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US: Gun battle kills six people in the Jersey City

A police officer and at least five other people have died in a series of gun battles in Jersey City, in the US state of New Jersey. Two other police officers were also wounded during the incident, which culminated in a shootout after two gunmen barricaded themselves in a shop. Several local schools and businesses […]

Ethiopia PM hails Eritrean leader as ‘partner, comrade in peace’

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed hailed Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki describing him as a “partner and comrade in peace” relative to the 2018 peace treaty signed in Asmara. Abiy praised the Eritrean leader early in his address after receiving the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday at Oslo’s City Hall. The Ethio-Eritrea peace deal was […]

TANZANIA: Citizens ban from suing govt in African human rights court

The United Nations human rights office is urging Tanzania to reconsider its decision barring individuals and non-governmental groups from filing cases against it at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights. The continental court is based in the East African nation. Critics call this the latest act of repression by Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s […]

NIGERIA: Ex governor Sen. Orji Kalu, jailed 12 years over $20.9m fraud

A former governor of Nigeria’s southeastern Abia State has been jailed 12-years for fraud by a court sitting in the commercial capital, Lagos. The country’s anti-graft outfit, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, announced securing judgement on Kalu and two others in a fraud case that involved 7.65 billion naira (about $20.9m.) Also convicted were […]

Kenya’s Chief Justice warns of plan to control the judiciary

Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga has accused the executive arm of government of wanting to control the judiciary in a rare press conference. Mr Maraga said that recent budget cuts had stalled operations in the judiciary leading to stalled services. He said the judiciary has been forced to suspend court of appeal sessions in four […]

BURKINA FASO: Mayor & Three (3) others killed in an ambush

Officials in Burkina Faso said on Sunday that four people had been killed in an ambush, including the deputy mayor of the northern town of Djibo. The governor of the Sahel region said unidentified armed men ambushed the deputy mayor’s vehicle in the commune of Gaskindé. It is the latest in a series of attacks […]

Nine sailors abducted off the coast of Benin

A Norway-based shipping company says that nine of its employees have been abducted from one of its vessels while it was moored off the coast of Benin in West Africa. Shipping firm J.J. Ugland said the cargo ship, the Bonita, was attacked on Saturday by pirates 15km (9 miles) off the coast. The crew’s identity […]

ALGERIA: Police clash with striking judges

Algerian riot police clashed with judges participating in a nationwide strike on Sunday in the north-western port city of Oran, local media report. The judges are pushing for the independence of the judiciary after an unprecedented mass reshuffle by the justice ministry in October that affected thousands of judges, the AFP news agency reports. Officers […]

ETHIOPIA: Abiy says 86 Ethiopians died in wave of violence

At least 86 people died in the recent spate of violence in parts of Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Sunday in his first public appearance since the violence broke out. He termed the violence as “embarrassing” and lives lost “for no reason”. Mr Abiy told a news conference on Sunday that four out […]
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