South Africans voice their concern about police brutality
24 June 2020 | 11:00 am
Malawi is bracing for a landmark election re-run. Voters will return to the polls this week to choose a president after last year's election outcome was overturned by the Constitutional Court. Also, South Africans grow increasingly frustrated with heavy-handed policing in the wake of the international focus on police brutality that has followed the death of George Floyd in the United States. And in Ivory Coast, dozens of high school students won't be able to sit their leaving exams until September.
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Defense chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) say they finalized a plan for a potential military intervention in Niger. The regional bloc has given coup leaders in Niger until Sunday to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum.
Niger's political scene became more complex on Wednesday as former rebel Rhissa Ag Boula announced a new Council of Resistance for the Republic (CRR) aimed at reinstating deposed Nigerien president Mohamed Bazoum.
The African Union has expressed its concern for the health of President Mohamed Bazoum and called for his "immediate" release. The bloc also said it backed the West African ECOWAS group.
The African Union, EU and US are amongst those expressing growing international concern for the wellbeing of Niger's detained president Mohamed Bazoum. Also, reporters from France 24's info migrants desk speak to family members of Africans who say they've been arbitrarily detained. Finally, conservationists in Guinea dig deep to try to save the Kakimbo forest in Conakry.
International organizations and leaders had condemned the conditions of ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, who was been held in his official residence by Niger's junta. Meanwhile, ECOWAS deferred a Saturday meeting.
Niger's Junta said on Sunday they had gathered enough evidence to prosecute ousted President Mohamed Bazoum for high treason following his imprisonment last month and Niger's military subsequent dissolving of the elected government.
Jennifer Hermoso said she “did not enjoy” the kiss that was planted on her by president of the Spanish FA, Luis Rubiales. The incident, which many deemed inappropriate, occurred after Spain beat England 1-0 to win their first ever World Cup.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he was confident he would win the election on Wednesday after casting his vote in Kwekwe.
Military officers in oil-producing Gabon said they had seized power on Wednesday, placing President Ali Bongo under house arrest and naming a new leader after the Central African state's election body announced Bongo had won a third term.
The vote for the largely ceremonial role is widely viewed as a test of support for the ruling People's Action Party.
The regional bloc CCAS, and the country's opposition coalition, have urged international partners to push for a rapid return to civilian rule. Also in this edition: In Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 48 protesters are reported to have been killed in the eastern city of Goma. And finally: In South Africa, the death toll rises to 76 after the devastating Johannesburg fire at an abandoned apartment block that housed dozens of homeless people and squatters.
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Noureddin Bongo Valentin, the eldest son of ousted Gabonese president Ali Bongo, has been charged with corruption, embezzlement of public funds and money laundering. Several cabinet members were also indicted. Also in this edition: famine aid for Somalia is to be temporarily suspended after a UN probe found widespread theft and misuse of funds.
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The political crisis in Niger has disrupted aid efforts, the UN's humanitarian chief in the West African nation, Louise Aubin, told DW in an exclusive interview. The current wave of insecurity in Niger has also hampered the UN's aid operations there, Aubin added.
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The suspension of visa services is the latest tit-for-tat move following the murder of an Sikh activist in Canada. India's foreign ministry has confirmed the move.
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In Northern Ghana, a social enterprise provides school kits and raincoats made from plastic waste. The all-women group is keeping children in school while helping the environment.
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The public began to demand answers as to why Sammy Larry has been bullying Mohbad. According to the artist's close friends, it was not the first time. It was reported that Naira Marley, Zinolesky and Sam Larry moved out of the country immediately after Mohbad's death, drawing suspicion of foul play on his death.