Corruption in Uganda: Minister Sam Kutesa and Company May Yet Survive Their Latest Scandal

America's Department of Justice statement of November 2017, naming Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa as a recipient of a bribe in exchange for oil concessions and other contracts may or may not constitute a change of policy among Uganda's development partners. The United States has known about and tolerated the most glaring instances of corruption for much of the thirty-year life-span of the National Resistance Movement government.

Why Trump’s remark about Nigerians and ‘huts’ is so appalling

The well-educated and well-spoken African responded: "Yes, it is true, and the U.S. Embassy is the biggest hut next to my hut!" It was funny then, until my friend was asked that same question at her school in Washington. President Trump's reported statement that when Nigerians see America they never want to go back to "their huts" is downright appalling.

A Moment of Significance and Opportunity for Ethiopia

Since November 2015 unprecedented protests have been taking place in Ethiopia: angry and frustrated at the widespread abuse of human rights and the centralization of power in the hands of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front tens of thousands have taken to the streets. The ruling party's response to this democratic outpouring has been consistently violent; hundreds have been killed and beaten by security forces, tens of thousands arrested and imprisoned.

APNewsBreak: US soldier ambushed in Niger wasn’t captured

Dispelling a swirl of rumors about how Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida, died, the report has determined that he was killed by enemy rifle and machine gun fire as he fled the attack by an offshoot of the Islamic State group about 120 miles north of Niamey, the capital of the African country.

Meghan Markle has advocated for women since the age of 11

Meghan Markle became an advocate for women when she was an 11-year-old elementary school student, and achieving gender equality remains a driving force for the fiance of Britain's Prince Harry and self-described "feminist." Since 2014, the American actress has helped put a global spotlight on the need for equality between women and men as an "Advocate for Political Participation and Leadership" for the women's agency of the United Nations .

US troops in Japan banned from drinking after fatal crash

Authorities are searching Texas' Big Bend for potential suspects and witnesses after a U.S. Customs Border Patrol agent was fatally injured responding to activity there. The latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars includes 10 African-Americans, the most ever in a single Rhodes class, a transgender man and four students from colleges that had never had received the honor before.

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Two of President Donald Trump's leading economic advisers sent mixed signals Sunday on the fate of a health care provision in the Senate version of a $1.5 trillion measure to overhaul business and personal income taxes that is expected to be voted on after Thanksgiving. The provision to repeal a requirement that everyone in the U.S. have insurance has emerged as a major sticking point for Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has said that issue should be dealt with separately from the push by Trump and fellow Republicans to overhaul the tax code.

Mugabe nephew: Dictator “ready to die for what is correct”

Robert Mugabe better take care in offering his death as a bargaining position because a mob of Zimbabweans might be on their way to accept those terms. The four-decade dictator has mostly remained in his presidential compound since the military seized control of Harare after Mugabe tried sacking his vice president to hand control over to his wife.

Mugabe nephew: Dictator “ready to die for what is correct”

Robert Mugabe better take care in offering his death as a bargaining position because a mob of Zimbabweans might be on their way to accept those terms. The four-decade dictator has mostly remained in his presidential compound since the military seized control of Harare after Mugabe tried sacking his vice president to hand control over to his wife.

Mugabe: I’m not surrendering to a coup

It, er, might not be Robert Mugabe's call to make any more. When the military rolls into your capital, seizes broadcast outlets, and takes you into "protective custody," it's a little late to fall back on the institutions you've spent the last couple of years corrupting on behalf of your wife.

3D scanners can ‘digitally unpack’ carry-ons and transform airport…

Technology used in the medical field for years may soon revolutionize screening of carry-on bags at airports - bolstering security while dramatically cutting bottlenecks at checkpoints. Computed-tomography machines being tested at airports in Phoenix and Boston allow Transportation Security Administration screeners to rotate a three-dimensional image of a suspicious object without opening up a bag, meaning travelers can whisk through faster without removing items such as laptops and small containers of liquids.

Zimbabwe calm as Mugabe is urged to step down peacefully

In an extraordinary statement after taking over the state broadcaster during a night of unrest, Zimbabwe's army said early Wednesday it was only targeting "criminals" ... Map locates Zimbabwe and its capital, Harare where the countrya TMs president and his wife are being held under house arrest by the military; 1c x 2 1/4 inches; 46.5 mm x 57 mm; . FILE - In this June, 2, 2017 file photo Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, left, and his wife Grace follow proceedings during a youth rally in Marondera Zimbabwe.

