The UN refugee agency denounces the latest forcible deportations of Nigerian refugees to violence-prone Borno State by Cameroon, calling it a violation of international law. The UN refugee agency says it is alarmed at what appears to be an unsettling pattern of forced returns. So far this year, the UNHCR reports Cameroon has forcibly deported 385 Nigerians to Borno State, the majority of them this month. Most recently, the agency reports 118 Nigerian asylum seekers were forcibly returned… Read Full Article
Officials in Afghanistan confirmed Saturday that Islamic State militants have forcibly shut down telecommunications services in two districts of the eastern Kunar province. Provincial Director of Communications Sayed Ahmad Madad told VOA that Manogi and Chapidari districts have been without cell phone service for two weeks. IS militants, he said, have threatened to destroy communication towers if Afghan companies running the operation in the area attempted to resume service. Islamic… Read Full Article
The International Committee of the Red Cross says a staff member was killed Saturday in southern Yemen. "One of our colleagues was killed by an armed man in Taez city," Red Cross official Adnan Hizam said. Security officials told the Associated Press that Hanna Lahoud of Lebanon was shot by the gunman who opened fire on a ICRC vehicle. If was not immediately clear how many people were in the vehicle and if there were any more casualties. More than two million people have… Read Full Article
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's announcement is welcomed by world powers, ahead of key summits.
Duke University has decided to stop honoring roommate requests made by incoming freshmen — returning the procedure largely to chance. Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta tells NPR why.
China has strongly refuted suggestions its multibillion-dollar economic corridor now under construction with Pakistan has "hidden" military designs as well. Beijing has pledged to invest about $63 billion in Pakistan by 2030 to develop ports, highways, motorways, railways, airports, power plants and other infrastructure in the neighboring country, traditionally a strong ally. The Chinese have also expanded and operationalized the Pakistani deep water port of Gwadar on the Arabian… Read Full Article
Marking World Heritage Day in the open-air museum city of Luxor includes a tour around Karnak Temples, a walk down the avenue of sphinxes and a celebration marking the completion of King Ramses II colossus reconstruction project at Luxor Temple along with dancing performances. This comes a week after Egypt has received the 1st Russian airline flight after a two-year hiatus.