Africa 

New film shines light on Russian military contractors in CAR

Thousands of people flocked Bangui’s main stadium to attend the premiere of a Russian-Central African production. The “Tourist” focuses on the role of military contractors dispatched by Moscow to train Bangui’s security forces – in pacifying the country torn apart by years of fighting. “I must tell you that during the work of the Russian inspectors, they were able to train the Central African Army very well. They displayed their combat capability,” said Alexandre Ivanov who represented the head of the instructors at the event. President Faustin-Archange Touadera’s government largely…

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Mosque in Gaza hit by an Israeli air strike

Last updated: 8 minutes ago People inspect the rubble of the Qlebo mosque at the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, destroyed by an Israeli airstrike. The sharp uptick in violence, now in its sixth day, claimed more dead as clashes also swept the occupied West Bank. Israeli fighter jets struck several sites in the densely-populated Gaza Strip, which it has blockaded for more than a decade. Palestinian militants responded with volleys of rockets into Israel, killing a man near Tel Aviv. Tor Wennesland, the UN Middle East…

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Sudan army men held for killing protestors

Sudan’s military said Saturday it has handed over to the attorney general the findings of an investigation into the killing of two demonstrators at a recent rally that called for justice for victims of violence against protesters in 2019. The Sudan Tribune reported separately that seven army personnel had been arrested and were due to be handed to prosecutors for interrogation, citing the Attorney General. On Tuesday, several hundred protesters gathered outside the army headquarters in Khartoum to mark two years since the violent dispersal at the same location of…

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Students protest against Colombian government

Last updated: 46 minutes ago Hundreds of people took to the streets of the Colombian capital Bogota on Saturday in a further outbreak of anti-government protests. The majority of demonstrators were students, who have been at the forefront of the unrest. The protests erupted towards the end of last month when unions called people onto the streets after President Iván Duque’s government tried to raise taxes. The administration withdrew the proposal four days later, after protests that drew thousands, but it was not enough to quell the discontent that had…

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Hundreds rally in Tunisia in support of Palestinians

Demonstrations were held Saturday in Tunis and several Tunisian cities in support of the Palestinians and to demand the intervention of the international community to stop the “crimes” of Israeli forces. The death toll in Gaza rose to 149, including 41 children on Sunday, health authorities said, as Israel launched ‘most intense raids yet’. Hundreds of demonstrators draped in Palestinian flags gathered in the center of the capital Tunis, before marching on the emblematic avenue Habib Bourguiba, under police surveillance, a journalist from AFP noted. Among the slogans of the…

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African countries hope to secure badly needed lending in Paris

African and European leaders, as well as heads of multilateral lenders and institutions, will meet in Paris on Tuesday to try to find new solutions to financing Africa’s development needs. The “Summit on Financing African Economies” will be hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. The International Monetary Fund has projected that Africa was likely to face a financing gap of 290 billion dollars by 2023. Although the continent experienced its first recession in half a century last year (-2.1%), growth is expected to rebound by 3.4% in 2021 and 4%…

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Foreign fighters remain in Libya despite truce – UN chief

The U.N. chief has said foreign fighters and mercenaries remain in Libya in violation of last October’s cease-fire agreement and called for their withdrawal. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a report to the U.N. Security Council obtained Friday by The Associated Press that the smooth transfer of power to a new interim government, which took power in March, “brings renewed hope for the reunification of the country and its institutions and for a lasting peace.” The U.N. estimated in December that there were at least 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries…

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Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces in Hebron

Last updated: 13 hours ago Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces in the city centre of the West Bank town of Hebron. The most intense hostilities in seven years between Israel and Gaza’s armed groups were triggered by weekend unrest at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, which is sacred to both Muslims and Jews. Palestinian protesters set barricades on fire and Israeli forces fire tear gas during clashes in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Shuafat, next to the Israeli settlement of Ramat Shlomo, in east Jerusalem. More about Sourced from Africanews

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Congo sentences 30 to death over Ramadan clashes

Thirty people have been sentenced to death in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for their role in the violence against the police that marked the end of Ramadan in the capital Kinshasa on Thursday, judicial sources said. The verdict was pronounced in the early hours of Saturday morning after a hastily conducted trial that began Friday in Kinshasa. A lawyer confirmed the sentences. They were charged with criminal association, rebellion, assault and battery, as well as attempted murder. Five people were acquitted. Congo imposed a moratorium on executions in…

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Palestinian firefighters intervene at the scene of an Israeli strike

Last updated: 8 hours ago Palestinian firefighters battle a blaze following an Israeli strike on the town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. Israel pounded the Gaza Strip overnight killing 10 members of an extended family while rockets smashed into Israel Saturday, amid violence in the West Bank and as a US envoy arrived for talks. Israeli strikes hit the Jala Tower in the Gaza Strip, a 13-floor building housing Qatari television station Al-Jazeera and the American news agency Associated Press. More about Sourced from Africanews

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