Mozambique:FBI Investigating U.S.$2 Billion Secret Debt

The U.S. Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the role of three banks in the $2 bn Mozambique secret debt, the Wall Street Journal reported . They are the Swiss bank, Credit Suisse, and the Russian Bank, VTB, which together organised the syndicated loans and bonds, the French Bank BNP Paribas, which was involved in the loan syndication.

George HW Bush calls Trump a ‘blow hard’ in new book

'Everyone thought he'd been drinking': Fears for Johnny Depp as security guards prop up worse-for-wear actor during red carpet appearance at Murder On The Orient Express premiere New Jersey journalist, 25, is jailed in Zimbabwe and faces up to TWENTY YEARS behind bars for 'tweeting Robert Mugabe is a selfish and sick man' Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker is arrested for stabbing his wife to death, one month after he kidnapped his son from school and blamed it on 'football injuries' Sixty percent of Americans say Trump tax plan will benefit the wealthy - and just a third say they support it More than 20 cities across the nation fear protest marches on Saturday to demand Trump's removal from office could be hijacked by violent anarchists The Trumps pay their respects to the fallen: President and First Lady offer solemn floral tribute at Pearl Harbor shrine before departing on Asia tour ... (more)

Equatorial Guinea: Presidents Son Convicted of Laundering Millions

A Parisian court on October 27, 2017, convicted the president of Equatorial Guinea 's eldest son in absentia of embezzling tens of millions of euro from his government and laundering the proceeds in France. The court handed down a three-year suspended jail sentence and a suspended a 30 million fine for Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, known as Teodorin, who is also Equatorial Guinea's vice president.

Nigeria:When Women Rule – Nigerian Lawmaker Fears Violence Is Scaring Women Away From Politics

The first daughter of a pilot from Abia State in southeast Nigeria, Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje never faced disadvantages for being a woman until she entered politics 10 years ago. In her three terms as member of parliament for Bende constituency in Abia, she has experienced discrimination, sexual innuendoes, physical threats and insubordination, mainly from male colleagues.

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Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, was suddenly evacuated Wednesday from a U.N. camp in South Sudan after violence and looting broke out during a political demonstration.Haley, who's in the middle of a three-country visit in Africa, left the camp as several hundred protesters opposing President Salva Kiir approached, a spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the U.N. told Fox News. The protesters "became upset that [Haley] was not able to meet with them, due to time constraint," the U.N. told The Associated Press.

WHO picks who as its “World Health Ambassador”?

And people wonder why multilateral organizations suffer from such poor reputations as mouthpieces for dictators and kleptocrats. The World Health Organization routinely selects celebrities and other well-known people to serve as "ambassadors" for the advancement of health and human rights.

Canada’s Love Affair with Monuments to War

I wondered about this when reading about a recent tussle in the nation's capital over the location for yet another celebration of people killing each other. Last month the Canadian War Museum complained to the National Capital Commission about the planned site of the National Memorial to Canada's Mission in Afghanistan.

ANC betrayed SA by not putting the brakes on Zuma

President Jacob Zuma... it does not take tactical wizardry to use inflated ANC membership figures to control branches and congresses and, ultimately, to secure the presidential secession. It's a mistake to deduce from Jacob Zuma surviving the past tumultuous dozen years without going to jail or being ousted, that he is some kind of Machiavellian genius.

Today in History

On Oct. 18, 1767, the Mason-Dixon line, the boundary between colonial Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, was set as astronomers Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon completed their survey. In 1685, King Louis XIV signed the Edict of Fontainebleau, revoking the Edict of Nantes that had established legal toleration of France's Protestant population, the Huguenots.

International stars revive Egyptian tourism

For almost six years, we had missed that enthusiasm and excitement of hosting our favorite celebrities and seeing their photos around the pyramids, between monumental temple pillars in Luxor, or even lounging at our beautiful, sunny beaches. Egypt's iconic monuments and paramount history have placed it on the top of most - if not all - international figures' bucket lists, from the year one; Agatha Christie , Patricia NIXON and U.S. President Richard Nixon , Louis Armstrong , Muhammed Ali , Amitabh Bachchan , Princess Diana , Shakira , Barack Obama , Salma Hayek , Paris Hilton , Van Diesel , and many more.

