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Timo Olkkonen, the EU’s ambassador in Harare, told acting foreign affairs minister July Moyo and his team at the start of the talks that reforms and inclusive political dialogue would also help with Zimbabwe’s economic recovery.

EU expresses worry over political developments in Zimbabwe

The European Union is concerned that the democratic space in Zimbabwe has deteriorated since it opened talks with Harare in June for the first time since 2001 in a bid to turn the page on years of hostile relations.
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong says he has been banned from running in the city's upcoming local council elections.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist from November local elections

Wong posted the notice he received from an election commission officer on his Twitter page Tuesday declaring his candidacy invalid. He angrily tweeted that the decision proves "how Beijing manipulate the election with political censorship and screening."
The responses to the announcement were immediate and widely varied. Some hailed former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe a liberation hero. Others dismissed him as a monster.

Robert Mugabe as divisive in death as he was in life

The responses to the announcement were immediate and widely varied. Some hailed former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe a liberation hero. Others dismissed him as a "monster". This suggests that Mugabe will be as divisive a figure in death as he was in life, writes Roger Southall.

ECOWAS members express displeasure over political situation in Benin

Members of the ECOWAS Parliament has expressed displeasure in the political situation in Benin following the presentation of the Country Report from the Beninese delegation of the parliament.
Tires burn as protesters barricade the streets of Cadjehoun the stronghold of former president of Benin Thomas Yayi Boni on May 2, 2019 in Cotonou. – Protesters in Benin were locked in a tense standoff with police and soldiers after violence broke out following controversial parliamentary polls held without a single opposition candidate. Hours after initial results showed a record low turnout in April 28 election, soldiers and large numbers of police deployed across the economic capital Cotonou. Supporters of former president Boni Yayi, who led calls for a boycott of the ballot, took to the streets. They erected makeshift barriers of burning tyres, and chanting slogans against President Patrice Talon. (Photo by Yanick Folly / AFP)

First death as post-election violence grips Benin

Hundreds of protesters in Benin manning burning barricades defied police and soldiers Thursday after violence broke out following controversial parliamentary polls held without a single opposition candidate.
Justices of the Ugandan Supreme Court

Uganda’s top court upholds ruling on extending president’s rule

Uganda’s supreme court on Thursday backed constitutional changes that allow long-ruling President Yoweri Museveni to extend his time in office.

Malaysia denounced after critics of Egypt’s president detained

Human rights organisations have criticised Malaysian authorities for detaining four Egyptians critical of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi with the intention of returning them to Egypt.
Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II

Emir Sanusi: Those attacking mosques, churches are uneducated political activists

The Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II, has described those attacking Mosques and Churches in Nigeria as ill informed and uneducated political activists.
Zimbabwe police fired teargas to disperse a crowd queuing for bread at a shopping centre near central Harare [Philimon Bulawayo-Reuters]

Zimbabwe blocks social media as crackdown intensifies

Zimbabwe on Friday blocked most social media as international criticism mounted of a ruthless security crackdown after anti-government protests.
Zingiswa Losi

South Africa’s top trade union gets first woman president

South Africa’s largest trade union federation on Tuesday elected a woman president, a first for the 33-year-old labour movement that helped lead the fight against apartheid.

Ugandan lawmakers appeal law allowing President Museveni re-election bid

A group of Ugandan legislators have petitioned the supreme court to overturn a lower court decision that upheld a constitutional amendment allowing long-serving leader Yoweri Museveni to seek re-election.

SERAP seeks suspension of Cameroon from AU over torture of 47 activists

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to the African Union Chairperson and President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, urging him to suspend Cameroon from the African Union (AU) for torturing 47 political activists.

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Lagos council chief passes on

A senior officer of the council, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the death, saying, “he has been battling with an undisclosed illness since December last year before he finally succumbed to the cold hands of death.
Edinson Cavani

Jose Mourinho wants Kylian Mbappe in Tottenham, silent on Edinson Cavani

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is giving nothing away on a potential exit for Christian Eriksen but wants Kylian in the club.
Apple dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Apple’s iCloud backups are unencrypted due to law enforcement pressure

Apple dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Brendan Rodgers has insisted Leicester’s recent loss to Premier League champions Manchester City was just a “bump in the road” as they prepare for the visit of leaders Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers: Wilfred Ndidi has made ‘miraculous recovery’ from injury

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says Wilfred Ndidi has made “a miraculous recovery” after undergoing a minor surgery for a knee injury.
Libya's oil state energy firm, the National Oil Corporation (NOC)

US calls for immediate resumption of Libya oil operations

The United States on Tuesday called for an immediate resumption of Libya’s lifeline oil exports that have been blocked by forces loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar since last week.