Anti-terrorism laws have ‘chilling effect’ on vital aid deliveries to Somalia

Fear of prosecution under UK and US counter-terror laws hinders those trying to provide humanitarian assistance in areas held by Islamic militants Global development is supported by Jason Burke in Mogadishu Wednesday 26 April 2017 07.00 BSTLast modified on Friday 28 April 201713.53 BST Strict British and US counter-terrorism laws are discouraging humanitarian organisations from delivering vital emergency

Read More

FIBA allows hijab in professional basketball

 Basketball governing body FIBA ratifies proposal overturning ban on head coverings including hijab.  Headgear, including the hijab and yarmulkes, will be allowed in professional basketball following the approval of a proposal by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) that overturns a ban on such head coverings. The organisation’s central board approved the proposal on Wednesday and

Read More

Ibrahim El Tayeb El Rayah obituary

 Karen Dabrowski Monday 1 May 2017 17.27 BSTLast modified on Monday 1 May 201717.29 BST Ibrahim El Tayeb El Rayah, who has died aged 93, was a Sudanese philanthropist who took doctors, nurses and vets on convoys from Britain to his home country to provide training and medical treatment. His work was conducted mainly under the auspices

Read More

Powerful bomb blast targeting NATO convoy kills 8 in Kabul

May 4, 2017 KABUL — A powerful blast targeting an armored NATO convoy in Kabul killed at least eight people and wounded 28 on Wednesday, including three coalition troops, officials said in an attack claimed by Daesh (the so-called IS). The explosion, which came during morning rush hour on a busy road near the US

Read More

EU ministers urged to apply fresh round of sanctions on DRC president’s inner circle

President Joseph Kabila’s officials are accused of a political blockade and violence against civilians. By Elsa Buchanan May 4, 2017 There have been renewed calls for the European Union (EU) to apply new targeted sanctions againstDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) officials to increase the pressure to find a solution to thepolitical and security crisis. In

Read More

Gunfire in Somali capital kills public works minister

04.05.2017 By Mohammed Dhaysane MOGADISHU, Somalia Somalia’s Minister of Public Works and Reconstruction Abbas Siraj was shot dead in capital Mogadishu on Wednesday evening following a gunfire from Somali government forces, officials said. The incident took place in front of the presidential place in Mogadishu. Mohamed Bulle, a police captain in the area, told Anadolu

Read More

Algerians vote for new parliament in ballot marked by apathy

May. 04, 2017 ALGIERS: Algerians vote Thursday for a new parliament likely to hand a majority to the ruling FLN party and its allies, though turnout is traditionally low for elections to a National Assembly many voters dismiss as weak. The ballot comes at a sensitive time for Algeria as the OPEC member tackles the

Read More

Five-year archaeological record of Qatar, Sudan

 QM, German Institute to reveal findings Insights from south Qatar survey projectDOHA, May 3: Under the patronage of its Chairperson, H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) will reveal findings from a successful five-year collaboration looking at Sudan’s and Qatar’s archaeological record. The

Read More

Islamic Relief raises £758,410 for East Africa crisis

 REPORT from Islamic Relief Published on 03 May 2017 —View Original Drought and conflict in the region has left 22 million men, women and children in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Five million people across the region do not have a regular supply of safe drinking

Read More

Sudan says joining AIIB a turning point to break economic isolation

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-05 KHARTOUM – Sudanese economic analysts said Wednesday that Sudan’s joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a turning point in breaking its economic isolation. Mohamed Al-Nayer, a Sudanese economic analyst, told Xinhua that the move came at a time when Sudan is suffering from a US economic siege that has

Read More