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Pan African Parliament’s session abandoned – again

Pan African Parliament’s session abandoned – again

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER THE Pan African Parliament (PAP) session called to elect a new president descended into chaos for the second day running and led to its cancellation. The session collapsed after the South and North African caucuses insisted that the elections could only take place if there was agreement that the presidency of the institution would be rotated among Africa's five regions. Delegates from the West and Central Africa, were keen for the election to go on. However, after more than an hour of chaos, the seating was adjourned and lights switched off. The African Union is expected to…
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At least 55 killed in DRC attacks – UN

At least 55 killed in DRC attacks – UN

AT least 55 people were killed overnight in two attacks on villages in eastern Congo, the United Nations has revealed, in potentially the worst night of violence the area has seen in at least four years. The army and a local civil rights group blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist armed group, for raiding the village of Tchabi and a camp for displaced people near Boga, another village. Both are close to the border of Uganda. Houses were burned and civilians abducted, the U.N. office for humanitarian affairs said in a statement. Albert Basegu, the head of a…
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Morocco, Spain trade accusations of violating good ‘neighbourliness’

Morocco, Spain trade accusations of violating good ‘neighbourliness’

MOROCCO and Spain traded new accusations yesterday in a diplomatic row triggered by the Western Sahara territorial issue that led this month to a migration crisis in Spain's enclave in northern Morocco. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez described Morocco's actions in appearing to relax border controls with the enclave of Ceuta as unacceptable and an assault on national borders. Morocco's Foreign Ministry meanwhile blamed Spain for breaking "mutual trust and respect", drawing parallels between the issues of Western Sahara and Spain's Catalonia region, where there is an independence movement. The dispute was sparked by Spain admitting Western Sahara independence movement…
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Somaliland’s 1st vote since 2005

Somaliland’s 1st vote since 2005

ABDIQANI HASSAN SOMALIA’S breakaway Somaliland region held its first parliamentary election for 16 years yesterday, in what politicians there describe as evidence of its comparative stability. Official portrait of Somaliland President Muse Bihi. Picture: Wikimedia Commons The region, which broke away from Somalia in 1991 but has not gained widespread international recognition for its independence, has been largely peaceful while the rest of Somalia has suffered three decades of civil war. "Vote in peace," President Musi Bihi said in televised remarks after casting his ballot. Opposition leader Abdirahman Mohamed Abdulahi echoed the sentiment: "I urge the Somaliland people to vote…
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Zuma pleads not guilty to fraud, graft charges

Zuma pleads not guilty to fraud, graft charges

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER FORMER president Jacob Zuma has pleaded not guilty to 18 charges which include fraud, corruption, racketeering in connection with the multi-billion arms deal. Zuma, appearing alongside Thales, the French arms manufacturer, told Judge Piet Koen that he understands all the charges and said: “I plead not guilty.” Zuma's plea came after leading state prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer laid out, to the court, the case against the former president. The first charge is that Zuma participated in a criminal enterprise between 1995 and 2001. Downer said the 2nd charge against Zuma was that between 1995 and 2005 he…
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‘Coup within coup’ plunges Mali into a crisis

‘Coup within coup’ plunges Mali into a crisis

PAUL LORGERIE and TIEMOKO DIALLO INTERNATIONAL pressure increased on Mali's military leaders to free the president and prime minister, a day after their arrest deepened a political crisis and threatened to derail a transition to democratic elections. President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane have been detained at a military base outside the capital Bamako since Monday evening. French President Emmanuel Macron condemned what he said was a "coup within a coup" and raised the threat of targeted sanctions. The two men were in charge of a transitional government created after a military takeover in August that ousted President…
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Darfur: Amal Clooney calls for more charges

Darfur: Amal Clooney calls for more charges

TOBY STERLING HUMAN rights lawyer Amal Clooney has argued that prosecutors should consider additional charges of sexual violence for a man accused of atrocities including rape, torture and murder during the 2003-2004 conflict in Darfur. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is holding hearings on whether to confirm 31 charges against Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, who prosecutors say was responsible for atrocities as senior leader of thousands of pro-government "Janjaweed" fighters in Sudan. On Monday, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said evidence showed Abd-Al-Rahman was a commander known as Ali Kushayb who led attacks on villages and was implicated in more than 300…
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Earthquake raise fears of second volcano eruption

Earthquake raise fears of second volcano eruption

AN earthquake measuring 5.3 magnitude rocked the borderlands between Rwanda and Congo this morning, the Rwandan Seismic Monitor said, raising worries about a fresh eruption following one on Saturday that killed at least 32 people. On Saturday Democratic Republic of Congo's Mount Nyiragongo, one of the world's most active and dangerous volcanoes, erupted sending a river of lava downhill towards Goma, a city of some two million people. The area has experienced repeated tremors since then, and the lava lake in the volcano's crater appears to have refilled, raising fears of new fissures or another eruption, the United Nations Refugee…
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Soldiers detain hundreds in Tigray

Soldiers detain hundreds in Tigray

GUILIA PARAVICINI and KATHERINE HOURELD ERITREAN and Ethiopian soldiers forcibly detained more than 500 young men and women from four camps for displaced people in the town of Shire in the northern region of Tigray on Monday night, three aid workers and a doctor told Reuters. The soldiers arrived at around 11 p.m. and loaded hundreds of people onto trucks, the humanitarians and the doctor said, citing witnesses' accounts. Several men were beaten, their phones and money confiscated, one of the aid workers said. One man who lives in one of the camps, and hid during the incursion, said soldiers…
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17 Ugandan activists, freed

17 Ugandan activists, freed

ELIAS BIRYABAREMA A Ugandan court released on bail 17 of 35 opposition activists detained since the start of the year in what activists have described as a crackdown on dissent linked to a January election. The group, all supporters of singer-turned-opposition leader Bobi Wine, were originally detained on December 30 for violating COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. When a civilian court ordered their release, their case was transferred to a military court, where they then faced firearms charges after police said they found four bullets at the home of one of the 32 men. Andrew Gutti, head of the military court,…
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