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UN Considers Withholding Funds from Countries to End Sex Abuse by Peacekeeping Troops

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday proposed cutting payments to countries that fail to investigate sex abuse accusations against their troops deployed in peacekeeping missions, among a series of new steps aimed at stamping...

Denmark’s Moravian Church Apologizes to Virgin Islands for ‘Inexcusable’ Injustice of Slavery

The Moravian Church in Denmark and several Danish citizens have released a statement apologizing for the atrocities of slavery in the Virgin Islands, as its former territory reflects on the Transfer Centennial and 100 years...

Cuba Factory Assembles 7,000 Laptops and Tablets for Domestic Distribution

Havana, Cuba — The Industrial Company for Informatics, Communications and Electronics (GEDEME by its Spanish acronym) in Havana has assembled the first 3,500 laptops and 3,583 tablets for Cuban government agencies and organizations. The initiative is...

UN: $250M In Aid Needed as South Sudan Refugees Pour Into Uganda

 The United Nations has warned that Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 refugees pour into the country each day from South Sudan, fleeing violence and famine in the world's youngest country. Filippo...

5 Migrants’ Bodies Recovered, Hundreds More Feared Dead as Boats Sink Off Libyan Coast

Five migrants were found dead in the sea off Libya on Thursday after the boats they were traveling in sank, likely carrying hundreds more to their deaths, a Spanish aid organization said on Thursday,...

Nigeria Hopes New Visa Process Will Help Attract Foreign Investors to the Nation

The Nigeria Immigration Service has announced the introduction of a liberalized online Visa on Arrival (VOA) facility to the public, especially foreign investors willing to invest in Nigeria. The Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede,...

Ghanaian Is First Black Female Neurosurgeon Resident at Johns Hopkins

After leaving Ghana at age 15, 26-year-old Nancy Abu-Bonsrah is now the first Black female neurosurgeon resident at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital. Abu-Bonsrah trained at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore,...

CARICOM Delegates to Discuss Strategies for Economic Growth at World Bank Conference

Miami, Florida — Two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are expected to participate in a World Bank conference examining the socio-economic situation in the Caribbean on March 30. The conference, titled “The Caribbean Dilemma,” is part...

Amid Reports of Tainted Meats, CARICOM Restricts Importation of Processed Products from Brazil

St. George’s, Grenada — Grenada has joined the list of countries within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to place a ban on the importation and consumption of corned beef from Brazil. In a release issued late...

Artifacts and Antiques Worth Nearly $100 Million Shipped from Egypt and Turkey to the U.S.

About $50 million worth of artifacts and antiques were shipped from both Egypt and Turkey to the United States in 2016 — the highest annual value from each of those countries in at least...

Haiti Police Vehemently Dispute Ex-President’s Claim of an Assassination Attempt

Haitian police on Tuesday, March 22, rejected claims by ex-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's lawyers and associates that the twice-elected, twice-ousted former leader was the target of an assassination attempt. Shots were fired at the former president's...

Chinese Nationals Working In Zimbabwe Accused of Paying Underage Girls $2 for Sex

Chinese nationals in Victoria Falls are taking advantage of poverty-stricken underage girls whom they are offering $2 for sex, an investigation by a local child rights lobby organization has found. The investigation by the Zimbabwe...

Caribbean Development Bank Seeks to Reduce Poverty In 8 Countries with $40M Funding

Bridgetown, Barbados — The Caribbean Development Bank has announced $40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries in the Caribbean region, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). The resources will support improved access...

Pope Francis Seeks Forgiveness for Catholic Church’s Role In Rwandan Genocide That Claimed 800,000 Lives

Pope Francis has pleaded for forgiveness for "the sins and failings of the Church and its members" implicated in the 1994 Rwanda genocide that killed about 800,000 people. The pontiff "conveyed his profound sadness, and...

St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Open to Discussion About Legalizing Marijuana

Basseterre, St. Kitts — St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris says his government is ready for open dialogue with the relevant stakeholders on the issue of the decriminalization of marijuana. Harris, responding to...

Visa Denials Result In Africa Global Economic Summit with No African Delegates

There were reportedly no African delegates at a summit about sustainable development in Africa after they were all denied visas to enter the U.S. The African global economic and development summit, which takes place every...

ExxonMobil to Spend $5 Billion to Drill for Oil In Guyana by 2020

Georgetown, Guyana — The U.S.-based oil company ExxonMobil said it will be investing $5 billion as it prepares to explore oil production in Guyana by 2020. ExxonMobil Country Manager Jeff Simon said on Thursday that its...

Namibian Tribes Ready for Pre-Trial Conference in Quest to Make Germany Pay for Herero...

Lawyers representing two indigenous Namibian tribes are meeting for a pre-trial conference in New York on Thursday following a lawsuit filed earlier this year that demands compensation for the descendants of people massacred in...

Helicopter Gunship Opens Fire on Boat Carrying Somalian Refugees, Killing More Than 40 Men, Women,...

More than 40 Somali refugees have been killed in an attack on a boat off the coast of Yemen while attempting to flee the country’s brutal civil war. Coastguard authorities in the Houthi rebel stronghold...

Derek Walcott, Celebrated Poet and Nobel Prize Winner, Dies at Age 87 at His...

Sir Derek Walcott has died. The St. Lucia-born poet and playwright, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, passed away Friday, March 17, at his home in St. Lucia. Walcott, who had...

Sierra Leone Pastor Uncovers 706-Carat Diamond, Gives It to President to ‘Help the Government and My People’

 A pastor in Sierra Leone has unearthed a 706-carat diamond, according to the government, in one of the largest precious-stone finds ever made worldwide. The discovery was made by Pastor Emmanuel Momoh in an artisanal...

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