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Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials while in transit at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. AFP-Getty Images

Saudi asylum seeker in Thailand deletes Twitter account over ‘death threats’

The 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker who fled her family to Thailand and harnessed the power of Twitter to stave off deportation on Friday abruptly suspended her account, with friends saying she had received death threats.

Egypt mulls changing constitution to keep Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in power

Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are calling for constitutional changes that would allow him to stay in power once his second term ends in 2022.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli

World Bank, EU cut aid to Tanzania after human rights crackdown

Tanzania's tough-talking president John Magufuli has earned respect by fighting corruption, but international donors are now concerned by crackdowns on human rights.
Matthew Hedges

British scholar Matthew Hedges arrives in London after UAE pardon

British academic Matthew Hedges, who was jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has arrived in the United Kingdom a day after being pardoned by the Emirati president, ending a seven-month ordeal.
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) wave flags and chant slogans as they take part in a demonstration to protest against the imprisonnement of a Shiite, in Abuja, on October 29, 2018. - The army and police confronted members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), the group's spokesman Ibrahim Musa told AFP, amid reports of casualties. Rights groups have accused Nigeria's military of killing more than 300 IMN supporters and burying them in mass graves during the 2015 confrontation, a charge the military strongly denies. (Photo by Sodiq ADELAKUN / AFP)

IMN: In Nigeria ‘being Shiite is being persecuted’

The bloody crackdown on Shiite protesters this week in Nigeria has highlighted the oppression of a religious minority that experts say is driven by a Sunni Muslim elite backed by Saudi Arabia.

2019: Knight of Saint Mulumba cautions against vote buying, selling

Poppular Catholic religious group, the Knight of Saint Mulumba Nigeria (KSM) has advised all registered voters to reject the lure of selling and buying of their votes by selfish politicians as doing so will be tantamount to mortgaging their destinies and those of their Children.

Governor Fayose: President Buhari will lose if 2019 election is free and fair

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, says president Muhammadu Buhari will lose if the 2019 election is free and fair.
Youth Party

Youth Party election primaries to hold next month

Youth Party, one of the political parties registered recently by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), will conduct its Primary Elections next month in preparation for the 2019 general elections.
Joseph Kabila

UN chief commends Joseph Kabila for plan to step down as DRC President

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has commended the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila’s decision not to stand in elections scheduled to take place on Dec. 23.
Humberto Ortega

Nicaragua leader Daniel Ortega’s brother urges him to disband paramilitary forces

Humberto Ortega, the former head of Nicaragua's military, has urged his brother, President Daniel Ortega, to disband the pro-government paramilitary forces blamed for deadly violence in months of unrest.

Deadly clashes persist amid Nicaragua national strike

Activists faced off with Nicaraguan pro-government forces in hours of deadly clashes Thursday amid a nationwide strike to protest government repression of dissent that has left at least 162 dead, including an altar boy.

Pakistan army denies abducting British activist

Pakistan's army has denied abducting a British-Pakistani activist known for criticising the military, in an incident that prompted a wave of condemnation and increased fears of a crackdown on free speech.

Elderly Amnesty volunteer on trial in France for helping migrants

A 73-year-old Amnesty International volunteer appeared in court in France on Wednesday charged with helping two underage Africans illegally enter the country, the latest case involving activists assisting migrants on the move through Europe.

Nicaragua’s President Ortega to allow inquiry into protest deaths

Nicaragua says it will allow an independent enquiry into the killings of dozens of anti-government demonstrators as two more people were killed in fresh clashes on Saturday.

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.

Catalonia’s Carles Puigdemont in German court as arrest ignites protests

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is to appear in court Monday following his arrest in Germany which triggered a wave of protests in Catalonia where thousands of separatists faced off with police.

UN mission in DRC urged to play stronger role in polls

A body linked to the powerful Catholic Church in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday called on the United Nations to strengthen its role during December elections.

Togo opposition suspends protests at Ghana’s request

Opposition groups in Togo said Friday they were suspending upcoming protests against President Faure Gnassingbe at the request of Ghana, which is mediating in the crisis.

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Ethiopia has deployed soldiers against an armed faction of a recently-legalised opposition group that is robbing banks and attacking residents in the country’s remote west, the government said Wednesday.

Ethiopia deploys military against armed opposition faction

Ethiopia has deployed soldiers against an armed faction of a recently-legalised opposition group that is robbing banks and attacking residents in the country’s remote west, the government said Wednesday.

Chelsea to offer role to Petr Cech after retirement

Chelsea are open to offering former goalkeeper Petr Cech a role at the club after he retires from playing at the end of the season.

AGF orders freezing of Justice Onnoghen’s accounts

The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation has asked the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit to freeze the bank accounts of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

VP Osinbajo: Atiku Abubakar, PDP have always opposed restructuring

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in February 16 presidential election, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku have always opposed restructuring of the country.
Oby Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili: APC, PDP playing politics with Nigerians’ plight

The presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has again taken a swipe at both the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC), and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), of playing politics with the plight of the Nigerian people, lamenting that Nigeria was now known as “the world capital of poverty.”