Category: Africa

Shops reopen as Sudan generals, protesters agree to talk

KHARTOUM, Jun 12 – Shops began to reopen in Sudan’s capital on Wednesday after demonstrators called off a nationwide civil disobedience campaign and agreed to new talks, though many residents remained indoors following last week’s deadly crackdown. The United Nations Security Council called on the generals and protest leaders to resolve the crisis triggered by the […]

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Botswana High Court decriminalises homosexuality

Gaborone, Botswana, Jun 11 – Botswana’s High Court, in a highly-anticipated verdict, on Tuesday, ruled in favor of decriminalizing homosexuality, which is outlawed under the country’s 1965 penal code. In a courtroom packed with activists, the judge emphasized that the current laws oppressed a minority of the population. “There’s nothing reasonable in discriminating,” he said. “We […]

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Botswana to rule on scrapping anti-gay laws

Gaborone, Botswana, Jun 10 – Botswana could decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday when its high court is due to rule in a landmark case being watched across Africa after Kenya recently upheld its own anti-homosexuality laws. An unnamed applicant is challenging two sections of the code that threaten offenders with a jail sentence of up to […]

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Sudan forces arrest protest leaders who met Ethiopia PM

Khartoum, Sudan, Jun 8 – Sudanese security forces have arrested two prominent rebels and an opposition leader, a day after they met the Ethiopian premier during his reconciliation mission to Khartoum, their aides said Saturday Among the protest movement delegates he met were opposition politician Mohamed Esmat and a leader of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation […]

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Liberia’s Weah faces key test with protests over economy

Monrovia, Liberia, Jun 7 – Liberian President George Weah faces a key test on Friday when demonstrators take to the streets of Monrovia to protest at inflation and corruption. Thousands of demonstrators are expected in the capital of the impoverished West African state. Many Liberians are bracing for a possibly violent showdown with police or prolonged […]

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Sudan to hold elections in nine months

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s announcement came the after Sudan’s military forcefully broke up a weeks-long sit-in outside Khartoum’s army headquarters calling on the country’s ruling generals to hand over to civilian rule, leaving more than 30 dead. “The Military council decides on the following: canceling what was agreed on and stopping negotiating with the Alliance […]

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Sudan protesters reject army election plan after deadly crackdown

Khartoum, Sudan, Jun 3 – Sudan’s protest movement called Tuesday for fresh rallies and rejected the military rulers’ election plan after nearly 40 people were killed in what demonstrators called a “bloody massacre” by security forces. The Transitional Military Council ousted veteran president Omar al-Bashir in April after months of protests against his authoritarian rule and […]

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South Sudan’s troops abusing civilians in Yei River State: report

Juba, June 7, 2019 (SSNA) — South Sudanese government forces are abusing civilians in Yei River State, a new report by the United States-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) finds. “Civilians are being targeted, killed, and raped, as government operations try to root out rebels in the Yei River state. All parties need to put a stop to the […]

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Islamic State shifts its gaze to southern Africa – time to start getting worried

They signal a significant shift in the terror group’s strategy. Urgent intervention is needed before it becomes a full-blown regional crisis. On 4 June 2019, the Islamic State (IS) claimed credit for an attack in Mozambique under the banner of the Islamic State Central Africa Province (Isca), saying: “The soldiers of the Caliphate were able […]

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Odinga in London to address Chatham House on Kofi Annan legacy

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 2- NASA leader Raila Odinga arrived in London Sunday for a 4- day visit to the United Kingdom where he is scheduled to speak at the Chatham House on the Legacy of former UN Secretary-General the late Dr. Kofi Annan. Annan served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006. Raila’s […]

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