African & Middle East News Feed


‘Ramy’ and the New American Muslims of TV

published on Thu, 28 May 2020 19:29:34 +0000
Even positive portrayals of Muslim Americans after 9/11 seemed burdened with a responsibility to explain and defend. But that burden is starting to be cast off.

Ex-Head of Australian Girls School Is Fit for Trial, Israeli Court Says

published on Tue, 26 May 2020 22:37:44 +0000
For six years, Australia has tried to extradite Malka Leifer to face charges of sexually assaulting her students but she claimed to be mentally ill.

U.S. Accuses Russia of Sending Warplanes to Libya

published on Tue, 26 May 2020 21:56:45 +0000
The unusually sharp assertion by a senior American commander underscored the Pentagon’s concern about Moscow’s growing influence in the country’s sprawling war.

ISIS Prisoners Threaten U.S. Mission in Northeastern Syria

published on Mon, 25 May 2020 20:55:23 +0000
Overcrowded, makeshift prisons and camps and fears of Covid-19 have led to two riots by hardened fighters.

By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. Then the Plan Went South.

published on Mon, 25 May 2020 10:11:05 +0000
A short-lived mission uncovered by U.N. investigators offers a glimpse into the world of those who have thrived off Libya’s chaos.

Push to Reopen Houses of Worship in Europe and Mideast Brings Perils and Tensions

published on Sun, 24 May 2020 19:17:09 +0000
In Germany, 40 new cases were confirmed among the faithful in Frankfurt. France restarted church services this weekend. And protesters in the West Bank demanded that mosques reopen for the Eid holiday.


Kenya: Union Suspends Movement of Trucks to Uganda

published on Fri, 29 May 2020 13:17:49 GMT
[Nation] A union representing Kenyan long-distance truck drivers has said it suspended the movement of trucks to neighbouring Uganda yesterday until they are assured of their safety, citing Covid-19-related stigma and harassment.

East Africa: East Africa Prepares Eight Airports for Return of Flights

published on Fri, 29 May 2020 17:09:18 GMT
[Citizen] Arusha -Training courses have commenced at East Africa's eight international airports on prevention of Covid-19 ahead of resumption of flight schedules as the region is cautiously easing travel restrictions.

Kenya: Fears for Kenya's Urban Food Supply As Floods Drown Rice

published on Fri, 29 May 2020 14:27:52 GMT
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Rice is a staple food in Kenya's urban areas, but with floods destroying young crops in recent weeks and imports restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic, stocks may run short

Zimbabwe: Central Bank Slashes Zipit Daily Limits in Bid to Tame Forex Black Market

published on Fri, 29 May 2020 14:16:09 GMT
[New Zimbabwe] The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)'s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has directed Zimswitch to slash ZIMSWITCH Instant Payment Interchange Technology (ZIPIT) daily and monthly limits to $20 000 and $100 000 respectively.

Zimbabwe: Cotton Farmers Seek U.S. Dollar Payments

published on Fri, 29 May 2020 10:38:05 GMT
[The Herald] Several Zimbabwean cotton farmers are increasingly worried over the continued depreciation of the domestic currency and want to be partly paid in US dollars during the next marketing season, a survey by Business Weekly has revealed.

Zimbabwe: RBZ Sued $1 Million in Foreign Liability Deal Gone Wrong

published on Fri, 29 May 2020 08:43:16 GMT
[New Zimbabwe] A local company, Profert Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd, has dragged the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) to court for failing to reverse a transaction of $1, 112, 45 54 after a foreign liability deal was reversed.