Business / Tech Sep 19, 2019

African star tech startup lays off hundreds of junior developers

Major African tech start-up Andela sacked hundreds of its staff this week — the majority from Nigeria — in one of the largest layoffs in the continent's budding tech industry. The start-up, backed by hundreds of millions of dollars from investors including Facebook and tennis ...

500 refugees trapped in Libya to be evacuated to Rwanda

World / Social Issues Sep 11, 2019

500 refugees trapped in Libya to be evacuated to Rwanda

Rwanda agreed Tuesday to take in 500 refugees and asylum-seekers trapped in Libya under an agreement signed with the United Nations and the African Union. The deal comes after repeated allegations of dire conditions for migrants in Libya's detention centers, including beatings and other abuses, ...

Charity boat rescues 50 African migrants in sea off Libya

World / Social Issues Sep 9, 2019

Charity boat rescues 50 African migrants in sea off Libya

Humanitarian groups SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders rescued 50 migrants on Sunday from a rubber dinghy off Libya's coast and brought them aboard their charity ship, Ocean Viking. An AP journalist aboard the Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking witnessed the rescue of a pregnant woman, 12 ...

Climate and post-conflict peace on pope's Africa agenda

World / Social Issues Sep 4, 2019

Climate and post-conflict peace on pope's Africa agenda

Pope Francis heads this week to the southern African nations of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, visiting some of the world's poorest countries in a region hard hit by some of his biggest concerns: conflict, corruption and climate change. The Sept. 4-10 trip is Francis' second ...