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The Afghan government has freed 100 Taliban prisoners as a first step in a peace process with the hardline Islamists, despite the group earlier walking out of talks on a planned prisoner exchange crucial to moving to a plan to end years of war.

100 Taliban prisoners released in attempt to revive peace plan

The Afghan government has freed 100 Taliban prisoners as a first step in a peace process with the hardline Islamists, despite the group earlier walking out of talks on a planned prisoner exchange crucial to moving to a plan to end years of war.
Amnesty International

Amnesty: Armed conflicts, state repression fuel cocktail of human rights violations in Africa

The report analyses major developments from the past year including the deposition of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the Zimbabwean government’s response to mass protests, and increasing attacks on civilians in Mozambique and Mali.
Amnesty International

Amnesty: Nigerian authorities must uphold human rights in fight to curb coronavirus

The Nigerian authorities must adopt a rights-respecting approach and give clear instructions to security agencies not to abuse their powers as the nation tightens its effort to tame the COVID-19 pandemic, Amnesty International, a non-governmental organisation, has said.
FILE PHOTO- Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar meets Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (not pictured) at the Parliament in Athens, Greece, January 17, 2020. REUTERS-Costas Baltas

Libya frees over 450 inmates due to virus fears

Libya's justice ministry announced on Sunday that over 450 prisoners were being freed in a bid to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the wake of the war-torn country's first declared infections.
Authorities in Sudan have ordered the release of thousands of prisoners to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading in the country's jails, state media reported Wednesday.

Sudan frees thousands of prisoners over virus fears

Authorities in Sudan have ordered the release of thousands of prisoners to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading in the country's jails, state media reported Wednesday.
National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

NOUN: 615 prisoners studying free

Prof. Abdalla Adamu, the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University in Nigeria (NOUN) says the institution has admitted a total of 615 prisoners.
The United States on Tuesday called for Iran to release all American prisoners held in the country as the coronavirus outbreak reportedly spreads through its prisons.

Coronavirus: US will hold Iran responsible for any American deaths

The United States on Tuesday called for Iran to release all American prisoners held in the country as the coronavirus outbreak reportedly spreads through its prisons.
A regional minister in Lombardy, the Italian region most affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak, has tested positive for the virus.

Stocks savaged, Italy on lockdown, Donald Trump seeks to reassure as coronavirus spreads

All of Italy under lockdown, reeling financial markets and rioting prisoners made clear on Monday how the global coronavirus epidemic was extending its reach into all aspects of social and economic life.
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has refused the Taliban outfit’s demand for the release of 5,000 detainees within 10 days, saying no precondition is acceptable for initiating intra-Afghan talks.

Afghan leader rejects Taliban’s ‘ridiculous offer’

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has refused the Taliban outfit’s demand for the release of 5,000 detainees within 10 days, saying no precondition is acceptable for initiating intra-Afghan talks.
The government of Afghanistan has made no commitment to free 5,000 Taliban prisoners as stated in a pact signed between the United States and Taliban Islamic militants, President Ashraf Ghani said Sunday.

Ashraf Ghani: No commitment by Afghanistan to free 5,000 Taliban

The government of Afghanistan has made no commitment to free 5,000 Taliban prisoners as stated in a pact signed between the United States and Taliban Islamic militants, President Ashraf Ghani said Sunday.
An Algerian prosecutor is seeking a year's prison sentence for Fodil Boumala, a leading figure in the country's protest movement, an advocacy group said Monday.

Algeria court seeks prison sentence for protest leader

An Algerian prosecutor is seeking a year's prison sentence for Fodil Boumala, a leading figure in the country's protest movement, an advocacy group said Monday.
Mike Pompeo said on CNN- ‘We have to prepare, we have to be ready, and we took a bad guy off the battlefield.’ Saul Loeb-AFP via Getty Images

Mike Pompeo: US, Taliban to sign peace agreement at end of month

The United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on Feb. 29 at the end of a week-long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban said on Friday.
MUNICH - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy vowed Saturday to end the separatist conflict in the east of his country, where fighting between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops has killed more than 14,000 people since 2014.

Ukraine’s president vows to end war, invites Donald Trump to Kyiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy vowed Saturday to end the separatist conflict in the east of his country, where fighting between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops has killed more than 14,000 people since 2014.

Jay-Z sues Mississippi’s prison system for poor living condition

Rap superstar Jay-Z filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections Tuesday on behalf of nearly 30 prisoners, claiming inmates are being subject to inhumane, violent and unconstitutional conditions that have led to the death of five people over the last two weeks.
Sidqi al-Maqt is freed from prison (Haim Horenstein)

Israel frees two prisoners after return of soldier missing since 1982

Two prisoners were released from Israeli detention on Friday, months after Syria returned the remains of an Israeli soldier killed during a 1982 conflict between the countries.
Sidqi al-Maqt is freed from prison (Haim Horenstein)

Israel releases man convicted of spying for Syria in swap deal

Israel has announced the release of two prisoners - one of whom was convicted of spying for Syria - as part of a swap deal brokered by Russia.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2019. REUTERS-Arnd Wiegmann

Uganda repatriates released Rwandan prisoners

Uganda on Wednesday handed over nine Rwandan nationals released by a military court to ease tensions between the two neighbouring countries.
Ukrainian authorities and Russia-backed separatists in the war-torn east of the country prepared to swap dozens of prisoners on Sunday in a frontline operation that has stirred controversy.

Ukraine rivals to exchange prisoners in controversial swap

Ukrainian authorities and Russia-backed separatists in the war-torn east of the country prepared to swap dozens of prisoners on Sunday in a frontline operation that has stirred controversy.

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Somalia’s Federal Health Minister, Dr Fawzia Abikar Nur, on Wednesday night confirmed the country's first death due to the coronavirus and announced four more confirmed cases, raising the number to 12.

Somalia reports first death as coronavirus cases rise to 12

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Sadio Mane credits upbeat Jurgen Klopp with keeping Liverpool spirits high

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Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicolas thinks Liverpool face a dilemma regarding the selection of Mohamed Salah against Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Mido: Liverpool can’t stop Mo Salah from playing for Egypt at Afcon

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