Nigerian court denies bail request of separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu

A Nigerian court on Wednesday denied a bail request for separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu, who is standing trial on terrorism charges and for broadcasting falsehoods, one of his defence lawyers said. A judge said Kanu has to account for his whereabout following previous bail and refusal to attend court hearing, the lawyer said. Kanu, a… Read More Nigerian court denies bail request of separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu

Guinea-Bissau’s President Umaro Sissoco Embalo dissolves parliament

Guinea-Bissau’s President Umaro Sissoco Embalo has dissolved the country’s parliament, accusing deputies of corruption among other issues, he said on Monday. The tiny West African country has seen frequent political turmoil, with ten coups or attempted coups since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974. In February, Embalo survived the latest failed coup and assassination… Read More Guinea-Bissau’s President Umaro Sissoco Embalo dissolves parliament

Tunisian military court jails four opposition lawmakers

Four opposition lawmakers from Tunisia’s dissolved parliament were jailed on Tuesday by a military court, their lawyer said, amid growing concern over human rights abuses following President Kais Saied’s seizure of power last year. Saif Eddine Makhlouf, the head of the conservative Karama Party, and three other party members were charged with assaulting policemen last… Read More Tunisian military court jails four opposition lawmakers

Clashes erupts in Libyan capital of Tripoli following political deadlock

Clashes erupted in Libya’s capital on Tuesday as the parliament-appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, tried to take over government there but was forced back by a rival administration that refuses to cede power. Bashagha entered Tripoli overnight after two months of stalemate between Libya’s rival administrations, but withdrew hours later as fighting rocked the capital,… Read More Clashes erupts in Libyan capital of Tripoli following political deadlock

Uganda to withdraw troops from eastern DR Congo

Uganda will pull troops from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo in two weeks, the military said on Tuesday, after a joint operation against Islamist insurgents since late last year. President Yoweri Museveni’s government sent hundreds of soldiers into east Congo in December to join the Congolese military in an assault on the bases of the… Read More Uganda to withdraw troops from eastern DR Congo

U.S. President Joe Biden authorises redeployment of ground troops to Somalia

U.S. President Joe Biden has authorized the redeployment of several hundred American troops into Somalia, two U.S. officials said on Monday, after Donald Trump ordered their withdrawal during his presidency. Prior to Trump’s withdrawal, the United States had about 700 troops in Somalia focused on helping local forces defeat the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency.… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden authorises redeployment of ground troops to Somalia

Cryptocurrencies record massive losses following stablecoin collapse

Cryptocurrencies nursed large losses on Friday, with bitcoin trading near $30,000 and set for a record losing streak as the collapse of TerraUSD, a so-called stablecoin, rippled through markets. Crypto assets have also been swept up in broad selling of risky investments on worries about high inflation and rising interest rates. Sentiment is particularly fragile,… Read More Cryptocurrencies record massive losses following stablecoin collapse

Guinea opposition parties reject proposed transition timeline

Guinea’s main opposition parties have rejected the ruling military junta’s proposed 39-month democratic transition timeline, they said in a statement on Wednesday. Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, head of the junta that took power in a coup last September, said this month it would probably take more than three years for the West African country to transition… Read More Guinea opposition parties reject proposed transition timeline