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Burundi Opposition Leader Says Party Members Attacked in Run-up to Elections

Burundi’s main opposition leader and presidential candidate Agathon Rwasa says supporters of his CNL party are being arrested, attacked and in some cases killed ahead of the country’s May 20 elections.

“We are experiencing some behaviors which are meant to …

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West African Bloc Recognizes Guinea-Bissau’s Disputed President

West African nations on Thursday recognized Umaro Sissoco Embalo as president of Guinea-Bissau, after four months of dispute over whether his election was fraudulent.

Embalo won a run-off presidential vote in the chronically unstable country in December, according to the …

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Treatment of Africans in Southern China Sparks Diplomatic Backlash

Huddled under a highway bridge with a small bag of belongings, a 19-year-old student from Ivory Coast was desperately dialing his few contacts in China.

The student said he arrived in the southern city of Guangzhou last week after completing …

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Africa Must Not Be ‘Neglected’ in Virus Fight, Officials Say

African officials pushed back Thursday against the global jostling to obtain medical equipment to combat the coronavirus, warning that if the virus is left to spread on the continent the world will remain at risk.

“We cannot be neglected in …

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Botswana President, Cabinet Quarantined After COVID-19 Contact

A special Botswana parliamentary session called to discuss an extension of a state of emergency ended with all National Assembly members and the country’s president being quarantined. All had contact with an infected health worker.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi had called …

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Kenya’s President Halts All Passenger Transport in Four Counties to Stop Coronavirus

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday ordered a halt to all transport in major cities, including the capital Nairobi, to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The president announced the measures after 16 more people were confirmed as testing positive, …

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Mali Votes in Long-Delayed Parliamentary Election

Voters in Mali went to the polls Sunday to elect members of the 147-seat National Assembly.

The parliamentary election in the war-torn West African country, which should have taken place after President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s 2018 reelection, has been postponed …

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Burundi Election Could Be Compromised, UN Warns

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - U.N. investigators warn Burundi’s coming elections could be compromised by increasing repression of political opponents, economic and social instability and growing criminality. The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Burundi has submitted its report to the U.N. Human …

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