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11 January 2019 6:14 AM Ethiopia charges 68 over deadly unrest near capital

Ethiopia's attorney general has charged 68 people with involvement in deadly riots in and around Addis Ababa in September that left at least 49 dead, local media reported on Wednesday. The 68 are suspected of playing a part in violence both before and after the return of the once-banned Oromo Liberation Front. The rebel group returned to Addis Ababa 68

27 December 2018 5:29 AM 18 arrested in Tunisia amid violent protests

Tunisian authorities say 18 people have been arrested during protests that erupted after the death of a journalist who set himself on fire to protest economic problems in the North African nation. Interior ministry spokesperson Sofiane Zaag said 13 were arrested in the provincial city of Kasserine and five others in Tebourba, near Tunis. Clashes between 65

25 December 2018 3:56 PM Amnesty says 37 killed in Sudan's anti-government protests

Amnesty International says it has "credible reports" that Sudanese police have killed 37 protesters in clashes during anti-government demonstrations that erupted last week across much of the country. In a statement late on Monday, the London-based rights group said the use of lethal force by security forces against unarmed protesters was "extremely troubling" 69

15 December 2018 5:22 AM 21 killed in ethnic violence in Ethiopia

At least 21 people have been killed in two days of fighting between ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia, the state-affiliated Fana radio reported on Friday, The violence broke out near the town of Moyale, on the border with Kenya, in a region claimed by both the Oromo, the largest ethnic group in the country, and the Somali ethnic group. On top of the fatalities 68

13 December 2018 1:34 PM Nigeria presidential challenger signs peaceful poll pact

The main challenger to President Muhammadu Buhari in next year's presidential poll has signed a deal committing to peaceful elections a day after missing the initial ceremony in the capital. "Earlier today, I appended my signature to the Peace Accord," Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wrote on Twitter late Wednesday. Abubakar, 72, was conspicuously 42

06 December 2018 10:05 AM Angolan activist talks human rights with country's president

An Angolan human rights activist says the country's president plans to investigate a case of alleged torture by police officials. Activist and journalist Rafael Marques de Morais says he told President Joao Lourenco at a meeting on Wednesday that two Criminal Investigation Service officials allegedly involved in the 2016 torture of Joao Dala received 63

19 November 2018 11:33 AM 6 killed, 5 wounded in corruption protests across Haiti

Police say six people have died and at least five were wounded during demonstrations across Haiti protesting allegations of embezzlement from a Venezuelan programme that provided the country with subsidised oil. President Jovenel Moise called for dialogue with opposition groups that are seeking his resignation for failing to investigate corruption 44

05 November 2018 4:53 PM Madagascar: three presidents, three crises

Madagascar's past three presidents, all in the running against 43 other candidates in the presidential vote on November 7, each had their terms tarnished by political crises. Marc Ravalomanana, a former milkman turned millionaire milk mogul is declared winner of the presidential election in 2002 after a crisis lasting nearly seven months against outgoing 53

01 November 2018 6:57 PM US calls for investigation into Shiite deaths in Nigeria

The United States embassy in Nigeria said on Thursday it was "concerned" and called for an investigation after supporters of an imprisoned Shiite cleric were killed in clashes with security forces. The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) said 49 of its members were killed this week after the army and police fired live bullets at crowds who marched near and in the capital 54

29 October 2018 7:03 PM Three dead in Nigeria after Shiites and army clash

Three supporters of an imprisoned Shiite cleric were killed over the weekend in the Nigerian capital Abuja after clashes with the army, a military spokesperson said. According to Nigeria's military, soldiers transporting weapons and ammunition were "attacked" by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) at the Zuba Bridge on Saturday afternoon 44