Leaders urge Egypt to free Al Jazeera journalists

World leaders at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) have highlighted the importance of press freedom and called on Egypt to release the three jailed Al Jazeera staff. The wrongful imprisonment of Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohammed Fahmy was raised by US President Obama in his first meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah […]

Sweden arrests two Rwandan genocide suspects

A Swede of Rwandan origin and a Rwandan national were held in custody Wednesday in Sweden under suspicion of involvement in the African country’s 1994 genocide, prosecutors said. “Two men have been arrested and are being questioned. They are suspected of participating in the genocide,” Tora Holst, prosecutor in charge of the probe, told AFP. […]

War crime arrest major step for justice

The Belgian authorities’ arrest of a Liberian for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during Liberia’s first civil war is a major advance for justice. It is the first arrest for crimes that violate international law committed during the conflict in Liberia from 1989 to 1996, which left tens of thousands dead. On September […]

Sweden goes to the polls

Sweden is expected to vote the Social Democrats back into power in general elections Sunday,according to the latest polls, while the anti-immigration nationalist right is likely to make historic gains. Stefan Löfven, the stocky leader of the Social Democrats, looks set to become the next prime minister for the nearly 10 million Swedes, probably in a […]

African Union wants travel restrictions lifted

The African Union has called on all its member states to urgently lift all travel bans imposed on countries affected by the Ebola outbreak in Africa. The AU has also called on member states to respect the principles of free movement and urge that any travel-related measures should be in line with World Health Organization […]

Swedish park withdraws ‘racist’ curtains

The Astrid Lindgren’s World theme park in Sweden has withdrawn curtains it was selling in its gift shop after visitors complained the merchandise depicted scenes of slavery and racism. The curtains (pictured above) featured a seated Pippi Longstocking, Lindgren’s celebrated children’s book character, dressed in a grass skirt and wearing a crown. Standing along side her […]

Friends of Urey launch Ebola fund drive in US

In a bid to help contain the spread of the Ebola virus, which is raging havoc on the West African country of Liberia, a political action group, Friends of Benoni Urey (FOBU) in the United States, is launching a fund drive to help raise money to assist the Liberian people in the fight against the […]

Investors, developers to gather in South Africa

As Africa’s demand for power generation continues to outstrip supply, the question of how to finance the future of Africa’s power sector looms large. Prospective investors must fully understand the latest developments in Africa’s finance sector in order to launch successful projects and build long term relationships with local government. Private equity investments into Africa […]

Kenya Red Cross: Send troops to end clan clashes

Frustrated by a resurgence of intercommunal conflict, Kenya’s top humanitarian official has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to make good on a threat to deploy the army in perennially restive areas in the country’s northeast. “The head of state is fully aware of this situation,” Abbas Gullet, secretary-general of the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), […]

President Sirleaf calls for anti-Ebola ambassadors

  Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on community leaders in Montserrado County to serve as anti-Ebola ambassadors as a way of eradicating the virus. Most of the cases of Ebola in Liberia have been found in Montserrado, the country’s biggest county where the capital Monrovia is situated. President Sirleaf said as community leaders, […]