Category Archives: General

UN: Forced Displacement from Conflicts Soaring Despite Pandemic

The U.N. refugee agency, which just released its 2020 Global Trends report, said the number of people forcibly displaced last year by wars, violence, persecution and human rights violations hit a record high of 82.4 million, 4% more than in 2019.This i…

Famine Stalks Millions as Acute Hunger Rises Globally

The World Food Program warns tens of millions of people, mainly in Africa, are teetering on the brink of famine because of conflict, climate shocks and economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The U.N. food agency estimates more than 270 million …

Prosecutors Request Life Sentence for ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero

Rwandan prosecutors on Thursday requested a life sentence for the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda as he faces terrorism charges, while his family asserts that he faces mistreatment and an unfair trial.Paul Rusesabagina, once praised for saving h…

Environmentalists: Demand for Somali Charcoal Fueling Desertification, Drought

Environmentalists are warning that the demand for charcoal in Somalia is fueling desertification and drought. The U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification, known as UNCCD, says an estimated 8.2 million trees were cut down for charcoal in Somalia betwe…

Climate-Related Drought Disasters Threaten Development, UN Warns

The United Nations warns accelerating climate change is causing a dramatic intensification of global drought disasters, which are threatening agricultural production, the world’s safe water supply and other essential aspects of human development. The…

France Arrests ‘High-Ranking’ Islamic State Fighter in Mali

French forces in Mali have captured a man they describe as a “high-ranking fighter of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara” (EIGS), the French military said Wednesday. Dadi Ould Chouaib, also known as Abou Dardar, was arrested June 11 in the flashp…