What natural disasters should teach us

I express my deepest sympathies to the people in the Caribbean and United States who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The loss of life was tragic but has thankfully been much lower than in many previous storms.

Trump’s policy for Africa encouraging – Akufo-Addo

During the 72nd United Nations General Assemby meeting, recently held in New York, the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, held a meeting with eight African leaders, including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, where he acknowledged the tremendous potential of the continent for the development of their economies, and added that his policy for Africa was to promote trade and investment. President Nana Akufo-Addo, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Statesman and a section of the media, yesterday, said he was enthused about the new policy direction announced by Mr Trump, explaining that it would go a long way to erase the culture of aid and dependency which had not served African countries well over the years.

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In the Sunday Vision of September 17, an article written by Moses Walubiri showed who said what in the Constituent Assembly , when the issue of the presidential age limit was being debated. In reference to the Hansard, Dr. Kizza Besigye disagreed with the amendment moved by Noble Mayombo proposing that a presidential contender had to be between the age limit of 35-75 years.

South Africa Exits Recession in Second Quarter as GDP Rises 2.5%

South Africa's economy exited its second recession in almost a decade in the three months ended June 30 after agricultural output surged. Gross domestic product increased an annualized 2.5 percent in the second quarter compared with a revised decline of 0.6 percent in the previous three months, the statistics office said in a report released on Tuesday in the capital, Pretoria.

US reviewing policy toward South Sudan – USAID chief

After four years of civil war marked by brutal attacks on civilians, the United States is reviewing its support for South Sudan, USAID administrator Mark Green told the country's President Salva Kiir in talks in the capital Juba. WAU, South Sudan: After four years of civil war marked by brutal attacks on civilians, the United States is reviewing its support for South Sudan, USAID administrator Mark Green told the country's President Salva Kiir in talks in the capital Juba.

US reviewing policy toward South Sudan – USAID chief

After four years of civil war marked by brutal attacks on civilians, the United States is reviewing its support for South Sudan, USAID administrator Mark Green told the country's President Salva Kiir in talks in the capital Juba. WAU, South Sudan: After four years of civil war marked by brutal attacks on civilians, the United States is reviewing its support for South Sudan, USAID administrator Mark Green told the country's President Salva Kiir in talks in the capital Juba.

Why US investment in Nigeria is restricted – US Senator

T HE head of a United States of America's congressional delegation on a visit to Nigeria, Senator Chris Coons, has said that American investors have held back their investment in Nigeria due to currency regulations, saying that they would increase their investment in the country when there is a free-floating Naira. Coons told Bloomberg in an interview: "Some of the currency controls that remain I think raise the question of whether foreign direct investment, if successful and profitable, will be able to be returned to any country.

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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2016, file photo, Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe attends a ruling ZANU PF Party Conference in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean state media said Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, the wife of Presiden... .

1 million South Sudan refugees now in Uganda, UN says

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 7, 2017 file photo, children look through a tear in the tarpaulin tents that serve as extra classrooms, for a mixed class of South Sudanese refugee children and Ugandan children, at the Ombech... . FILE - In this Friday, June 9, 2017 file photo, women and children return home with plastic containers of water, in a section of the sprawling complex of mud-brick houses and tents that makes up the Bidi Bidi refugee settle... .

Hundreds missing in Sierra Leone mudslides likely dead

A Northwestern University professor accused with another man in the brutal stabbing death of a 26-year-old hair stylist has returned to Chicago from California to face murder charges. The State Department says at least one American was killed and one injured in the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain.

IRI Statement: IRI President Mark Green Confirmed as Administrator of USAID

Washington, D.C.- Senator John McCain, Chairman of the International Republican Institute , issued the following statement on the confirmation of Ambassador Mark Green as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development : "I'm proud that the Senate today confirmed Ambassador Mark Green as Administrator of USAID. Mark has dedicated his life and career to public service and advancing human rights and democracy around the world.

Italian farmer turns field into Putin portrait ahead of G20

Italian farmer turns field into Putin portrait ahead of G20 The 135-meter -wide Putin portrait that artist Dario Gambarin created only can be properly viewed from above due to its scale. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2tNVdt0 An Italian land artist has created a giant portrait of Russian President Vladamir Putin in a field near the Italian city of Verona.

