Somaliland police raid Horyaal 24 TV offices, arrest owner Mohamed Osman Mireh

Nairobi, September 9, 2019 — Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should immediately free Mohamed Osman Mireh and allow Horyaal 24 TV to broadcast freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On September 5, police in Hargeisa, the…

Pope Francis urges Mauritius to shun ‘idolatrous economic model’

Pope Francis on Monday urged Mauritius, a prosperous magnet for tourists and a global tax haven, to shun an “idolatrous economic model” that excludes the youth and the poor and damages the environment. The Argentine pontiff’s visit to the idyllic…

Protests as Morocco journalist goes on trial for alleged abortion

Hundreds of people protested Monday in front of a Moroccan court as the trial opened of a journalist accused of having a late-term abortion and sexual relations outside marriage. The case brought against Hajar Raissouni, who writes for the Arabic-language…

African Development Bank wins prestigious procurement award

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 9 September, 2019 – The African Development Bank has been recognised for procurement excellence by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), the world’s largest professional body for procurement and supply management professionals, with offices all…

Egypt pushes for end to US ‘terror’ blacklisting of Sudan

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Monday that Cairo was supporting efforts to remove Sudan from Washington’s blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism, a key factor hindering the African country’s economic revival. Shoukry is in Khartoum for a one-day visit…

Pope Francis in Mauritius on last leg of Africa tour

Pope Francis arrived in Mauritius on Monday on the final stop of a three-nation Africa tour where he is expected to celebrate the diversity and tolerance of one of the continent’s richest, most stable nations. Thousands of faithful gathered in…

Morocco floods kill 11 in bus accident: local officials

At least 11 people were killed Sunday in Morocco after their bus was overturned by a flood in the kingdom’s southeast, authorities said. Rescue crews evacuated 27 passengers from the bus, including several injured, after it flipped over on a…

Pope Francis wraps up Africa tour with Mauritius visit

Pope Francis arrives in Mauritius on Monday on the final stop of a three-nation Africa tour where he is expected to celebrate the island nation’s tolerance and diversity. The Argentine pontiff will celebrate mass, visit the shrine of a French…

Somaliland troops shut down main TV news channel in media crackdown

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) vigorously condemns the raid against the privately-owned HORYAAL 24 TV headquarters in Hargeisa by Somaliland security forces on Friday evening, 6th September 2019. Journalists in Hargeisa confirmed to NUSOJ that…

Libya unity government slams UAE over ‘hostile position’

Libya’s UN-recognised government Sunday slammed the UAE for hosting an officer of forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, who has waged a months-long offensive to take the capital Tripoli. The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord denounced the “hostile position of…