Pan African Film Festival Begins in Burkina Faso

The Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou returns to Burkina Faso this weekend after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.One Burkinabe director, who has made a film documenting a nursery for the infants of sex workers, talks about …

Key UN Biodiversity Summit Opens in China

A key U.N. summit tasked with protecting biodiversity officially opens in China and online Monday, as countries meet to tackle pollution and prevent mass extinction weeks before the COP26 climate conference.Beijing, the world’s biggest polluter, has so…

Uganda: Imbalu Festivities Start Amid Ban On Crowds

Imbalu festivities have kicked off in some parts of Bugisu Sub-region despite the current ban on public gatherings to control the spread of coronavirus. Daily Monitor has learnt that in different districts, candidates donning traditional beads and bungles have started preparations such as Isonjo (preparatory dance) and visiting their relatives with imbalu dancers. The imbalu […]

Next Year’s Academy Awards Ceremony May be Postponed Due to Pandemic – Report

Next year’s Academy Awards telecast may be postponed because of the disruption to theatrical releases caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A story published Tuesday in the entertainment magazine Variety quotes an anonymous source who says it’s “likely” the annual awards ceremony, which is scheduled to air February 28 on ABC-TV, will be postponed. But the […]

UN Faces Many Challenges as It Prepares to Mark 75th Anniversary

GENEVA – Preparations for the observation of the United Nations’ 75th anniversary are underway as the world body’s ability to maintain global peace and security appears ever more tenuous. The United Nations was founded in the aftermath of World War…

When Did You Last See an African Video Game Hero?

NAIROBI – What’s wrong with being a plucky hero running from demon monkeys or a glamorous model in dress up games? Players too often get sucked into worlds full of violence and unhealthy body images, according to Jay Shapiro, co-founder of Kenya-based …

Joyous Congolese Dances, Songs Enliven St. Peter’s Basilica

VATICAN CITY – Congolese dancing and singing enlivened St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, as Pope Francis celebrated a special mass for Catholics from the violence-wracked African nation and denounced arms suppliers for helping to fuel the conflict.The wh…

Desert Locusts Put Ethiopian Crops At Risk

Ethiopian agriculture officials say they are taking steps to control a major locust infestation that could threaten some of the country’s staple crops.Swarms of the schistocerca gregaria – better known as the desert locust – arrived in Ethiopia in June…

Rwanda Joins African Countries Signing Nuclear Deals with Russia

NAIROBI – Rwanda is the latest African country to sign a nuclear deal with Russian state atomic company Rosatom. But the deals between Russia and several African countries are raising concerns from environmentalists who say nuclear energy is not alway…

Police Officers Equipped With Customer Care Skills

A total of 215 Police Officers from three regions and Kampala Metropolitan area, have been equipped with skills and knowledge in customer care during a two day training workshop.Director Research and Planning, AIGP Edward Ochom urged the officers t…