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Nigeria’s Tinubu Takes Firm Stance: No More Ransom Payments to Armed Gangs

ABUJA, NIGERIA —  Nigeria will no longer pay ransom to armed gangs that have plagued the country with kidnapping and extortion, President Bola Tinubu said in an opinion piece published Monday. He made the statement as activists commemorated the 10th anniversary of the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok. Acknowledging that “legitimate …

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Burkina Faso Expels Three French Diplomats Amid Allegations of ‘Subversive Activities’

OUAGADOUGOU — Burkina Faso’s foreign ministry has notified France of the expulsion of the embassy’s military attache for “subversive activities” in an official letter cited by AFP on Friday. The ministry said Emmanuel Pasquier and his team had two weeks to leave the country, which underwent two military coups last year. The letter added that …

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UN Chief Warns South Sudan: Failure to Take Critical Steps for Elections

UNITED NATIONS—All political parties in South Sudan should take “urgent steps” to allow for long-delayed elections to be held late this year, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in a report published Wednesday. South Sudan has not held an election since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011, and the nation is plagued by chronic violence, …

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Tanzania: Tanzania-Malawi Diplomatic Tensions Rise Over $30m Port Project

Tanzania and Malawi are on the brink of a diplomatic standoff following Dodoma’s decision to commence the upgrade of Mbamba Bay Port, situated on the shores of Lake Malawi. Lilongwe accuses Tanzania of initiating the project without consultation, given the contested nature of the port between the two nations. Malawi has formally requested Tanzania to …

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South Africa: Severe Storm Hits Margate, Leaves Trail of Destruction

Five people died in a storm that lashed Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast on Sunday night.  This was confirmed by Ugu district municipality, which said search and rescue teams have been deployed.  Huge damage has been caused to water and roads infrastructure and an on-site assessment of the damages is under way.  Municipality spokesperson …

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Moroccan Activist Sentenced to 5-Year Jail Term for Criticizing Country’s Ties with Israel

An activist who criticized Morocco’s decision to normalize relations with Israel was sentenced to five years in prison, as some of the Arab world’s largest pro-Palestinian protests continue to sweep the country. Abdul Rahman Zankad of Mohammedia, Morocco was arrested in March after posting on Facebook about the Israel’s war in Gaza and Morocco’s 2020 …

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Upheld Anti-Homosexuality Act Raises Concerns: Will Uganda Face Further Loss of Donor Funding?

Ugandan gay rights activists asked the international community to mount more pressure on the government of Uganda to repeal an anti-gay law which the country’s Constitutional Court refused to nullify. Activist Frank Mugisha said April’s 2nd ruling was “wrong and deplorable.” “This ruling should result in further restrictions to donor funding for Uganda — no …

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Uganda’s Constitutional Court Decision: Bid to Nullify Anti-Homosexuality Laws Rejected

Uganda’s constitutional court has declined to annul or grant a permanent injunction against the enforcement of the country’s anti-gay law. In their ruling Wednesday, the judges said the law does infringe on some fundamental human rights. Lawyers representing members of Uganda’s LGBT community described the ruling as retrogressive. The petitioners in the case had sought …

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