Morocco Was First Country To Recognize The United States Of America

MOROCCO WAS FIRST COUNTRY TO RECOGNIZE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Jul. 3, 2017 Source: Moroccan American Center for Policy news release America's Founding Fathers may have ratified the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776; but the document signaled just the beginning of the United States' long and bloody battle for freedom from British rule. With years of war ahead of them, the colonists needed allies.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

A computer screen cyberattack warning notice reportedly holding computer files to ransom, as part of a massive international cyberattack, at an office in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday June 27, 2017, A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard.

South Sudan no longer in famine, but situation is critical

The family of an Ohio woman who died after contracting a brain-eating amoeba has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a North Carolina outdoor recreational park. The family of an Ohio woman who died after contracting a brain-eating amoeba has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a North Carolina outdoor recreational park.

Facts Versus Fiction: Why Obama worked against Jonathan in 2015 – Omokri

By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief ABUJA- Former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, ensured former President Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 as punishment for the anti-same sex marriage law. US President Barack Obama shakes hands with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria before their bilateral meeting in New York on September 23, 2013 on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly.

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On June 20, 1967, boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted and was sentenced to five years in prison. . In 1791, King Louis XVI of France and his family attempted to flee in the so-called "Flight to Varennes," but were caught.

On this day in 1921, this woman was the 1st to preside over a House session

In 1947, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was shot dead at the Beverly Hills, California, mansion of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill, apparently at the order of mob associates. Here, Siegel, right, shakes hands with his attorney Jerry Giesler after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed an indictment charging Siegel with killing New York gangster Harry Greenberg on the ground that the state had not proved its case, Feb. 5, 1942.

US military carries out first offensive airstrike in Somalia under Trump’s new authorities

The U.S. military has conducted its first offensive airstrike against the jihadist fundamentalist group al-Shabaab in Somalia, targeting the group under the new authorities given by the Trump administration in March that allows offensive airstrikes. "On June 11, at approximately 2 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the Department of Defense conducted a strike operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia," said Dana White, the Pentagon's chief spokesperson, in a statement.

8 migrants drown off Libya coast

Altogether eight migrants drowned and dozens are missing on Saturday off the Libyan coast while attempting to reach Europe, according to the Libyan coast guards. "The eight bodies are among the 120 or 130 people who were on a rubber boat," said Colonel Fathi al-Rayani, commander of the coast guard of Garabulli city, 60 km east of Tripoli.

Manchester bombing: Pres. Trump orders probe of investigation leaks Read Story Usa Today

President Trump ordered the Justice Department to probe alleged information leaks by U.S. officials regarding the deadly concert bombing investigation here after British authorities announced Thursday they would stop sharing intelligence due to leaks of confidential and sensitive details about the case. "I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Trump said in a statement released by the White House.

Manchester bomber’s father says he did not expect attack

Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was accused of physically assaulting a reporter on the campaign trail on Wednesday, the eve of a special election to fill the state's lone... You don't have to actually read President Donald Trump's proposed budget to know that it offers some overdue fiscal discipline on a federal government ... (more)

South Sudan’s Sacked Head of Army Returns to Nation’s Capital

Paul Malong , returned to the capital on Saturday, allaying fears that he would take up arms and further intensify the African nation's three-year civil war. Malong arrived in Juba accompanied by four bodyguards aboard a chartered plane from Yirol, the capital of Lakes state, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said by phone from Juba.

82 freed Chibok schoolgirls arrive in capital

San Diego police have shot and killed a 15-year-old boy they say pulled a gun on them in a high school parking lot. President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries is about to be scrutinized by a federal appeals court for the first time.

Pope and I in Cairo

In Cairo, Pope Francis, once again, did what he usually does best: he snapped at the state of immorality and selfishness, which is governing the world, particularly in the West. The message to Egypt's priests could actually be directed at the population of the European and North American cities: The first temptation is to letting ourselves to be led, rather than to lead The second temptation is complaining constantly The third temptation is gossip and envy The fourth temptation is comparing us with those better off The fifth temptation is individualism, 'me, and after me the flood' the final temptation is 'keep walking without direction or destination' Pope Francis gave speeches, and met the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

On Day of Climate March, Remember the Global Advance of Solar


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The U.S. public may have to march today for our government to recognize the dangers of climate change. But in the rest of the world, governments are placing a large wager on clean solar energy.

