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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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Jihadists launch deadly attack on Niger refugee camp, UN says

Issued on: 01/06/2020 – 18:21Modified: 01/06/2020 – 18:21 Jihadists carried out a coordinated attack on a camp housing thousands of Malian refugees in western Niger, killing three civilians, abducting a guard and sabotaging the water supply, the United Nations said Monday. Advertising Read more Around 50 jihadists launched a "well-planned operation" against the Intikane refugee camp in the Tahoua region on Sunday afternoon, the UN refugee agency UNHCR in Niamey told AFP. The three victims were the head of a refugee committee, the head of a refugee vigilance group, and a representative of a Tahoua nomadic group, the UNHCR said. The town of Intikane is home to some 20,000 Malian refugees and 15,000 internally displaced Niger citizens — all of whom fled their villages due to jihadist violence — as well as the local population. "The jihadists inflicted damage on the camp's facilities, in particularly emptying the food supplies and destroying the system which supplies drinki..

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DR Congo declares new Ebola outbreak

Issued on: 01/06/2020 – 16:27Modified: 01/06/2020 – 16:38 Democratic Republic of Congo declared a new Ebola epidemic on Monday in the western city of Mbandaka, more than 1,000 km (620 miles) away from an ongoing outbreak of the same deadly virus in the east. Advertising Read more Health Minister Eteni Longondo said four people who died in Mbandaka were confirmed as positive cases following testing at the national biomedical laboratory in the capital Kinshasa. "We have a new Ebola epidemic in Mbandaka," Longondo told reporters. "We are going to very quickly send them the vaccine and medicine.” The outbreak was confirmed by World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who tweeted: "This outbreak is a reminder that #COVID19 is not the only health threat people face.” Congo has been struggling to put an end to a nearly two-year-old Ebola outbreak near its eastern Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Militants target Burkina Faso market, aid convoy in deadly attacks

Issued on: 31/05/2020 – 22:34Modified: 31/05/2020 – 22:43 Militants in Burkina Faso attacked a cattle market and a humanitarian convoy, killing at least 35 people, the government said on Sunday. Advertising Read more The latest violence underscores deep instability in parts of Burkina Faso, which has been battling armed groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State since 2017. Twenty-five people were killed and more wounded in the attack on the market in the eastern village of Kompienga, while five civilians and five military police were killed near the northern village of Foube, the government said in a statement. Armed groups "targeted a humanitarian convoy returning from Foube after delivering supplies", it said. A further 20 people were wounded in the convoy attack, it said. No group has claimed responsibility. Hundreds have been killed in the past year in the Sahel nation, and moer than half a million people have fled their homes due to the violence, whiRead More – ..

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Armed terrorists stage deadly attack on convoy of traders in Burkina Faso

Issued on: 30/05/2020 – 16:28Modified: 30/05/2020 – 16:28 At least 15 people were killed in northern Burkina Faso in an attack on a convoy transporting traders in a town in northern Burkina Faso on Friday, the government said on Saturday. Advertising Read more "The provisional toll mentions 15 dead, wounded and people missing as well as significant material damage," said Burkina Faso's Communications Minister Remis Fulgance Dandjinou. The attack in Loroum province, Dandjinou added, was carried out by "armed terrorists", shorthand for jihadists. "Military reinforcements were deployed and searches are under way," he said. Dangerous road The victims were mainly traders who came from Titao, around 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of the capital, Ouagadougou, when their vehicles were intercepted by "armed individuals", a Titao resident said. He added the attack occurred around 5pm local time Friday. "The lorries were escorted by 'koglweogo' (local self-defence m..

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Ivory Coast’s ‘rebel city’ of Bouaké looks to the future

Issued on: 29/05/2020 – 17:51Modified: 29/05/2020 – 17:55 Our reporters returned to the city of Bouaké, in Ivory Coast, which was held for 10 years by the northern rebellion during the First Ivorian Civil War. This metropolis, located in the centre of the country, now wants to move on from years of conflict and ditch its label of "rebel city". Advertising As early as 2002, Bouaké, the second-largest city in Ivory Coast, was occupied by rebel movements opposed to President Laurent Gbagbo, who was elected in 2000. Supported by Burkina Faso, these troops took control of the northern half of the country and made Bouaké their capital for more than 10 years. At the time, UN peacekeepers supervised the dividing line between the north and south of the country. On November 6, 2004, the bombing of French troops from Operation Licorne by the Ivorian governmental air force sealed Bouaké's name in the collective imagination as the "rebel city". Major works Twenty years on, the city has..

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