World Reacts with Anger, Dismay to US Man’s Death

Protests were held in several cities around the world Saturday, in seeming solidarity with demonstrators in the U.S. over the death of an African American man while in police custody earlier this week. The U.S. embassies in several countries drew protesters, angered by the death of George Floyd on May 25. Floyd died after a white police office kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. The incident was videotaped, and Floyd could be heard pleading several times, “I can’t breathe.” In Berlin Saturday, thousands of Germans gathered outside the…

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UN rights chief urges US to take “serious action” to stop police killings of African Americans

GENEVA, May 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the killing by US police of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man whose death was captured on video and led to violent protests in the state of Minneapolis. “This is the latest in a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by US police officers and members of the public,” Michelle Bachelet said reacting to the killing. “I am dismayed to have to add George Floyd’s name to that of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and…

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Cameroon Prison Fire Seriously Injures Inmates

Authorities in Cameroon are investigating a fire inside a maximum-security prison in the port city of Douala that sent three inmates to the hospital with serious burns. A fire official said two firefighters were also injured Thursday trying to put out the blaze at the New Bell jail in the commercial capital. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to a heavily populated neighborhood close to the prison. It is unclear what started the fire, nor if the fire was linked to overcrowded conditions in the prison. Human…

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South Africa Eases Restrictions on Religious Gatherings

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa has softened its coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship, with President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing Tuesday night that religious gatherings will now be allowed under strict conditions. Ramaphosa also announced a national day of prayer for Sunday, the day before restrictions are expected to ease across much of the country. While the nation’s influential religious leaders have greeted the move with rapturous approval, not everyone agrees with it. “Go ahead and pray — it’s okay.” That’s the word from the man at the top, South African President…

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Cameroonian Villagers Flee Military Base at Site of Civilian Massacre

YAOUNDE – Cameroonians are fleeing the northwestern village of Ngarr-buh after the military began building a base this week near where troops in February massacred at least 13 civilians. Cameroon says the base is needed to stop separatists from getting supplies in neighboring Nigeria. But, villagers fear they may once again be targeted or get caught in crossfire. Twenty-two-year-old Cameroonian farmer Emelda Tatah says she and her family were among around a hundred villagers who fled Ngarr-buh on Sunday morning after several military trucks full of troops arrived. The troops…

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As Africa’s COVID-19 Lockdowns Ease, Officials Urged to Balance Health Policy

JOHANNESBURG – Top African health officials say the continent has taken what appear to be effective measures in curbing the spread of coronavirus. While they note that lockdowns in some countries have had positive effects in slowing transmission, scientists say that the enduring economic and social harm of lockdowns could soon trump scientific considerations. Experts spoke to journalists a day before the continent’s hot spot, South Africa, prepared to ease its restrictions.  Health officials across the continent have mostly succeeded in urging leaders to implement strict measures to combat the…

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19 Uganda LGBT Members Denied Bail After Public Gathering Arrest

KAMPALA – A court in Uganda this week rejected bail for 19 members of the LGBT community who were arrested for gathering in public in violation of the coronavirus lockdown. Police arrested the men last month at a shelter for sexual minorities. Their lawyer argues the men, who range in age from 19 to 32, were targeted because of their sexual orientation.    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists in Uganda have expressed concern over what they say is a deliberate violation of their community members’ rights.   On March…

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House of People’s Representatives Approves Loan Agreements

Addis ababa, The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) has approved today loan agreements, including a 90-million-USD loan for Lowlands Livelihood Resilience Project. The Lowlands Livelihood Resilience Project concluded with the International Agricultural Development Fund will be allocated for 100 Woredas in four regional states. It will benefit 2.5 million people, it was learned.   The House also approved the loan agreement signed to realize the Second phase National Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene Program and Debremarkos-Mota road expansion project with Saudi Fund for Development.   The other draft loan agreement signed…

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