Hillary Clinton makes surprise appearance at Tribeca Fest

Director at African Parks Andrea Heydlauff, from left, Executive Vice President of Digital Product at National Geographic Partners Rachel Webber, writer/director Imraan Ismail, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and writer/director and producer Kathryn Bigelow speak on stage at "Tribeca Talks Virtual Reality: The Protectors," during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios Saturday, April 22, 2017, in New York. Clinton was an unannounced panelist, there to discuss the scourge of elephant poaching - the subject of Bigelow's eight-minute film, "The Protectors: Walk in the Rangers' Shoes."

‘Zuma Must Go:’ Hundreds Of Thousands March Against South Africa’s President

However, Zuma's firing of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in a Cabinet reshuffle has intensified concerns about South Africa's struggling economy and government corruption, and some top ruling party leaders openly criticized the decision. NAN reports that the president welcomed one of the marches, by the civil society group Save South Africa that was planned for outside the Union Buildings, the site of Zuma's offices in the capital, Pretoria, saying it was the group's legal right to do so.

Key US senator pushes back against Trump’s proposed foreign aid cuts

Senator Bob Corker, center, speaks to recent refugees from South Sudan at a registration center in Bidi Bidi, Uganda, Friday, April 14 2017. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, strongly defended U.S. foreign assistance on Friday while visiting the world's fastest growing refugee crisis in northern Uganda, just across the border from war-torn South Sudan.

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The U.S. commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the "mother of all bombs" to attack an Islamic State stronghold near the Pakistani border didn't need and didn't request President Donald Trump's approval, Pentagon officials said Friday. The officials said that even before Trump took office in January, Gen.

US Senator Pushes Back Against Trump’s Proposed Foreign Aid Cuts

Face-to-face with victims of South Sudan's famine and civil war, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee strongly defended U.S. foreign aid on Friday despite President Donald Trump's proposed deep cuts in humanitarian assistance. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee visited the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis in northern Uganda, just across the border from South Sudan, in a pointed response to Trump's "America First" platform that would slash funds for diplomacy and foreign aid.

US senators say food aid constraints delay help amid famine

As President Donald Trump seeks to cut foreign aid under the slogan of "America First," two U.S. senators are proposing making American food assistance more efficient after meeting with victims of South Sudan's famine and civil war. Following a visit to the world's largest refugee settlement in northern Uganda with the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware told The Associated Press on Saturday that the U.S. "can deliver more food aid at less cost" through foreign food aid reform.

Gallup’s Happiness Poll finds Americans aren’t very

By the usual measurements of economic growth , unemployment and standard poll questions on intent, professionals and many others were pretty certain the United Kingdom would decide to remain in the EU that it fought so long and hard to enter. Turns out, if media had measured "Happiness," they'd have recognized the historic looming Brexit upheaval.

Uganda at ‘breaking point’ as South Sudan refugees pour in

Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for tweeting in the hours after Wednesday's London attack a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city. Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for tweeting in the hours after Wednesday's London attack a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city.

Libya’s eastern parliament quits UN peace deal with Tripoli

The nation's passionate debate about the role of government in providing health care for citizens and paying the costs is unlikely to be settled by the legislation House Republicans have unveiled. The nation's passionate debate about the role of government in providing health care for citizens and paying the costs is unlikely to be settled by the legislation House Republicans have unveiled.

Solar Power May Get Boost From Africa’s Biggest Oil Exporter

Senators in the capital of Abuja are currently debating whether they'll allocate $30 million to solar projects in this year's budget, according to the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria. They're expected to provide funding for off-grid solar projects, photovoltaic manufacturing, and transmission upgrades, according to REAN Executive Secretary Godwin Aigbokhan.

Black lives don’t matter in xenophobic South Africa

Foreign nationals and members of various South African civil society groups take part in an anti-xenophobia march through Cape Town, South Africa. Last week was an ugly, humiliating one for South Africa; a country once considered a jewel of democracy on the African continent has been gripped by a wave of xenophobic violence .

