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Will U.S. troops headed back to Somalia pose more problems?

The Biden Administration is sending hundreds of U.S. soldiers back into Somalia to “advise and assist” and on a “training mission” for African forces fighting the Somalian resistance group Al-Shabab. The Pentagon announced the decision during a recent press briefing. However, Africa watchers say it’s a bad move considering America’s sordid history in Somalia and the Horn of Africa...

Killing in Nigeria based on religion condemned

Nigeria’s renowned Islamic theologian Ahmad Gumi, according to PRNigeria, said the lynching of Deborah Yakubu, a female Christian student at Sokoto’s Shehu Shagari College of Education, for allegedly making insulting remarks about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), was wrong, and did not reflect the Sunnah, the way or tradition, of the Prophet. While holding a religious instruction class in...

UN chief: Food insecurity threatens societies, exacerbates conflicts, ‘no country is immune’

“When war is waged, people go hungry,” Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council during a debate on conflict and food security chaired by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Some 60 percent of the world’s undernourished people live in areas affected by conflict he said, adding that “no country is immune.” Conflict means hunger Last year, most of the 140 million...

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St. Kitts dissolves Parliament, fires several top officials SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—The prime minister of the eastern Caribbean island of St. Kitts and Nevis has had the royal governor-general dissolve its Parliament and has fired several top officials including the deputy prime minister. The announcement May 10 by Prime Minister Timothy Harris came as he was facing a no-confidence motion...

AFRICA WATCH. Africa and its strategic balance in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Foreign Policy, a weekly digest of national security, defense, and cybersecurity news, recently reported that Africa is under pressure from European diplomats, to not allow Russia to use them to “evade U.S. and European sanctions.” One should ask, what one had to do with the other? According to Bloomberg, on the day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, that the foreign...

Raúl holds fraternal meeting with Mexico’s President Andrés López Obrador

Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, on May 8, held a fraternal meeting with the president of the United Mexican States, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was conducting a working visit to our country.
The two leaders discussed the close relations shared by Mexico and Cuba, and recalled moments of our common history, especially the welcome and solidarity Cuban patriots have...

Slain Al Jazeera journalist was icon of Palestinian coverage

An Al Jazeera correspondent who was shot dead during an Israeli raid in the West Bank was a highly respected journalist in the Middle East whose unflinching coverage was known to millions of viewers. News of Shireen Abu Akleh’s death reverberated across the region. The 51-year-old journalist became a household name synonymous with Al Jazeera’s coverage of life under occupation during her...

Facebook sued in Kenya over work conditions for moderators

KAMPALA, Uganda—A man who says he is “destroyed” after working as a content moderator for Facebook has filed a lawsuit accusing the company of human trafficking Africans to work in an exploitative and unsafe facility in Kenya. The case against Meta Platforms, the Menlo Park, Calif. company that owns Facebook, and Sama, a San Francisco subcontractor, was lodged May 10...

Afghanistan: Nearly 20 million going hungry

Nearly 20 million people in Afghanistan—almost half the population—are facing acute hunger, humanitarians warned in a UN-backed report, published on May 9.   The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis for the country also revealed a pocket of “catastrophic” levels of food insecurity in the northeast, affecting thousands.  The analysis was conducted in January and February by partners who include the...

Sri Lanka orders troops to shoot those involved in violence

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Sri Lanka’s defense ministry ordered security forces on May 10 to shoot anyone causing injury to people or property to contain widespread arson and mob violence targeting government supporters. The order came after violent clashes a day earlier left eight people dead and prompted the resignation of the prime minister, who is blamed along with his brother, the...