African migrants march in Israel demanding rights

Jan 6, 2014

African migrants march in Israel demanding rights

About 10,000 African migrants marched in Israel’s financial center of Tel Aviv on Sunday and gathered in front of City Hall in their largest demonstration yet to demand work rights and better treatment from the Israeli government. Over the past eight years, roughly 60,000 ...

Poaching decimating elephant tally in Africa

Jan 4, 2014

Poaching decimating elephant tally in Africa

Africa could lose 20 percent of its elephant population within a decade, conservation groups warned last month as governments met in Botswana to discuss measures to curb poaching. An estimated 22,000 elephants were illegally killed across the continent in 2012, as poaching reached “unacceptably ...

Congo, M23 rebels sign peace documents

Dec 13, 2013

Congo, M23 rebels sign peace documents

Kinshasa and the M23 rebels signed documents officially burying the hatchet Thursday in Nairobi, a month after the end of the fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. “The DR Congo government and M23 have respectively signed declarations” including the “decision by M23 ...

France tries to rewrite role in Africa

Dec 9, 2013

France tries to rewrite role in Africa

France is coming to the rescue again, deploying soldiers in a former African colony to help stave off catastrophe — dirty work that Paris says it doesn’t really want. France has its eyes on a dynamic new Africa that is creating jobs, not conflicts. ...

Central African Republic militias employing more child soldiers: U.N.

Nov 23, 2013

Central African Republic militias employing more child soldiers: U.N.

Warring militias have enlisted up to 6,000 child soldiers in the Central African Republic, a senior U.N. official said Friday, issuing a stark warning about the country’s spiralling crisis. “Roughly today, we’re talking about 5,000-6,000 children, so the number has roughly doubled from our ...

Africa launches major challenge to ICC with U.N. vote

Nov 15, 2013

Africa launches major challenge to ICC with U.N. vote

African nations will Friday launch one of the biggest challenges yet to the International Criminal Court by forcing a U.N. Security Council vote on suspending the trial of Kenya’s president. A resolution seeking to defer crimes against humanity charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta and ...

Oct 27, 2013

Defense Ministry to expand military attaches in Africa to nine

Japan plans to more than quadruple its defense attaches in Africa to nine from two in fiscal 2014 to expand its coverage to nine countries on the continent. The Defense Ministry wants to strengthen its military intelligence on Africa after a hostage crisis at ...

Crowded migrant boat sinks off Malta; dozens perish

Oct 12, 2013

Crowded migrant boat sinks off Malta; dozens perish

Officials said dozens of migrants, including children, died Friday when their boat sank near the Italian island of Lampedusa, just over a week after a similar tragedy killed more than 300 refugees. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said at least 27 migrants were dead ...