Pope Francis has endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as Pope. The endorsement was released in an interviewed for the feature-length documentary "Francesco," which premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” Francis said in one of his sit-down interviews for the film. “What we...

Technology

Nigerian activists drag Buhari government to International Criminal Court for killing peaceful protesters

Nigeria's Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent a petition to Mrs Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC), urging her to “promptly investigate reports that Nigerian authorities, military, and some politicians have used/ and are using thugs, soldiers and security agents to intimidate, harass, attack...

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Human Rights Watch: “Nigerian authorities turned a peaceful protest against police brutality into a shooting spree”

Nigerian authorities on Tuesday "turned a peaceful protest against police brutality into a shooting spree," Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Wednesday.The rights group said "on the evening of October 20, 2020, Nigerian army soldiers opened...

Five rights groups urge US to protect peaceful protesters ahead of November 3 elections

City and state officials in the United States should review their laws, policies, and practices ahead of the November 3, 2020 general elections to ensure that they protect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, five international human rights organizations said on October...

UN Secretary General condemns killing of protesters in Nigeria

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday condemned the killing of protesters in Nigeria.In a statement released by his spokesperson in New York, Guterres called on President Muhammadu Buhari to carry out an investigation.

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Socialist Party of Nigeria condemns “carnage as Buhari’s military and police shoot and kill unarmed peaceful protesters”

The Socialist Party of Nigeria on Wednesday described what it called "carnage as Buhari's military and police shoot and kill unarmed peaceful protesters."https://youtu.be/7TvmkAwTnasIn a statement received by Today News Africa in Washington DC the party said: "The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) condemns the brutal repression on peaceful #EndSARS protesters by soldiers and police acting on...

GLOBAL

Thailand authorities use water cannon against peaceful activists, arrest journalists

Thai police unnecessarily used water cannon against peaceful pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok on October 16, 2020, in violation of international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch...

221,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 as Trump downplays deadly disease

More than 40 million cases of COVID-19 and 1.1 million deaths have been reported globally as of October 18, with over 2.4 million new cases and 36,000 new deaths reported over the past week alone, data from the World Health Organization (WHO)...

Hillary Clinton tells Buhari to stop killing Nigerian protesters

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian army to "stop killing young #ENDSARS protesters.""I’m calling on @mbuhari and the @hqnigerianarmy to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters. #StopNigeriaGovernment," she tweeted.

Regional bodies struggle to uphold human rights amid political headwinds in Africa

For a second consecutive year, Amnesty International has documented how African governments are grossly undermining regional human rights bodies by failing to comply with their decisions, ignoring their urgent appeals, neglecting to report to them on national human rights situations and...

Technology

“I’m heartbroken”: Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar releases video message as country slips into chaos

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday released a video message received by Today News Africa in Washington D.C. as Africa's most populous country seemed to be slipping into chaos.

Nigerian activists drag Buhari government to International Criminal Court for killing peaceful protesters

Nigeria's Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent a petition to Mrs Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC), urging her to “promptly investigate reports that Nigerian authorities, military, and some politicians have used/ and are using thugs, soldiers and security agents to intimidate, harass, attack...

TOP STORIES

Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis has endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as Pope. The endorsement was released in an interviewed for the feature-length documentary "Francesco," which premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.“Homosexual people have...

Socialist Party of Nigeria condemns “carnage as Buhari’s military and police shoot and kill unarmed peaceful protesters”

The Socialist Party of Nigeria on Wednesday described what it called "carnage as Buhari's military and police shoot and kill unarmed peaceful protesters."https://youtu.be/7TvmkAwTnasIn a statement received by Today News Africa in...

Human Rights Watch: “Nigerian authorities turned a peaceful protest against police brutality into a shooting spree”

Nigerian authorities on Tuesday "turned a peaceful protest against police brutality into a shooting spree," Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Wednesday.The rights group said "on the evening of October 20, 2020, Nigerian army soldiers opened...

