Egyptian activist sentenced to prison by special court

An Egyptian activist who played a central role in Egypt’s uprising in 2011 was sentenced on Monday to five years in jail by a special court in Cairo. Alaa Abdel Fattah was found guilty of spreading false information according to the defendant’s sister. Two other activists were also sentenced to four years in prison on […]

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Ivory Coast government resumes talks with opposition

The government in Ivory Coast has resumed talks with opposition parties in a bid to boost unity and democracy. The political dialogue had stopped after the sudden death of Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko in March last year. On Thursday, about 21 major political parties joined in the dialogue. Prime Minister Patrick Achi, who was leading […]

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South Sudan floods affect humanitarian access says UN

The United Nations (UN) has said access to flooded areas in South Sudan has become a challenge in the quest to offer help to those affected. The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says funding constraints have also affected humanitarian aid. The agency says more than 835,000 people across the country have […]

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Uganda military outside Bobi Wine’s home ahead of campaigns

Uganda’s opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has tweeted photos of police and military outside his home ahead of the planned campaigns for a by-election in Kayunga district, 55km north-east of the capital, Kampala. President Yoweri Museveni is also expected to visit Kayunga to campaign for the ruling party’s candidate for the […]

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Mali to face more sanctions over election delay

The West African regional bloc, has expressed “strong concerns” over delays in Mali’s transition to civilian rule. It warned of additional economic sanctions if “no concrete progress” was made to hold fresh elections scheduled for late February. Mali witnessed military coups in August 2020 and May 2021, with the most recent leading to the overthrow […]

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Tigray forces summarily executed civilians – Rights group

Rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tigrayan forces summarily executed dozens of civilians in “apparent war crimes” in two towns they controlled in Ethiopia’s Amhara region. The executions occurred between 31 August and 9 September this year, it said in a report. Witnesses described to HRW investigators that they saw Tigrayan fighters in Chema […]

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Burkina Faso president dissolves government

Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has in a decree dismissed Prime Minister Christophe Joseph Marie Dabire and dissolved the government. “The functions of the prime minister are terminated, the government is dissolved,” said a presidential decree. There is no indication yet of when a future head of government will be appointed. The West […]

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UN condemns looting of South Sudan aid facilities

The UN has strongly condemned violence and looting in South Sudan’s oil-producing Unity State in the northern part of the country. An incident in Leer county is said to have led to the injury and death of civilians, destruction of assets and looting of humanitarian commodities. One humanitarian aid workers from a non-governmental organisation supporting […]

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Zimbabwe reimposes Covid-19 lockdown measures

Zimbabwe has reimposed a lockdown and mandatory quarantines for all travellers amidst rising Covid-19 cases and to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant. The country has recorded over 130,000 Covid cases and about 4,700 deaths since the pandemic began early last year. Authorities have cited growing public complacency that they believe will only worsen […]

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