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Mali extends state of emergency by six months

Mali’s National Assembly has voted to extend a state of emergency by six months in a bid to quell an upsurge in attacks by Islamist militants based in the desert north of the West African country. On Saturday, Zoumana N’dji Doumbia, president of the National Assembly’s legal commission, announced Friday’s …

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UN Security Council backs new Western Sahara talks push

The United Nations Security Council unanimously backed attempts to restart talks between Morocco and the Polisario independence movement over the Western Sahara conflict, and extended its peacekeeping mission there for another year. The resolution came after the U.N. mission confirmed the Polisario had withdrawn troops from the Guerguerat area of …

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Turkey purges 4,000 officials, blocks Wikipedia, bans TV dating programs

The political climate in Turkey is once again tensed, after the referendum, the government has expanded its crackdown on dissent and free expression over the weekend, purging nearly more than 4,000 public officials, blocking access to Wikipedia and banning television matchmaking shows. The police detained more than 1,000 workers and …

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Nigeria: President Buhari’s health status should not be like Trump’s tax returns – Soyinka

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari should disclose his health status to the citizenry to lessen tension and speculation in Africa’s most populous nation. This is the view of the country’s literary icon and Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka. According to him, Buhari is ‘public property’ so long as he is the president. …

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African dictator’s trial opens path to justice elsewhere

Souleymane Guengueng was barely able to walk or see when the prison doors swung open and he and hundreds of others were released in Chad in 1990 after dictator Hissene Habre fled. He then began collecting accounts of torture. A quarter-century later, those accounts helped convict and uphold a life …

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South Africa: Google celebrates Enoch Sontonga who sung ‘God Bless Africa’ 120 years ago

‘‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika’‘ (God bless Africa in Xhosa) is a hymn composed by a South African Methodist teacher, Enoch Sontonga, 120 years ago. What was supposed to be a religious song turned out to be received more on the political sphere when it became an integral part of South Africa’s …

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