Not all foreigners are criminals, says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma on Friday called for restraint ahead of the planned march against foreign nationals which is being organised by a group calling itself the Mamelodi Concerned Residents. "The situation has become more serious in light of current threats of violence and acts of intimidation and destruction of property directed at non-nationals living in South Africa," said Zuma in a statement issued by the Presidency.

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe, now 93, confirms election run

One of Africa's longest-serving heads of state turns 93 today -- but is showing no signs of slowing down. In an interview to state media to celebrate the occasion, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe confirmed that he intends to run for president in the 2018 general election, Reuters reported.

Al-Qaeda Terror Attack in Mali Reaffirms Importance of American Engagement at the United Nations

An al-Qaeda linked militant group killed 77 Malian soldiers and security personnel and injured hundreds with a suicide bombing in the northern Malian city of Gao on January 18 in the latest of a series of deadly terrorist attacks across the region. The slain soldiers and police had been working side by side with United Nations Peacekeepers, who themselves have lost 110 soldiers in Mali since being deployed there nearly four years ago.

There are stamps paying tribute to Donald Trump as president, but they’re not from the U.S.

Even before the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, Donald Trump had already been honored on a handful of stamps, including a few that commemorate him as president of the United States. For example, a souvenir sheet from St. Thomas and Prince Islands offer congratulations on his election, and a souvenir sheet from Liberia continues a series honoring all U.S. presidents.

Zimbabwe: Obama Extends Sanctions in Hostile Goodbye to Mugabe

OUTGOING US President Barack Obama put beyond any doubt his abhorrence for President Robert Mugabe's leadership style last Friday when his outgoing administrationd extended its sanctions against the Harare regime by another year. Zimbabwe's opposition welcomed the development but a Zanu PF minister scorned the move, describing it as inconsequential from an Obama government nearing its end.

Uganda: When Goldsmith Turns to Paper Beads

Anyone who knows the exploits of Ugandan artist Sanaa Gateja can state without fear of criticism for journalistic exaggeration that he is the only remnant of the early post-colonial crop still actively turning and influencing the wheels of contemporary art. For over half a century, the artist has been committed to the exploitation of art in all its wealth and diversity without faltering.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, arrive for an event to thank service members and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, arrive for an event to thank service members and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016.

Point by Point Response to Likud Party Propaganda

As Israel's myriad human rights abuses and contraventions of international law have become impossible to deny, one argument that apologists for Israel routinely fall back on is: While Israel has engaged in human rights and other abuses, other countries commit far worse abuses. Therefore, it is wrong - and possibly indicative of anti-Semitism - to focus excessively on Israel's wrongs.

Kenyan police use tear gas to disperse rally against graft

The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints defensive leader Will Smith faces a sentence of up to 40 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter during a trial that made spectators of some of the... The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints defensive leader Will Smith was convicted of manslaughter on Sunday night, ending a week-long trial in which the defendant insisted he only fired because the popular... Immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, but were protected from deportation by President Barack Obama, are being warned by some advocates to make sure they are not traveling abroad when... Immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, but were protected from deportation by President Barack Obama, are being warned by some advocates to make sure they are not traveling abroad when Donald Trump... Snow, freezing rain and ... (more)

South Africa’s DA party asks court to compel Zuma to set up influence-peddling inquiry

South Africa's main opposition party said on Monday it had asked the Constitutional Court to compel President Jacob Zuma to establish a judicial inquiry into alleged influence-peddling in his government. The Democratic Alliance's application came days after Zuma asked the High Court to set aside a report by the former Public Protector which called for an investigation into whether he and some cabinet members and state companies had acted improperly.

Obama Expands 9/11 Authorization to Cover Al-Shabab

Members of Somalia's al-Shabab militant group patrol on the outskirts of Mogadishu, March, 5, 2012. Citing senior U.S. officials, The New York Times reported Monday the administration has deemed al-Shabab to be part of the armed conflict that Congress authorized against the perpetrators of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In Africa, little enthusiasm for US vote after Obama

"The dream becomes reality", "Our son, our hope": the headlines in the Kenyan press in 2008 captured pride and excitement after the election of Barack Obama. The election of the first black president of the United States on November 4, 2008 sparked scenes of jubilation in Kenya, the homeland of Obama's father.

