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Political crisis and covid surge rock Brazil

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is facing the biggest crisis of his presidency after the heads of the army, navy and air force all quit and the country recorded its highest daily Covid-19 death toll. The unprecedented resignation of the defence chiefs is being seen as a protest at attempts by Mr Bolsonaro to exert undue control over the military. Mr Bolsonaro’s ...

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US House Democrats introduce Article of impeachment against Trump

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Democrats in the US House of Representatives introduced an article of impeachment against outgoing President Donald Trump on Monday, as Republicans blocked a measure calling on Vice President Pence to remove his boss from office. The single impeachment article charges Trump with incitement of insurrection. It accuses him of stoking violence against the US government after a mob of his ...

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The three Black women to serve on Biden’s all-women communications team

Joe Biden’s campaign promise was to assemble a diverse cabinet that “looked like America“. On Sunday, the president-elect announced an all-female communications staff including three Black women who will be the voice of his administration. This will be the first time in history that a president’s communications team will be made up of only women, according to the Washington Post. ...

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US election security officials reject Trump’s fraud claims

US federal election officials have said the 2020 White House vote was the “most secure in American history”, rejecting President Donald Trump’s fraud claims.  “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” the committee announced.  They spoke out after Mr Trump claimed without proof 2.7 million votes for ...

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Police probing threat to ‘raid’ California town’s only Black-owned business if Biden wins

The police in Tiburon, California, are investigating a threat to “raid” the town’s only Black-owned merchant shop if Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wins the U.S. presidential election. The threat to attack Yema, a clothing store on Main Street, was made in an Instagram post which has since been taken down, according to Mercury News. “If Biden wins me and ...

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Ethiopian tension ropes in neighbours concerned with another war

Ethiopia will be chairing this month’s African Union Peace and Security Council, the continental body charged with maintaining tranquillity, even as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a military response to Tigray after the region “crossed the last red line.” And Ethiopia’s position in the region, and the continent, means analysts in the Horn of Africa are worried any snowball from ...

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ICC probes EndSARS crackdown in Nigeria

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is investigating the recent crackdown on EndSARS protesters in Nigeria. The Nigerian military is accused of opening fire on peaceful protesters who hit the streets against police brutalities. According to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari some 51 civilians, 11 police officers and seven soldiers were killed during the riots. Both the police and military have rejected ...

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#EndSARS: Listen to voices of the youth – Johnson Sirleaf

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on African leaders to listen to and engage the youth and not try to silence them. Her call comes on the back of the ongoing protests and violence in Nigeria for better governance and an end to police brutality. Commenting on the development, Johnson Sirleaf called for a de-escalation of the festering ...

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#CongoIsBleeding: New hashtag draws attention to deadly exploitation in Congolese mines

Exploitation in the mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now receiving global attention thanks to a new trending social media hashtag, #CongoIsBleeding, that seeks to highlight the child slavery, deadly conflicts and corruption spawned by the quest to feed megacompanies with minerals. The hashtag was conceived just around the time Nigerian protesters put together #EndSARS so as ...

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Ivory Coast election: High stakes for the youth

Violence linked to the election is once again threatening Ivory Coast, and civil society won’t stay silent. Ange Brou, an activist with the NGO Youth Space For Peace, is one of the people calling for the youth and the politicians to have a peaceful dialogue. He is organising an event at the Belleville market in Abobo. “Youth is the driving ...

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