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African Union seeks permanent seats on Security Council

African leaders over the years have repeatedly called for enlargement of the 15-member United Nations Security Council, the only UN body whose decisions are mandatory. Security Council resolutions have the power of international law and the council includes nations who hold permanent seats with the power to veto resolutions. Through the African Union, leaders this year are again calling for...

South Sudan: Progress on peace agreement ‘limps along,’ UN envoy tells security council

Although the transitional government in South Sudan continues to function, with state governors now appointed, among other developments, progress on the 2018 peace agreement “limps along,” the top UN official in the country told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Sept. 16..  David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), updated ambassadors on the country’s...

South Africa challenges African Union on granting observer status to Israel

Responding to the African Union Commission’s apparent unilateral move to grant the apartheid state of Israel observer status, Algeria referred to the Jewish state as “a Zionist entity.” The North African country which does not maintain diplomatic ties with Israel “strongly condemned the move and vowed to continue to give support to the Palestinian people.” South Africa followed by “vehemently...

Zuma loses bid to stay out of jail, in latest top court ruling

(GIN)—Former South African President Jacob Zuma has lost his latest bid to remain out of jail after refusing to respond to a corruption inquiry.  “The application for rescission is dismissed,” Justice Sisi Khampepe said as she read the majority decision, which included an order for Mr. Zuma to pay court costs.  It was the latest legal setback for the 79-year-old anti-apartheid...

Sudanese protesters call for end to foreign interference

Sudanese protesters have called for the expulsion of the United Nation’s representative to Sudan and a stop to foreign interference in the country’s internal affairs. Protesters from civilian groups gathered outside the United Nations office in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, to condemn the interference of foreign countries in their country’s internal affairs. The demonstrators were opposed to UN efforts to...

AU plans investment bank to bolster industrialization in Africa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (PANA)–The African Union (AU) recently announced plans to create an investment bank to finance private sector developments within the continent, as part of efforts to put the continent on a sound growth path towards its industrialization. AU Commissioner for Economic Affairs Maxwell Mkwezalamba said talks on the formation of the continental development bank were underway to...

Economies of former French colonies still under colonial control

In recent years, France has received an ever-growing barrage of negative news reports concerning its neocolonial ties to Africa. From 2018, when the French ambassador to the U.S. slammed “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah for saying Africa deserved credit for France’s World Cup soccer team victory due to the large number of Black players on the team; to the refusal to return...

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...

Belated acknowledgment: Ethiopia confirms Eritrean soldiers’ role in Tigray conflict

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has confirmed for the first time that troops from Eritrea entered Tigray during the recent conflict in the northern Ethiopian region. The conflict in Tigray erupted after forces loyal to the then-governing regional party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), attacked army bases across the region in early November last year, triggering a retaliatory offensive by federal...

10,000 women and the spark for Nigeria’s independence

In the recently released documentary “Journey of an African Colony,” executive producer and narrator Olasupo Shasore captivates his audience by physically visiting many of the locations discussed in this seven-part series on the colonial history of Nigeria. Facts in this documentary and the release Sept. 30, coincided with the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence from Great Britain. The information comes...