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Former FRANCE 24 correspondent Moncef Aït Kaci, technician Ramdane Rahmouni released in Algeria

Issued on: 29/07/2020 – 17:06 Moncef Aït Kaci, who was until recently FRANCE 24s correspondent in Algeria, and technician Ramdane Rahmouni were released on Wednesday after having been detained the previous evening. Advertising Read more Aït Kacis lawyer said earlier that he was unable to provide details on the charges or the reasons for the arrest. He added that Aït Kaci did have a problem with his press accreditation from the Algerian authorities. Aït Kaci and Rahmouni worked together on FRANCE 24s July 4 interview with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. Their detention sparked swift calls for their release from FRANCE 24 management as well as from press freedom groups and Algerian journalists on social media. In a Twitter post in French, Paris-based NGO Reporters Without Borders said it was “deeply concerned about the increased suppression of press freedom in Algeria”, warning that the Algerian authorities “are sinking into a spiral of repression, where new arbitra..

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Seven babies die in one night at Zimbabwe hospital due to staff crisis

[unable to retrieve full-text content] In tonight's edition: Seven out of eight babies are delivered stillborn in a single night at a Zimbabwean hospital. A UN report says migrants face violence by African officials. And as Muslims around the Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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IMF approves $4.3 bn to help South Africa fight COVID-19

Issued on: 28/07/2020 – 23:06 EYE ON AFRICA © FRANCE 24 In tonight's edition: The International Monetary Fund said it had approved $4.3 billion in aid to South Africa to help the country fight the coronavirus pandemic. South Africa has the largest number of detected COVID-19 cases. And Tunisian-French lawyer Gisèle Halimi died in Paris this Tuesday at the age of 93. The feminist activist, who fought for womens' rights in France, initially became knRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Tanzania opposition figure returns home from exile to challenge president

[unable to retrieve full-text content] In tonight's edition: A new round of violence in Darfur has killed more than 60 people according to the UN. Sudan's Prime minister says troops will be sent into the conflict-stricken region. He was riddled with bullets before seeking exile in Beligum – but a political giant in Tanzania has now returned home. Tundu LissuRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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ECOWAS West Africa bloc gets tough on Mali with push for 31 MPs to resign

Issued on: 27/07/2020 – 18:30 West African leaders on Monday adopted a tough four-point plan in a bid to resolve Mali's political crisis, including calling for the resignations of 31 parliamentarians elected in disputed polls and for the swift creation of a unity government. Advertising Read more In a statement issued after an extraordinary video summit, heads of the 15-nation, West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, stood by Mali's embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. But the bloc also called for a unity government to be "established rapidly" and urged the opposition to join it. Addressing demands by protestors that Keita quit, the bloc maintained Mali's democratic constitution had to be respected, and asked an ECOWAS commission "to consider sanctions against all those who act contrary to the normalisation process of the crisis." EN NW SOT ISSOUFOU ECOWASCopy01 The four-point plan included holding new elections for 31 parliamentary seats which were conte..

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Prominent journalist denied bail in Zimbabwe

"He has been denied bail on the basis that he is a danger to the public and that, if he is released, he will continue advocating for violent protests," Chin'ono's representative, Beatrice Mtetwa, said. "Justice delivery has been severely compromised. We will naturally be appealing to the High Court," she added. Chin'ono was arrested Monday alongside opposition leader Jacob Ngarivhume, accused of encouraging citizens on social media to "participate in public violence" during a protest scheduled to take place next Friday. Both Chin'ono and Ngarivhume — who was also denied bail on Thursday — have denied the allegations. The award-winning journalist was most recently working on allegations of corruption relating to the procurement of Covid-19 supplies by the health ministry, according to Amnesty International which accused the Zimbabwe government of using state's security forces to silence critics.In a statement, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Right..

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Dozens killed in fresh wave of violence in Nigeria

The sporadic attacks have gripped the region since January and caused the displacement of hundreds of residents, according to human rights group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), which has a base in Kaduna."At least 27 people were killed within a 24-hour period between 19 and 20 July in attacks by armed assailants of Fulani ethnicity on communities in southern Kaduna state," CSW said."The attacks are a part of a campaign of violence targeting communities in southern Kaduna which has been ongoing since January 2020, and is characterised by murder, looting, rape, abductions for ransom and forced displacement," the group added.Dr. Elias Manza, chairperson of the Zango Kataf local government area in Kaduna state, told CNN that the region had been targeted by militants in at least three separate attacks across the last month. "We suspect Fulani militia for these attacks…the people of the village said they identified some of the attackers to be the Fulanis," he said.In a statement, the c..

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Uganda reports its first death from Covid-19

The Seychelles and Eritrea are now the only countries in Africa not to have reported a Covid-19 death, according to John Hopkins University data.The patient was a 33-year-old Ugandan woman, from Namisindwa District, who was admitted to hospital on July 15 and treated for severe pneumonia after suffering Covid-19 symptoms. She died on July 21, the Ministry of Health said on Twitter on Thursday.So far 30 of her contacts have been traced and placed under quarantine by local health authorities, the ministry said. They will be monitored for 14 days and tested for the virus."The listed contacts so far include family members, and healthcare workers. The process of contact identification and listing is still ongoing, and we believe the number of contacts may increase as the extensive epidemiological investigation evolves," the ministry added. Stringent lockdown restrictions Since the pandemic began, 1,079 Ugandans have tested positive for Covid-19, Ministry of Health figures showed Thursday...

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Dozens killed in Darfur as Sudan prepares to send troops to troubled region

Issued on: 27/07/2020 – 05:33 UN officials on Sunday reported a fresh massacre of more than 60 people in Sudan's West Darfur, as the country's prime minister promised fresh troops for the conflict-stricken region. Advertising Read more Attackers targeted members of the local Masalit community, looting and burning houses and part of the local market, a statement said. Around 500 armed men attacked Masteri Town, north of Beida, in Darfur on Saturday afternoon, said the statement from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). "This was one of the latest of a series of security incidents reported over the last week that left several villages and houses burned, markets and shops looted, and infrastructure damaged," said the statement, from the OCHA's Khartoum office. Following Saturday's attack on Masteri, around 500 local people staged a protest demanding more protection from the authorities. On Sunday, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdo..

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Central African Republic’s ousted leader Bozizé to run for president again

Issued on: 25/07/2020 – 20:12 The Central African Republic's former president François Bozizé on Saturday announced he would run in a presidential election in December, a high-risk vote in an impoverished country that has been ravaged by civil war since his overthrow in 2013. Advertising Read more Bozizé, who returned from exile in Uganda in mid-December, was chosen to be his party's candidate at a congress in Bangui. "I solemnly accept the task you have assigned me," he told supporters, announcing he would run in CAR's presidential election in December. The former president took power after a 2003 coup, before being overthrown himself 10 years later by Michel Djotodia, head of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebellion in the predominantly Christian country. Since then, the poor landlocked country has spiralled into bloodshed, marked by vicious intercommunal violence. France intervened militarily in its former colony from 2013 to 2016 to push out the Seleka, wind..

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