- U.S State Dept
Tens of thousands of children from Central America are apprehended at the
Seventh graders were taking a test in science teacher Jason Seaman’s class when a student opened fire on Friday. Seaman was shot three time as he tackled the shooter after one of his students was hit.
It's been a week since the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, and
Democrats and former intelligence officials are protesting the White House decision to have Chief of Staff John Kelly and attorney Emmet Flood show up at the onset of two classified briefings on the Russia probe - in which the president is a subject.
A Kansas woman has been arrested after police found a body under a bridge believed to be that of her 5-year-old stepson, whom she had reported missing in February
The woman shot and killed by U.S. Border Patrol on Wednesday has been
An NBC News investigation reveals an alleged plot by Black Cube to discredit two advisers to President Obama that were involved in drafting the Iran nuclear deal.
Newly-released aerial footage of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii shows lava flows that extend to the ocean. The footage, released by the United States Geological Survey, is from an unmanned aerial craft hovering over one of the main fissures. Authorities have warned that even small pieces of molten rock can be fatal.
Avril Haines, who served as President Obama's deputy national security adviser, told the Yahoo News podcast "Skullduggery" that it's "ridiculous" for President Trump to claim that "Spygate" is one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history.
People smugglers opened fire on 100 migrants trying to flee their clutches, an aid agency reports.
Children are among the dead after a bus hit a tractor that was driving at night without lights.
Some people "don't think a black woman should be leading Fifa", says Fatma Samoura - the organisation's first female secretary general.
Radio presenter Mancho Bibixy is among seven people convicted of rebellion and terrorism.
River transport is common in DR Congo as there are few roads but the boats are often overloaded.
Liverpool's Sadio Mane donates 300 shirts to locals in his hometown in Senegal so they can wear them during the Champions League final.
Turkish journalist Hasan Söylemez is cycling across Africa asking people about their dreams.
A group of female boxers who train in a makeshift boxing ring in the dirt plan to take gold at the 2020 Olympics.
Ethiopia's small businesses are being hit hard by a lack of access to foreign cash.
Increased competition in Zambia's mobile phone sector is worrying its street vendors.
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's prime minister on Saturday hailed the culmination of "a quiet revolution" in what was once one of Europe's most socially conservative countries after a landslide referendum vote to liberalize highly restrictive laws on abortion.
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday in an effort to ensure that a high-stakes summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump takes place successfully, South Korean officials said.
YAOUNDE (Reuters) - More than two dozen people have been killed in one of Cameroon's Anglophone regions, local sources said on Saturday, although the exact circumstances of their deaths were not immediately clear.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU's Brexit negotiator urged the British government on Saturday to stop playing "hide and seek" over its aims for trade ties and warned that delays in agreeing on judicial oversight risk wrecking any Brexit deal.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese fighter pilots have carried out night landings on the country's first aircraft carrier, the official China Daily reported on Saturday, the latest demonstration of military muscle as Beijing's pushes to modernize its armed forces.
DUBAI (Reuters) - A detained British-Iranian aid worker sentenced to five years in jail in Iran is to face a second trial on new security charges, the semi-official Tasnim news agency on Saturday quoted Tehran Revolutionary Court's head Musa Ghazanfarabadi as saying.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan will hold a general election on July 25 and President Mamnoon Hussain has approved the date, electoral officials said on Saturday, as the government enters its final week in office.
WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - American missionary Josh Holt, held by Venezuela without trial on weapons charges since 2016, was heading home with his wife on Saturday after the South American country's socialist government unexpectedly released him.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called on all sides involved in the situation around North Korea to show restraint, while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said it was vital Pyongyang completely shed itself of all nuclear weapons.
Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 24, 2018 On behalf of the government and people of the United States, I wish the people of Eritrea a happy national day as you celebrate the 27th anniversary of your nation on May 24, 2018. We hope that our shared values may bring our two peoples closer together. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.
Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 18, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the people of the Republic of Cameroon as you celebrate your National Day on May 20, 2018. The United States values the ties that bind the American and Cameroonian people. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Cameroon as we strengthen regional security, fight violent extremism in the Lake Chad Basin region, and collaborate to improve health outcomes. Our goal is to work together for a peaceful, democratic, and an abundant future. On behalf of the American people, I am honored to extend my best wishes to all Cameroonians on this joyous occasion. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.
Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 17, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On May 17, Secretary Pompeo called Nigerian President Buhari. The Secretary noted the longstanding relationship between the Nigerian and American people and underscored the themes of the April 30 official working visit of President Buhari to the White House. He recognized Nigerian leadership across the African continent on priorities we share: countering terrorism and other threats to peace and security, creating economic opportunity, fighting corruption, and advancing democracy and stability. The Secretary welcomed continued cooperation in advancing our nations’ mutual prosperity. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.
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AS THE territory held by Islamic State (IS) shrivelled in Syria, American generals spoke of “stabilisation” and “consolidation”. But seven months after an American-led coalition drove the jihadists from Raqqa, their putative capital, “stable” is not how residents describe the city. Mines, booby-traps and bombs continue to kill and maim. Bodies are still being pulled from the rubble. The lights are off and there is no running water. “The Americans have given us nothing,” said Omar Alloush, a member of the city council, weeks before he was shot and killed in his apartment by unidentified gunmen. The goodwill that first greeted the coalition is fading as popular anger mounts, especially in the Arab heartlands south of Raqqa, along the Euphrates river. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led militia that America relies on to fight IS, are increasingly viewed as occupiers. Tribal leaders in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor mutter openly about taking up arms to drive the...
Salah strikes again IN THE run-up to Ramadan artisans set to work on fawanis, the lanterns that hang in Egyptian homes and streets throughout the month-long holiday. Many are adorned with geometric patterns or the crescent-and-star symbol of Islam. This year some customers want a different model: a grinning face with a tangle of curls and a Liverpool jersey. Much has been said about Mohamed Salah’s influence on Britain. At a moment of rising xenophobia, a foreign-born Muslim footballer has become a national sensation. “If he scores another few, then I’ll be Muslim too,” fans chant. To the extent that they care about his religion, it is only to fret that the Ramadan fast could hurt his performance in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26th. His influence runs even deeper in his native Egypt. His face is everywhere, not just on lanterns but on T-shirts, bumper stickers, even the wall of a downtown café. Cairo’s relentless...
Sinwar has seen war and it didn’t work YAHYA SINWAR, 56, has spent his entire adult life in prisons: the concrete Israeli sort and the open-air prison that is Gaza. Yet Mr Sinwar is now, arguably, the most influential man in the Palestinian territories. On May 16th, two days after Israeli soldiers killed about 60 Palestinian protesters at the border fence, Gazans huddled around televisions to learn if the violence would push their scarred enclave into another war. They were not listening to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, or even Ismail Haniyeh, the nominal leader of Hamas, the jihadist group that runs Gaza. They were watching Mr Sinwar, Hamas’s leader in Gaza, who may one day represent all Palestinians. He was under pressure from militants to avenge the dead. But Mr Sinwar announced on Al Jazeera that Hamas would pursue “peaceful, popular resistance”. (Less publicly, the group discouraged people from returning to the border fence.) It was an unexpected...
PAUL KAGAME, the president of Rwanda, thinks there is nothing odd about how he won re-election for a third presidential term last year with 98% of the vote. “It could have been 100%,” he told the Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank in New York a few months later. It is hard to tell how popular Mr Kagame really is. Serious candidates who tried to stand against him were barred from doing so—and then ruthlessly punished. One of them was Diane Rwigara, a young businesswoman who appeared in court this week with her mother, charged with “inciting insurrection or trouble among the population”. The government has also brought charges against her aunt and brother, who live abroad. The prosecution says the charges against Ms Rwigara relate, in part, to comments she made at a press conference last year. “She intended to smear the country and its leadership with lies,” Faustin Nkusi, the prosecutor, told the court. “She said that people are dying of poverty in Rwanda; this...
IN A dank, unlit room in a government office in Mbandaka, a sleepy city of 1m people on the banks of the Congo river, Marie-Claire Thérèse Fwelo is booming out her most valuable knowledge to an assembled group of perhaps 80 health workers. “What do we look for?” she asks the class. They respond in unison: “a brutal fever”. And what else? “Someone who has been in contact with an Ebola patient?”, pipes up one. This is the ninth outbreak of Ebola for Ms Fwelo, a 63-year-old Congolese employee of the World Health Organisation (WHO). As a young nurse she was at the hospital where the fever was first isolated in 1976. Since then she has become an expert on epidemic control. Yet this outbreak is the scariest Ms Fwelo has experienced in her own country. Most previous instances of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been in remote towns where the disease burns out fast. This time the virus has spread onto the country’s main artery, the Congo river. A little over 600km downstream is Kinshasa,...
