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  1. Moroccan authorities have arrested a Uygur activist in exile based on a Chinese terrorism warrant distributed by Interpol, according to information from Moroccan police and a rights group that tracks people detained by China.Activists fear Yidiresi Aishan will be extradited to China, and say the arrest is politically driven and part of a broader Chinese campaign to hunt down perceived dissidents outside its borders.Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security said on Tuesday that a…
  2. Tunisia’s president said his suspension of parliament and firing of the prime minister were to restore order and retake the country from “thieves”, dismissing claims he orchestrated a coup in the Arab spring’s birthplace.Kais Saied’s comments – a staunch defence of his moves a day earlier – came as he ordered a 7pm to 6am curfew through August 27 and barred public gatherings for more than three people. The combined steps have rattled the nation’s already brittle democracy and thrust it into…
  3. The United States on Monday voiced alarm over the Tunisian president’s sacking of the government and urged the birthplace of the Arab spring not to give up its nascent democracy.“Tunisia must not squander its democratic gains. The United States will continue to stand on the side of Tunisia’s democracy,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.The United States has been in contact with Tunisian officials “to stress that solutions to Tunisia’s political and economic troubles should be based on…
  4. Ethiopia’s Amhara state on Sunday called on “all young people” to take up arms against Tigrayan fighters who are battling the federal government military and forces from all of Ethiopia’s other nine regions.The call for mass mobilisation against Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters – who Amhara’s military said were now attacking the state – continues the eight-month-old war and instability in the Horn of Africa country.“I call on all young people, militia, non-militia in the region,…
  5. Tunisia faced its biggest crisis in a decade of democracy on Monday after President Kais Saied ousted the government and froze parliament in a move that was labelled a coup by foes including influential Islamists.It follows months of deadlock and disputes between Saied, a political independent, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and a fragmented parliament as Tunisia has descended deeper into an economic crisis exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, the head of…
  6. For eight consecutive weeks, Africa has witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases, worsened by the rapidly spreading Delta variant that has been found in 26 African countries and lagging vaccinations on the continent.There has been cause for hope in the past week after the rate of new cases slowed – falling 1.7 per cent to nearly 282,000 in the week ending July 18 – driven by a sharp drop in South Africa, which accounts for a third of the continent’s reported new cases, according to the World…
  7. Two Chinese nationals face military prosecution for ordering two Congolese soldiers to inflict “degrading and humiliating treatment” on illegal Congolese miners in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said on Saturday.“Two Chinese used two soldiers of the FARDC (DR Congo’s armed forces) to beat up and mistreat Congolese artisanal miners in the mine,” army spokesman Leon-Richard Kasonga said in a statement.Condemning “vehemently” the incident on Tuesday, “the army proceeded to the…
  8. South African language tutor Debbie Odumuko has already survived a shoot-out in a grocery store since fighting between rival taxi drivers resurfaced in Cape Town in early July.But walking alone at night alongside the highway to get home now that most taxis have stopped running has left her equally terrified of being assaulted.Getting to and from work has become risky for Odumuko, 49, but the thought of staying home and not being able to feed her four children kept her up at night as she lay in…
  9. A court in Rwanda said on Thursday that it would issue its verdict next month in the trial of detained Hotel Rwanda activist turned government critic Paul Rusesabagina, who is charged with terrorism in a case denounced as political by his supporters.Prosecutors last month sought a sentence of life in prison against Rusesabagina, who inspired the Hollywood film over his actions during the 1994 genocide that saved the lives of about 1,000 people.Judge Antoine Muhima said the verdict in the trial…
  10. Britain on Thursday sanctioned the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president for misappropriating millions of dollars which London said was spent on luxury mansions, private jets and a US$275,000 glove worn by Michael Jackson.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Teodoro Obiang Mangue, who is also vice-president of Equatorial Guinea, had participated in “corrupt contracting arrangements and soliciting bribes, to fund a lavish lifestyle inconsistent with his official salary as a government minister”…