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Outrage in Gambia over claims ex-president ordered killings

Relatives of people murdered by death squads in The Gambia expressed outrage on Monday over the release of three former hitmen, who said they committed dozens of assassinations ordered by ex-president Yahya Jammeh.
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Bahrain executes two Shiites on terror charges

Bahrain executed two Shiite citizens by firing squad Saturday on terror charges, officials said, despite appeals for clemency from international human rights groups.

HRW: Gambian ex-dictator Yahya Jammeh ‘handpicked’ women for rape

Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh "handpicked" women whom he would rape or sexually coerce, offering cash, gifts and other privileges in exchange, international rights groups said on Wednesday.
Egyptian security forces have committed widespread abuses against civilians in restive northern Sinai Peninsula, some of which amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday, urging other nations to halt military assistance.

HRW: Abuses in Egypt’s Sinai amount to war crimes

Egyptian security forces have committed widespread abuses against civilians in restive northern Sinai Peninsula, some of which amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday, urging other nations to halt military assistance.
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HRW calls for arrests in South Africa after attacks on foreigners

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged South African authorities Monday to prosecute the perpetrators of deadly xenophobic violence that displaced some 300 Malawi migrants three weeks ago but has yielded no arrests.
Abdelkader Bensalah

Abdelaziz Bouteflika ally named Algeria’s first new president in 20 years

Algerian lawmakers appointed a regime stalwart as the country's first new president in two decades on Tuesday, dismaying protesters seeking sweeping change following the resignation of veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Rights groups protest against Kenya’s plan to close Dadaab camp

A quarter of a million Somali refugees face violence back home if Kenya continues with plans to shut the vast Dadaab camp, rights groups warned Thursday.

HRW: Cameroon security forces kill 170 civilians in Anglophone region

Government forces in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions killed no fewer than 170 civilians over the past six months, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday.
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HRW: Saudi women on trial after contact with foreign media

Saudi women held in detention for nearly a year have been charged following contact with foreign media and activists, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, after they went on trial for undermining national security.
Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi

Sudan opposition leader jailed for a week for protest

A Sudanese emergency court Sunday sentenced an opposition leader to a week in jail, as police detained several people intent on marching on parliament to protest a state of emergency.

Sudan court sentences nine women protesters to flogging – lawyers

A Sudanese emergency court on Saturday sentenced nine women protesters to 20 lashes each for participating in an unauthorised demonstration against President Omar al-Bashir's rule, defence lawyers said.

Sudan slams Western powers for rebuking state of emergency

Sudan on Wednesday hit back at Western powers for calling President Omar al-Bashir's decision to impose a nationwide state of emergency a "return to military rule" in the African country.
Sudanese men shout slogans during an anti-government protest following Friday noon prayers on January 18, 2019 outside a mosque in Khartoum’s twin city Omdurman. – Deadly protests have rocked Sudan since they first erupted on December 19 after a government decision to raise the price of bread. The rallies have since escalated into broader demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir’s three decades of iron-fisted rule and triggered clashes with the security forces. (Photo by – / AFP)

Sudan protesters rally against death of teacher

Sudanese protesters rallied after Friday prayers in an eastern town against the death in custody of a teacher arrested in connection with anti-government demonstrations sweeping the country, witnesses said.
Pope Francis holds a mass for thousands of Catholics at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi [Tony Gentile-Reuters]

Pope Francis holds first Papal Mass in Abu Dhabi

Pope Francis has held the first Papal Mass at a stadium in Abu Dhabi, the first time the papal visited the Arabian Peninsula.
Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang disappeared in 2015. Isaac Lawrence-AFP-Getty Images

China jails rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang for ‘subversion’

A court in China has sentenced prominent rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang to four and a half years in jail for "subverting state power", in a verdict that sparked criticism from human rights activists.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina [Ricardo Mazalan-AP]

Rights groups call for access to Saudi detainees

Rights groups have called on Saudi Arabia to grant them access to detainees in the kingdom a day after British parliamentarians threatened to publish their own report detailing allegations of mistreatment unless Riyadh allows them in by next week.

Police detain leading Zimbabwe activist after protests

Leading Zimbabwean activist Evan Mawarire was detained by police on Wednesday when he was taken from his house in a widening crackdown after anti-government protests, AFP reporters witnessed.
Rahaf Alqunun, left, says she's fleeing abuse by her family and wants asylum in Australia [Thai immigration police via AP]

UNHCR investigates Rahaf Alqanun’s case for asylum

The UN's refugee agency said on Tuesday it was investigating the case of Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun who fled from her family and barricaded herself inside a Bangkok airport hotel to prevent Thailand expelling her.

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Pass all requests for meetings with me through Abba Kyari – President Buhari tells ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told incoming ministers that all requests for meetings with him should pass through his chief of staff, Abba Kyari.
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COAS: Nigerian Army ready to enhance local capacity in logistics provision

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#RevolutionNow: Court refuses to release Omoyele Sowore

A Federal High Court in Lagos has declined to order the release of SaharaReporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, and other persons in connection with the August 5, #RevolutionNow protest.