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UN Envoy: There is a veiled vision to divide Yemen

Al-Sayyad's comments come after a crisis over the island of Socotra, southwest of Yemen. The UAE deployed 300 soldiers, along with tanks and artillery, to the famed UNESCO World Heritage Site at the beginning of May.

Twitter using ‘behavioral signals’ to mute trolls in conversations and search

Twitter Inc on Tuesday revised its strategy for fighting abusive internet “trolls,” saying it would use behavioral signals to identify harassers on the social network and then limit the visibility of their tweets.

Egypt arrests activist after anti-sexual abuse video

Egypt on Friday arrested an activist who posted a video on social media in which she hit out at national institutions and voiced opposition to sexual harassment, security sources said.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin begins fourth term, rules till 2024

Vladimir Putin will on Monday be inaugurated for his fourth Kremlin term under the shadow of hugely strained ties with the West and a crackdown on the opposition.

Rights group frowns at arrest, detention of Senator Melaye’s security detail

The National Coordinator Justice and Freedom Watch, Chief Segun Owoeye, has frowned at the arrest and unlawful detention of Senator Dino Melaye’s orderly and his security detail by the police.

Benue groups to drag federal government before UN, ICC over killings

A coalition of socio-cultural groups in Benue State, comprising Mdgzou U Tiv, Idoma National Forum and Omi’Ngede, have said they are set to drag the Federal Government before the United Nations over the persistent killing of citizens of the state by suspected herdsmen.

Amnesty: Human rights at risk in Nigeria

The intimidation and harassment of journalists and bloggers, as well as violent crackdowns on peaceful protests, show the determination of the authorities to suppress the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Nigeria, said Amnesty International Nigeria on Thursday, World Press Freedom Day.

Central African president lashes religious exploitation after bloodshed

The president of the Central African Republic on Wednesday accused militias of exploiting religious tensions a day after at least 24 people in the capital died in attacks that targeted a church and a mosque.

Thailand releases editor imprisoned for royal insult

A Thai activist and magazine editor who in 2013 was sentenced to 11 years behind bars for insulting the monarchy has been released after seven years in prison.

Democracy under threat in Nigeria – PDP tells Donald Trump

Less than 24 hours to President Muhammadu Buhari’s scheduled ‎meeting with the United States of America (USA) president, Donald Trump, the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised anti-democratic issues and human rights abuse against the Nigerian leader.

Amnesty accuses Turkey of using state of emergency to ‘shrink’ opposition

Turkey needs to stop using its ongoing state of emergency as justification for locking up human rights activists, journalists and civil society leaders, Amnesty International said in a report released on Thursday.

Senegal sets higher bar for presidential bids despite protests

Senegalese parliament on Thursday passed a law setting a higher bar for presidential candidates after protests that saw police fire tear gas on demonstrators, with dozens arrested according to the main opposition party.

Ethiopia revokes right of top journalist Eskinder Nega to leave the country

Eskinder Nega, an award winning Ethiopian journalist who was jailed for being critical of government, has been barred from leaving the country, a writers’ body, PEN America and a famed blogger, Befeqadu Hailu, have said.

DHQ accuses Taraba politicians of inciting people against military

As controversy continues to trail the killings in Taraba State, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Wednesday accused politicians in the state of inciting the people against the military and attempting to confront soldiers.

UAE rights activist Ahmed Mansoor put on trial in Abu Dhabi

The trial of an Emirati human rights activist, who was arrested after falling foul of the country's cybercrime laws, has started in the UAE's capital, Abu Dhabi.

Vigils, marches, prayers for fourth anniversary of Chibok kidnap

A Nigerian journalist previously involved in negotiations with Boko Haram on Saturday said he had information that only 15 of the 112 were still alive.

Key world reactions to US-led strikes on Syria

The US, France and Britain unleashed air strikes on Syria early Saturday targeting the Damascus regime in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack on civilians.

Amnesty International urges federal government to issue moratorium against executions

Amnesty International has called on the federal government to issue a legally binding official moratorium against executions as a first step towards the abolition of the death penalty in the country.

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Governor Wike, Bishop Kukah differ on how to entrench democracy in Nigeria

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DHQ: Troops kill 35 militia herdsmen in Benue, Taraba, others

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Oby Ezekwesili: Nigerians deserve right to quality leadership

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