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Egypt law to hide identity of sexual abuse victims

Egypt’s cabinet has approved amendments to the country’s criminal procedure law that will guarantee anonymity for victims of sexual abuse. The identities of victims can only be revealed to the court and to defendants upon request, according to the draft law. Egyptian victims of sexual crimes often face a lot of stigma. The Arabic hashtag “The Beginning of a Feminist ...

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US warns Sahel nations over extrajudicial killings

There have been reports of human rights violations

The US has warned West Africa’s Sahel nations that it could withdraw its support if security forces violate human rights. The state department said it was “deeply concerned” by the allegations documented by rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW said that at least 180 bodies were found in a mass grave in Burkina Faso with evidence suggesting that government forces ...

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US Supreme Court rules half of Oklahoma is Native American land

The Five Tribes of Oklahoma - Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole and Muscogee Nation - proudly uphold their traditions

The US Supreme Court has ruled about half of Oklahoma belongs to Native Americans, in a landmark case that also quashed a child rape conviction. The justices decided 5-4 that an eastern chunk of the state, including its second-biggest city, Tulsa, should be recognised as part of a reservation. Jimcy McGirt, who was convicted in 1997 of raping a girl, ...

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Coronavirus: Quarantine rules end for dozens of destinations

Travellers arriving in the UK from dozens of countries no longer have to self-isolate for two weeks from Friday. The rules are being relaxed for arrivals from more than 60 countries and British overseas territories. However, Scotland’s list of countries is slightly different to the list for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For example, Scotland still requires people from Spain ...

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Tunga launches new E-Learning platform for Software Developers in Africa

A  Dutch tech Company, Tunga has launched a new e-learning platform meant to create more opportunities for African software developers. The e-learning platform  is freely accessible to all tech talents in Africa. Tunga offers high quality yet affordable software services and determined to make a meaningful contribution to Africa and to create more opportunities for African developers. The Tunga Academy offers free ...

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Africa has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ‘Recover Better’ with sustainable energy

As countries continue to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic, a new guide by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) shows how clean energy investment can support countries to ‘Recover Better’ and use this unique moment to reset their economies and close energy-access gaps. According to ‘The Recover Better with Sustainable Energy Guide for African Countries’ that was released by SEforALL, countries that commit ...

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Coronavirus: Uganda opens border for DR Congo refugees

Uganda hosts more than 400,000 refugees from DR Congo alone and many more from South Sudan

Uganda has opened part of its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo to allow in thousands of people stuck in no-man’s land for more than a month. At least 3,000 of them fled their homes in May after inter-communal clashes in north-eastern Ituri province. But they were unable to cross into Uganda to seek safety as the country had ...

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Nigeria’s black market fuel ‘less toxic than imports’

Nigeria's black market fuel 'less toxic than imports'

Black market fuel made in Nigeria is less toxic than the petrol and diesel sold to Nigeria by European traders, a report says. Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), a non-governmental organisation, compared 91 samples of imported fuel and black-market petrol from Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta region. Its study showed that imported diesel and petrol sometimes contained more than 200 times more ...

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Women occupy 30% of Burundi’s new cabinet

President Evariste Ndayishimiye

Women make up over thirty percent of Burundi’s new cabinet according to a government release issued over the weekend. President Evariste Ndayishimiye in a decree nominated a sixteen-member cabinet to help run government business. The cabinet is also inclusive of the Prime Minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni and Vice President Prosper Bazombanza. Portfolios handed to women include Justice, Labour, Tourism and Communication. ...

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Ivory Coast begins cleanup after deadly floods

A clean-up has begun in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan after floods triggered by torrential rains left streets and houses underwater and at least three people dead. Local residents said three hours of heavy rain on Thursday caused waters to surge by one and half metres in the space of 30 minutes, forcing some to take refuge on the ...

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