Isaias Afwerki Disappears from the Public Once Again

It has been more than a month since Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea, hasn’t been seen in public for more than a month. This is unusual for a man who has made his public appearance on the nation’s mass media almost a daily occurrence. Read more (Asmarino)   Read also - Eritrea … [Read more...]

19 said killed after militant attack in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked militants detonated a car bomb at the entrance to a police station Tuesday near the Somalia-Ethiopia border, then opened fire with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, an attack that left at least 19 people dead, officials said. After the explosion … [Read more...]

North Korea ‘publicly executes’ 80 for watching TV

AFP– North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows — the first known large-scale public executions under leader Kim Jong Un — a report said Monday. The South Korean JoongAng Ilbo daily cited a single, unidentified source, but … [Read more...]

Nigeria – Islamic militants Kill 44 people praying at a mosque

Reuters - Men dressed in military camouflage arrived in Konduga town on Sunday morning and shot or hacked to death dozens of people returning from morning Muslim prayers, two residents said. "They took everybody by surprise with the attack," a military joint task force source told Reuters, asking … [Read more...]

Sudan’s Bashir barred from Saudi airspace

AFP - Saudi Arabia has denied permission for a plane carrying Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir to cross its airspace for the swearing-in of the new Iranian president. "The Saudi authorities refused to give the plane carrying President Bashir permission to cross their airspace," Emad Sayed Ahmed, … [Read more...]

Al-Qaeda Threat Cited by U.S. in Issuing Global Travel Alert

The U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert warning citizens of potential terror attacks in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia by al-Qaeda or its affiliates. “Current information suggests that al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in … [Read more...]

UK govt bans herbal drug khat

LONDON (AFP) –  British Home Secretary Theresa May on Wednesday announced a ban on the herbal stimulant khat, going against the advice of her own experts who said such a move was disproportionate. Khat is to be classified as a Class C drug alongside ketamine and benzodiazepines, supply and … [Read more...]

Egyptian foreign minister resigns, Morsi remains defiant

AP, CAIRO — Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr submitted his resignation early Tuesday in response to ongoing political protests, which have seen millions take to the streets in Cairo and elsewhere in an effort to oust President Mohammed Morsi from office. Amr’s resignation, reported by … [Read more...]

China: new law requires Chinese to visit their aging parents

New wording in the law requiring people to visit or keep in touch with their elderly parents or risk being sued and facing penalties came into force Monday, as China faces increasing difficulty in caring for its aging population. It remains to be seen how much the amended law changes the status … [Read more...]

Uganda to build 600-megawatt Dam on Nile River

KAMPALA, June 20 (Reuters) - Uganda on Thursday signed a contract granting China's Sinohydro Group Ltd. a tender to build a large hydropower dam on the Nile River at a price of $1.65 billion, government sources said, reviving a project stalled for years by a lack of money. Construction of the … [Read more...]