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China has expressed anger over passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for official actions against Beijing over its crackdown on millions of ethnic Muslims.

US House approves bill denouncing China’s crackdown of Uighur Muslims

China has expressed anger over passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for official actions against Beijing over its crackdown on millions of ethnic Muslims.
A trade deal between the U.S. and China has stalled because of newly signed U.S. bipartisan legislation supporting pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, according to the news website Axios.

China retaliates after US legislation supports Hong Kong pro-democracy movement

A trade deal between the U.S. and China has stalled because of newly signed U.S. bipartisan legislation supporting pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, according to the news website Axios.
Opposition party Chadema said more than 90 percent of its candidates were disqualified [Sadi Said-Reuters]

Tanzania’s ruling party set to sweep council polls after opposition boycott

Tanzania on Sunday held local government elections, viewed as a test case ahead of national polls next year, with the main opposition party boycotting the ballot citing violence and intimidation.
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HRW: Many patients in chains in hospitals, rehab and religious centres

Thousands of people with mental health conditions across Nigeria are chained and locked up in various facilities where they face terrible abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Monday.
A strong turnout at the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII), nicknamed “Davos in the desert”, would further rehabilitate de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s image, a year on from the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi hosts ‘Davos in desert’ as outrage fades over Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

Dozens of global policymakers and tycoons will attend a Saudi investment summit starting Tuesday, helping the kingdom turn the page on a critic’s murder that triggered a mass boycott last year.
Algerian authorities should re-open recently shuttered Protestant churches, Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday said, describing the closures as the latest example of repression of the religious minority.

Rights group criticises Algeria’s closure of churches, crackdown

Algerian authorities should re-open recently shuttered Protestant churches, Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday said, describing the closures as the latest example of repression of the religious minority.
STRASBOURG, FRANCE - The European Parliament on Thursday awarded the Sakharov Prize for human rights to Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment in China for separatism.

Jailed Uighur Tohti wins European Parliament Sakharov Rights Award

The European Parliament on Thursday awarded the Sakharov Prize for human rights to Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment in China for "separatism".
The appeals on Friday came after Grace Lalrinmawii Karaca said she had not been able to reach her husband, Osman Karaca, since October 14. He was last seen being taken into a police car in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, she told Al Jazeera.

Turkish-Mexican dual citizen ‘arrested’ in Cambodia

Human rights groups have urged Cambodia to confirm the whereabouts of a Turkish-Mexican national who, his wife said, had been arrested by police in Phnom Penh, allegedly at the request of the Turkish authorities.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

Stony silence from Eritrea as Ethiopia basks in Nobel glow

While Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was praised for efforts to end years of bitter tension with Eritrea in his Nobel Peace Prize award last week, his Eritrean partner in the peace-making has conspicuously failed to offer his congratulations.
The Sengwer, an indigenous hunter-gatherer community in western Kenya, presented a petition Monday morning to the government in Nairobi demanding the return and protection of what they call their ancestral lands.

Kenya’s Sengwer people demand recognition of ‘ancestral land’

The Sengwer, an indigenous hunter-gatherer community in western Kenya, presented a petition Monday morning to the government in Nairobi demanding the return and protection of what they call their ancestral lands. The community says it faces threats of eviction as Kenya's government takes over conservation of the country's forests and water supplies.
A protest against the prosecution of Hajar Raissouni in front of the Rabat courthouse this month. Mosa'Ab Elshamy-Associated Press

Moroccan journalist jailed one year on abortion charges

A Moroccan journalist has been sentenced to one year in prison for premarital sex and having an abortion, in a case activists described as part of a crackdown on critical reporters.
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HRW: Nearly 2, 000 arrests in Egypt crackdown

Egypt has arrested nearly 2 000 people in what may be its biggest crackdown since the aftermath of the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Friday.
Dr Peter Magombeyi, a doctors' association leader, had been organizing pay strikes when he disappeared. JEKESAI NJIKIZANA- AFP

Zimbabwean doctor who survived suspected kidnapping leaves for South Africa

A Zimbabwe doctor who survived a suspected kidnapping by state authorities last week has left the country for medical treatment in South Africa, a rights group said on Thursday.

German chancellor meets with Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi in New York

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on the sidelines of a UN Climate Action Summit on Monday, her spokeswoman confirmed.
Nineteen suspected jihadists linked to a deadly attack on Coptic Christians in central Egypt have been killed in a shootout with police, the interior ministry said Sunday.

Dozens arrested in Egypt after rare anti-Sisi protests – security source

Rare small protests were staged overnight in Cairo and other Egyptian cities calling for the removal of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, but authorities quickly dispersed them and arrested dozens, a security source said.

Nigerian migrants struggle to reintegrate after Libya ordeal

Emerging from her ordeal, Gloria considers herself "privileged". Last year, the 26-year-old left Nigeria with four other women, dreaming of a better life in Europe.
FILE - Children cleared of ties with Boko Haram wait to be released by the military in Maiduguri, July 9, 2018.

HRW: Children imprisoned in Nigeria on terror charges face brutal conditions

Musa, a 17-year-old living in northeastern Nigeria, has a grim story. He said when he was eight years old, members of the armed Islamic group Boko Haram attacked and burned down his village.
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MIKE SMITH Joint Military Task Force (JTF) spokesman Lt.Col. Onyema Nwachukwu speaks on illegal oil refineries and miltary operations to dislodge oil thieves in Bayelsa State of Niger Delta on April 9, 2013. Shell Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) had threatened to shut down production in April for nine days in the entire Nembe Trunk Line to remove a number of bunkering points on pipelines vandalised by oil thieves in the region. Since 2009, SPDC has experienced an upsurge in vandalisation of pipeline network by criminals causing severe environmental devastation and forcing the company to lose 60,000 barrels daily this year. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

DHQ: Children not detained as terrorism suspects

The Defence Headquarters has disclosed that children were not held as terrorism suspects in any military detention facility in the northeastern part of Nigeria.

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Former Edo state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Osagie Obayuwana, has urged the National Assembly to repeal the law setting up the Department of State Services (DSS), saying it has outlived its usefulness.

Former Edo attorney-general urges National Assembly to repeal DSS law

Former Edo state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Osagie Obayuwana, has urged the National Assembly to repeal the law setting up the Department of State Services (DSS), saying it has outlived its usefulness.
A senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District, Nicholas Tofowomo, on Saturday condemned the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore by the personnel of the Department of State Services inside the courtroom on Friday where Justice Ojukwu was presiding

Ondo lawmaker decries DSS court room invasion

A senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District, Nicholas Tofowomo, on Saturday condemned the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore by the personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS) inside the courtroom on Friday where Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu was presiding.
The Nigeria Police Command in Rivers says it intercepted and arrested two fake soldiers allegedly involved in a robbery operation within new Port Harcourt GRA on Wednesday.

Police nab man for allegedly killing neighbour in Niger

The Police in Niger have arrested one Mohammed Isa, 27, of Dogon Ruwa village of Bosso Local Government Area of the state, for allegedly shooting and killing his neighbour, Umaru Abubakar, 30, with a Dane gun.

Federal government files appeal against $9.6 billion P&ID judgement

Nigeria’s Federal Government (FG) on Friday filed a new and substantive challenge in the English Courts in the ongoing fight against the vulture-fund-backed P&ID.
Thobile Mbopkwa from South Africa has emerged the champion of the IAU African Championship held in Remo on Saturday.

South Africans emerge winners of Remo marathon

Thobile Mbopkwa from South Africa has emerged the champion of the IAU African Championship held in Remo on Saturday.