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Ethiopia PM: Torture is our act of terrorism

Ethiopia PM: Torture is our act of terrorism

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has accused the country's security institutions of carrying out acts of terrorism by wrongfully imprisoning and torturing people.

Mr Abiy, who was sworn in two months ago, was asked in parliament why people accused of terrorism offences were amongst the thousands recently released from prison.

Banda in second bid for Malawi's presidency

Banda in second bid for Malawi's presidency

Malawi's former President Joyce Banda, who returned home in April after four years of self-imposed exile, says she intends to contest next year's election if chosen by the opposition People's Party.

In 2012, Mrs Banda became Malawi's first female president and only the second woman to lead a country in Africa.

Nigeria attacks: Blasts and rockets 'kill 31' in Borno state

Nigeria attacks: Blasts and rockets 'kill 31' in Borno state

Two suicide bombers have attacked a town in north-eastern Nigeria only hours after the country's army chief urged displaced residents to return home because it was safe.

The blasts hit the town of Damboa in Borno state on Saturday evening and residents say at least 31 people died.

The explosions were followed up by rockets fired from outside the town.

Sudan central bank chief dies of heart attack in Turkey

Sudan central bank chief dies of heart attack in Turkey

Sudan's central bank governor Hazem Abdelqader has died of a heart attack while on a visit to Turkey, the Sudanese presidency said in the weekend.

It was not immediately clear whether Abdelqader was on a official visit to Turkey but the presidency said in a statement that he died of a heart attack. It did not offer other details.

Bemba militia victims to share $1m fund

Bemba militia victims to share $1m fund

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is to launch an assistance fund for victims in the Central African Republic (CAR) of a militia once run by the former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba.

The announcement of the $1.2m (£900,000) fund comes after the release of Mr Bemba, whose conviction on war crimes charges was overturned by the court.

In 2002, Mr Bemba sent his 1,500 strong militia into the CAR to suppress a coup.

Two killed in South Africa mosque attack

Two killed in South Africa mosque attack

Two people have been stabbed to death in a "brutal" attack on a South African mosque where worshipers were preparing to pray.

The attacker, who was armed with "a big rambo knife", struck as people gathered in Malmesbury mosque, north of Cape Town, at about 03:00 local time (01:00 GMT) this morning

However, when police arrived on the scene, he refused to hand over his weapon, police spokesman Lt Col André Traut said

"He was shot and killed in the process.

Jean-Pierre Bemba: ICC orders release of Congo 'warlord'

Jean-Pierre Bemba: ICC orders release of Congo 'warlord'

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have ordered the release of former Democratic Republic of Congo rebel leader and Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba.

Last week, appeal judges overturned his 2016 conviction on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Bemba is yet to be sentenced for the separate charge of bribing witnesses.

Kenya school closed after sexual harassment complaints

Kenya school closed after sexual harassment complaints

Another high school in Kenya has been closed indefinitely after hundreds of girls walked out of the institution to protest against alleged sexual harassment by a male teacher.

Local media reports that more than 700 students of Maasai Girls High School, located 68 miles (110 km) southwest of the capital, Nairobi, marched out of the school early yesterday morning.

Trump and Kim meet

Trump and Kim become the 1st sitting US president & North Korean leader to meet

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have become the first sitting US president and North Korean leader to meet, an unprecedented development after a year of exchanging threats.

The pair shook hands at a luxury hotel in Singapore’s Sentosa island after months of diplomatic twists and turns.

They have been discussing defusing tensions and nuclear disarmament.

Ethiopia Offers Reassurances to Egypt over Nile Waters

Ethiopia Offers Reassurances to Egypt over Nile Waters

The leaders of Egypt and Ethiopia say they have made progress in their talks on sharing the waters of the Nile River.

The two countries have been trying for months to settle a dispute over the dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile River that Cairo fears will threaten its water supplies.

Ethiopia's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, estimated to cost at least $4 billion, will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam.

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