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A leading rights group campaigning against torture says that law enforcement agents and militias in Libya killed at least 581 civilians between the start of 2020 and March this year. According to the World Organisation Against Torture the number of those killed includes people executed in detention facilities or tortured to death. The report is the first […]

At least 76 protesters have been killed by Iranian security forces during 11 days of unrest sparked by the death of a woman in custody, activists say. Iran Human Rights (IHR), a Norway-based organisation, accused authorities of using disproportionate force and live ammunition to suppress the dissent. State media have put the number of dead at […]

President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former United State intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, nine years after he exposed the scale of secret surveillance operations by the National Security Agency. Snowden fled the United States and was given asylum in Russia after leaking secret files in 2013 that revealed vast domestic and international surveillance […]

Thousands of Orthodox Christians gathered in Addis Ababa to celebrate the annual festival of Meskel, which marks the historic discovery of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. The final bonfire recalls the efforts of Saintt Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, to find the cross. This year, the faithful prayed for peace and an […]

 Several thousand protesters have gathered as a state funeral begins for Japan’s slain former prime minister Shinzo Abe. Leaders from around the world have also arrived in Tokyo for the event.The 67-year-old politician, Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister , was gunned down at an election rally in July. BBC reports that Some 20,000 police officers have […]

A gunman has opened fire at a school in central Russia, killing at least six people and injuring twenty. According to reports from Russian officials, victims include pupils and a security guard at the school in the city of Izhevsk. The school is in the centre of Izhevsk, a city of about 650,000 residents, close to central government […]

At least 35 have been killed in more than a week of protests that erupted in Iran after the death of a young woman in police custody. According to local reports, the number of people who died in recent riots in the country has risen to 35 people as the official toll previously stood at 17 including five security personnel. Demonstrators have […]

Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has ruled the country for 43 years, has confirmed he will stand again in November’s elections. His son and Vice President, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, made the announcement via his Twitter handle on Friday saying it was “Because of his charisma, his leadership and his political experience.” […]

Malawi has become the first country in southern Africa and the fifth in Africa to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem – a disease that affected 7.6 million people nationwide in 2015. The disease is a devastating condition which can turn eyelashes inwards so that they scrape painfully against the eyeball and when left untreated can […]

Government of Ethiopia has rejected a report by the United Nations Commission, describing it as “incomplete, incoherent and unsubstantiated” intended to demonise the East African country. The UN-backed commission on Tuesday highlighted what it called credible information of large-scale killings committed by Ethiopia’s national defence force. The government defended itself saying it had brought perpetrators of […]


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