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Women, children among those killed in Libyan airstrikes

Women and children dominate the death toll from the latest air strikes that took place in southern Libya. Libyan officials say at least 16 people were killed in two air attacks within 72 hours with government blaming forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Haftar. The Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Libya’s capital, Tripoli gave further details saying at least five children were killed. 10 others were also reported wounded from the attack that took place on Sunday during an air raid in Al-Swani, a residential area south of…

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Dozens killed after bus fell off cliff in Tunisia

Tunisian officials have said that at least 26 people were killed and 18 more injured when a bus fell off a cliff on Sunday. The bus fell into a ravine in the country’s north, while heading from Tunis to the picturesque mountain town of Ain Draham. The mountain town, near the Algerian border is well known as a popular autumn destination for tourists. The interior ministry said the bus with 43 people on board was travelling through the Ain Snoussi region at the time of the accident. Tunisia’s health ministry…

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Africa North Africa Sudan World 

Sudan dissolves party of ex-leader Omar al-Bashir

Sudan has passed a law dissolving the party of former leader Omar al-Bashir. The Sudanese transitional authorities approved the law on Thursday to dissolve the former ruling party. A law was also passed repealing a public order law that regulated women’s behaviour under Omar al-Bashir regime. Sudan’s justice minister, Nasredeen Abdelbari said the law to dissolve Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP) also allows for the party’s assets to be seized. These moves according to local media are meant to “dismantle” the former regime. Bashir who seized power in a 1989…

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More African refugees from Libya arrive in Rwanda

More African migrants trapped in Libya and seeking refuge have arrived in Rwanda as part of a resettlement program. Those who arrived over the weekend are part of the third batch of refugees, who have been held in detention centres in Libya. The third group had 116 refugees and asylum seekers who were safely evacuated from Libya. Rwanda’s government said the migrants will be staying at Gashura transit centre, about 55km (34 miles) south of the capital, Kigali. That is the same place were the previous 189 refugees and asylum…

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Morocco pulls out as host of African Para Games in 2020

Morocco has pulled out of hosting the maiden African Para Games slated for 26 to 31 January 2020. The country’s capital city of Rabat was to host the first ever African Para Games to develop the game. According to a letter from the African Paralympic Committee (APC) sent to the National Paralympic Committee of the various countries, the decision was made due to unresolved issues between the APC and Moroccan authorities. Morocco accepted to host the African Para Multi-Sport Competition after a protocol agreement was signed in the presence of…

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Morocco’s king pardons journalist jailed for ‘having abortion’

Morocco’s king Mohammed VI has pardoned a female journalist jailed for allegedly having an “illegal” abortion. Hajar Raissouni, 28 was also accused of having sexual relations outside of her marriage and jailed for a year in September. Her Sudanese fiance and gynaecologist have also been jailed one and two-years, respectively over the issue. But an anaesthetist and medical assistance who were allegedly involved in carrying out the abortion were given suspended sentences of a year and eight months, respectively. The justice ministry said on Wednesday that the king’s intervention in…

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Tunisian MP in court for ‘masturbating’ near a school

A Tunisian lawmaker is facing charges after he was caught on video masturbating near a school. Zouheir Makhlouf appeared in court on Monday over the alleged act, after a woman filmed him. A video of the MP has gone viral sparking outrage from women who have sharing their stories of sexual harassment with the hashtag #EnaZeda – or #MeToo in Tunisian dialect. Zouheir Makhlouf, won a seat in Tunisia’s October 6 general election to represent Nabeul, a coastal town 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the capital Tunis. Makhlouf belongs to…

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Tunisians elect a law professor as new president

Tunisian voters have elected a retired law professor, Kais Saied as their new president after Sunday’s presidential run-off poll. Saied is set to become Tunisia’s next president after securing over 70 percent of votes in the run-off election. He beat his only challenger in the election, media mogul Nabil Karoui, who is facing charges of money laundering and tax fraud. The electoral commission announced that Saied, 61, secured 73% of votes in the run-off election. Saied has since the announcement of his electoral victory appeared in front of jubilant supporters…

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Africa Egypt North Africa Technology World 

Egypt launches ICT project for persons with disability in Africa

Egypt has launched a project in Information and Communication Technologies ICT aimed at empowering Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in Africa. Over 120 African youth have so far benefited from a fully funded ICT project which entailed a comprehensive training program coordinated by the National Academy of Information Technology for persons with disabilities (NAID) in Cairo. Under the fully funded grant beneficiaries have so far taken courses in two batches of 60. The trainees were drawn from countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya and Zanzibar. The…

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Tunisians vote for new president in run-off poll

Tunisians started voting on Sunday for a new president in a second and final round of the country’s presidential election. Voters are choosing between a media mogul and a retired law professor to help sustain the country’s democracy. Law professor Kais Saied and detained media mogul Nabil Karoui emerged as outsiders in the first round of voting to head into the presidential run-off vote. Nabil Karoui, was only released from detention on Wednesday after spending most of the election campaign behind bars. He has been accused of corruption and is…

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