ON MAY 9th, the day after the first cases of Ebola were confirmed in Bikoro, an urgent request came into the headquarters of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international charity. Maps of this part of the Democratic Republic of Congo were needed to deliver vaccines and medical help. Yet accurate ones did not exist. MSF turned to the crowd for help. Volunteers, trained using an online tutorial, started analysing satellite pictures and drawing maps. About 450 volunteers have already managed to plot some 67,000 structures and 1,000km of roads in the area of the outbreak, completing in days a task that could have taken months. Some of these new maps (see above) are already in the field. This is not the first time humanitarian organisations have turned to crowdsourcing to help gather data. When Ebola spread through parts of west Africa in 2014, more than 3,000 people around the world helped add some 16m features to maps of the affected area. Crowdsourced mapping is also proving...
AS OMENS go, it is not a good one. In Kinama, a district in north-east Bujumbura, the cobble-stoned capital of Burundi, residents found the body of a man floating in a field of rice on May 8th. His head was missing; his heart had been torn out. Stuck to his chest was a message written in Kirundi, the language of most Burundians: “Traitors are punished.” Violence has broken out in Burundi ahead of a referendum on May 17th to change the constitution to allow Pierre Nkurunziza, a former rebel who has been president since the end of the civil war in 2005, to stand for office again in 2020. On May 11th, 26 people were killed in the north-west of the country in an attack by rebels who crossed in from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. Three days later an opposition activist who had been campaigning against the change was murdered in the street by a crowd of young pro-government militiamen. Many Burundians expect the constitutional amendment to pass comfortably (...
Green, but not backed UNTIL recently Priscilla was an administrator in a printing firm in Harare, Zimbabwe’s sunny capital. Today she spends her days on the side of a street, clutching a thick bundle of different banknotes. A few weeks ago, after two years of not paying her wages, her employer went bust. Ms Magaya turned to money trading, swapping real American dollars for Zimbabwe’s confusing profusion of local paper. For $100 in actual greenbacks, buyers get $120 in bright green “bond notes”—a Zimbabwean currency introduced in 2016 that is meant to be pegged to the dollar—or $140 in mobile money, which is also meant to be on a par with real dollars. Her earnings are “not something that I can survive on”, she says, but she has no other option. Two years ago money in Zimbabwe was simple: everyone used the American dollar, introduced in 2009 after hyperinflation destroyed the Zimbabwean version. Since then, however, banks have run out of real dollars because the cash-...
STEP inside, and it could be a scene from the English countryside or the American heartland: one hundred well-fed dairy cows spinning slowly on a circular milking parlour. But outside there are no green fields, only sand. Baladna (“Our Country”) is a dairy farm in the desert, 50km from Doha, the Qatari capital. Behind the milking house is the din of construction. Hundreds of labourers are working to expand the farm, building new barns and installing fans and misters to cool them. “None of this was here a year ago,” says John Dore, the Irishman who manages the place. There was no need for it. Until June Qatar imported milk from Almarai, a Saudi conglomerate. Then Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states closed their borders to punish Qatar for supporting Islamist groups and Al Jazeera, a state-owned broadcaster that criticises all the Gulf monarchies except Qatar’s. Overnight the world’s richest country (measured by income per head at purchasing-power parity) was cut off from its food supplies....
MUQTADA AL-SADR is a master at tapping Iraqi discontent. The firebrand Shia cleric (pictured) directed his supporters to attack the American troops who invaded Iraq in 2003. More recently he has led campaigns against corruption and foreign influence. His supporters ransacked government offices in 2016. And in the election on May 12th they gave his nationalist bloc, Sairoun (“Marching to Reform”), the most seats in parliament. Unofficial results put it unexpectedly ahead, with 55 seats. The bloc led by Iraq’s mild-mannered prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, came second, with 51. A coalition led by Hadi al-Amari, the gruff commander of the Iranian-backed Badr Brigades, came third, with 50. The surprising result signals growing discontent with Iraq’s sectarian old guard. But it is unlikely to sweep it away. It may yet take months to determine who has actually won the election. Claims of irregularities need resolving before results are final. Parliament then has to elect a president,...
