Sierra Leone imposes nationwide curfew following anti-government protests

At least two police officers and one civilian died after a day of anti-government protests in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, staff at the city’s main mortuary said on Wednesday. Sierra Leone’s government previously said there had been deaths, but did not say how many, as protesters threw rocks and burned tyres in the streets out… Read More Sierra Leone imposes nationwide curfew following anti-government protests

Tunisian court halts presidential dismissal of judges

A Tunisian court has halted President Kais Saied’s dismissal of around 50 judges, a lawyer said on Wednesday, underscoring the continued independence of courts despite Saied’s moves to assume wider authority over the judiciary. Saied dismissed 57 judges on June 1, accusing them of corruption and protecting terrorists – charges that the Tunisian Judges’ Association… Read More Tunisian court halts presidential dismissal of judges

DR Congo arrests opposition leader Jean-Marc Kabund

A former right-hand man of Democratic Republic of Congo’s president and now opposition leader, Jean-Marc Kabund, was arrested on Tuesday, his lawyer said, during controversy over a remark about his onetime boss. The former vice president of parliament and current lawmaker had a falling out with President Felix Tshisekedi earlier this year, after which he… Read More DR Congo arrests opposition leader Jean-Marc Kabund

Nigerian authorities arrest suspects linked to Ondo Catholic Church massacre

Nigeria has arrested suspects in an Islamist militant attack in a Catholic church that killed 40 people two months ago, Chief of Defence Staff General Leo Irabor told local media on Tuesday. Irabor said the attackers were arrested during joint operations involving the armed forces, the Department of Security Services and police, privately owned Channels… Read More Nigerian authorities arrest suspects linked to Ondo Catholic Church massacre

Kenyans head to polls to vote in national elections

Kenyans voted in national elections on Tuesday, forming long queues at ballot stations in the heartlands of presidential frontrunners Raila Odinga and William Ruto, while elsewhere turnout was dampened by widespread voter apathy and frustration. Kenya is holding presidential, legislative and local elections at a time when its citizens are growing increasingly exasperated at surging… Read More Kenyans head to polls to vote in national elections

Chad transitional authorities sign peace pact with rebel groups

More than 30 rebel and opposition factions signed a peace pact with Chad’s transitional authorities on Monday, agreeing to join broader talks after years of turmoil – though the most powerful insurgent group refused to take part. Delegates meeting in Doha broke into applause after the rebels agreed to cease fire and participate in a… Read More Chad transitional authorities sign peace pact with rebel groups

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara grants presidential pardon to predecessor Laurent Gbagbo

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Saturday said he had offered a presidential pardon to longtime rival Laurent Gbagbo, as part of a reconciliation drive with his predecessors ahead of elections in 2025. Gbagbo, president from 2000-2011, returned to Ivory Coast last year after being acquitted in 2019 by the Hague on war crimes charges… Read More Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara grants presidential pardon to predecessor Laurent Gbagbo

DR Congo expels UN peacekeeping mission spokesman following protests

Democratic Republic of Congo has asked the spokesman of the U.N. peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, to leave the country, blaming him for stoking tensions that led to deadly protests last week. Thirty-six people, including four U.N. peacekeepers, were killed last week as hundreds of protesters vandalised and set fire to U.N. buildings in several cities in… Read More DR Congo expels UN peacekeeping mission spokesman following protests