African Development Bank: ‘No Decision’ Yet on Demands for Probe

The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Thursday said “no decision” had been taken regarding a U.S. push for an outside probe into its chief, accused by whistleblowers of ethics breaches.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin …

‘It’s Like We’re at War,’ Africa CDC Pledges to Ramp Up Testing for COVID-19

WASHINGTON – As many African countries reopen, the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges widespread testing as the best way to avoid a surge in new cases of coronavirus.
Dr. …

South Africa Eases Restrictions on Religious Gatherings

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa has softened its coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship, with President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing Tuesday night that religious gatherings will now be allowed under strict conditions. Ramaphosa also announced a national …

Cameroonian Villagers Flee Military Base at Site of Civilian Massacre

YAOUNDE – Cameroonians are fleeing the northwestern village of Ngarr-buh after the military began building a base this week near where troops in February massacred at least 13 civilians. Cameroon says the base is needed …

Pandemic Magnifies South Africa’s Mental Health Care Problems, Experts Say

JOHANNESBURG – The coronavirus has hit South Africa harder than any other country on the continent.  So far it has infected more than 23,000 people and killed more than 480.  But the disease is also …

AFRICOM: Russia Deploys Fighter Jets to Libya

WASHINGTON – U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) says Russia recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian state-sponsored, private military contractors, who are helping forces fighting the U.N.-supported Libyan government.
The Russian fighter aircraft …

A Voice for Justice for Rohingyas, Rwandans and Gambians

Protecting vulnerable people “is a question of our humanity, over and above anything else,” Abubacarr Tambadou says.
That belief motivated Tambadou, as attorney general and justice minister of the Gambia since early 2017, to set …

China Reports No New COVID-19 Cases for 1st Time; NY Reports Fewer Than 100

The daily death toll from the coronavirus contagion in New York state was fewer than 100, the first time that has happened since March 24.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday the deaths of the 84 …

Muslims in Cameroon Defy Eid-al Fitr Prayer Ban

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – Thousands of Muslims in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, have defied Sunday’s ban of Eid-al Fitr public prayers, ordered as part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.  There have been 4,400 confirmed …