UN chief calls for Sudan to respect freedom of the press

Published by Al-ArabyUnited Nations chief Antonio Guterres urged authorities in Sudan to respect freedom of expression and the press, calling the coup-stricken country hostile to journalists in a report submitted Friday to the Security Council. Hundreds of political activists, journalists, protesters and bystanders watching anti-coup rallies were arrested following the country's latest upheaval on October 25. On that date military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan seized power and detained Prime…

Eminent Sudanese guitarist laments COVID-19 and on-off coups

Published by Al-ArabyIn 2008, Abazar Hamid had to hide 200 traditional jazz songs after his performances infuriated Sudan's then autocrat, Omar al-Bashir. Now in exile in Norway, like many of Sudan's refugee musicians, he is squeezed between a relentless Covid-19 pandemic that has grounded live performances, and on-off coups back home in Khartoum that makes a return improbable. “I was destroyed,” Abazar tells The New Arab of his feelings after…

U.N. seeks record $41 billion for aid to hotspots led by Afghanistan, Ethiopia

Published by ReutersBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations appealed on Thursday for a record $41 billion to provide life-saving assistance next year to 183 million people worldwide caught up in conflict and poverty, led by a tripling of its programme in Afghanistan. Famine remains a "terrifying prospect" for 45 million people living in 43 countries, as extreme weather caused by climate change shrinks food supplies, the U.N.…

NASA Astronauts Conduct Previously Postponed Spacewalk

Two astronauts with the U.S. space agency, NASA, left the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday to conduct a spacewalk to replace a broken antenna system, two days after the walk was postponed over concerns about space debris.NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron stepped out of the ISS airlock early Thursday to replace the faulty antenna, used to communicate voice and data to ground control. The operation was expected to…

NASA Astronauts Conduct Previously Postponed Spacewalk

Two astronauts with the U.S. space agency, NASA, left the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday to conduct a spacewalk to replace a broken antenna system, two days after the walk was postponed over concerns about space debris.NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron stepped out of the ISS airlock early Thursday to replace the faulty antenna, used to communicate voice and data to ground control. The operation was expected to…

UK Court Backs Meghan in Dispute over Privacy with Publisher

LONDON — The Duchess of Sussex on Thursday won the latest stage in her long-running privacy lawsuit against a British newspaper publisher over its publication of parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father.The Court of Appeal in London upheld a High Court ruling that the publisher of The Mail on Sunday and MailOnline website unlawfully breached the former Meghan Markle's privacy by reproducing a large chunk of…

Uganda Sends Ground Troops into the Democratic Republic of Congo

KAMPALA — Uganda's military has confirmed sending troops into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels. Uganda blames the ADF for a series of bombings in the country. But analysts say inviting the Ugandan army into the DRC could raise tensions with neighboring Rwanda.Uganda has sent ground forces into the Democratic Republic of Congo in the ongoing armed operation against the Allied Democratic Forces rebel…

Omicron and Vaccines: What You Should Know

Omicron is unlikely to have completely outsmarted the vaccines, experts say, even with its unusual array of mutations.There are a lot of unknowns, but they expect that the shots will still do what they do best: Keep people out of the hospital and out of the grave.Omicron raised alarms when it was first identified during a sharp spike in cases in South Africa. The World Health Organization added it to…