Protests Grow in Algeria as Aging Leader Eyes 5th Term

PARIS —  Algeria is facing its biggest demonstrations in years, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets to protest another re-election bid by ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. For the moment, Boutelika is expected to formally present his candidacy by Sunday’s deadline. He also announced he had selected Transport Minister Abdelghani Zaalane to […]

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Sudan’s President Hands Party Leadership to Deputy

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has stepped down from his position as chairman of the ruling party. The National Congress Party made the announcement late Thursday, following weeks of protests against Bashir’s rule. The president transferred his party leadership role to NCP deputy chairman Ahmed Harun, until the party’s next general convention. A NCP party statement […]

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South Sudan Executed 7 People in February

South Sudan executed at least seven people in February, a death toll that Amnesty International says, represents “as many as were executed in the whole of 2018” in the east-central African country. All the victims were men, according to the human rights organization. Three were from the same family. Amnesty said in a statement Friday […]

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Somali Forces End Deadly Mogadishu Building Siege

Somali security forces Friday ended the al-Shabab siege of a residential building in Mogadishu after battling the militants for almost 24 hours. An unknown number of al-Shabab militants had remained holed up in a building near a hotel in Mogadishu since Thursday. VOA’s reporter on the scene says government security forces cordoned off the entire […]

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