Africa

Mugabe family in detention after military takes control of Zimbabwe

Mugabe family in detention after military takes control of Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe and his family remain under detention in Zimbabwe twelve hours after the military declared on national television that it had temporarily taken control of the country to “target criminals” around the head of state. The move by the armed forces appears to have resolved a bitter battle to succeed the 93-year-old president, which had […]

Red Crescent: 74 dead refugees wash ashore in Zawiya

Red Crescent: 74 dead refugees wash ashore in Zawiya

At least 74 bodies recovered from beach in western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea, Red Crescent says. Libya’s Red Crescent has said that 74 bodies of refugees have washed ashore in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea. The aid organisation’s spokesman Mohammed al-Misrati told the AP news agency that the […]

African Union criticises US for ‘taking many of our people as slaves’ and not taking refugees

African Union criticises US for ‘taking many of our people as slaves’ and not taking refugees

The head of the African Union has criticised Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from some Muslim-majority countries, saying it presents “one of the greatest challenges” for the continent. As representatives of the AU’s 53 member states met in Addis Ababa for a two-day summit, the chief of its commission said the bloc was entering “very […]

In Libya ‘there are no winners today’

In Libya ‘there are no winners today’

Libyan officials from the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Central Bank of Libya are expected to convene in the Italian capital, Rome, to flesh out the details of an agreement aimed at pulling the North African nation out of an economic crisis. Thursday’s planned meeting would be the second in a US-led initiative […]

South Africa to quit International Criminal Court

South Africa to quit International Criminal Court

Government to submit a bill to exit the ICC, amid growing concerns that Hague-based court tries mostly African leaders. South Africa is pulling out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because its obligations are inconsistent with laws giving sitting leaders diplomatic immunity, according to government officials. Justice Minister Michael Masutha said on Friday that the […]

Burundi rejects African peacekeeping force on its soil

Burundi rejects African peacekeeping force on its soil

Burundi’s government has reacted angrily to the African Union’s decision to deploy a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force to curb ongoing violence in the troubled country, saying it will prevent foreign troops from entering its borders. The African Union’s Peace and Security Council agreed on Friday night to deploy an African Prevention and Protection Mission (MAPROBU) for […]

Convert or die: Ethnic cleansing in CAR

Convert or die: Ethnic cleansing in CAR

Khaled A Beydoun Muslims are only newsworthy when behind the gun, not in front of it. Modern journalism continually reaffirms this baseline with regards to domestic crises and, perhaps even more so, international human rights calamities. The systematic targeting of Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR), a nation ravaged by strife since March of […]

Muslims being ‘erased’ from Central African Republic

Muslims being ‘erased’ from Central African Republic

Militias have taken advantage of the political vacuum in Central African Republic (CAR), engaging in ethnic cleansing of Muslims in a bid to erase the community from the country, human rights group Amnesty International has said. Discussing Friday’s report, entitled “Erased identity: Muslims in ethnically cleansed areas of the Central African Republic,” Joanne Mariner, a […]