Africa West Africa World 

Guinea: Ex-leader Alpha Conde released, moved to wife’s home

– – Guinea’s deposed president, Alpha Conde has been released by the ruling military junta after weeks of calls by the international community for that to be done. Mr. Conde is now reported by the soldiers to have been moved to his wife’s home in the capital Conakry. The ruling junta, the National Rally Committee for Development (CNRD), said in a statement broadcast on state television that the former president is now with his wife, Hadja Djene Kaba Condé. The military rulers said they would “continue to provide the former…

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Africa 

Series of appalling deadly attacks on displaced people in DR Congo

In the latest incident carried out by armed groups, UNHCR spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov cited local authorities in saying that 26 people were killed on Sunday at Ndjala site in the Drodro health zone in Ituri province. “Ten women and nine children were among the dead and 11 people were wounded. The attackers used guns, machetes and knives”, he told journalists at the UN in Geneva.  We are appalled by a series of deadly attacks by armed groups on displaced people in eastern DRC. Desperate needs of those impacted include food,…

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Africa 

Sudan: Political parties oppose Hamdok’s reinstatement

President of the Sudan Congress Party on Monday criticized reinstated Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, describing him as “prime minister of the coup”. Generals deposed the country’s transitional civilian government, along with Hamdok, in late October and arrested more than a hundred officials. Mass protests followed the coup, and the generals eventually reinstated Hamdok under military oversight amid international pressure. “It is sad that despite Dr. Hamdok describing what happened as a coup, a political agreement was signed and the preamble of it says that this agreement is based on…

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Africa 

Purity or power: India’s coal quandary

Last updated: 55 minutes ago Thick grey dust hangs in the air and vast chasms are gouged into the land in the Indian coal hub of Singrauli, where giant machines scoop up dirty fuel to power the country’s growth while worsening its pollution blight. The open-cast mines of Singrauli epitomise the economic and environmental dilemma faced by the world’s second-most populous nation, which led the opposition to phasing out coal at this month’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. India’s resistance on the issue is driven by its desire to distribute…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Calls to lift ex-Zambian president’s immunity spark debates

– – Zambia’s investigative wings have started arresting political leaders in the former ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party, who are believed to have committed crimes, such as misappropriation of funds, attempted murder and others. Among those arrested in November are former Defence Minister, Davis Chama, for attempted murder of a member of the now ruling United Party for National Development (UPND), during a bye-election in 2015. Other include former ministers, Ronald Chitotela and Nickson Chilangwa, who are connected with the violence-related incident recorded on voting day on August 12 this…

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Africa 

Morocco suspends all incoming flights

In Morocco, the suspension of all incoming flights from this Tuesday has come into effect. The suspension comes in response to the new Omicron variant and will be in place for two weeks. For many, like Charleroi resident Mohamed Bekkaoui, it meant a last minute scramble to travel on Monday night . “We are going to Charleroi. We already had tickets to travel on Sunday, but yesterday at 8 p.m., my son asked me to go to Rabat urgently. That’s what we did. Luckily we found transport” he said. Another…

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Africa 

DRC: National championships of wheelchair basketball

In Goma, provincial capital of North Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the 3rd edition of the national championship of wheelchair basketball was held on Sunday, November 28, at the Paralympic Stadium omnisports by the provincial authorities. The sporting activity was on the theme: together for the social inclusion of people with disabilities through sports and decent work”. “The fact of practicing sport will give a certain open-mindedness to our friends in situation of handicap. The fact that they are here today, for example, with these…

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Africa 

China’s president promises Africa 1bn Covid vaccine doses

China’s president pledged to offer Africa one billion Covid vaccine doses on Monday, with the continent struggling to acquire enough jabs to immunize against the disease. In a speech made via video link to a China-Africa summit near Senegal’s capital Dakar, President Xi Jinping said his country would donate 600 million doses directly. Further 400 million doses would come from other sources, such as investments in production sites, which are sorely lacking across much of Africa. Xi’s promise comes as part of a forum between China and African states with…

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Africa 

Lebanese block a highway with burning tires during a protest in Beirut

Last updated: 10 hours ago Scores of protesters closed major roads in different parts of Lebanon on Monday to express anger against the country’s political class amid a worsening economic crisis and harsh living conditions. The road closures with burning tires were seen mainly in the capital Beirut, the northern city of Tripoli, the southern port city of Sidon and the eastern Bekaa valley. Lebanon’s economic crisis deteriorated in recent weeks with the Lebanese pound hitting new lows of 25,800 to the U.S. dollar, eradicating purchase power of most the…

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Africa 

Botswana loses court bid to revoke gay rights

Botswana’s government on Monday lost a legal attempt to overturn a landmark ruling that decriminalized homosexuality. The country’s High Court in 2019 ruled in favor of campaigners seeking to strike down jail sentences for same-sex relationships, declaring the punishment to be unconstitutional. But the government sought to revoke the ruling, arguing that the courts had no jurisdiction in this matter. “Since the appellant’s grounds of appeal have been unsuccessful… the appeal must fall,” Botswana’s Court of Appeal ruled on Monday. It had started hearing the case in October. Homosexuality had…

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