Uganda Opens Border with DRC for Refugees

Uganda opened its borders to thousands of people fleeing violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo on Wednesday. Refugees from the DRC were stuck in a remote area since late May after border crossing was disallowed due to coronavirus restrictions. The Ugandan government agreed to temporarily open the two border crossing points in … Read more Uganda Opens Border with DRC for Refugees

Millions of children facing starvation in Yemen warns United Nations – BBC News

There’s a stark warning tonight that millions of children in Yemen could be pushed to “the brink of starvation” unless international aid is dramatically stepped up. It comes from UNICEF, the United Nations children’s organisation. Yemen faces the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with the coronavirus pandemic compounding the effect of five years of civil war. … Read more Millions of children facing starvation in Yemen warns United Nations – BBC News

Madagascar marks 60 years of independence from France

Madagascar today marks 60 years since the end of French rule. FRANCE 24 correspondent Gaelle Borgia says while the country’s emotional independence celebrations were muted due to coronavirus fears, highlights included a re-enactment of a battle between rebels and French settlers, and president Andry Rajoelina driving in a vintage Cadillac. Subscribe to France 24 now: … Read more Madagascar marks 60 years of independence from France

Second Deadliest Ebola Outbreak Declared Over

Eastern Congo marked an official end Thursday to the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which killed 2,280 people over nearly two years, as armed rebels and community mistrust undermined the promise of new vaccines. Thursday’s milestone was overshadowed, though, by the enormous health challenges still facing Congo: the world’s largest measles epidemic, the rising … Read more Second Deadliest Ebola Outbreak Declared Over

Saudi coalition shoots down Houthi ballistic missiles and drones

Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they have launched their biggest-ever military operation against Saudi Arabia. Eight drones and three ballistic missiles were fired towards Saudi Arabia since Monday, and the Houthis say they plan to launch more. The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen says it has intercepted a ballistic missile headed towards Riyadh. A … Read more Saudi coalition shoots down Houthi ballistic missiles and drones

Colombia violence: Killings continue during lockdown

The UN mission in Colombia says violence remains an issue in some areas of the country despite the coronavirus lockdown. Dozens of former FARC rebels and community leaders have been killed since measures began, and the government is being criticised for not doing enough to stop the violence. Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Bogota, … Read more Colombia violence: Killings continue during lockdown

UN slammed for taking Saudi coalition off child rights blacklist

Houthi rebels in Yemen have accused the Saudi-led coalition of killing several civilians, including children, in air raids. The accusations come after the UN removed the coalition from a blacklist of countries that kill children in conflict zones – a decision human rights groups described as “appalling”. Al Jazeera’s Katia Lopez-Hodayan reports. – Subscribe to … Read more UN slammed for taking Saudi coalition off child rights blacklist

Yemen ravaged by coronavirus — intensifying world’s worst humanitarian crisis – BBC News

Covid-19 has brought Yemen’s health system to a complete collapse according to the medical charity Doctors Without Borders. The number of deaths in the country — which was already wracked by civil war — is almost impossible to determine. Yemen was already facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis — after years of conflict between its … Read more Yemen ravaged by coronavirus — intensifying world’s worst humanitarian crisis – BBC News

Yemen COVID-19: Fears cases and deaths are being underreported

Fears that the coronavirus outbreak in Yemen could be worse than thought are being compounded by claims that Houthi rebels are suppressing the real toll. The UN and aid groups are also running out of money to help, with funding falling short of what is needed for basic aid in the country. Al Jazeera’s Charlotte … Read more Yemen COVID-19: Fears cases and deaths are being underreported

War and Coronavirus in Yemen: Fears Grow as Virus Spreads While Information is Allegedly Suppressed

Doctors, human rights workers and citizens say Yemen’s authorities, particularly in areas controlled by the Houthi rebels, are suppressing information about the coronavirus outbreak, out of fear that their image be tarnished. “We called all the relevant authorities and no one answered us, all the telephone numbers. The health office, national security, political headquarters, we … Read more War and Coronavirus in Yemen: Fears Grow as Virus Spreads While Information is Allegedly Suppressed

Russia hiring of Syrians to fight in Libya surges in May: Reuters

Russia reportedly stepped up efforts last month to recruit Syrians to fight in Libya alongside renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces. Russia is a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Reuters news agency says hundreds of mercenaries were signed up in May. It adds that they were hired by the private military contractor … Read more Russia hiring of Syrians to fight in Libya surges in May: Reuters

How to be rational about China’s proposed national security law

I’m Robert Lawrence Kuhn and here’s what I’m watching: China’s proposed national security law, focused on Hong Kong and received with great enthusiasm by the National People’s Congress, the NPC, China’s legislature. China says the law strengthens “One Country, Two Systems” by curbing chaos of rebels and hooligans – China prioritizes “One Country.” Critics say … Read more How to be rational about China’s proposed national security law

“Yemen is really on the brink right now” – Humanitarian Affairs Office (Geneva, 22 May 2020)

Without additional funding, war-torn Yemen will be left to fight the Covid-19 pandemic with a collapsed health system, warned today the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Epidemiologists estimate that the virus could spread faster, more widely and with deadlier consequences in some of the world’s most vulnerable populations than in many … Read more “Yemen is really on the brink right now” – Humanitarian Affairs Office (Geneva, 22 May 2020)

Trump Says Pompeo Asked Him to Fire State Department Watchdog

President Donald Trump said Secretary of State Michael Pompeo asked him to fire the State Department’s inspector general, Steve Linick. “I don’t know the gentleman,” Trump said Monday at the White House during a meeting with restaurateurs at the White House. “I was happy to do it. Mike requested that I do it.” Trump notified … Read more Trump Says Pompeo Asked Him to Fire State Department Watchdog

War in Yemen set to worsen as separatists clash with Saudi-backed forces amid Covid-19 pandemic

Another layer of chaos is added in the War in Yemen, as clashes erupted between the Saudi-backed government troops and the separatist fighters who are supported by the United Arab Emirates, leaving at least 6 fighters dead. The two sides had been allied in the fight against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels based in the north of … Read more War in Yemen set to worsen as separatists clash with Saudi-backed forces amid Covid-19 pandemic