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Philippine govt seeks to close news website

The Philippine government has sought to shut down an independent news website, which has published critical stories about President Rodrigo Duterte, a move observers and journalists say is an attack on press freedom and democracy.

Rep Sani Zorro condemns detention of Cameroonian activists

The chairman of the House of Representatives committee on IDPs, Refugees and Initiatives on North East, Sani Zorro, has condemned the arrest of Cameroonian separatist leaders by the Nigerian government.

Amnesty International warns against extradition of Cameroon separatist leaders arrested in Nigeria

Ten leaders of the independence movement in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon could be at risk of torture and an unfair trial if extradited from Nigeria, where they have been arrested and detained in secret for one week, Amnesty International said today.

Sudanese protest over rising price of bread

Sudanese have expressed their wrath over the increasing hike in the prices of bread, following protests across the country on Sunday, in which one student died.

Herdsmen crisis: what’s at stake?

Violence between Fulani herdsmen and farmers is one of Nigeria’s most persistent security problems and has left thousands of people dead in recent decades.

Groups slam Tanzania for arresting pregnant schoolgirls

Human Rights Group on Thursday condemned authorities in Tanzania for arresting five schoolgirls for being pregnant, saying they should have arrested the men who impregnated them instead.

Myanmar’s admission of killings ‘tip of the iceberg’ – Rights groups

Rights groups said Myanmar’s military involvement in the deaths of 10 Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine State, admitted by the commander in chief, is just a fraction of the abuses for which security forces are culpable.

Deadly protests grip Sudan over rising bread prices

One student has been killed and six people injured during widespread protests over rising bread prices in Sudan.

Egypt to free on bail two held for raising rainbow flag

An Egyptian court has ruled to release on bail two people arrested over the raising of an LGBT rainbow flag at a Cairo concert, their lawyer said on Tuesday.

Libya puts 142 migrants on plane back to Guinea

Libya put 142 illegal migrants on a flight back to Guinea on Wednesday with the help of the U.N. migration agency, officials said, as the North African country steps up deportations to ease severe overcrowding in its detention centres.

Cameroonian journalist to be freed after terrorism charges dropped

A Cameroonian journalist jailed for over two years for contact with Islamist militant group Boko Haram is set to be freed after a court on Thursday shortened his sentence, his lawyer said.

World Cup 2022 Qatar workers ‘exploited’ – Amnesty

Nepali migrant workers involved in the construction of stadiums for the 2022 Qatar World Cup are being trapped in a “vicious cycle of debt and exploitation”, according to a report by Amnesty International.

Bishop Kukah warns House of Reps against NGO Bill

Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah has yesterday condemned the proposed bill seeking to establish a regulatory commission for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the country.

Iraq hangs 38 members of Islamic State, al-Qaeda for terrorism

Iraq hanged 38 jihadists belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offences on Thursday in the southern city of Nasiriyah, provincial authorities said.

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Niger govt gives free education to 175 out of school children

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Catholic Bishops reject proposed cattle colonies

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Chinese authorities demolish evangelical church

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Benue, Plateau lost 14,000 people to attacks – Governor Lalong

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Federal govt urged to beef up security at Lagos airport

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