Africa 

Algeria: Interim president calls for dialogue [The Morning Call]

Algeria’s Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah has called for a dialogue this Monday with the country’s political class. It is not clear what this meeting will be about but some members of the country’s political class have already rejected the initiative. This comes even after Bensalah seems to be resolving the national political crisis. Two close associates of former leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika are currently under investigation, for money laundering issues. But the protest movement doesn’t seem to be moved by any of this. They continue to demand for the removal of…

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Africa 

Malians await new government [The Morning Call]

Malians are awaiting the formation of a new government. This follows the resignation of Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga last week on Thursday amid criticism over growing insecurity in the country. He stepped down four weeks after a massacre of more than 150 Fulani herdsmen in the central part of the country. The prime minister did not however give reasons behind his departure. But sources indicate, legislators had discussed earlier last week a possible motion of no confidence in the government primarily because of the recent massacre as well as…

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News24.com | Vuwani resident: ‘I won’t vote, what has government done for me? I even have to buy water’

File photo: Vuwani residents burn tyres and block roads in protest against having been rezoned from Makhado. (Joshua Sebola) There is no smoke billowing around Vuwani this time around, nor any burnt tyres or chants from thousands of angry protesters. But the residents of the troubled Limpopo town remain in a silent protest of sorts over their unhappiness of their inclusion in the newly-established Collins Chabane municipality after the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) decided in 2015 to excise a number of areas from under Makhado’s control. As was evident during…

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Africa 

Sport24.co.za | Gatland set to mastermind 2021 Lions against Boks

London – Warren Gatland is set to be reappointed as the British and Irish Lions head coach for the 2021 tour of South Africa, the Sunday Telegraph reported. The British newspaper said the Lions board hoped to agree terms with the experienced New Zealander within a month. Wales coach Gatland oversaw a Six Nations Grand Slam this season but will stand down from that role after the World Cup. The former Ireland coach guided the Lions to a series win in Australia in 2013 and a drawn campaign against world…

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Africa 

Sudan military leadership says formation of military-civilian council being considered

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – The head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council said on Sunday that the formation of a joint military-civilian council — one of the demands put forward by Sudanese activists — was under discussion. In an interview with state TV, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan also confirmed that former President Omar al-Bashir and senior officials from his entourage had been jailed. Reporting by Sami Aboudi, Writing by Aidan Lewis, Editing by William Maclean Please follow and like us:

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Africa 

Attack on Mali army base kills 12 soldiers – local lawmaker

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Gunmen attacked a Malian army base in a dawn raid on Sunday, killing 12 soldiers and burning the camp in west-central Mali, a local lawmaker said. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Central Mali has in the past few years been overrun by jihadists with links to al Qaeda. The unidentified armed assailants attacked the base in Guire district at 0500 local time (0500 GMT) after approaching in a convoy of 11 vehicles, local lawmaker Niame Keita said. “There are casualties, at the moment…

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Pacific 

UN, world leaders, condemn Sri Lanka terrorist attacks targeting churches, hotels, which leave more than 200 dead

According to news reports, three churches were targeted, in the cities of Batticaloa, Negombo, and the capital, Colombo. The Shangri-La, Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and another hotel, all in the capital, were also hit.   So far, no group has claimed responsibility for carrying out the likely suicide bombings, but police have reportedly arrested seven people in connection with the attacks.  The Secretary-General said in a statement that on what was “a sacred day for Christians around the world”, he recalled “the sanctity of all places of worship”. The statement issued by his…

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Africa 

Sudan protest leaders, military to discuss transfer of power to civilian authority

Discussions between military leaders and protest leaders in Sudan on a transfer of power to a civilian authority will continue, announced Saturday evening a leader of the Alliance for Freedom and Change (ALC). “We have clarified our main request, which is the transfer of power to civilian authorities,” Siddiq Youssef, an LAC official, told public television after a meeting with the ruling Transitional Military Council. “This is the main demand of the people’s movement (…) We have agreed to continue negotiations to reach a solution that satisfies both parties, so…

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Africa 

Landslide in northern Malawi kills at least 3, injures dozens

A landslide washed away an entire village in the Rumphi district of northern Malawi, killing at least three people, leaving five missing and dozens wounded in hospital, police said Sunday. Rumphi police spokesman Tupeliwe Kabwilo told AFP that the incessant rains in the region had caused the disaster that devastated the village between the Mphompha hills and Lake Malawi in the early hours of Saturday morning. The dead are two boys aged 12 and 15 and a 35-year-old woman, according to police. Among the missing are a one-year-old boy, two…

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