Thousands visit Muslim holy site in Senegal in annual pilgrimage
07 October 2020 | 7:00 am
The faithful from Senegal's influential Islamic Mouride brotherhood attend the grand mosque in central city Touba during the yearly Grand Magal pilgrimage, one of the first mass gatherings in the country since the coronavirus pandemic started.
Senegal's electoral commission has said the ruling coalition has failed to hold on to its absolute parliamentary majority.
Macky Sall's hopes for a controversial third term as Senegalese president were dealt a blow on Thursday as the opposition deprived him of a parliamentary majority. Cost-of-living concerns lead voters to support Sall’s detractors in last Sunday's vote.
After three years of talks, a peace deal has been signed between separatists and the national government in Senegal's southern Casamance region. It is hoped that this could bring an end to one of the longest running conflicts on the continent, one in which thousands of people have been killed and displaced since 1982.
Israel has struck Gaza for a second day, targeting the Islamic Jihad militant group. The group confirmed that one of their top commanders was killed in an airstrike. Palestinian militants have since been firing back.
The small militant faction has often been overshadowed by Hamas, but Israeli officials describe it as one of the most dangerous Palestinian armed groups.
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