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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.

Jihadi organisations Boko Haram and an Islamic State affiliate suspected to be behind the massacre of at least 110 farmers in Nigeria
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Jihadi organisations Boko Haram and an Islamic State affiliate suspected to be behind the massacre of at least 110 farmers in Nigeria

Summary: At least 110 farm workers have been killed in northeast Nigeria which the authorities blame on the Islamic Jihadi organisations Boko Haram and IS-affiliated ISWAP. UN says that this was the deadliest attack on civilians this year by the Jihadi group. The United Nations on Monday stated that 110 farmers had been killed by […]

Humanitarian Crisis in Africa: Civil War in Ethiopia’s Tigray region results in exodus
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Humanitarian Crisis in Africa: Civil War in Ethiopia’s Tigray region results in exodus

The UN Refugee Agency reports that over 30,000 Ethiopians have fled ongoing fighting in the Tigray region for safety in Sudan. The humanitarian crisis was brought about by the Violence between Central Government forces and local armies in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Violence between Central Government forces and local armies in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region […]