Monthly Archives: January 2021

NATO Sources: Foreign Troops to Stay in Afghanistan Beyond May Deadline

International troops plan to stay in Afghanistan beyond the May deadline envisaged by the insurgent Taliban’s deal with the United States, four senior NATO officials said, a move that could escalate tensions with the Taliban demanding full withdrawal….

9 Killed in Seven-Hour Siege of Mogadishu Hotel

Somalia’s government announced the end of a seven-hour deadly siege in the capital Mogadishu Sunday night, which left nine people dead. Mohamed Nur Galal, a well-known retired general and former defense minister, was among those confirmed killed in the…

Hunger Grips Thousands Displaced by Inter-Communal Violence in Darfur

GENEVA – The World Food Program is scaling up food assistance to tens of thousands of people displaced by intercommunal violence in Sudan’s explosive Darfur region.United Nations agencies say an estimated 250 people have been killed and more than 100,0…

Time Running Out on Somalia’s Troubled Vote

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA – As Somalia marks three decades since a dictator fell and chaos engulfed the country, the government is set to hold a troubled national election.Or is it?Two regional states refuse to take part, and time is running out before the Fe…

2021 Japan Prize Laureates Announced

TOKYO, Jan. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The winners of the 2021 Japan Prize were announced on January 29 by the Japan Prize Foundation and its president, Hiroshi Komiyama. The newest laureates are Australian researcher Prof. Martin Andrew Green, honored for his work in the field of “Resources, Energy, the Environment, and Social Infrastructure,” and U.S. researchers […]

African Union Launches Platform to Track Threats Against African Journalists

Threats to African journalists are nothing new, but the African Union is launching a website to track and monitor threats against them, in a bid to improve protections for media workers and support the right to freedom of the expression. Six African j…