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Kenyans voice fury over fuel price hike after subsidies end

Kenyans voiced fury on Thursday at a jump in fuel prices, which threaten to pile on the misery for a population already suffering economic hardship because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Fuel prices are now at record levels after the country’s energy regulator this week put an end to subsidies on petrol, diesel and kerosene that were introduced earlier this year to ease anger over the surging cost of living. The East African economic powerhouse has suffered huge job losses as gross domestic product shrank last year for the first time…

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French forces kill Islamic State’s boss in Sahel

France said Thursday that its troops deployed in Africa’s Sahel region had killed the head of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, who had been hunted for years over deadly attacks on US soldiers and French aid workers. Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi formed the ISGS in 2015 after splitting with jihadist linked to Al-Qaeda and pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group, which at the time controlled swathes of Iraq and Syria. Sahrawi was “neutralised by French forces,” President Emmanuel Macron tweeted early Thursday, calling it “another major…

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Paris: Notre-Dame now stable enough for rebuilding

Last updated: 4 hours ago France’s Notre Dame Cathedral is finally stable and secure enough for artisans to start rebuilding it, more than two years after the shocking fire that tore through its roof, knocked down its spire and threatened to bring the rest of the medieval monument down, too. The government agency overseeing the reconstruction announced in a statement on Saturday that the works to secure the structure – which began the day after the April 15, 2019 fire – are at last complete. Carpenters, scaffolding experts, professional climbers,…

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Tunisians protest against President Saied in Tunis

Several hundred protesters marched through central Tunis on Saturday to demand a return to parliamentary democracy after a July power grab by President Kais Saied. The march was tightly marshalled by security forces on the ground and an interior ministry surveillance drone overhead, journalists reported. Most of the protesters were supporters of the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party, which formed the largest bloc in parliament before its dissolution by the president. “The people want the collapse of the coup,” the protesters chanted. “We want legitimacy.” On July 25, Saied sacked the government,…

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Pepper spray used on anti-lockdown protesters in Melbourne

Last updated: 2 hours ago Police used pepper spray in a number of confrontations and made over 200 arrests in Melbourne, as several hundred attendees flouted stay-at-home orders and marched through an inner-city suburb. The illegal gathering comes amid city’s sixth lockdown since the pandemic started, with the wider state of Victoria reporting over 500 cases of Covid-19 on Saturday. More about Sourced from Africanews

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Algerians react to the death of former President Bouteflika

Algerians react to the death of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who ruled Algeria for two decades before resigning in 2019 as huge protests engulfed the country. The former strongman had left office in April 2019 under pressure from the military, following weeks of demonstrations over his bid to run for a fifth term in office. After quitting, he had stayed out of the public eye at a residence in western Algiers. Bouteflika became president of Algeria in 1999 as the former French colony emerged from a decade of civil war…

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Guinea: Protest against ECOWAS resolutions

Guinean civil society invite ECOWAS to reconsider its demands regarding September 5 coup as current chairman of regional bloc the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Akufo-Addo heads a delegation to mediate the political crisis following the coup. Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo arrived at Conakry airport and was received by Guinea coup leader Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya on Friday. The bloc had imposed sanctions on Guinea’s coup leaders and called for elections in six months in a demand for a quick return to civilian rule, a request deemed inappropriate…

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Former Algerian president dead at 84

Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who fought for independence from France in the 1950s and 1960s and was ousted amid pro-democracy protests in 2019 after 20 years in power, has died at age 84, state television announced Friday. The report on ENTV, citing a statement from the office of current President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, did not provide the cause of death or information about funeral arrangements. Bouteflika had suffered a stroke in 2013 that badly weakened him. Concerns about his state of health, kept secret from the Algerian public, helped feed…

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DRC opposition leader Fayulu demands probe after rally brutally dispersed

Congolese opposition leader Martin Fayulu has demanded an investigation after security forces brutally dispersed a rally he called over election reforms. Police fired in the air in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo capital on Wednesday to disperse Fayulu’s supporters, injuring some in the process. “We had more than 30 arrests, more than 20 injured. Now we are told that everyone has been released, we still have two or three people we are looking for in Kinshasa. But what is serious is that I was brutalized, I was touched, I…

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Cameroon: Félix Fokoua, the digital artist who designed AFCON 2021 mascot

The scribbled lines, the imperfect pencil strokes… the Cameroonian Félix Fokoua flips through his first drawing book with nostalgia. Today, his electronic tablet and his computer have become the indispensable tools for the exercise of his art. At 29, crowned with several international awards, he has broken through in Cameroon, where he designed the mascot for the next African Cup of Nations (CAN) soccer tournament to be held in January 2022 in his country, and is starting to make a name for himself abroad. “This would not have been possible…

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