Ethiopian general says top Tigray officials killed

Ethiopian troops have killed top officials of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in an operation, according to an announcement on Thursday. Those killed include TPLF spokesperson Sekoture Getachew and Daniela Assefa, former Head of Tigray finance bureau. Zeray Asgedom, the former head of Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority, and Abebe Asgedom were also killed during the […]

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Security forces increasingly target journalists as Uganda’s election nears

As Uganda counts down the days to its general election, attacks against members of the press by security forces are on the rise. Journalists, especially those covering opposition candidates and anti-government protests have been arrested, beaten or had their equipment confiscated or destroyed by the police. One press freedom watchdog says it has documented over […]

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Rwanda bans domestic travel over ‘alarming’ infections

Rwanda has banned public and private transport between districts and the capital, Kigali, after the rate of coronavirus infections reached alarming levels, said health officials. Domestic and international tourists can still travel across the country, but must carry proof of negative Covid-19 test results, said the prime minister’s office in a statement. December was the […]

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Algerian president remains on Covid-19 treatment in Germany

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, continues to be hospitalised in Germany with Covid-19. Early this month, Algerians questioned if Tebboune was fit to resume duty after rumours of his deteriorating health surfaced. According to media reports, the president was hospitalised in Germany on October 28 and was pushing forward with the remainder of his recovery process […]

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Ethiopia: Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu arrested

Addis Ababa – Reuters news agency has condemned the arrest of its cameraman Kumerra Gemechu in Ethiopia, saying no reason has been given for his detention. His family said police handcuffed and took him away from their home in the capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday, and seized his phone and computer. Police have not yet […]

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Uganda halts voter campaigning in some areas, opposition cries foul

Kampala – Uganda suspected all campaigning for January’s presidential polling in the capital and 10 populous districts on Saturday, citing coronaviruss risks, but critics said the real reason was the opposition’s popularity in the areas. The east African country is scheduled to hold a presidential election on January 14. “The Independent Electoral Commission has suspended […]

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Nigerian lecturers end nine-month strike

Abuja – A union representing lecturers in Nigeria has announced the suspension of a nine-month strike that has crippled learning at public universities. Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, the national president of the Academic staff Union of Universities said that the union decided to suspend the strike after “concrete agreements” were reached with the federal government on […]

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Lockerbie bombing: Alleged bomb-maker charged on 32nd anniversary of attack

The US has announced charges against a Libyan suspected of making the bomb that blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. Abu Agila Mohammad Masud has been charged with terrorism-related crimes, Attorney General William Barr said on Monday, 32 years on from the atrocity. The deadly bomb attack on the Boeing […]

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