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Algeria cuts diplomatic ties with neighboring Morocco over the latter’s ‘hostile acts’
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Algeria cuts diplomatic ties with neighboring Morocco over the latter’s ‘hostile acts’

Algeria has formally cut diplomatic ties with neighboring Morocco over the latter’s ‘hostile acts’. The decision was revealed on Tuesday by Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra who said the move was due to a series of hostile acts by Morocco. The announcement comes nearly a week after President Abdelmadjid Tebboune told a meeting of Algeria’s High […]

Unrest in South Africa: A Coordinated Strategy of Chaos
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Unrest in South Africa: A Coordinated Strategy of Chaos

The situation worsened when violence broke out after Former President Jacob Zuma began serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court. He had refused to comply with a court order to testify at a state-backed inquiry investigating allegations of corruption while he was president from 2009 to 2018. The other charge was corruption in a $2 billion dollar arms deal. When President Zuma was in power, an Indian corporate house (now in exile in Dubai) allegedly close to them was charged with corruption and undue influence over the functioning of his government.

Nigeria – Armed attackers kidnap 140 students from a High School in Kaduna state; 1,000 students abducted since December
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Nigeria – Armed attackers kidnap 140 students from a High School in Kaduna state; 1,000 students abducted since December

Armed attackers stormed the Bethel Baptist High School on Monday located in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state in Nigeria’s northwest. The attackers opened fire and overpowered security guards after storming the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna state in the early hours of Monday, abducting most of the 165 pupils boarding there […]

Sahel: France’s troop withdrawal could create a security vacuum and a playground for Al Qaeda
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Sahel: France’s troop withdrawal could create a security vacuum and a playground for Al Qaeda

French President Emmanuel Macron in his address to the press on 10 June said: “The continuation of our commitment in the Sahel will not be in the same way. Following consultations with our partners, we will initiate a profound transformation of our military presence in the Sahel. We will keep a counter-terrorism pillar with Special […]

France did nothing to stop the 1994 genocide while the world looked away, says Rwandan report
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France did nothing to stop the 1994 genocide while the world looked away, says Rwandan report

Earlier this week, a report commissioned by Rwanda said the French government “bears significant responsibility for having enabled a foreseeable genocide” in 1994. The report said: “From its knowledge of massacres of civilians conducted by the government and its allies to the daily dehumanization of the Tutsi…the French government could see that genocide was coming. […]

Thousands of Algerians join the renewed ‘Hirak’ movement to demand change in political system
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Thousands of Algerians join the renewed ‘Hirak’ movement to demand change in political system

Nationwide protests emerged against then-Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after his nomination for a fifth term sparked mass outrage from citizens
The citizens were frustrated with growing corruption, sluggish economy and lack of freedom in a country besieged by the clout of the military and the islamists.
Bouteflika resigned on 2 April 2019 after months of mass protests. However, the Hirak members were unsatisfied with the resignation as they demanded a change in the entire system.
New President Tebboune signed a decree adopting a new constitution but protesters allege that the army remains the center of power behind a civilian facade led by Tebboune.
Though Arab Spring has ended in countries where it began, the flame of the spring is being kept alive by the Hirak movement.
The Hirak pro-democracy movement is important for a country which has long felt trapped between the Military controlled regime and the Islamists.

Egypt retrieves 5,000 ancient artefacts from US which were fraudulently acquired
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Egypt retrieves 5,000 ancient artefacts from US which were fraudulently acquired

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced on Wednesday that it had retrieved some 5,000 ancient items from the United States, after years of negotiations to return what it said were fraudulently acquired items. The items, totalling nearly 5,000, mainly consisted of manuscripts but also included funeral masks, parts of coffins and the heads of […]

Facebook accused of ‘interference’ in upcoming general elections in Uganda
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Facebook accused of ‘interference’ in upcoming general elections in Uganda

Facebook has shut a slew of accounts belonging to Ugandan government officials accusing them of seeking to manipulate public debate ahead of Jan 14 general elections
Incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, 76, is facing a stiff challenge from the popstar-turned-politician Bobi Wine, 38.
Museveni’s senior press secretary Don Wanyama, who saw both his Facebook and Instagram account shut down, accused the company of seeking to influence the election.
Yoweri Museveni has long accused foreign organisations and elements of backing Wine in a bid to remove his government.
Social media giants have come under increasing scrutiny over the content they allow on their networks.