Egyptian authorities arrest parents and physician after 12-year-old dies from FGM procedure

Despite a ban on female-genital mutilation (FGM) in Egypt, a 12-year-old girl has died following complications from the procedure, prompting officials to arrest her parents and the physician. Nada Hassan Abdel Maqsoud was taken to a clinic in Manflout, in…

Gambian Radio Journalists Arrested, Outlets Shut Down Over Protest Coverage

Gambian authorities should immediately drop the charges against broadcast journalists Pa Modou Bojang and Gibbi Jallow, and permit the Home Digital FM and King FM radio stations to reopen, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 26, police…

China's isolation grows as virus toll reaches 259

China faced deepening isolation over its coronavirus epidemic on Saturday as the death toll soared to 259, with the United States leading a growing list of nations to impose extraordinary Chinese travel bans. With Britain, Russia and Sweden among the…

Tanzanian politican barred from US for rights ‘violations’

A leading Tanzanian politician who launched a crackdown on homosexuality has been banned from visiting the United States, the US State Department said. In a statement dated Friday, the US said the sanctions on Paul Christian Makonda, the Regional Commissioner…

Malawi braces for ruling on alleged election fraud

Malawi’s constitutional court is set to rule next week on whether to annul controversial poll results that saw the re-election of President Peter Mutharika, a verdict widely expected to stoke turmoil. The case has gripped the southern African nation and…

Africa mobilises against coronavirus as fears mount

African countries are scrambling to avert an outbreak of the rapidly spreading coronavirus strain, as health officials warn that the poorest countries are ill-equipped to combat the deadly disease. Across the continent, governments have stationed nurses at airports to check…

Three countries delay Ethiopia dam deadline but Trump sees deal

Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan on Friday pushed back their deadline to resolve a bitter row on a dam on the Nile until the end of February, but President Donald Trump voiced confidence that a deal was near. It was the…

China travel curbs tightened as official admits mishandling virus

Countries expanded restrictions on travellers from China over a deadly virus epidemic Friday as an official admitted that a botched response had worsened an outbreak that has now ballooned into a global health emergency. At least 213 people have died…

Greta Thunberg puts Africa’s climate activists in media spotlight

After a racism debate in Davos on the invisibility of African climate activists, Greta Thunberg held a press conference Friday with eco warriors from Kenya, Uganda and South Africa to stress the importance of their voices. Vanessa Nakate of Uganda…

US appoints special envoy for S. Sudan crisis

The United States on Friday named a special envoy to seek progress in the crisis in South Sudan, whose rival leaders have repeatedly missed deadlines to end their devastating conflict. The State Department said that Stuart Symington, a retired ambassador…