BRICS leaders discuss how to shape global trade, finance

Leaders of BRICS countries, from left, Brazilian President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and South African President Jacob Zuma raise their han... . Leaders of BRICS countries, from left, Brazilian President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African President Jacob Zuma leave after a gr... Four people were killed and nine were injured on Saturday after an out-of-control pickup truck plunged off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and plowed into crowd gathered at a festival below, authorities said.

Global deal reached to limit powerful greenhouse gases

Secretary of State John Kerry, center-left at podium, delivers a speech to the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, in Kigali, Rwanda Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Nations strove Friday for a deal to phase out hydrofluorocarbons from air conditioners and refrigerators as part of efforts to fight climate change.

Peacekeeping: Fiction vs. Reality

The word peacekeeping is like the word terrorism: it is meaningless on its own and able to be molded to serve the interests of a political clique. Like Alex P. Schmidt's description of terrorism in The Routledge Handbook of Terrorism Research , peacekeeping "is usually an instrument for the attempted realization of a politicala project that perpetrators lacking mass support are seeking."

S. Sudan president threatens personal military operation in Equatoria

The South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir has threatened to personally lead and direct military operations in the Equatoria region, particularly in Yei River county, asserting that he would relocate to the area if armed activities continue to cause insecurity and affect normal traffic for people and government "We will not just sit in Juba. We will go out.

Struggling Zimbabwe plans to cut 25,000 government jobs

Zimbabwe plans to cut 25,000 government jobs as it struggles to pay its workers amid a plummeting economy that has caused widespread protests. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa on Thursday told parliament that this southern African country also plans to get rid of annual bonuses to save money.

Liberals pledge up to 600 soldiers, $450M for UN peacekeeping operations

The Liberal government is putting the United Nations on notice that Canada is ready to provide money and, more importantly, troops for peacekeeping missions around the world. Up to 600 Canadian soldiers - including engineers and medical units - are being committed to future peacekeeping operations, as well as equipment such as helicopters and planes, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said Friday.

Nigeria kills a top terrorist, and the world shrugs

When the Nigerian air force claimed Tuesday that it had "fatally wounded" the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, the report was met with skepticism and little fanfare. Partly, that's because Nigeria's military has claimed to have killed Abubakar Shekau before - only to have the mastermind behind the kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls in 2014 resurface in one of his signature videos.

OPINION: We are obligated to build democratic, inclusive societies

We are all ethically obligated to look for a way out that builds democratic and inclusive societies and to reject chauvinists like Donald Trump and Vusi Khosa and President Zuma, says the writer. Picture: Eric Thayer We are ethically obligated to say that, yes, black lives matter, poor people's lives matter, women's lives matter, writes Imraan Buccus I have been watching the aftermath of the local government elections from the United States.

Official says car bombing in eastern Libya kills 23 people

A suicide car bomb attack in the eastern city of Benghazi targeting Libyan troops killed 23 people and wounded dozens of others Tuesday, a hospital official said. The official said the wounded were still arriving at the hospital in the aftermath of the bombing in the al-Qawarsha district on the outskirts of the city, Libya's second largest.

Suicide attacker sets off huge car bomb near peacekeeping headquarters in Somalia

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War crimes court refers Djibouti and Uganda to UN

London, July 18, GNA - The governments of Djibouti and Uganda have been referred by the International Criminal Court to the UN and the ICC's Assembly of States Parties for their failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir - who is facing war crimes charges at the court - when he visited these countries. The Sudanese leader, for whom the ICC has issued two arrest warrants, is facing five counts of crimes against humanity, two counts of war crimes and three counts of genocide allegedly committed in the Darfur Region in western Sudan.

Are America’s chickens coming home to roost?

Consider, since 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, an illegal invasion and war crimes in Iraq, beheadings, bombings and forced slavery, terror strikes by drones, cluster and phosphorous bombs, relentless bombing leveling Gaza, Sana'a and Aleppo, lone wolf attacks in Orlando, Dallas and San Bernardino, terror bombings in Baghdad, Beirut, Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, Dhaka and Medina, stabbings in Jerusalem and Hebron, slaughter at Mother Emmanuel, despair in Ferguson, Baltimore, the Ninth Ward and Flint, and Herman Wallace, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, and Philando Castile.