La reprise des relations diplomatiques entre le Burkina Faso et la Chine a été actée samedi à Pékin par les ministres des Affaires étrangères des deux pays, Alpha Barry et Wang Yi côté chinois. Des missions seront rapidement envoyées dans les deux pays pour les ouvertures d'ambassades. Un accord-cadre de coopération sera signé entre Ouagadougou et Pékin en septembre prochain au moment de la visite du président Roch-Marc Christian Kaboré à Pékin, en marge du sommet Chine-Afrique. Dans quels domaines, les deux pays vont-ils maintenant coopérer ?
En Afrique du Sud, la réforme annoncée sur la redistribution des terres ne plaît pas à tout le monde. Il y a d'abord cette tension avec les fermiers blancs sud-africains qui pourraient se faire exproprier sans que l'Etat ne leur verse de compensations. Mais ce n'est pas tout... Les chefs traditionnels des différentes tribus s'opposent également à cette réforme. Pour une raison simple, ils pourraient perdre les nombreuses terres qui leur appartiennent. Au premier rang des contestataires, le très influent roi zoulou qui entend mobiliser son peuple pour préserver ses terres.
Alors que la République démocratique du Congo fait face à une nouvelle épidémie de virus Ebola, et qu'une campagne de vaccination est en cours d'expérimentation, la coopération scientifique franco-congolaise porte ses fruits. Deux laboratoires, l'Inserm à Montpellier et l'Institut national de recherche biomédicale (INRB) à Kinshasa, ont élaboré ensemble un vaccin afin de vaincre la maladie.
Nous reparlons de la précarité au Niger, des réfugiés soudanais originaires du Darfour. Depuis décembre 2017, près de 2 000 personnes affluent de manière ponctuelle sur Agadez. Leur statut reste flou, dans cette ville du centre du pays déjà préoccupée par la gestion des migrants qui abandonnent leur voyage pour l'Europe.
Hamadi Amadou Bah pourrait être pris en charge par le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR). Sur proposition de ce dernier, le berger peul de 36 ans, blessé fin avril dans le centre du pays, pourrait être évacué à Gao pour être soigné. Actuellement suivi par des médecins à Bamako, Hamadi Amadou Bah raconte avoir été arrêté le 24 avril, alors qu’il vendait des moutons sur un marché, été torturé dans un camp de l’armée malienne, avant d’être relâché 48 heures plus tard. La Commission nationale des droits de l'homme juge son témoignage crédible et demande à ce que la lumière soit faite sur ce qui lui est arrivé.
En Afrique du Sud, le président Cyril Ramaphosa fête ce samedi 26 mai ses 100 jours au pouvoir. Il est arrivé à la tête du gouvernement après la démission mi-février de son prédécesseur Jacob Zuma. Ce dernier a été poussé vers la sortie par son propre parti, l’ANC, excédé par la corruption et les scandales entourant l’ex-chef de l’Etat. 100 jours plus tard, Ramaphosa a-t-il répondu aux attentes ? Quel est son bilan ?
Au Sénégal, le mouvement citoyen « Y'en a marre » vient de lancer une chaine de télévision en ligne. Une chaine qui se veut indépendante et bien évidemment citoyenne pour contrecarrer la toute-puissance de médias, qu’ils soient d’Etat ou privés. Une chaine qui compte peser et jouer un rôle d’ici à l’élection présidentielle prévue en février 2019.
Ce vendredi 25 mai s'est ouvert le procès du meurtre de Rossy Mukendi Tshimanga, militant pro-démocratie tué le 25 février dernier par les forces de l'ordre lors d'une manifestation. La première audience a eu lieu au siège du tribunal militaire de garnison de Limete.
Au Tchad, les magistrats sont en colère suite à l'agression d'un avocat cette semaine dans le sud du pays. Mardi 22 mai, des gendarmes ont tiré sur un avocat et ses trois clients dans l'enceinte du tribunal de Doba. Depuis, la corporation se mobilise pour exiger l'ouverture d'une enquête.
Des militants des régions anglophones ont été condamnés à de la prison au Cameroun ce vendredi 25 mai. Ils écopent de peines allant de 10 à 15 ans de réclusion pour « terrorisme » et « hostilité contre la patrie ». Leurs avocats vont faire appel.