August 12, 2022
Africa

Blinken raises concerns on rights in Rwanda during talks with Kagame

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he voiced “serious concerns” about human rights during talks on Thursday with Rwandan President Paul Kagame.  In particular, he said he raised the case of “Hotel Rwanda” hero Paul Rusesabagina, a fierce Kagame critic who was sentenced to a 25-year prison term last year on terrorism charges. Blinken […]

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Sierra Leone imposes curfew as anti-government protests turn deadly

At least two police officers and one civilian died after a day of anti-government protests in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, staff at the city’s main mortuary said on Wednesday. Sierra Leone’s government previously said there had been deaths, but did not say how many, as protesters threw rocks and burned tyres in the streets out […]

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Kenya awaits results of presidential election

Kenya is awaiting the results of Tuesday’s election. It’s thought to be too close to call between the two presidential frontrunners, Raila Odinga and William Ruto. Also in this edition: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Rwanda after having visited DR Congo. He is expected to address tensions between the two countries over accusations Rwanda […]

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Death toll from attack on Mali soldiers rises to 42, army says

/ Africa Issued on: 10/08/2022 – 18:39 A Malian soldier patrols the river bank in Konna on March 20, 2021. © Michele Cattani, AFP Forty-two Malian soldiers died in an attack at the weekend by suspected jihadists, the army said Wednesday in a document naming the fatalities, revising an earlier figure of 21 dead. The […]

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Tunisian court suspends president’s dismissal of 50 judges

/ Africa Issued on: 10/08/2022 – 13:43 Tunisian judges gather on the steps of the Palace of Justice in Tunis to protest President Kais Saied’s dismissal of 57 judges, June 23, 2022. © Hassene Dridi, AP A Tunisian administrative court suspended the dismissal of fifty judges who were fired by President Kais Saied in June, […]

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Ahead of Rwanda visit, Blinken says US ‘concerned’ by reports of Rwandan support for DRC rebels

On the eve of his visit to Rwanda on Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said his country is “concerned” by “credible” reports that Rwanda is supporting rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The resurgence of the M23 group in Congo’s restive east has exacerbated tensions between the neighbours, with Kinshasa accusing Kigali of […]

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Guinea dissolves leading opposition group amid political unrest

Guinea’s junta-appointed government has dissolved the country’s leading opposition movement, the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), under a decree authenticated by AFP on Tuesday. An alliance of political parties, trade unions and civil groups, the FNDC spearheaded protests against former president Alpha Conde before his ouster in a coup last year. […]

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Several soldiers killed in twin blasts in Burkina Faso

/ Africa Issued on: 09/08/2022 – 20:22 In this file photo taken on February 3, 2020, Burkina Faso soldiers patrol aboard a pick-up truck on the road from Dori to the Goudebo refugee camp. © Olympia de Maismont, AFP Two explosions killed 15 soldiers in Burkina Faso on Tuesday, the army said, the latest in […]

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Kenya presidential election: Candidates pledge for peaceful vote, to respect the result

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US not trying to ‘outdo’ other world powers for influence in Africa, says Blinken

The United States is seeking a “true partnership” with Africa and not trying to “outdo” other world powers in vying for influence on the continent, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday. Blinken outlined the US government’s new Africa strategy as he visited South Africa in the first stop of a three-nation trip […]

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