Rights group documents IS atrocities in Libyan city of Sirte
Africa / Middle East

Rights group documents IS atrocities in Libyan city of Sirte

CAIRO (AP) — A leading international rights group on Wednesday, May 18, released a report documenting atrocities by Libya’s Islamic State affiliate — including instances of “crucifixions” and shooting a man to death for “cursing God” — in the coastal city of Sirte, a stronghold of the militants. Human Rights Watch recounts “scenes of horror” that … Continue reading

Nigeria: Ex-security adviser detained over missing billions
Africa / International News

Nigeria: Ex-security adviser detained over missing billions

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Agents from Nigeria’s intelligence and financial crimes agencies have detained the former presidential security adviser and several others over missing billions of dollars meant to buy weapons to fight Boko Haram. PR Nigeria, which publishes government news, said the Department of State Security on Tuesday took former national security adviser Sambo … Continue reading

Nigeria slashes telecoms company fine by a third to $3.4 bln
Africa / International News

Nigeria slashes telecoms company fine by a third to $3.4 bln

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is slashing its fine on MTN, Africa’s largest telecommunications operator, by more than a third to $3.4 billion, and the CEO of the embattled Nigerian subsidiary has resigned, the company said Thursday. The South Africa-based MTN Group also announced major management changes to strengthen oversight and regulatory compliance across all … Continue reading

Africa / International News

Kenya court sentences Briton terror suspect to 9 years

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — A court in the coastal city of Mombasa Wednesday sentenced a British national, who authorities say is an extremist who plotted attacks against the country, to nine years in prison for attempting to illegally acquire Kenyan identification documents. Justice Martin Muya said Wednesday the prosecution has proved that Jermaine Grant had … Continue reading

Kenya police tears-gas protest against corruption
Africa / International News

Kenya police tears-gas protest against corruption

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police Tuesday tear-gassed a peaceful demonstration in support of government action against corruption in East Africa’s largest economy. About 200 demonstrators held a peaceful march to the Supreme Court and Parliament buildings where they delivered petitions asking those institutions to do more to tackle corruption in Kenya, demonstration organizer Boniface … Continue reading

Chinese president to head to Africa
Middle East

Chinese president to head to Africa

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Some immigration signs at Zimbabwe’s main international airport are in Chinese, a sign of China’s deep economic inroads in Africa, which Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit this week. Xi arrives Tuesday in Zimbabwe before heading on Wednesday to South Africa. There, he will attend a forum on cooperation between Africa … Continue reading

Pope: There are bigger issues than condoms and HIV
Africa / Europe / Health / International News / Lifestyle

Pope: There are bigger issues than condoms and HIV

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis has dismissed a question about whether condoms can be condoned in the fight against AIDS by saying there are more important issues confronting the world, like malnutrition, environmental exploitation and the lack of safe drinking water. Francis was asked about the church’s opposition to condoms while returning … Continue reading