Five rights groups urge US to protect peaceful protesters ahead of November 3 elections

City and state officials in the United States should review their laws, policies, and practices ahead of the November 3, 2020 general elections to ensure that they protect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, five international human rights organizations said on October...

UN Secretary General condemns killing of protesters in Nigeria

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday condemned the killing of protesters in Nigeria.In a statement released by his spokesperson in New York, Guterres called on President Muhammadu Buhari to carry out an investigation.

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Nigerian activists drag Buhari government to International Criminal Court for killing peaceful protesters

Nigeria's Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent a petition to Mrs Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC), urging her to “promptly investigate reports that Nigerian authorities, military, and some politicians have used/ and are using thugs, soldiers and security agents to intimidate, harass, attack and kill #EndSARS peaceful protesters in several parts of Nigeria, including Abuja, Lagos, Edo, Osun, Plateau, and Kano states.”

GLOBAL

Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga should press Vietnam and Indonesia to improve human rights records – HRW

Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, should press the governments of Vietnam and Indonesia to improve their deteriorating human rights records during his visit to the two countries, Human Rights Watch...

“This is the toughest night of our lives”, Nigerian governor says after protesters shot by security forces

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has visited Nigerian protesters shot by security forces.The governor promised an investigation as the situation continued to degenerate in Africa's most populous nation where the protesters are demanding an end to police...

221,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 as Trump downplays deadly disease

More than 40 million cases of COVID-19 and 1.1 million deaths have been reported globally as of October 18, with over 2.4 million new cases and 36,000 new deaths reported over the past week alone, data from the World Health Organization (WHO)...

Hillary Clinton tells Buhari to stop killing Nigerian protesters

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian army to "stop killing young #ENDSARS protesters.""I’m calling on @mbuhari and the @hqnigerianarmy to stop killing young #EndSARS protesters. #StopNigeriaGovernment," she tweeted.

Regional bodies struggle to uphold human rights amid political headwinds in Africa

For a second consecutive year, Amnesty International has documented how African governments are grossly undermining regional human rights bodies by failing to comply with their decisions, ignoring their urgent appeals, neglecting to report to them on national human rights situations and...

Many shot, many killed, blood everywhere, as Africa’s most populous country slips into chaos

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country with more than 200 million people, is slipping into chaos. In the commercial city of Lagos, heavily armed security officers were said to have shot dead dozens of protesters who have been demanding an end to...

UN Secretary-General urges everyone to ‘#PledgetoPause before sharing online’ to fight misinformation

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will launch a groundbreaking global online action on Wednesday October 21, calling on people around the world to #PledgetoPause before they share content online. The activation is part of a wider behavior change campaign that aims to create...

South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Botswana drive new COVID-19 cases and deaths in Africa

Over 40 million cases of COVID-19 and 1.1 million deaths have been reported globally as of October 18, with over 2.4 million new cases and 36,000 new deaths reported over the past week alone, data from the World Health Organization (WHO)...
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has visited Nigerian protesters shot by security forces.The governor promised an investigation as the situation continued to degenerate in Africa's most populous nation where the protesters are demanding an end to police brutality and bad governance.In a statement he posted on Facebook, the governor said dozens of Nigerians were shot and were...

Half of women in the world are jobless, UN says in shocking new report

Less than 50% of working-age women are in the labour market, a figure that has barely changed over the last quarter...

South Africa launches $6 billion COVID-19 employment stimulus

South Africa has launched a $6 billion (R100 billion) COVID-19 employment stimulus to be implemented over the next three years.

Principality of Andorra becomes IMF’s 190th Member

The Principality of Andorra joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday, becoming the Fund's 190th member.Ambassador...

Eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 now highly unlikely amid COVID-19 – Report

Prospects for fully eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 now appear highly unlikely, even under the most optimistic scenarios, according to a...

