KW 46: Six killed during protests in Sudan, UN says Ethiopia detains 72 World Food Program drivers, Benin liberalizes abortion law

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Six killed during protests in Sudan: A sixth protester has died after marches against the military takeover that took place across Sudan on Saturday, according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD) on Sunday. The latest casualty was a 15-year-old who died in East Khartoum Hospital in Khartoum state, with bullet wounds to the stomach, the CCSD said. On Saturday, five people were reportedly killed by military forces during the marches.
cnn.com

UN says Ethiopia detains 72 World Food Program drivers: The United Nations said Wednesday that Ethiopia had detained 72 drivers working for the World Food Program (WFP) in the country’s conflict-torn north. The news, which came a day after the UN reported the arrests of 22 employees in the capital Addis Ababa, is likely to further inflame tensions with the government following a decision in September to expel seven senior UN officials for „meddling“ in the country’s affairs.
france24.com

Benin liberalizes abortion law: Benin’s parliament has voted to legalize abortion in most cases, becoming one of only a handful of African countries to do so. Under Benin’s previous abortion law, which was passed in 2003, a woman can only terminate the pregnancy if her life is at risk, if the pregnancy is a result of incest or rape, or if the fetus has a particularly serious medical condition. About 25% of Benin’s population is Catholic, and the country’s Catholic Church has been particularly vocal in its criticism of the new law.
dw.com

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FW de Klerk, South Africa’s last apartheid leader who freed Nelson Mandela, dies at 85: FW de Klerk, the last leader of apartheid-era South Africa who shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela after working to end racial segregation in the country, has died at 85, his foundation said on Thursday. His office issued a prerecorded posthumous video apology for the country’s discriminatory system of white minority rule. De Klerk leaves behind a complicated legacy in a country still scarred by the consequences of the brutal institutionalized system of white-minority rule that he helped usher out.
cnn.com, theguardian.com

Libya conference urges elections: UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged Libyans to forge a spirt of national unity and overcome any remaining differences ahead of landmark presidential and parliamentary elections next month. The son of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi appeared for nearly the first time in a decade on Sunday to register as a presidential candidate for the December vote planned to help end the years of chaos since his father was toppled.
news.un.org, reuters.com

Covid affects tourism in Uganda: At Uganda’s largest airport, many have to wait for their Covid result when entering the country. The testing strategy is jeopardizing the tourist season. While other countries in Africa are now relaxing their Covid protection measures at borders and airports in order to attract tourists and foreign visitors in time for the Christmas season, Uganda’s authorities have been doing the opposite in recent months. Every person entering the country, including children, is required to undergo a PCR test immediately after landing, regardless of whether they have already been vaccinated or what the result of the PCR test they were required to take before starting their journey already shows.
taz.de

India to build base on Mauritian island derstandard.de
Ghana: Will anti-LGBT bill be passed by parliament? africanews.com
Amnesty International accuses Tigrayan rebel fighters of gang raping women in Ethiopia cnn.com
Refugees in Libya face dire reprisals tagesschau.de

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France officially signs over artworks taken from ex-colony Benin: Benin’s President Patrice Talon signed an agreement to take back from France 26 artworks seized from the former French colony in the 19th century, and said he hoped it would pave the way for more cultural treasures to be handed back. The 26 artworks were taken in 1892 from Benin’s Palaces of Abomey and have been on display in a museum in Paris, alongside thousands of other artefacts taken from Africa during colonial rule. They will now be handed back, but they are only some of the 5,000 works whose return Benin is seeking.
reuters.com

Popular Zambian-born author Wilbur Smith dies aged 88: International best-selling author Wilbur Smith has died at his home in Cape Town at the age of 88, his publisher has announced. He passed away on Saturday afternoon with his wife, Niso, by his side, a statement published on the Wilbur Smith Books website said. Smith’s 49 published books have sold more than 140 million copies worldwide. He gained widespread recognition following the publication of his debut novel When the Lion Feeds in 1964.
bbc.com

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The African continent needs 1.3 trillion US dollars per year to cope with the consequences of climate change, said the African chief negotiator at the climate conference in Glasgow.
spiegel.de

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„The international community stands by Libya.“

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Libya Conference.
tagesschau.de

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Learning algorithms for farmers and Africa’s children: A project launched seven years ago in Sierra Leone by the education initiative Rising Academy Network is trying to bring very basic educational content to children with the help of AI-driven online pages delivered interactively via smartphone. Director George Cornwell is convinced that artificial intelligence and the outsourcing of teaching will ensure long-term educational success in Africa.
faz.net

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