Africa

Captured, raped, ransomed: the kidnappers preying on Eritrean refugees | Sally Hayden

When Ella and her cousin reached a refugee camp in Sudan, it seemed to herald safety. Instead, it was the start of an all too familiar ordealIt was right at the moment Ella thought she was safe that she was kidnapped.The 17-year-old had just entered easte

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Kenya forest death: activists blame EU for ignoring human rights warnings

EU criticised for its ‘poor response’ after an indigenous herder is killed during a forced eviction for a water conservation project it fundsThe European Union has been accused of a fatally slow response to human rights warnings after the kil

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Zimbabwe president pledges 'free and fair' election in five months

Emmerson Mnangagwa reaffirms pledge for first democratic vote since Robert Mugabe deposedZimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced that elections will be held within “four to five months”, the first since the end of Robert M

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Nigeria: two Americans and two Canadians kidnapped in ambush

Police say ‘unknown armed men’ seized quartet on road to Abuja‘Every possible means’ being employed to rescue abducteesTwo Americans and two Canadians have been kidnapped in an ambush in Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, in the lat

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Congolese government in rent arrears for London embassy

Owners of building on Great Portland Street reveal rent issue during successful legal action to remove human rights activistsThe Congolese government is facing legal action for failing to pay rent on its embassy in London, it has emerged.The step taken by

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Sadat nephew and Sisi critic drops Egyptian presidential bid

Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat says he doubts there will be genuine competition and indicates he may wait until 2022The nephew of the assassinated Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat has dramatically announced he will not run in March’s presidential election

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'People were screaming': troops destroy $200,000 aid camps in Somalia

More than 4,000 people are homeless two weeks after security forces demolished camps sheltering internally displaced SomalisTwo weeks after being forcibly evicted from their shelters, thousands of vulnerable families are still living rough in the outskirt

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Ramaphosa vows to fight corruption in South Africa's ruling party

Cyril Ramaphosa, tipped to be South Africa’s next president replacing scandal-prone Jacob Zuma, uses first major public speech to call for unityCyril Ramaphosa, the new leader of South Africa’s ruling party, has vowed to crack down on the co

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Head of Angola's wealth fund fired after Paradise Papers revelations

Leaked files showed José Filomeno Dos Santos appointed friend’s firm to manage fund, who then invested in own venturesAngola’s president, João Lourenço, has sacked the head of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, two months a

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Who is protesting in Tunisia and why?

Most taking to the streets are students and the unemployed angry at price and tax rises – and protests are likely to intensifyTunisians from different backgrounds are taking to the streets, though most are young. They include large numbers of stude

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Violent protests against austerity sweep Tunisia – video

More than 300 protesters were arrested and the army was deployed in several cities as violent demonstrations swept Tunisia for a third night, despite threats of a security crackdown. In Thala, near the Algerian border, troops were sent in after prot

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Hundreds arrested in Tunisia as violent protests spread

Army deployed and more than 300 people arrested as demonstrations against price and tax hikes erupt in several citiesMore than 300 protesters have been arrested and the army deployed in several Tunisian cities after violent demonstrations over prices, tax

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