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One year on, Amnesty urges Sudan deliver on protesters’ demands

More than 250 people were killed in violence linked to demonstrations that forced Omar al-Bashir to resign. Sudan‘s new transitional government must deliver on people’s demands for sweeping change as the country marked the first anniversary of mass protests that led to the removal of former president Omar al-Bashir, a rights group said. Protests swept across the African nation in December ...

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South Africa initiation schools suspended after circumcision deaths

The South African authorities have suspended several initiation schools where boys have died in recent weeks taking part in circumcision ceremonies. The country’s religious and cultural commission said the schools in different areas of the Eastern Cape would be suspended for a year. It called for the arrest of those responsible for at least 20 deaths. The initiation into manhood ...

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Trump to give annual address to Congress amid impeachment drama

The top Democrat in the US Congress, Nancy Pelosi, has written to President Donald Trump inviting him to give his State of the Union speech on 4 February amid the partisan impeachment battle. The annual speech would come during or soon after his trial in the Senate, where he is likely to be acquitted. He was formally impeached by the ...

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Chocolate makers hobble Ivory Coast, Ghana cocoa premium with discounts

Ivory Coast and Ghana’s move to combat farmer poverty with a living income premium for their cocoa sales is being undermined by chocolate makers scaling down purchases and negotiating discounts on other parts of the price, sources said. Confectioners publicly backed a move by the two countries, which together account for 60% of global cocoa supply, to introduce a $400 ...

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Algeria election: Fresh protests as Tebboune replaces Bouteflika

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Algerian capital, Algiers, in protest at the results of Thursday’s presidential election. They chanted slogans against the winner, ex-PM Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a former loyalist of ousted leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Protesters are demanding that the whole political establishment be swept away. Polling day itself was marred by protests and ...

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Here is why WhatsApp may stop working on your smartphones in 2020

WhatsApp will stop working on millions of phones in the next couple of months as the company withdraws support for some older mobile platforms. From February 1, 2020, any iPhone running iOS 8 or older will no longer be supported, along with any Android device running version 2.3.7 or older. Users of these operating systems are already unable to create ...

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Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari promises Africans visas on arrival

Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria says it will give all African travellers visas on arrival from January, dropping the requirement that they apply in advance. President Muhammadu Buhari said it showed Nigeria’s commitment to “free movement of Africans within Africa”. The announcement comes five months after Nigeria signed a deal aimed at promoting free trade on the continent. But Mr Buhari’s critics accuse him ...

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Burkina Faso gets US$20m loan to support Agricultural value Chain Project

The Director-General of the OPEC Fund for International Development (the OPEC Fund) Dr Abdulhamid Alkhalifa has signed a US$20 million development loan to help finance Burkina Faso’s Agricultural Value Chain Support Project (PAPFA). Dr Alkhalifa signed the loan in Ouagadougou with Burkina Faso’s Minister of Economy, Finance and Development, LassanéKabore. PAPFA aims to contribute to poverty alleviation and to enhance ...

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Partnerships key to taking landlocked countries out of poverty: UN Chief

The challenges faced by landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), some of the poorest in the world, can be overcome through more effective partnerships, UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared on Thursday, at a conference held at UN Headquarters in New York. The Midterm Review of the 10-year Vienna Programme of Action For Landlocked Countries, is an opportunity for the international community to renew ...

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Africa’s rights court suffers setback as Tanzania blocks cases

Tanzania’s government is planning to stop individuals and groups of people directly filing complaints against it at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), according to Amnesty International. The East African country’s government has the highest number of cases brought by individuals and NGOs as well as judgments issued against it by the human rights court, according to Amnesty. ...

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