• Africa Jan 25

    ‘This Is Huge': Locust Swarms Destroy Crops in East Africa

    As millions of desert locusts descend on Kenya, farmers flail their arms and shout, bang pots and pans, and even swing shovels and blankets to try to stop the insects from destroying their crops. But they are making little difference amid the country’s worst outbreak of the bugs in 70 years. The locusts have swarmed in from Somalia and Ethiopia...

  • Europe Nov 30, 2019

    Global Climate Protests Ahead of UN Meeting in Madrid

    Protesters in cities across the world staged rallies Friday demanding leaders take tougher action against climate change, days before the latest global conference, which this year takes place in Madrid. The rallies kicked off in Australia, where people affected by recent devastating wildfires joined young environmentalists protesting against the government’s pro-coal stance. Janet Reynolds said she had come to the...

  • Associated Press Nov 11, 2019

    UN Mission in Iraq Proposes Roadmap for Ending Upheaval

    The United Nations’ mission for Iraq on Sunday proposed a roadmap out of the country’s social upheaval, while Amnesty International said Iraq’s crackdown on anti-government protests has descended into a “bloodbath.” At least 319 protesters have been killed by security forces since the economically driven protests and unrest began last month, according to the latest figures from the Iraqi Human...

  • Alexandria Sep 21, 2019

    Rare Protests in Egypt Call for President el-Sissi to Step Down

    Rare anti-government protests broke out in Egypt Friday calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. The former army general has overseen an unprecedented political crackdown, silencing critics and jailing thousands. El-Sissi came to power with the military’s ouster of an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013, amid mass protests against his one-year-rule. In the capital, Cairo, dozens of...

  • The Associated Press Aug 10, 2019

    Police Say 62 Killed in Tanzania Fuel Tanker Explosion

    A damaged tanker truck exploded in eastern Tanzania Saturday as people were trying to siphon fuel out of it, killing at least 62, in one of the worst incidents of its kind in the East African country. Citing police figures, state broadcaster KBC said a further at least 70 people were injured in the incident early Saturday in the town...

  • Middle East Apr 21, 2019

    Egyptian Voters Urged to Allow el-Sissi Rule Until 2030

    Egyptian pro-government media, business people and activists urged a “yes” vote Sunday on constitutional changes that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. Some voters were offered free rides or food parcels to increase turnout in the national referendum. Critics have blasted the constitutional changes as a major step in the return to authoritarian rule, eight...

  • Mar 11, 2019

    Georgetown Reacts after Law Student Killed in Plane Crash

    Georgetown Law student Cedric Asiavugwa was one of the 157 killed when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff. News4’s Darcy Spencer reports.

  • GEORGETOWN Mar 11, 2019

    Georgetown Law Student Cedric Asiavugwa Among 157 Killed in Ethiopian Airlines Crash

    Cedric Asiavugwa, a student at Georgetown law, was on his way home to Nairobi, Kenya, after the death of his fiance’s mother, Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor said in an email to the university community.

  • China Mar 10, 2019

    Jetliner Crashes in Ethiopia, Killing 157 From 35 Countries

    An Ethiopian Airlines jet faltered and crashed Sunday shortly after takeoff from the country’s capital, carving a gash in the earth and spreading global grief to 35 countries that had someone among the 157 people who were killed. There was no immediate indication why the plane went down in clear weather while on a flight to Nairobi, the capital of...

  • United States Nov 14, 2018

    Mountain Gorilla Population in Africa Slowly Rebounding After Facing Near-Extinction

    There are more gorillas in the mist — a rare conservation success story, scientists say. After facing near-extinction, mountain gorillas are slowly rebounding. On Wednesday, the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature updated mountain gorillas’ status from “critically endangered” to “endangered,” a more promising, if still precarious, designation. There are now just over 1,000 of the animals in the...

  • Canada Jun 14, 2018

    Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Private Honeymoon in Africa

    After a very public wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle managed to pull off a very private honeymoon. Close to a month after the couple said “I Do” at St. George’s Chapel, E! News is learning more about how the newlyweds celebrated when the cameras weren’t around. Reports that the couple were in Canada and Ireland are not true. Instead,...

  • United States Jun 9, 2018

    Pentagon Slammed for Saying ‘No One Will Ever Know' How Many Civilians Killed in ISIS Fight

    The Pentagon has been sharply criticized by two leading human rights groups for saying this week that the United States military will never know the exact number of civilians killed in the four-year fight against the Islamic State, NBC News reported. Both Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch condemned the remarks as an abdication of responsibility to avoid civilian...

  • director Apr 13, 2018

    Battle to Save Africa's Elephants Is Gaining Some Ground

    The elephant staggered and keeled over in the tall grass in southern Tanzania, where some of the world’s worst poaching has happened. It wasn’t a killer who targeted her but a conservation official, immobilizing her with a dart containing drugs. Soon she was snoring loudly, and they propped open her trunk with a twig to help her breathe. They slid...

  • Donald Trump Mar 12, 2018

    Trump Administration's Words, Deeds on Africa Are Colliding

    On the outskirts of a sprawling reserve of Kenyan grasslands where endangered animals roam wild, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lavished praise on an American-funded forensics lab that tracks down elephant-poachers for prosecution, and urged aggressive action in Africa on conservation. Yet earlier this month, the Trump administration quietly lifted the U.S. ban on importing African elephant trophies, to...

  • Associated Press Oct 11, 2017

    Opera Populist, DACA Advocate Among 24 Getting ‘Genius Grants' From MacArthur Foundation

    A director who has taken opera from the concert hall to the streets of Los Angeles and an organizer who helped put a human face on the plight of young undocumented immigrants are among this year’s MacArthur fellows and recipients of the so-called “genius” grants. The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday announced the 24 fellows,...

  • social media Aug 9, 2017

    Violent Protests Erupt After Kenyan Election as Opposition Alleges Fraud

    Kenya’s election took an ominous turn on Wednesday as violent protests erupted in the capital and elsewhere after opposition leader Raila Odinga alleged fraud, saying hackers used the identity of a murdered official to infiltrate the database of the country’s election commission and manipulate results. Soon after Odinga spoke on television, angry protesters in slums of Nairobi and the opposition...

  • Germany Aug 7, 2017

    Joining Arab States, Israel Says It Plans to Ban Al-Jazeera

    Israel said Sunday it plans to ban Qatar’s flagship Al-Jazeera network from operating in the country over allegations it incites violence, joining Arab nations that have shut down the broadcaster amid a separate political dispute. The news organization, in turn, said it will take legal action. Communications Minister Ayoob Kara said he plans to revoke the press credentials of Al-Jazeera...

  • WASHINGTON Jul 21, 2017

    Teens on African Robotics Team Vanish From DC; 2 Cross Into Canada

    Six African teenagers who competed in the international robotics competition in Washington, D.C. this week have vanished, and two of the teens were seen crossing into Canada, D.C. police say.

  • Facebook Jun 19, 2017

    DNA Shows Early Spread of Cats in Human World

    Long before cats became the darlings of Facebook and YouTube, they spread through the ancient human world. A DNA study reached back thousands of years to track that conquest and found evidence of two major dispersals from the Middle East, in which people evidently took cats with them. Genetic signatures the felines had on those journeys are still seen in...

  • Germany Jun 16, 2017

    Germany Opens its First Liberal Mosque in Berlin

    Seyran Ates’ vision of a liberal mosque where all Muslims can pray together — women and men, Sunni and Shiite, straight and gay — turned into reality Friday as dozens of people came together in Berlin to inaugurate a new house of prayer. Ates, a well-known women’s right activist and lawyer, preached in front of the crowd which filled the...

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