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Jihadists abduct Burkina teacher ‘for speaking French’

Jihadists In Burkina Faso Media Source: Agence France-Presse A schoolteacher was kidnapped last week in northern Burkina Faso, security sources said Tuesday as a jihadist group said he was snatched because he spoke French to his pupils. Gunmen snatched the teacher on Thursday from a primary school in the northern town of Nassoubou, the security sources and a local official said. The Islamic State in the Great Sahara (EIGS), based at the border between Burkina Faso and Mali, told AFP that it had carried out the kidnapping. An EIGS spokesman who gave his name as Hammar said the teacher was abducted for speaking...

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Families of Jammeh victims in Gambia demand ‘truth’

Ex- Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh BANJUL ––Family members of the victims of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh’s regime demonstrated on Tuesday to demand the “truth” about their deaths and disappearances. They accused Jammeh, who ruled the West African country for 22 years, of rampant corruption and human rights abuses including forced disappearances and extrajudicial executions. “We want justice now,” around 30 protesters shouted as they marched in Banjul, an AFP journalist said. Last year, the Gambian authorities announced that the remains of Gambian citizens killed while fighting for the end of the Jammeh regime had been exhumed. “A year later, families...

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More than 15 militants killed in Timbuktu attack: France

Peacekeeper in action Media Source: Agence France-Presse Around 15 militants have been killed in an attack on a United Nations base in northern Mali’s historic city of Timbuktu, the French military told AFP on Sunday. The UN’s MINUSMA force said one of its peacekeepers had been killed in Saturday’s four-hour rocket, mortar and car bomb attack at international troops’ “Super Camp” neighboring Timbuktu’s airport, and around a dozen were wounded. France said seven of its soldiers were hurt, lowering an initial toll from Malian authorities who had said a dozen French troops were wounded. Some of the assailants, who have yet to...

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Cameroon’s isolated anglophones face humanitarian crisis

Common law lawyers took to the street, protesting against injustice meted on anglophone Cameroonians Media Source: Agence France-Presse Cameroonians swept up in a conflict between anglophone separatists and the government are facing a humanitarian crisis, aid groups say as they struggle to reach people in remote areas that have become virtually off-limits. They have “numerous humanitarian needs”, said Allegra Maria Del Pilar Baiocchi, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Cameroon. “Beyond the violence, (the crisis) has an impact on health, on employment,” she told AFP. Separatist ambitions have long simmered in two minority anglophone regions in the west of the...

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Amnesty Int’l urges Sub-Sahara Africa to help fight against executions

Hassan Hanafi, a former media officer for the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, stands tied to a pole before his execution by shooting at close range on a field in General Kahiye Police Academy in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, April 11, 2016. Media Source: Agence France-Presse Countries in sub-Saharan Africa have boosted the campaign to abolish the death penalty, contributing to a global drop in executions, Amnesty International said Thursday. There was a “positive trend recorded globally” according to the rights group, which recorded a four-percent drop in executions from 1,032 in 2016 to 993 last year. Guinea abolished the death...

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