Category: General

Rumba Shimmies onto UNESCO Cultural Heritage List

Congolese rumba is among at least nine new entries on UNESCO’s “representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.”UNESCO is making its 2021 designations this week, recognizing cultural heritage ranging from Arabic calligraphy to falc…

UN Condemns Forced Expulsions of Asylum Seekers from Libya

The United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is condemning the forced expulsion of asylum seekers and migrants by Libyan authorities, warning of the risks many face when returned to the homes they fled to escape persecution.Two …

‘We Want Justice,’ Ugandan Climate Activist Says

The capital of Uganda coughs itself awake on weekdays under a soft blanket of smog. Kampala’s hills come into sharper focus as the morning rush of minibuses and motorbikes fades. It is this East African city that one of the world’s most well-known clim…

US Imposes Travel Sanctions on Ugandan Military Intelligence Chief

Uganda’s military has expressed disappointment with U.S. sanctions against its military intelligence chief Major General Abel Kandiho for alleged human rights abuses. Ugandan rights activists welcomed the sanctions — for torture and sexual abuse under …

Twin Explosions Rock UN Camps in Mali

Two explosions rocked U.N. camps in the northern Mali city of Gao on Sunday, causing damage but no casualties, AFP journalists at the scene said.The early morning blasts shook the barracks of the U.N. mission in Mali, called MINUSMA, forcing the occupa…

UN Renews Anti-Piracy Ships Off Somalia for Only 3 Months

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to allow international naval forces to continue using all necessary means to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia — but only for the next three months because the Somali government sa…