Africa

Amnesty Accuses Trump of ‘War Crimes’ in Somalia

The United States military may have committed lethal “war crimes” against “numerous” civilians, including children, as it ramped up its airstrike campaign against the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab in Somalia under President Donald Trump’s watch, the human rights group Amnesty International claimed on Wednesday, echoing allegations by the terrorist group and some news outlets.

Civilian deaths mount as US drone strikes in Somalia escalate: Amnesty

Libya: U.S. Pledges Half Million in Non-Lethal Aid to Struggling Government

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration pledged $500,000 in “rapid response non-lethal aid” to the United Nations-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) in chaos-ridden Libya soon after the breakaway administration consolidated its control of two-thirds of the North African nation.

Attackers hit Libya foreign ministry in Tripoli

Media Silence Surrounds Muslim Massacre of Christians

Political leaders and public figures were falling over themselves this weekend to condemn the mosque attacks in New Zealand, while dozens of Christians were slaughtered by Muslims in Nigeria to the sound of crickets.

Christians massacred Nigeria

NGO Migrant Ferry Finds No Migrants After Three-Week Search

Sea-Eye, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which ferried migrants to Europe, has claimed that despite a three-week search off the coast of Libya, they were unable to find a single migrant to “rescue” before returning to port in Mallorca.

A picture shows the Sea-Eye rescue ship named after Alan Kurdi during its inauguration in Palma de Mallorca on February 10, 2019. - The former research vessel 'Professor Albrecht Penck' was rebaptised 'Alan Kurdi', after the Syrian boy who was drowned during a ship wreck in the Mediterranean Sea. (Photo …

Trump Issues Emergency Order Grounding Boeing 737 Max Planes After Worldwide Ban

The crisis facing aviation giant Boeing intensified this week as 737 Max 8 aircraft were grounded around the world following the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday. President Donald Trump issued an emergency order following suit on Wednesday afternoon as they were banned by almost every other country in the world.

The Boeing 737-8 is pictured on a mural on the side of the Boeing Renton Factory on March 11, 2019 in Renton, Washington. Two of the aerospace company's newest model airliners have crashed in less than six months. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Russian-Backed Warlord Haftar Now Controls Two-Thirds of Oil-Rich Libya 

Gen. Khalifa Haftar, the head of the breakaway government’s Libyan National Army (LNA), gained control of two-thirds of Libya – including most border crossings and the majority of onshore oil fields – after sweeping through the North African country’s southern region in recent weeks, the Guardian reported on Monday.

West Libya in strongman's sights after conquering east

U.S. Ramps Up Airstrikes Against Al-Qaeda Allies in Somalia

The U.S. military steadily ramped up airstrikes against the Somalian terrorist group al-Shabaab over the past year, shifting its focus away from the dying Islamic State to al-Qaeda’s most feral ally with relatively little media attention.

US strike kills 26 Shabaab fighters in Somalia

Doctors Report Dozens of Attacks on Ebola Treatment Centers in Congo

Medical teams frequently complain about the dangerous conditions in the violent rural areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). An alarming report published by Doctors Without Borders on Thursday said the effort to contain the Ebola outbreak in the Congo is “failing” due to community distrust and factional violence, including over 30 attacks on Ebola treatment centers over the past seven months.

Ebola response in DR Congo 'failing' to contain outbreak: MSF

Al-Shabaab Gunmen, Suicide Bombers Attack Mogadishu Hotel

A suicide bombing attack on a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia on Thursday evening quickly escalated into a massive gun battle between Somali security forces and jihadis loyal to al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda ally that is becoming increasingly active across the region.

Rescuers run as they carry a stretcher in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, on February 28, 2019 after a car bomb exploded close to a major hotel killing at least five people and wounding 25 others. - Witnesses described how the blast ripped through one of the busiest streets of …