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French President François Hollande with Cameroon's Paul Biya on Friday
04/07/2015 - CAMEROoN - FRANCE - NIGERIA

Hollande offers to host anti-Boko Haram summit on Cameroon visit

French President François Hollande has offered to host a summit of countries fighting Nigeria's Boko Haram armed Islamists on a visit to Cameroon.
Socialist activist and poet Shaimaa al-Sabbagh was taking flowers to the site of Tahrir Square killings when she was shot dead
03/07/2015 - Egypt

Coup, repression fail to stamp out Egyptian military's enemies

Friday 3 July marked the second anniversary of the military coup which toppled Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.
Activists protested in Kabul on March 24 demanding justice for Farkhunda.
02/07/2015 - Afghanistan

Afghan woman killers' death sentences overturned

Human rights activists have expressed shock, disappointment and outrage over the appeal court’s decision in Afghanistan which on Wednesday overturned the death sentences of four men involved ...
Patriotic Front supporters cheer President Edgar Lungu's election victory
30/06/2015 - Zambia

Anti-graft campaigners urge appeal after ex-president acquitted

A court in Zambia acquitted on Monday ex-president Rupiah Banda, who had been accused of personally benefiting from an oil deal with Nigeria.
Burudians stand guard before a Bujumbura polling station
29/06/2015 - Burundi

Burundi polls open with grenade attack, boycott calls

Polling stations opened in Burundi on Monday with a grenade blast and electoral boycott calls, a stark reminder that the fractious elections are the latest round in a protest movement keen to prevent ...
Thailand's military uses lèse majesté laws to stick to power: analysts
27/06/2015 - Spotlight on Asia

Thailand's military uses lèse majesté laws to stick to power: analysts

Earlier this month, Thailand’s military government banned the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (FCCT) from holding a debate on controversial lèse majesté laws.
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh
26/06/2015 - Gambia

Regime keen to make capital punishment easier

The opposition in Gambia are fighting government plans to make more crimes punishable by death. Under Gambian law, capital punishment can only be meted out to murderers who use violence or poison.
File photo (2001) of Col Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, in Pweto, Rwanda with UK Col British Army Colonel Simon Caraffi (r)
23/06/2015 - Rwanda

Rwanda reacts to UK arrest of top spy chief Karake: “lunacy”

Rwanda’s foreign minister reacted swiftly on social media on Tuesday, saying the arrest of the director general of Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security service was ...
Maputo, the capital of Mozambique
22/06/2015 - Mozambique

Mozambique at 40

Mozambique is marking its 40th anniversary of independence this week. The official date is June 25th and for the diaspora, celebrations have already begun.
Israeli attacks on Gaza, July 2014
15/06/2015 - Israel - Palestine

Israel blocks UN Gaza inquiry as own report declares 2014 conflict legal

Israel has blocked a visit to the Palestinian territories by a UN rights envoy ahead of the publication of a United Nations report on last year's Gaza war that cost the lives of 2,200 Palastinians ...