Women Referees Make African Football History at CHAN

LIMBE, CAMEROON – Three women referees created history Saturday at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) quarterfinals. Ethiopian referee Lidya Tafesse and her assistants, Malawian Bernadettar Kwimbira and Nigerian Mimisen Iyorhe, became the first women to control a match at a

WHO Warns of Diseases Spreading in Tigray Because of Conflict

GENEVA – The World Health Organization is warning that conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray province and the consequent disruption of health services could lead to the spread of deadly diseases there. Ethiopia’s November military assault on Tigray has caused a

Internal Displacement in the Sahel Tops 2 Million as Armed Conflict Intensifies

GENEVA – The U.N. Refugee Agency, or UNHCR, is warning that countries in the Sahel have reached a breaking point as unrelenting violence in the region has caused more than 2 million people to become displaced inside their own countries

Zimbabweans Blame Government for COVID-19 Deaths of Officials

HARARE, ZIMBABWE – A surge in coronavirus cases in Zimbabwe has included the deaths of two Cabinet ministers in 48 hours. The government announced Friday night that Transport Minister Joel Matiza had died of COVID-19. On Wednesday, the president’s office

Central African Republic Begins 15-Day State of Emergency

A 15-day nationwide state of emergency began in the Central African Republic at midnight Thursday in response to rebel-inspired violence over last month’s disputed reelection of President Faustin-Archange Touadera. The state of emergency announcement Thursday came on the same day the head of the United Nations mission in the Central African

Public Face of South Africa’s COVID-19 Fight Dies of Virus Complications

South Africa is mourning the sudden death of Jackson Mthembu, a cabinet minister and presidential adviser who was the public face of South Africa’s fight against COVID-19. President Cyril Ramaphosa offered condolences in a statement Thursday, saying he was shocked

US Pledges to Join World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Global Vaccination Initiative

The leading infectious disease expert in the United States says the country will participate in the global initiative to provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and

Zimbabwe Foreign Minister Dies of COVID-19

Zimbabwe is mourning the death of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo. The government said the country’s top diplomat died Wednesday after contracting COVID-19. Moyo gained international notoriety as an army general, becoming the spokesperson of the 2017

Growing Swarms of Locust Converging on Kenya Threaten Crops

Kenya is under siege again by swarms of maturing desert locusts that threaten to ruin farmers’ crops and pastures. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement the locusts are swarming across seven counties, nearly double the number of counties impacted a week ago.

Death Toll Rises in West Darfur

WASHINGTON – The death toll in West Darfur state on Tuesday climbed to 159 with more than 200 people injured after more than 3 days of fighting between different ethnic communities, according to the Committee of West Darfur Doctors. This