Islamic State after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

AS ITS SO-CALLED caliphate expanded across Syria and Iraq, Islamic State (IS) promised its followers an apocalyptic battle to come. Eager jihadist propagandists predicted that a final victory over the “crusader armies” would usher in the day of judgment and give birth to a new world. The man who was to lead that battle, the self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, instead blew himself up in a tunnel in Syria on October 26th, murdering two of his own children as he died

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Ethnic violence threatens to tear Ethiopia apart

EVERY WINDOW of the factory on the outskirts of Adama is smashed. On the side of the road are the scorched remains of a bus and lorries torched by angry young men last week. This scene of mob violence, just 75km from Addis Ababa, the capital, is one that is becoming wearily familiar to many Ethiopians

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Guinea-Bissau, Africa’s most famous narco-state, goes to the polls

NEAR THE port of Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau, one of Africa’s smallest states, is a neglected monument to past rebellion. A giant fist of black steel commemorates striking dockers gunned down by Portuguese soldiers in 1959. The strike—and subsequent massacre—helped start a war for independence led by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), a Soviet-sponsored guerrilla movement.

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Saad Hariri, the prime minister of Lebanon, steps down

AFTER NEARLYtwo weeks of nationwide protests, the demonstrators in Lebanon claimed their first scalp. On October 29th the prime minister, Saad Hariri, said he had reached a “dead end” trying to deal with their demands over corruption and the stagnant economy. A package of meagre reforms, announced on October 21st, satisfied no one.

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Congo-Kinshasa: Escaped Congolese Warlord Inspires New Attacks

[HRW] About 20 fighters loyal to the notorious warlord Gédéon Kyungu Mutanga government security forces in Lubumbashi, southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on October 11. The Bakata Katanga militia fighters were armed with rifles, machetes, bows and arrows.

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Malawi: Malawi Police Officers Under Probe for Sexually Harassing Female Protesters

[VOA] BLANTYRE, MALAWI – The Malawi Police Service is investigating its officers over allegations of sexual offenses against female protesters during recent post-election demonstrations in the capital, Lilongwe. The inquiry comes after rights campaigners say they have evidence of sexual harassment, rape and torture of women during the rallies, which often turned violent.

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