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Mass protests after police violence in Nigeria: Nigerians have been protesting for years against police brutality, but over the last two weeks, an outpouring of support for Nigerian protesters has played out on Twitter, with various hashtags, but predominantly #EndSARS. Sars stands for the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Accusations of Sars officers robbing, attacking and even killing people go back years but a new wave of protest started at the beginning of October. The outcry on social media was sparked by a video that surfaced online on October 3, allegedly showing a SARS officer shooting a young man in Delta state. Meanwhile, the governor of Nigeria’s Osun state, Adegboyega Oyetola, has escaped what officials call an assassination attempt when armed people attacked anti-police brutality protesters in the state capital Osogbo.
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Debate about German military in Mali: Germany has been debating its role in Mali ever since the coup in August, in which the military arrested President Ibrahim Bouboucar Keïta and declared itself the new ruler. Since 2013, around 1000 German soldiers have been stationed in Mali as part of the EU training mission “European Training Mission Mali” (EUTM Mali). Their aim is to provide stability. The German government has formally condemned the coup, but is currently sending contradicting signals to Mali. The German foreign office said Mali still requires the support of the international community in the fight against terror, corruption and crime.
Polls close in peaceful Guinea election: Polls closed and counting began in Guinea on Sunday evening following a largely peaceful day in which voters decided whether to give 82-year-old President Alpha Conde a third mandate, made possible by a constitutional change in March. While no reliable opinion polls are available, many political analysts expect Conde to prevail after he won overwhelming approval for the new constitution in a referendum in March – although that vote was boycotted by the opposition. At least 50 people have been killed over the past year during demonstrations against the new constitution, according to Amnesty International.
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Somali soldiers killed in al-Shabab attack near Mogadishu: At least 13 Somali troops have been killed by the al-Shabab armed group near the district of Afgoye, northwest of the capital, Mogadishu, a military official has said. The al-Qaeda-linked armed group, which launches regular attacks in a bid to undermine Somalia’s central government, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
War in Libya: Negotiations in Geneva: Leading military officers from the rival parties in the Libyan civil war have met for negotiations in Geneva. The talks were mediated by the United Nations. Since the fall of the former ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been the scene of bloody power struggles. The internationally recognized government in Tripoli received military support from Turkey this year. Its adversary, General Khalifa Haftar, can count Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, as well as Russia and France amongst his allies.
Fire on Kilimanjaro under control: The fire that erupted on Mt. Kilimanjaro on Sunday is reportedly under control after the Tanzanian government deployed helicopters and planes with fire fighting capabilities to assist a group of more than 500 volunteers.
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Polio vaccine causes paralysis: The World Health Organization (WHO) celebrated the announcement in August that Africa had eradicated the wild poliovirus — a landmark in a decades-long fight against the crippling disease. However, there still exists a version of the illness known as vaccine-derived polio, which occurs in rare incidents when the weakened virus in the vaccine mutates. It particularly affects countries with low immunisation rates and poor sanitation, health experts say. Two days after the WHO’s announcement, the United Nations confirmed that more than a dozen cases of vaccine-derived polio had sprung up in nine states across Sudan. The outbreak added further fuel to the already prolific spread of conspiracy theories pushing false claims about vaccination on social media.
Allegations of abuse: Investigation against WHO employees: The World Health Organization (WHO) has appointed two distinguished leaders to co-chair an Independent Commission on sexual abuse and exploitation during the response to the tenth Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The commission will be co-chaired by Aïchatou Mindaoudou, former minister of foreign affairs and of social development of Niger. She will be joined by co-chair Julienne Lusenge of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an internationally recognized human rights activist and advocate for survivors of sexual violence in conflict.
Investors keep faith with Africa’s tech scene amid pandemic: Amid the Covid-induced global economic downturn, foreign direct investment (FDI) has been squeezed worldwide, yet in Africa a fast-growing technology sector has seen investors maintain their interest in companies revolutionizing everything from payment services to agriculture.
Alarming youth unemployment in South Africa: According to SOS Children’s Villages, 7 out of 10 young people in South Africa don’t have a job. The country has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. Black citizens are particularly affected. This has serious implications for people’s trust in the state. Drug use and violence are also increasing.
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Around 60,000 new Covid infections are currently reported across Africa every week, a third less than on the European continent in a single day. However, given the different test practices, the informative value of the statistics is limited.
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“That I had to pay money to see something that was forcibly taken away from me, to see this cultural heritage that belongs to where I come from – that led to my decision to act.”
Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza from the Congo, who took a West African object from the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris and was sentenced to pay a fine.
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Deceased person on US sanctions list: The United States’ sanctions policy towards African countries has often been criticized as too inconsistent, too opaque or too ineffective. Hilary Mossberg of the activist group The Sentry has now examined the current sanctions list against individuals from Zimbabwe and discovered Robert Mugabe – who died in 2019.