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European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko are seen before their meeting in Kiev.
27/04/2015 - EU - UKRAINE

Fighting overshadows EU-Ukraine leader summit

European leaders resisted calls from Ukraine to send a peacekeeping force to contain fighting in the east of the country on Monday as international monitors reported a surge in fighting in the ...
Police arrest opposition demonstrator in Bujumbura in mid-April
27/04/2015 - Burundi

Hundreds arrested, independent media shut down in Burundi

Hundreds of people, including leading rights activist Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, have been arrested in Burundi as protests continued on Monday, the second day of demonstrations against President Pierre ...
Serge Atlaoui faces the death penalty in Indonesia over drug charges.
24/04/2015 - Indonesia - France

Indonesia moves forward with imminent executions against global condemnation

Indonesia has signalled that the execution of 10 inmates on death row over drug charges is quickly approaching, sparking outrage from political leaders and activists as spread out as Paris and ...
President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and Vice-President William Ruto in Nairobi
24/04/2015 - Kenya

Anti-corruption officials suspended, casting shadow on Kenyan transparency

Kenya's top anti-corruption officials have been suspended after a standoff with Parliament.
Faure Gnassingbe waves to a crowd at a campaign rally in Tado, Togo, 13 April 2015
24/04/2015 - Togo

Togolese voters won't accept fraudulent election results, says opposition

Togo’s opposition warned on Friday that tampering with this weekend’s election results could trigger violence.
Migrant protesting in front of Italian parliament, 21 April 2015

EU should focus less on smuggling, more on plight of refugees: NGOs

The European Union held an emergency meeting on refugees after more than 1,100 people drowned in the Mediterranean in what is the worst single such accident on record.
Violence in South Africa has targeted foreigners
23/04/2015 - Africa

Nigerian Senate calls for more action on xenophobia in South Africa

Tensions are brewing between Africa’s two main powerhouses, Nigeria and South Africa, with the Nigerian Senate calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate Zulu King Goodwill ...
Skyline of Kampala, Uganda
22/04/2015 - Uganda

Uganda's new NGO bill ensures 'survival of the regime': interviews

Ugandan activists warn that a controversial new bill on Non-Governmental Organisations aims to silence government critics.
The Directors' Fortnight 2015 poster based on photo by Cécile Burban, graphics Michel Welfringer
21/04/2015 - Cannes Film Festival 2015

Cannes Director's Fortnight selection lines up social awareness and comedy

The 2015 Cannes Director's Fortnight film festival has announced its selection. It's full of surprises, myths, legends and serendipity, according to artistic director Edouard Waintrop.

Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for violence, kidnapping and torturing protesters in 2012
21/04/2015 - Egypt

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood calls Morsi verdict biased

The 20-year jail sentence handed to ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi on Tuesday after he was found guilty of kidnapping, torturing and killing demonstrators in 2012 was biased, says a ...