(AP) — Zimbabwe’s top rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, released by a court after eight days in jail for allegedly obstructing justice, said Monday her arrest was a ploy to intimidate human rights activists and pro-democracy groups ahead of upcoming elections expected in July. A visibly tired Beatrice Mtetwa walked... Read more
(AP) — Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered a recount of votes in some constituencies in the country’s March 4 presidential election. The court heard arguments from civil society groups and the legal team of Prime Minister Raila Odinga over what they charge were failures by the election commission... Read more
(AP) — Human rights activists from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are appealing to their leaders to use their influence to press Syria to allow unimpeded humanitarian access to U.N. agencies. Camila Asano of Brazil’s Conectas says it is “a responsibility” for leaders of a BRICS summit... Read more
ACHEBE WAS A MOVEMENT, NOT JUST A MAN. HE WILL NEVER DIE – OKONJO-IWEALA
We received the news of the passing of Prof Chinua Achebe with a sense of profound loss. Yes, he was 82 years old and by any measure not too young to die. But Achebe had for so long been a part of our lives that the thought of his... Read more
(Reuters) – Mario Balotelli earned lavish praise for his team spirit from Italy coach Cesare Prandelli following his performance in the 2-2 draw in a friendly against Brazil on Thursday. “I know how he really wants to be one of the best in the world but he has to... Read more
(AP) — Suspected homosexuals in Cameroon say they have been tortured and raped in prison, according to a report released Thursday by Human Rights Watch and three local organizations. The 55-page report, titled “Guilty by Association,” documents reported abuses by authorities prosecuting suspected gays and lesbians. Those convicted can... Read more
(AP) — The Pretoria Zoo says it’s turning to technology with infra-red cameras to search for a two-meter-long (6.5-foot-long) black mamba snake that escaped from its enclosure a week ago. Marketing manager Craig Allenby of the zoo in South Africa’s capital said Thursday the missing snake probably is in... Read more
(AP) — Rebels in Central African Republic on Thursday dismissed the president’s offer to release some political prisoners, saying the fighters would still consider retaking up arms despite signing a peace agreement two months ago. The move deepens concerns that the rebels could again fight against the government, further... Read more
(AP) — Will the allure of a $5 million reward be the downfall of a tweeting, rapping American jihadi who once fought alongside the Somali militant group al-Shabab but now denounces their methods and motivations in online feuds? A U.S. State Department official who specializes in Somalia said Thursday... Read more
(AP) — A suicide car bomber killed a soldier near Timbuktu’s airport, officials said Thursday, the first such attack in the fabled city where French forces ousted Islamic extremists from power almost two months ago. The renewed violence heightens security concerns as the French military seeks to hand over... Read more