Heavy gunfire near South Sudan president’s compound, UN site

After a young girl was abducted on the Navajo Nation and found dead near a towering rock formation, tribal officials faced tough questions about why an Amber Alert system proposed years earlier was never implemented. After a young girl was abducted on the Navajo Nation and found dead the next day, tribal officials faced tough questions about why an Amber Alert system proposed years earlier was never implemented.

Brexit vote is a vote against globalisation

The vote to leave the EU is a rejection of the global neoliberal framework and its devastating impact on British cultural and economic life, writes Ayabonga Cawe. The lesson of Brexit for South Africa is not only in trade and commerce, but in the signal that the legitimacy of an exploitative global system is under question.

Obama Legitimizes the Drone Wars

Cities reduced to rubble, schools and hospitals leveled, prisoners tortured and executed, car bombs exploding. Long lines of refugees, their homes in ruins, stumbling along a road to nowhere with their few remaining possessions carried on their backs.

Weak Rand Drives South African Corn, Wheat, Soybean to Records

South African grain and oilseed prices surged to records after the rand weakened and international prices increased, making imports pricier just as the country becomes a net buyer of the commodities after a drought damaged local harvests. Yellow corn for July delivery rose 2.7 percent to 3,815 rand a metric ton on the South African Futures Exchange in Johannesburg Monday, the highest level since trading started in August 1996.

Digital campaigns get the vote

USA president Barack Obama is scheduled to serve his last full day in the White House on 19 January 2017. When he looks back at the legacy of his administration, including the elimination of Osama bin Laden, introduction of Obamacare, initial steps towards normalising relations with Cuba, shutting down the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison for "combatants", and many others, are likely to be high on the list of his achievements during his eight-year presidency.

War-weary Somalis flee for Europe as rebuilding too slow

When hundreds of Somalis were reported drowned in the Mediterranean last month, Abdi Deeq didn't rethink his plans to flee the Horn of Africa nation and risk the illicit crossing to Europe. More than two decades of Somali civil war and a bloody al-Qaida-aligned insurgency have left the 22-year-old student with little hope his country is becoming safer or more prosperous.

Investigators: Smoke detected on Egypt jet just before crash

A massive space shuttle external propellant tank is squeezing through the streets of Los Angeles to join a display of the retired orbiter Endeavour at the California Science Center. A massive space shuttle external propellant tank is squeezing through the streets of Los Angeles to join a display of the retired orbiter Endeavour at the California Science Center.

EgyptAir crash debris recovered

An engineer stands in front of a C-130 HAUP of the Hellenic Air Force, which took part and is on stand by, in the searching operation of the missing Egypt plane, at the military air base of Kastelli on the southern Greek island of Crete on Friday. CAIRO -- Search crews found human remains, luggage and seats from the crashed EgyptAir jetliner Friday but face a potentially more complex task in locating bigger pieces of wreckage and the black boxes vital to determining why the plane plunged into the Mediterranean.

Congo’s political crisis stokes fears of widespread violence

A simmering political crisis in Congo that the U.S. and its allies have been unable to defuse is stoking fears in Congress that one of Africa's largest countries is on the verge of slipping into widespread violence. Tension is building in Congo over President Joseph Kabila's maneuvering to avoid national elections and remain in office beyond his constitutionally permitted term, according to U.S. officials and members of a coalition opposing Kabila.

House chairman complains about Pentagon response on Benghazi

The chairman of the House Benghazi committee on Thursday complained that the Pentagon has failed to provide the names of all the pilots who sent drones over Libya the night of the deadly 2012 attacks, slowing the more than two-year-old investigation. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said in a statement that the Defense Department ignored a request for nearly five weeks for the pilots who sent drones over Benghazi and Tripoli, and that the Pentagon, at the end of April, then provided an incomplete list.

Egyptian Airliner With 66 On Board Crashes In Mediterranean Sea

An EgyptAir passenger jet that took off from Paris with 66 people on board suddenly disappeared over the Aegean Sea on Thursday morning, shortly before it was due to land in Cairo. As Egyptian and Greek authorities mounted a search-and-rescue operation focused around the island of Karpathos, President Francois Hollande of France confirmed that the plane had crashed and acknowledged that "the terrorist hypothesis" was one of several that investigators were looking into.