IMF’s Georgieva says second round of support coming to Africa but Oxfam argues debt cancelation the only way out of COVID-19 turmoil

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Ms. Kristalina Georgieva said on Wednesday that the Washington DC-based institution is...

World economic outlook improving amid COVID-19 pandemic, IMF says

The global economy is recovering faster than was anticipated in June, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday in its...

Technology

“I’m heartbroken”: Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar releases video message as country slips into chaos

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday released a video message received by Today News Africa in Washington D.C. as Africa's most populous country seemed to be slipping into chaos.

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BUSINESS

Africa and US development financiers talk post COVID-19 pandemic

The continent’s largest development finance institutions have emphasized that a sustained and collaborative approach among development partners to scale up project development activities, will boost...

Half of women in the world are jobless, UN says in shocking new report

Less than 50% of working-age women are in the labour market, a figure that has barely changed over the last quarter...

U.S. Justice Department sues Google for holding an illegal monopoly over search

The United States Department of Justice on Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet INC.'s Google for abusing its monopoly in...

MTN named most valuable African brand worth $3.3 billion

MTN Group has been named the most valuable African brand with a value of $3.3 billion.Brand value...

Renewables are Africa’s path for a green recovery

“Now is be the best time to move towards green economy. It is time to shift towards a more sustainable and...

Trump admin announces new reforms aimed at making it more difficult for skilled foreign workers to acquire H-1B visas

The United States Departments of Labor and Homeland Security on Tuesday announced additional immigration reforms that would make it more difficult...

NIGERIA

“I’m heartbroken”: Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar releases video message as country slips into chaos

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday released a video message received by Today News Africa in Washington D.C. as...

Socialist Party of Nigeria condemns “carnage as Buhari’s military and police shoot and kill unarmed peaceful protesters”

The Socialist Party of Nigeria on Wednesday described what it called "carnage as Buhari's military and police shoot and kill unarmed...

Human Rights Watch: “Nigerian authorities turned a peaceful protest against police brutality into a shooting spree”

Nigerian authorities on Tuesday "turned a peaceful protest against police brutality into a shooting spree," Human Rights Watch said in a...

13 states in Nigeria establish judicial panels of inquiry on police brutality

At the last count, no fewer than 13 States have gone ahead to establish the Judicial Panels of Inquiry as resolved...

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa’s government pledges to end corruption

Deputy President David Mabuza will on Thursday, October 22, 2020, respond to oral questions in the National Assembly, where he will...

South Africa launches $6 billion COVID-19 employment stimulus

South Africa has launched a $6 billion (R100 billion) COVID-19 employment stimulus to be implemented over the next three years.

Official funeral declared for fearless South African human rights and anti apartheid lawyer Ambassador Devikarani Priscilla Sewpal Jana

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday declared the funeral of the late South African Human Rights Commission Deputy Chairperson, Ambassador Devikarani Priscilla...

Ramaphosa calls on South Africans to rise against crime and racism after white farmer’s murder by blacks triggers protests

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday called on all South Africans to rise against crime and racism, a week after Brendin Horner,...

ETHIOPIA

U.S. Congressmember Karen Bass introduces resolution calling for respect for human rights in Ethiopia

U.S. Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, on Friday, introduced a resolution calling for...

“This is worse than COVID-19”, Ethiopian migrants describe “hell” in Saudi prisons

An investigation by Amnesty International has exposed horrifying new details about the treatment of Ethiopian migrants detained in Saudi Arabia. Since...

South Africa seeks to generate 11,800 megawatts of additional electricity from renewable sources to add to 30,000 megawatts available

South Africa is seeking to generate 11,800 megawatts of additional electricity from renewable sources to add to the 30,000 megawatts of...

Ethiopia charges prominent opposition figure Jawar Mohammed with terrorism

As human rights organizations continue to warn that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is turning Ethiopia into a dictatorship, his administration on...

