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Africa’s Sahel region becomes latest battleground for jihadist groups

Issued on: 04/06/2020 – 22:26Modified: 04/06/2020 – 22:26 The Sahel region of Africa, which includes Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, is an area greatly affected by jihadist militants. Many assume that these groups, notably affiliates of al-Qaeda and the so called Islamic State group, cooperate with each other, but a new article published by the Center for Global Policy in Washington, DC, argues that this is no longer the case. Advertising Read more FRANCE 24's Wassim Nasr, the author of the article entitled "The End of the Sahel Exception", talks about why the Sahel was the only area in the world whereRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Libya unity government claims full control of Tripoli

[unable to retrieve full-text content] In tonight's edition: A siege of libya's capital Tripoli has ended according to the UN backed government. A hundred million euros in public money disappears in Niger in an embezzleRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Burundi court upholds election results, rejecting claims of irregularities

Issued on: 04/06/2020 – 19:44Modified: 04/06/2020 – 19:44 Burundi's constitutional court on Thursday upheld the results of last month's presidential election and rejected the complaints filed by opposition leader Agathon Rwasa, who had alleged widespread irregularities. Advertising Read more The court upheld the win of ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye with 68% of the vote, with Rwasa receiving 28%. The court called Rwasa's complaint unfounded and said any irregularities could not taint the entire electoral process in the East African nation. Rwasa, who is also the first vice president of the National Assembly, and CNL party spokesman Therence Manirambona were not available to comment. But Rwasa earlier told The Associated Press that he would take the matter to the East African Court of Justice based in neighboring Tanzania if he was not satisfied with the court's decision. Rwasa had alleged the stuffing of ballot boxes and said the electoral r..

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Libyas unity government claims full control of capital, Tripoli

Issued on: 04/06/2020 – 15:50Modified: 04/06/2020 – 15:50 Libyas UN-recognised unity government said Thursday that it was back in full control of the capital and its suburbs after more than a year of fighting off an offensive by eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar. Advertising Read more “Our heroic forces have full control of Greater Tripoli right up to the city limits,” Mohamad Gnounou, spokesman for the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA), said in a Facebook post. The announcement came after GNA forces retook the capital's civilian airport on Wednesday, more than a year after losing it in Haftar's initial drive on the capital. The airport, in Tripolis southern outskirts, had been disused since 2014 when it was heavily damaged in fighting between rival militias. “Our forces are continuing their advance, chasing the terrorist militias from the walls of Tripoli,” said the GNA's deputy defence minister Salah Namrush. “Some of their commanders are fle..

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Nigeria’s Nollywood gets creative in response to Covid-19

Issued on: 04/06/2020 – 12:26Modified: 04/06/2020 – 12:26 As coronavirus closed businesses around the world and forced billions to stay home, Nigerian director Obi Emelonye came up with an innovative way to keep filming. Advertising Read more Inspired by his wife's teleconferencing calls from their isolation in Britain, he wrote and put together a short feature about a couple separated between London and Lagos. There was just one day for rehearsals and two for filming, and relatives shot the actors on mobile phones in their homes on two continents. "I said to myself, 'What if I shoot a film remotely? I can direct my actors and produce it from home, and the cost is zero," the well-known 53-year-old director told AFP. "I wanted to show young people that despite the countless difficulties of our profession, despite the coronavirus, you can make a film without funding, without even a real camera." Inventiveness has always been a hallmark of Nigeria's Nollywood —..

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Warring parties resume ceasefire talks in Libya, UN says

Issued on: 03/06/2020 – 22:34Modified: 03/06/2020 – 22:34 Military talks on a ceasefire in Libya resumed Wednesday, the United Nations announced, welcoming it as a "positive" first step. Advertising Read more The interim UN envoy, Stephanie Williams, met with a five-member delegation representing military commander Khalifa Haftar's forces, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. A meeting with the UN-recognized Government of National Accord will be held within the coming days, he added. “Negotiations will continue on the ceasefire agreement and associated arrangements on the basis of the draft presented by the UN mission to both delegations on February 23 this year,” Dujarric said. “The UN mission encourages the parties to de-escalate, consider a truce to enable improved delivery of humanitarian assistance and to refrain from incitement and create an environment conducive for negotiations and building trust between the parties.” The UN mission in Libya had announced on Tu..

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French court agrees to transfer Rwanda genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga to UN tribunal

Issued on: 03/06/2020 – 15:09Modified: 03/06/2020 – 15:09 A French court on Wednesday ordered Rwandan genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga be handed over to a United Nations tribunal for trial. Advertising Read more UN prosecutors accuse Kabuga of bankrolling and arming ethnic Hutu militias that killed 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda during a 100-day period in 1994. He is indicted for genocide and incitement to commit genocide, among other charges. Kabuga, whose arrest in Paris in May ended a manhunt that lasted more than two decades, has called the charges lies. His money and connections helped him avoid arrest as he moved from Rwanda to Switzerland, the former Zaire and Kenya. His lawyers say he will not receive a fair trial at the UN tribunal, which is based in The Hague and in Arusha, Tanzania. They also argue his health is too frail for him to be transferred to the African country,Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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George Floyd killing: Nairobi residents protest police brutality

[unable to retrieve full-text content] In tonight's edition: Kenyans protesting against the police killing an unarmed black man in the US also speak out against the number of Africans who have dies during security forces' heavy handed enforcement of coronavirus curfews. In DR Congo churches are finding new ways to communicate with worshippers in order to practice their faith. And finally South Africa&#Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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South Africa lifts liquor ban, school openings delayed

Issued on: 01/06/2020 – 22:28Modified: 01/06/2020 – 22:29 In tonight's edition: Many South Africans lined up outside liquor stores and celebrated with cheers as alcohol sales were allowed again after a two-month ban because of the coronavirus outbreak. For schools, the government postponed the planned opening of the two grades for another week so that under-prepared schools could make preparations like issuing protective clothing to Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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