Worldwide Piracy Hits 20-Year Low

Worldwide Piracy Hits 20-Year Low

DEFENCEWEB Piracy across the world dropped in 2017 as officials reported a total of 180 attacks against ships to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). This…

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Blind Ethiopian Activist Battles for the Disabled

Blind Ethiopian Activist Battles for the Disabled

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Yetnebersh Nigussie’s first battle for disability rights was in law school, when she successfully pushed university administrators to provide Braille textbooks for blind…

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Somalia Opens Counterextremism Center

Somalia Opens Counterextremism Center

VOICE OF AMERICA Somalia’s government has launched a digital counterextremism center that aims to dissuade young Somalis from supporting militant groups such as al-Shabaab and…

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U.N. Moves to Reform peacekeeping missions

U.N. Moves to Reform peacekeeping missions

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The United Nations Security Council has backed reforms to reduce inefficiencies, corruption and abuse in far-flung peacekeeping operations. Although many peacekeeping missions…

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French-Led Exercise Seeks Security in Gulf of Guinea

French-Led Exercise Seeks Security in Gulf of Guinea

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE The French Navy conducted a series of 10-day regional exercises named African NEMO (Navy’s Exercise for Maritime Operations) from the Dixmude aircraft carrier….

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Nigerian Lawyer honored for Mediation

Nigerian Lawyer honored for Mediation

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE A Nigerian lawyer who helped secure the release of more than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok was awarded one of…

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AU Marks Progress in Establishing Peace Fund

AU Marks Progress in Establishing Peace Fund

SABC The African Union announced it has begun collecting funds from member states as part of a larger effort to pay for peacekeeping on the…

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Task Force Dismantles Ivory Smuggling Ring

Task Force Dismantles Ivory Smuggling Ring

LUSAKA AGREEMENT TASK FORCE The Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) has shut down an international syndicate that was smuggling ivory from Africa to Asia. The…

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Ethiopia’s Tedros Takes the Helm of WHO

Ethiopia’s Tedros Takes the Helm of WHO

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, WIRE REPORTS The World Health Organization (WHO) elected Dr. Tedros Adhanom of Ethiopia as its director general, the first person from Africa to…

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Chadian Official Takes Helm of AU

Chadian Official Takes Helm of AU

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Moussa Faki Mahamat, former foreign minister of Chad, assumed office as head of the African Union Commission, pledging to reform the institution and…

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