Possible First Use of AI-Armed Drones Triggers Alarm Bells

Western military experts are assessing whether an autonomous drone operated by artificial intelligence, or AI, killed people — in Libya last year — for the first time without a human controller directing it remotely to do so. A report by a United Nations panel of experts issued last week that concluded an advanced drone deployed in Libya “hunted down and remotely engaged” soldiers fighting for Libyan general Khalifa Haftar has…

Will Promises of Democratic Transition in Mali Convince France to Leave??

A promise Monday by Mali’s new interim president to hold democratic elections by early next year appears to meet some conditions set by France to resume recently suspended cooperation with Malian forces. But some hope Paris is slowly heading for the exit when it comes to its yearslong Barkhane anti-terrorist operation in the Sahel.France’s announcement last week that it was halting counterinsurgency cooperation with Malian forces followed Mali’s second coup…

Protesters Demand Justice on Second Anniversary of Deadly Crackdown

Thousands of Sudanese civilians held rallies in Khartoum on the second anniversary of the military's bloody crackdown on a huge pro-democracy sit-in, demanding justice for their loved ones killed during and after the June 3, 2019, crackdown. Some said they are tired of hearing promises from government officials after nothing has been done and no one has been brought to justice.Waleed Ihab of Omdurman said that ever since security forces…

US, EU Condemn Nigeria’s Twitter Ban

The U.S. and the European Union voiced concern over Nigeria's decision to indefinitely ban Twitter after the U.S. social media giant deleted a tweet from the president's account for violating its rules. International human rights groups have also condemned the move, which followed previous attempts by the government of Africa's most populous country to regulate social media. Nigerian telecoms operators complied with a government directive Friday to suspend access to…

US, EU Condemn Nigeria’s Twitter Ban

The U.S. and the European Union voiced concern over Nigeria's decision to indefinitely ban Twitter after the U.S. social media giant deleted a tweet from the president's account for violating its rules. International human rights groups have also condemned the move, which followed previous attempts by the government of Africa's most populous country to regulate social media. Nigerian telecoms operators complied with a government directive Friday to suspend access to…

More Than 160 Killed in Deadliest Attack of Burkina Faso’s War

The government of Burkina Faso has declared three days of mourning following an attack that left at least 160 people dead late last week in the northern village of Solhan. The International Committee for the Red Cross, noting that local hospitals are overwhelmed, said it responded Sunday morning to a request for medical supplies in Dori, a town in northern Burkina Faso. “Upon requests for support by the health authorities…

More Than 160 Killed in Deadliest Attack of Burkina Faso’s War

The government of Burkina Faso has declared three days of mourning following an attack that left at least 160 people dead late last week in the northern village of Solhan. The International Committee for the Red Cross, noting that local hospitals are overwhelmed, said it responded Sunday morning to a request for medical supplies in Dori, a town in northern Burkina Faso. “Upon requests for support by the health authorities…

More Than 20% in Sudan Face Acute Hunger, WFP Says

GENEVA - The World Food Program is warning that 21% of Sudan’s 40 million population faces acute hunger and will need emergency assistance between June and September, when food stocks are lowest.Several factors have contributed to this situation. For example, over the past year, Sudan has faced hyperinflation, the worst floods in years, a locust infestation, and COVID-19 restrictions, which have caused massive job losses. A nutritional survey by the…