Africa region

Egypt parliament votes to extend Sisi rule until 2030

April 17, 2019

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Cairo Egypt’s parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved constitutional amendments allowing general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2030, state media reported. Deputies also backed other sweeping changes to the constitution including to give the military greater influence in political life as well as granting Sisi more control over […]

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Fear of army action as Sudan protesters toughen stand

April 16, 2019

Sudanese demonstrators gather during a rally in the area of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 16, 2019. Protesters in Sudan toughened their stance today by calling for the dissolution of the transitional Military Council to replace it immediately with a civilian power. AFP PHOTO Having initially refused to deliver Bashir or […]

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Sudan protesters demand ‘immediate’ civilian rule

April 15, 2019

Sudanese Christians from the Nuba Mountains gather at the protest sight near the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 14, 2019. AFP PHOTO By AFP IN SUMMARY The newly formed 10-member transitional council contains several faces from Bashir’s regime. Himeidti is a field commander for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) counter-insurgency unit, which […]

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I was raised to love our home, says woman who led Sudan protest

April 12, 2019

   Speaking out. Alaa Salah, a Sudanese woman propelled to internet fame earlier this week after clips went viral of her leading powerful protest chants against President Omar al-Bashir, addresses protesters during a demonstration in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 10. AFP PHOTO By AGENCIES IN SUMMARY The wave […]

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African leaders ditched by army amid popular revolts

April 11, 2019

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir takes part in a ceremony in hias honour upon his return from Ethiopa in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on July 30, 2016. AFP PHOTO IN SUMMARY In January 2011 mass protests broke out against Egypt’s leader for nearly three decades, Hosni Mubarak, a former air force commander. After Sudan’s army removed […]

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April 9, 2019

Defiant Sudan protesters seek army talks   Since protests erupted across Sudan in December agents of the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and riot police have cracked down on demonstrators, but the army has not intervened. As thousands of protesters in Khartoum demand President Omar al-Bashir resignation, demonstrators have called for the Sudanese […]

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Rwanda mourns the dead, 25 years since genocide began

April 8, 2019

IN SUMMARY A quarter of a century on, the east African nation has recovered economically, but the trauma still casts a dark shadow Paris has consistently denied complicity in the bloodshed, though former president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2010 acknowledged France had made “serious errors of judgementRwanda mourns the dead, 25 years since genocide began Rwanda […]

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Sudanese protesters clash with security forces outside Bashir’s compound

April 7, 2019

Sudanese demonstrators flash the victory sign as a military police vehicle drives past them during a protest demanding Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to step down in Khartoum, Sudan April 6, 2019. Reuters Thousands of Sudanese protesters clashed with security forces outside President Omar al-Bashir’s residence in central Khartoum on Saturday in what appeared to be […]

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Rwanda to mark 25th anniversary of genocide, as France examines own role

April 7, 2019

Rwanda will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1994 genocide today April 7, 2019. The ceremonies will begin here at the Nyamata Genocide Memorial in Kigali. Rwanda on Sunday commemorates the 25th anniversary of the genocide in which at least 800,000 mainly Tutsi people were beaten, hacked or shot to death in 100 days of […]

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Sudan protesters ‘reach army HQ’ in new anti-government rallies

April 6, 2019

Sudan Protesters in Sudan have been calling for political change [File: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters] Thousands of people have marched in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, with many reaching the army headquarters for the first time since deadly demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir erupted last year, according to reports. The protests began in December as a movement reacting […]

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