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Sudan says coup thwarted: Sudan said that „forces of darkness“ linked to the ousted President Omar al-Bashir were behind a failed coup attempt. „Remnants from the previous regime“ were „intent on aborting the civilian democratic transition“, said Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in a separate message. He described it as an „orchestrated coup attempt“.
Lavrov says Mali approached Russian private companies: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed on Saturday that Mali sought the help of a private Russian military company. European countries have warned the Malian government on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week against hiring paramilitaries from the controversial Wagner group. But with Paris set to reduce its military presence in Mali, Lavrov told reporters that the Malian government was turning towards private Russian companies. During his UN General Assembly address, Mali’s Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga accused France of abandoning his country with the „unilateral“ decision to withdraw troops.
Namibia postpones vote on German compensation: The Namibian parliament has postponed the ratification of the so-called genocide agreement with Germany. There were tumultuous scenes during the debate in the Namibian parliament. In the early evening, further debate and the vote were adjourned. Germany’s apology for colonial-era atrocities against the Nama and Herero is tied to an aid deal worth €1.1 billion, to be paid out over 30 years.
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Paul Rusesabagina sentenced in Rwanda: Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda, has been convicted of terrorism related charges and sentenced to 25 years in prison by a court in Kigali on Monday. He has been found guilty of being part of a terror group, MRCD-FLN. Along with 20 other people, he was accused of acts of terrorism. Two organized attacks, in 2018, during which nine people died, were a particular focus, according to a Rwanda government statement.
Algeria suspends air traffic with Morocco: Algeria has closed its airspace to all Moroccan planes in the latest escalation of diplomatic tensions between the two North African neighbors. Algeria’s High Security Council announced the decision Wednesday following a meeting with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and top officials. The council cited Moroccan “provocations and hostile practices” to justify the measure.
Tunisian President Saied expands powers: Tunisian President Kais Saied declared last week that he will rule by decree and ignore parts of the constitution as he prepares to change the political system, prompting immediate opposition from rivals.
Mozambique: Nyusi commends bravery of Rwandan troops clubofmozambique.com
Kenyan youths protest climate change africanews.com
Libya: Unity government loses disputed no-confidence vote dw.com
Gunmen release 10 more Nigerian students after fresh ransom washingtonpost.com
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How hate speech worsens the Tigray conflict: A statement by Daniel Kibret, confidant of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy, in which he compared the TPLF to Satan and called for their extermination, is causing international concern. „Hateful rhetoric like this is dangerous and unacceptable,“ a US State Department spokesperson told the AFP news agency. „Such statements can increase the risk of mass killings of civilians and targeted attacks on people just because of who they are, where they live or where they were born,“ said Nicole Widdersheim of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide in the US capital Washington. A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed defended the speech. „There is severe misinterpretation of statements made by various agencies because of the nuances of Ethiopian languages,“ she said. „Hateful hate speech by activists and prominent officials, often amplified by their large social media following, has exacerbated tensions between ethnic groups,“ said Ethiopian journalist Zecharias Zelalem.
„The Sex Lives of African Women“: In „The Sex Lives of African Women“, author Nana Sekyiamah illuminates sex life on the continent with an unclouded view from an African perspective. For years, she and a colleague have been running the blog „Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women“, in which she publishes short stories about sex. Now the author has published her first book, for which Sekyiamah conducted intimate interviews with women from and in Africa over a period of more than six years. Non-heteronormative relationships take place as well as traditionally conservative lifestyles. „The most surprising thing for me was how many women have experienced some kind of sexual trauma and had to go through experiences of abuse, even as children,“ she said in an interview about her conversations.
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Only 4 percent of the African population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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„Because although Mali has been going steadily downhill in terms of security and stability over the past years, there has never been a substantial adjustment of the mission.“
Denis Tull, Mali expert at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin, on European military operations in the Sahel.
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World Road Cycling Championships 2025 will be held in Rwanda: The 2025 World Road Cycling Championships will take place in Rwanda’s capital Kigali. These will be the first world championships for professional cyclists to be held in Africa. Morocco had also applied to host the event.