Category Archives: General

Europe Mulls Forceful Presence in Conflict-torn Sahel

PARIS – The European Union is being urged to become more militarily involved in Africa’s Sahel region amid a possible drawdown of U.S. troops and a fast-growing Islamist insurgency.

Fallout from escalating unrest in the …

In Africa, US Sees Trainers as ‘Better Fit’ Than Combat Troops

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS – The United States is trying to ease concerns about its decision to withdraw conventional troops from Africa and replace them with specialized military trainers.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday the move will …

Where Did They Go? Millions Left Wuhan Before Quarantine

SHANGHAI, CHINA – For weeks after the first reports of a mysterious new virus in Wuhan, millions of people poured out of the central Chinese city, cramming onto buses, trains and planes as the first …

Cyborgs, Trolls and Bots: A Guide to Online Misinformation

NEW YORK – Cyborgs, trolls and bots can fill the internet with lies and half-truths. Understanding them is key to learning how misinformation spreads online.

As the 2016 election showed, social media is increasingly used …

Human Rights Conditions Deteriorate in South Sudan

JUBA – U.N. officials say human rights conditions in South Sudan are deteriorating as a February 22 deadline for creating a transitional unity government draws near.

Three U.N. human rights commissioners who wrapped up their …

UN: Millions of Malians In Need as Armed Groups Wreak Havoc

GENEVA – U.N. agencies say humanitarian conditions for millions of people in Mali are deteriorating, as armed groups and extremists wreak havoc and destroy the livelihoods of civilians.

The United Nations reports around 4.3 million …

Somalia Declares National Emergency over Locust Upsurge

The Somali government has declared a national emergency over a locust upsurge which is spreading in the East Africa region.

The Somali Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Said Hussein Iid said the desert locust poses …