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Terror Threats Across Africa ‘Not Degraded’

U.S. efforts to stem the threat from terror groups across Africa are struggling as military commanders grapple with the prospect of troop reductions and shifting priorities, according to a new government report on counterterrorism operations. U.S. Africa Command has about 5,100 troops stationed on the continent, most of them in Djibouti. About 650 to 800

Kenya’s LGBTQ Community Faces Increased Abuse During Pandemic

Kenya has acknowledged that COVID-19 restrictions are fueling cases of gender-based-violence but has been less open on abuses against the LGBTQ community. Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya and activists say many are afraid to report abuse or get medical help because of stigma. Twenty-eight year-old Rebecca Adhiambo’s family shunned her after discovering two years ago

France at Odds with Mali Plan to Dialogue with Jihadists

The eight-year Islamist insurgency in the West African nation of Mali shows no sign of ending and after an August coup toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The country’s transitional government has indicated it is willing to open dialogue with all armed groups. France, which has more than 5,000 troops in the country, has warned against any

UN, Rights Groups Urge Ethiopia to Protect Civilians

International rights groups urged Ethiopian forces to prioritize the safety of civilians in the Tigray region Monday as a 72-hour deadline for regional forces to surrender loomed. On Sunday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gave a 72-hour deadline to Tigrayan forces to surrender or face a military offensive from the central government, escalating a weeks-long

Ethiopia’s Abiy Gives Tigray Region 72-Hour Ultimatum

Ethiopia’s prime minister has issued an ultimatum to Tigrayan regional forces to surrender or face a military offensive on the state’s capital of Mekele. “Your journey of destruction is coming to an end, and we urge you to surrender peacefully within t…

AU Appoints 3 Envoys to Help Resolve Ethiopian Conflict

The African Union has named three high-level envoys to mediate a peaceful resolution of armed conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. AU President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa informed Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde on Friday that he had…

Tigray Forces Fire Rockets Into Neighboring Ethiopian Region

Tigray forces fired rockets Friday into a neighboring Ethiopian state, heightening fears the internal conflict could spread to other parts of the country, a day after the federal government said its forces were closing in on the dissident region’s capital. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, unleashed a military campaign in

Cameroon-Chad Border Flooding Leaves Thousands Homeless, Hungry

Cameroon says at least 15,000 people have been made homeless or displaced by floodwaters along its northern border with Chad. Government and aid groups are on the border to help those in need, but flood victims say food and medicine are scarce. Cameroon authorities say heavy rains that began in September and worsened this week