Congo arrests 2 suspects over murder of UN experts, one escapes: Prosecutors

A senior prosecutor said on Friday authorities had arrested two people suspected of involvement in the murder of two UN investigators in central Democratic Republic of Congo. The senior prosecutor, however said, one of the prisoners had since escaped. The announcement was the first reported sign of progress in investigations into the deaths of American……

Amnesty International urges Arkansas to stop ‘conveyor belt of death’

Amnesty International on Thursday criticised the U.S. state of Arkansas over its plans to execute seven convicted killers in an 11-day period this month. Erika Guevara Rosas, director of Amnesty International in the Americas, said in a press statement that such a serie of executions would be unprecedented in modern U.S. history. “Especially after the……

China crude oil imports hit record, shatter expectations

China’s crude oil imports surged to all-time high in March to nearly 9.2 million barrels per day (bpd), customs data showed on Thursday, far surpassing expectations and indicating a substantial build in stocks. March imports came in at 38.95 million tonnes or 9.17 million bpd, according to the General Customs Administration. This figure compared with……

New Boeing 737 MAX 9 makes maiden flight

A new version of Boeing Co’s (BA.N) 737 jetliner,737 MAX 9, took off from Seattle, Australia for the first time on Thursday. The maiden flight marked another step in Boeing’s revamp of its best-selling product line that could see up to five new models introduced by 2020. 737 MAX 9, a fuel-efficient, long-range successor to……

Kenyan president passes law against torture in police cells

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya on Thursday signed an anti-torture law seen by human rights activists as an important step towards eliminating torture in police cells. The law, which was passed by parliament on April 6, empowers the country’s National Commission on Human Rights to investigate torture allegations and provides for reparations to victims. Human……

Yemen’s Houthi court sentences veteran journalist to death

A Yemeni security court under control of Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi movement on Thursday sentenced a veteran journalist to death over charges of spying for neighbouring Sunni Saudi Arabia. Houthi-controlled state Saba news agency reported that the court convicted Yahya al-Jubaihi, 61, of “illegally establishing contact with a foreign state which is Saudi Arabia . He……

U.S. ban on foreign abortion funds hits family planning work in Ethiopia: NGO

The U. S. government reinstatement of bans on groups that provide abortions is endangering family planning works being done in Ethiopia, according to an NGO official. Adam Zeleke, a Senior official at the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) which at 51 years old is Ethiopia’s oldest family planning organisation, said on Thursday that up……

Kenya needs two million homes to curb slum explosion – World Bank

Kenya needs to build two million affordable city homes to meet its housing deficit and stem the growth of its sprawling slums, already home to six out of 10 urban households, the World Bank said on Wednesday. Investment in housing would also create jobs, improve economic growth and strengthen the east African country’s financial sector, it……

Crowd pelt Venezuela’s President’s convoy with eggs, stones at parade

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s convoy was pelted with objects by members of a crowd at a military parade, reports published on Wednesday revealed. The incident occurred at San Felix, a town in the southern Bolivar region, during a military parade held upon Maduro’s return from a trip to Cuba. A live television broadcast of the……