Category: Africa

Niger opposition leader to be tried on incitement and sedition charges

Niger opposition leader to be tried on incitement and sedition charges

A Niger opposition leader is to go on trial on Tuesday on charges of incitement to violence and sedition, his lawyer said, in a case that critics say highlights growing repression under President Mahamadou Issoufou’s government. Amadou Djibo, leader of the Front for the Restoration of Democracy and the Defence of Democracy (FRDDR), could be sentenced to between 10 and […]

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Thousands rally in north Morocco protest march

Thousands rally in north Morocco protest march

Thousands of Moroccans marched in a northern town to protest against injustice and corruption on Thursday, seven months after a fishmonger was crushed inside a garbage truck there while trying to retrieve fish confiscated by the police. Waving banners proclaiming “Are you a government or a gang?” and local protest flags, the march made its way peacefully through the centre […]

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Egypt’s Sisi pledges measures to ease strain on poor

Egypt’s Sisi pledges measures to ease strain on poor

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sought to ease the concerns of Egyptians grappling with rising prices ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by pledging a raft of economic measures including tax breaks. Sisi, in an interview published in state newspaper Al-Ahram on Wednesday, said his government would introduce tax cuts and increase subsidised food in the coming weeks […]

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Sudan’s Bashir goes to Riyadh, no word on Trump meeting: minister

Sudan’s Bashir goes to Riyadh, no word on Trump meeting: minister

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir will travel to Saudi Arabia on Friday but there is no confirmation he will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump, who will also visit the country, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said on Wednesday. “I can confirm that President Bashir will go the day after tomorrow to Saudi Arabia,” Ghandour told reporters in Geneva, declining to confirm […]

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Rebels attack South Sudan’s Yei, four soldiers dead – governor

Rebels attack South Sudan’s Yei, four soldiers dead – governor

Rebels attacked the South Sudanese town of Yei on Tuesday, killing at least four government soldiers, the state governor said. Rebel forces in the country’s three-year-old civil war said the death count was higher and told civilians to leave the southwest town close to the border with Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. “What the rebels are doing here is […]

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Three Somali soldiers die trying to defuse car bomb – police

Three Somali soldiers die trying to defuse car bomb – police

Three soldiers died when a car bomb exploded while they were trying to defuse it on Wednesday in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and the militant al Shabaab group said. The men were dismantling part of the car when the device went off. “First two soldiers died and another was injured. The third soldier died of the blast wounds minutes […]

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Red Cross finds 115 bodies in CAR diamond-mining town

Red Cross finds 115 bodies in CAR diamond-mining town

Red Cross workers have found 115 bodies in Central African Republic’s diamond-mining town of Bangassou after several days of militia attacks, the president of the aid group’s local branch said on Wednesday. The battle for control of the town marks a new escalation in a conflict that began in 2013 when mainly Muslim Seleka fighters ousted then-President Francois Bozize, prompting […]

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Drought stokes battle for pastures in Kenya’s northern regions

Drought stokes battle for pastures in Kenya’s northern regions

Armed cattle herders have been flooding onto farms and wildlife conservancies in drought-ravaged northern Kenya, leading to violence in which at least 11 people have been killed and a tourist lodge torched, residents said on Thursday. The residents have accused some local politicians of encouraging herders to bring tens of thousands of cattle onto farms and ranches to drum up […]

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Uganda rules out military intervention in South Sudan

Uganda rules out military intervention in South Sudan

Imposing an external “trusteeship” government on South Sudan to try to end a three-year ethnic civil war and potential genocide in the world’s youngest nation would only make its security situation worse, Uganda said on Thursday. Patience towards President Salva Kiir’s government in Juba has worn thin as the refugee numbers have grown, fuelling talk in international policy circles – […]

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Algeria to hold parliamentary election on May 4

Algeria to hold parliamentary election on May 4

Algeria will hold parliamentary elections on May 4, the presidency said on Thursday, starting the countdown to the first ballot since the legislature’s powers were boosted by amendments to the country’s constitution. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has governed the North African OPEC state for more than 15 years, “signed the decree summoning the electorate,” it said in a statement. Under […]

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