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4 Oct
The first of October means Britain is taking back control. As of this Friday, European travellers to post-Brexit Great Britain can no longer bring a simple ID card – they will have to show a passport. However, as petrol shortages continue, tempers are running short as lines get long. This Friday, around one quarter of British service stations ran dry, leading to scenes of shouting, fist fights and motorists hoarding fuel in water bottles.
1 Oct
This week on The Observers, we start with the story of Ethiopian migrants who have been kept in Saudi Arabian prisons for months in poor conditions, with dirty surroundings and little to eat or drink. We spoke to Arafat Jibril Bakrii, a human rights activist who has been helping migrants to share photos and videos of their living conditions.
22 Sep
While the Taliban have said only that female students must observe hijab, without giving more details, women dressed in black robes at a pro-Taliban rally in Kabul September 11 raised fears that the Islamist group will reintroduce mandatory wearing of head-to-toe garments. This week we spoke to two Afghan women who told us more about the Taliban's dress code – and the women who are fighting against it in the streets and online with the hashtag #DoNotTouchMyClothes.
11 Jul
Victims of attacks carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces rebel group in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo receive treatment at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) unit in Beni General Hospital.
4 Jun
In tonight's edition: the Nyiragongo volcano in DR Congo has been spewing ash for almost a fortnight, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee the city of Goma. Also, Mali has been suspended from the African Union after a second coup in nine months. The bloc is also threatening sanctions if a civilian-led government is not restored in Bamako. And French Prime Minister Jean Castex has begun a two-day visit to Tunisia. Talks will focus on the economy, security issues and migration.
27 May
In the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, rescue workers recover the bodies of people asphyxiated by toxic fumes from the lava of the Nyiragongo volcano. Rescuers found a total of five victims, bringing to 20 the number killed since Africa's most active volcano erupted on Saturday.
17 May
Dozens of police were injured and one officer was killed this week as rival Muslim factions clashed in Kinshasa during the Islamic Eid al-Fitr holiday.
22 Feb
A spokesperson for the European Commission says the situation in DRC is 'extremely worrying' following the announcement of the killing of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo while travelling with a UN convoy in the east of the country.
20 Feb
The World Health Organization's Africa chief speaks on patient zero for the separate, unlinked outbreaks of Ebola in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
5 Feb
A lonely statue of DR Congo's independence hero Patrice Lumumba marks the spot where he was assassinated 60 years ago, weeds encroaching on the unfinished and largely forgotten roadside memorial. The neglected site does not reflect the adoration the country has for its first prime minister, but its incomplete state could symbolise the unfinished legacy of a man killed just months after taking office. N°8YU2UTN°8YU6MB
16 Jan
The NGO Primate Expertise works to protect gorillas in DRC's Kahuzi-Biega National Park by removing gorilla traps.
16 Jan
Roger Lumbala has been accused of "complicity in crimes against humanity" for his actions during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002.

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