KW 23: At least 160 killed in village raid in Burkina Faso, Nigeria blocks Twitter, Several dead in eastern Congo attacks

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At least 160 killed in village raid in Burkina Faso: Armed men killed at least 160 people in an attack on a village in northern Burkina Faso, the country’s worst attack in recent years, officials say. Homes and the local market were burned during the raid on Solhan in the early hours of Saturday morning. No group has said it was behind the violence, but Islamist attacks are increasingly common in the country, especially in border regions. Africa’s semi-arid Sahel region has been hit by an insurgency since militants captured large parts of northern Mali in 2012 and 2013. French forces have been supporting troops from Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso to fight the militants.
bbc.com

Nigeria blocks Twitter: Twitter has been banned in Nigeria after it deleted a post by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in which he said he would treat “those misbehaving today” in “the language they understand” — interpreted as a threat of violence against a secessionist movement in the country. Twitter said the tweet violated its “abusive behavior” policy. In response, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information and Culture wrote in a Friday Twitter thread that Twitter has been “suspended indefinitely” in the country. In response, Twitter said that it was “deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria” and pledged to “restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter.”
nypost.com

Several dead in eastern Congo attacks: Armed attacks on two different villages overnight in Congo’s eastern Ituri province killed at least 49 people, local government officials said Monday. Armed men besieged a camp for displaced people in the Bahema-Boga chiefdom early Monday, killing at least 29 people, according to the administrative secretary of that area, Gaston Babunya, who said the toll will likely rise. Armed men also attacked the chiefdom of Banyali-Tchabi late Sunday, killing more than 20 people, according to local civil society groups. Among the dead there were women and children. It wasn’t immediately clear who carried out the attacks, but Allied Democratic Forces have killed hundreds in the region and have increasingly staged attacks in recent months. Myriad rebel groups are vying for control of mineral-rich land in Congo’s east.
apnews.com

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Death threats, flying kick disrupt Pan-African Parliament vote: A dispute over whether to rotate the presidency of the Pan-African Parliament descended into chaos, with lawmakers exchanging death threats and scenes of fisticuffs broadcast from the proceedings. The legislative arm of the African Union began meeting May 24 in Midrand near Johannesburg and has been trying to elect a new president for the past two days. Southern African leaders are demanding that the gathering implement an AU resolution to rotate its leadership, while eastern and western African delegates oppose the move, South Africa’s parliament said in a statement. On Monday, the meeting was called off after one lawmaker was shown launching a flying kick at a group of fellow delegates.
bloomberg.com

African Union suspends Mali: The African Union suspended the membership of the west African country of Mali late on Tuesday, days after the military detained the interim prime minister and president and took control. The AU, following in the footsteps of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), also threatened Mali with sanctions if power is not returned to the civilian transitional government. According to a decision by the Peace and Security Council, laid out in a statement published on Tuesday evening, the Republic of Mali is immediately barred from participating in African Union activities.
dw.com

Tunisia’s tourism industry is hoping for tourists from Eastern Europe: The popular holiday destination of Tunisia is once again welcoming tourists, despite a high level of Covid-19 deaths. Especially “fearless” travelers from Russia and Eastern Europe give hope to many in the Tunisian tourism industry. When Tunisia opened its borders to tour operators at the end of April, the number of Covid deaths had just peaked with more than 12,000 deaths, but since then there have been a good ten flights a week with courageous vacationers entering the country. Whereas otherwise Western Europeans made up the majority of travelers, the tourists now come mainly from Eastern Europe and Russia – and are mostly unvaccinated. The tourists on these group trips only have to show a negative PCR test; they are spared the one-week quarantine for those who do not come to the country with a tour operator.
tagesschau.de

Ghana at ‘Advanced Stages’ With Digital Cedi, Central Bank Governor Says coindesk.com
Volcano rupture in the Congo: Refugees are slowly returning to the city taz.de
Western Sahara conflict: convalescent Polisario boss flown out to Algeria derstandard.at
Western Sahara: Polisario Front leader arrives in Algeria dw.com
Thousands rally in Sudan, upping calls for justice over 2019 killings africanews.com

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Unrest in Uganda continues: A new wave of repression in Uganda has led to the abductions of dozens more opposition activists by security forces and at least one alleged death. Several hundred people are thought to have been detained without trial in the east African country in secret prisons where they are subjected to a brutal regime of mistreatment. The country has suffered a series of crackdowns aimed at stamping out dissent since campaigning began for presidential elections late last year.
theguardian.com

Protests against US sanctions in Ethiopia: Thousands of Ethiopians demonstrated against new US sanctions this week. The US announced visa restrictions in response to the ongoing Tigray conflict. Observers fear relations between the countries have hit rock bottom. According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the punitive measures are targeted at current or former Ethiopian and Eritrean government officials, members of the security forces, and members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). He also announced cuts in economic and security aid to Ethiopia, prompting another demonstration in front of the US embassy in Addis Ababa on Monday.
dw.com

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In 2016, experts estimated that Africa’s elephant population had dropped by 111,000 elephants in the span of a decade. Today, there are just 415,000 elephants across Africa.
worldwildlife.org

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„This is a deal between two governments – a development aid deal. It has nothing to do with our demands for reparations. You are trying to fool us.“

Vekuii Rukoro, self-proclaimed head of all Herero, who claims to represent 95 percent of the ethnic group, on the agreement between Namibia and Germany.
dw.com

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Uganda’s first female boxer ready for Tokyo Olympic Games this summer: As Uganda gears to participate in the sport of boxing at this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Catherine Nanziri will be the first-ever female boxer to represent the East African nation. Ugandan athletes have typically excelled in the sport of boxing — always with great chances at bringing home medals. Nanziri qualified for the big games based on ranking twelfth in the world and fourth in Africa.
africanews.com

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