Africa: How Foreign Backing Is Keeping Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir in Power

[The Conversation Africa] Day after day Sudanese are taking to the streets to protest against the rule of Omar al-Bashir. The president, who himself seized power in 1989 when he led a coup, is facing the most serious challenge in his three decades in power.

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Nigeria: UN, INEC Urge Better Security Over North-East Crisis, Polls

[Guardian] The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has expressed concern over the deteriorating state of insecurity in the north-east, saying thousands of civilians have fled due to Boko Haram attacks.

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Uganda: 600 Acres of Atiak Sugar Project Burnt in Three Days

[Monitor] Kampala -An agricultural industrial project jointly owned by the government, community members and a private investor in northern Uganda appears to have become the target of arson after successive fires, in three days, destroyed close to 600 acres of mature sugarcane.

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Congo-Kinshasa: Campaigning Violently Suppressed

[HRW] Kinshasa -Government security forces across the Democratic Republic of Congo have forcibly dispersed opposition campaign rallies ahead of the December 23, 2018 national elections. Security forces killed at least 7 opposition supporters, wounded more than 50 people, and arbitrarily detained scores of others from December 9 to 13.

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Zimbabwe: Is the Motlanthe Commission a High-Level PR Stunt?

[ISS] The killing of six unarmed civilians by Zimbabwe’s military on 1 August, two days after polling in the country’s general elections, was a huge setback for an otherwise well-laid plan by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to push a narrative that his election victory would herald the dawn of a new dispensation.

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Nigeria: How Govt’s Failures Fuel Farmers, Herders Conflict – Amnesty International

[Premium Times] The Nigerian authorities’ failure to investigate communal clashes and bring perpetrators to justice has fuelled a bloody escalation in the conflict between farmers and herders across the country, resulting in at least 3,641 deaths in the past three years and the displacement of thousands more, Amnesty International revealed today.

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