Egypt blocks HRW site after torture report released

Egypt blocks HRW site after torture report released

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that Egypt has blocked access to its website from inside the country after the global organization released a report documenting the government’s use of torture. “Egyptian authorities keep insisting that any incidents of torture are isolated crimes by bad officers acting alone, but the Human…

Study: African wild dogs use sneezing to make group decisions

Study: African wild dogs use sneezing to make group decisions

African wild dogs in Botswana arrive at consensus about when the pack will hunt by sneezing, according to scientists who studied the dogs and reported their “sneeze to leave” findings in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The international research team studied the endangered wild dogs at Botswana Predator Conservation…

Amid protests, Togo activists demand an end to Internet cutoff

Amid protests, Togo activists demand an end to Internet cutoff

Togo’s chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC) has called on government leaders to end a blackout of online services that began Tuesday night amid widespread protests against President Faure Gnassingbe. Norbert Glakpe, an IT professional and president of ISOC in Togo, said it was difficult if not impossible to access…

Angola’s opposition vows legal challenge over Lourenço election win

Presidential candidate João Lourenço of Angola’s Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has been formally declared winner of the country’s August 23 election, but opposition parties said Wednesday that they plan to contest the results. The National Electoral Commission (CNE) said Lourenço, the nation’s defense minister and MPLA vice president,…

Rwanda: Police confirm arrest of Rwigara

Police in Rwanda have confirmed the arrest of former presidential aspirant Diane Shima Rwigara, and say Rwigara and two family members were taken to the Criminal Investigation Department for questioning on Monday. The Rwandan National Police say warrants for Rwigara, as well as Anne and Adeline Rwigara, were applied after they…

Kenya’s IEBC sets October date for new elections

Kenya announced an October 17 date for new elections following a Monday meeting of the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Nairobi. The new date follows last Friday’s 4-2 ruling by Kenya’s Supreme Court that annuls the results of the August 8 elections. The court set aside a…

Gabon: Ping’s rally follows travel ban for opposition leaders

In Gabon, a Monday demonstration planned by opposition leader Jean Ping was moved to political coalition headquarters after security officials surrounded the initial site in Libreville. The afternoon rally went ahead as planned, with no immediate reports of clashes or unrest. The demonstration followed the government’s announcement on Sunday that…

Rwanda: NGO founded by missing Rwigara appeals for her release

Where is Diane Shima Rwigara? Authorities in Rwanda deny that the opposition political figure who sought to run against newly elected President Paul Kagame is detained, but multiple accounts from witnesses and family members in recent days dispute their claims. Now the humanitarian organization People Salvation Movement, founded by Rwigara…