Botswana Urges Congo’s Kabila to Step Down

The southern African nation of Botswana has taken the unusual step of directly criticizing Congolese President Joseph Kabila, saying his refusal to hold long overdue elections is driving deadly violence and a growing humanitarian emergency in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Botswana’s Foreign Ministry declined VOA’s request to elaborate on the statement, saying the words …

UN Warns of Hunger Among Refugees in Cameroon

Hundreds of thousands of people who sought shelter in Cameroon after fleeing violence will go hungry unless funds are made available, the United Nations deputy emergencies chief said. Ursula Mueller said donors had provided just 5 percent of the $305 million needed for Cameroon this year. “Given the magnitude of the crisis of displaced people …

Ed Sheeran Named Best-selling Global Artist of 2017

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world’s best-selling artist of 2017 on Monday, thanks to his album “Divide” and singles “Shape of You” and “Perfect.” The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said that “Divide,” which was released in March 2017, went multi-platinum in 36 nations. Sheeran’s pop ballad “Shape of You” was …