CAMEROON

Rights group urges AU to denounce crackdown on Cameroon’s opposition

Human Rights Watch on Monday urged the African Union (AU), the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the Economic...

Amnesty International USA urges Trump not to deport thousands of African migrants from Cameroon

Amnesty International USA on Friday urged the Trump administration to refrain from deporting African migrants from Cameroon....

Cameroon opposition figure Maurice Kamto placed under ‘house arrest’

Cameroon opposition figure Maurice Kamto has been placed under what seems like a house arrest at his residence in the capital...

Cameroon to hold first Regional Council elections amid petitions and boycott

Elections Cameroon (ELECAM), the electoral body in Cameroon, says about 10 political parties have provided required documents for the regional elections...

KENYA

Cybercriminals target South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria with millions of attacks in 2020, and the year is not over

South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria have already seen millions of cyberattacks in 2020 with three months to the end of the...

Condemnation, outrage over arrest of Amnesty International Kenya’s chairperson Renee Ngamau

Amnesty International said on Tuesday that its Kenya Chairperson Renee Ngamau was arrested on Monday night for rallying her neighbors to...

The world celebrated changes in Ethiopia under Abiy Ahmed a little bit early, released Kenyan journalist tells Voice of America

A Kenyan journalist who was arrested and detained in Ethiopia for two months before he was released after he contracted the...

Coronavirus has killed nearly 27,000 people in Africa

Coronavirus has killed nearly 27,000 people in Africa so far, according to the latest data from the Ethiopia-based Africa Center for...

Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma freed in Ethiopia but dozens of opposition leaders and journalists still locked up

Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma has been released from detention in Ethiopia but dozens of prominent opposition leaders and journalists remain locked...

Mau forest evictees’ plight intensifies as Kenyan authorities fail to provide vital assistance

Police violence and property destruction during evictions in Kenya’s Rift Valley and a lack of support afterward has caused deaths and desperation...

GHANA

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo elected as new chairman of ECOWAS, a regional body of 15 countries in West Africa

The President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo has been elected as the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States...

Ghana to reopen international air borders from September 1

Ghana will reopen its international air borders on September 1, six months after closing them in March to curb the spread...

Africa’s economic transformation will not come from aid but trade says Ghanaian president

At a ceremony on Monday to commission the permanent secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Ghana’s President Nana...

11 human rights groups call for justice for 44 Ghanaians, 9 Nigerians, 2 Togolese, 1 Gambian and 1 Ivorian massacred in Gambia and Senegal...

The families of more than 50 Ghanaian and other West African migrants killed in Gambia and Senegal 15 years ago have yet to learn the full truth...

UNITED STATES

Five rights groups urge US to protect peaceful protesters ahead of November 3 elections

City and state officials in the United States should review their laws, policies, and practices ahead of the November 3, 2020 general elections...

Hillary Clinton tells Buhari to stop killing Nigerian protesters

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian army to "stop killing young #ENDSARS protesters."

U.S. Justice Department sues Google for holding an illegal monopoly over search

The United States Department of Justice on Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet INC.'s Google for abusing its monopoly in...

Proposition 22 threatens gig workers’ rights in California

Californians should vote No on Proposition 22, a ballot measure that would eviscerate minimum wage and other labor rights protections for...

CHINA

U.S. imposes sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong persons for ‘supporting Iran’

The United States on Monday announced that it had imposed sanctions on some Chinese and Hong Kong Persons for "Activities Related...

U.S. says China’s militarization of South China sea unacceptable and dangerous

The United States said on Sunday that China's militarization of the South China sea was unacceptable."We...

12 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists held incommunicado and denied basic rights by China

At least 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, including one child, who have been held incommunicado in Shenzhen’s Yantian Detention Center since August 23,...

How two Chinese tried to bribe Nigeria’s anti-corruption staff with N50 million

The Sokoto Zonal Head of Operations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC),  Abdullahi Lawal,  on Wednesday,  July 15,  2020, told...

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