…

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Africa East Africa World 

Abiy Ahmed says his Nobel Prize is ‘for Africa’

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed who has been named the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has said the award is “for Ethiopia and the African continent.” He said in statement shortly after the award was announced in Oslo on Friday that “I am humbled by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. My deepest gratitude to all committed and working for peace. This award is for Ethiopia and the African continent. We shall prosper in peace!” Ahmed was awarded the Nobel for his efforts to “achieve peace and international…

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Chinese vessel fined $1m over illegal fishing in Ghana

Ghanaian authorities have fined owners of a Chinese vessel that engaged in illegal fishing in the country’s waters. Owners of the fishing vessel, Lu Rong Yuan Yu 956 will have to pay a $1 million fine for illegal fishing and additional $22, 700 (GHc124,000) for having fish onboard. According to local news outlet CITI FM reporting, the fishing vessel was arrested offshore Ghana’s Cape-3-point in June this year. 27 persons comprising 22 Ghanaians and five Chinese nationals were onboard the vessel. Ghana decided to drop charges against the vessel owners…

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Africa World 

United Nations is ‘broke’, could run out of cash in a few weeks

The United Nations is reportedly without money to sustain its operations as it is currently running a deficit of $230 million. In a letter from the Secretary General Antonio Guterres to the 37,000 employees at the UN secretariat, he said the global body may run out of money by the end of October. CBS News reported about the said letter in which Guterres said unspecified “additional stop-gap measures” were needed to ensure salaries and entitlements are paid. Guterres wrote that “Member States have paid only 70 percent of the total…

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Africa World 

Commonwealth steps up battle on climate change

The Commonwealth has launched a regenerative climate change model that marries the ancient wisdom of indigenous groups with emerging innovations, technologies and scientific approaches. Common Earth, is the programme that will create a network of projects that could be replicated and adapted to any community, country or region. Government officials, environmentalists, scientists, economists, and representatives from indigenous groups from around the Commonwealth met at the organisation’s headquarters in London to discuss how the initiative can achieve sustainable development whilst protecting the planet. “It is not game over in the battle…

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US reopens embassy in Somalia after almost 30 years

The United States of America has reopened its embassy in Somalia after nearly 30 years when it was closed. U.S embassy in Somalia was closed following the breakout of a civil war in the east African country. Most parts of Somalia is still characterized by violence and militant attacks since then. The violence and conflict, sparked by the removal of long-time leader Siad Barre from office in 1991 have yet to be fully brought to an end. But the US embassy on Wednesday said in a statement that the embassy…

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Somalia: Amnesty accuses U.S. army of killing civilians

Amnesty International has accused the United States of killing three civilians in an air strike in Somalia. The international rights group said the U.S. failed to investigate claims that those killed were farmers with no ties to Al-Shabaab. Amnesty said on Tuesday that its investigations revealed that the farmers were killed in the March 18 strike in southern Somalia. It said the civilians killed were innocent, but the US Africa Command (Africom) claims they were jihadists. According to Amnesty many civilians have been killed in series of US air raids…

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Saudi King’s bodyguard shot dead after an argument

The bodyguard of Saudi King Salman has been killed by one of his friends after a “personal dispute”, authorities say. Gen Abdel Aziz al-Fagham was visiting a friend when he had a row with Mamdouh bin Meshaal Al Ali on Saturday night. A police statement said Ali left the house in Jeddah to return with a gun with which he opened fire. He was shot dead after refusing to surrender to police, the statement said. Gen Fagham died of his wounds in hospital. Seven people were injured. They include two…

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India: Two kids killed for ‘defecating in the open’

In India, two men in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are being held for allegedly killing two children for defecating in the open. Indian police say Roshni, 12, and Avinash, 10, were attacked on Wednesday while defecating near a village road. BBC reports that the children’s family revealed that they had no toilet at home. Roshni and Avinash were cousins. Avinash’s father, Manoj, says he cannot afford to build a toilet at his house. Police superintendent Rajesh Chandel was quoted by the BBC Hindi’s Shuraih Niazi as saying that “The…

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Former French president, Jacques Chirac dies at 86

Jacques Chirac, the former French president whose later years were blighted by corruption scandals, has died aged 86. “President Jacques Chirac died this morning surrounded by his family, peacefully,” his son-in-law told the French news agency AFP. Mr Chirac served two terms as French president and took his country into the single European currency. The French National Assembly observed a minute’s silence in his memory. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission and former Luxembourg premier, said he was “moved and devastated” to learn the news. “Europe is not…

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