Amnesty links surveillance tech to South Sudan repression

Amnesty links surveillance tech to South Sudan repression

The surveillance society in South Sudan is harnessed by the state in service of repression, according to a new report from Amnesty International that focuses on impacts to journalists and opposition groups critical of the government. The report, called “These Walls Have Ears” – The Chilling Effect of Surveillance in…

UNHCR warns of humanitarian crisis in volatile C.A.R.

UNHCR warns of humanitarian crisis in volatile C.A.R.

The elections last month in Central African Republic brought a fresh wave of political violence affecting more than 200,000 people who are now displaced, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “The continuing volatility has hampered the humanitarian response and made access to the internally displaced more…

Wine claims fraud in Uganda election, rejects reports of Museveni lead

Uganda’s electoral commission says it will report the results of Thursday’s presidential election within 48 hours, but tensions remained high Friday as President Yoweri Museveni seeks another much-disputed term and challenger Bobi Wine warns of continued arrests and interference. Wine, a member of parliament and activist musician with the real…

Uganda awaits vote result after heavy turnout at polls

Uganda’s electoral commission says it will report the results of Thursday’s presidential election within 48 hours, but tensions remain high in the meantime as President Yoweri Museveni seeks another much-disputed term and challenger Bobi Wine warns of continued arrests and interference. Wine, a member of parliament and activist musician with…

AFRICOM airstrike in Somalia claims 5 lives

Five al-Shabaab members have died in an airstrike in Somalia, according to the United States Africa Command. The U.S. strike targeted al-Shabaab leaders near Saaxa Weyne, AFRICOM said. No civilians were injured or killed during the operation. “This strike targeted known al-Shabaab leaders who facilitated finance, weapons, fighters, and explosives….

U.S. confirms Biden presidency after Capitol chaos

The victory of President-elect Joseph Biden is now confirmed in the United States, but not before a mob of angry opposition activists swarmed Washington D.C. and overran the country’s legislative seat at the U.S. Capitol building. The supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, encouraged by statements from their leader, entered…

France mourns 3 soldiers killed in Mali

France has announced the death of three soldiers serving with Operation Barkhane in Mali. Fighter 1st Class Dorian Issakhanian, left, along with Brigadier chief Tanerii Mauri and Fighter 1st Class Quentin Pauchet were identified after they were killed in a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) incident. The three served with…

Nigerian officials confirm release of 344 abducted students

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed late Thursday that students abducted by Boko Haram last week have been released, calling it a huge relief for the country and the international community. The students were taken from the Government Science Secondary School in the northern town of Kankara in Katsina State. Aminu…

U.S. charges Kenyan accused of Shabaab ties, hijack terror plot

A Kenyan arrested in the Philippines has been transferred to custody in the United States, where authorities say he faces terrorism-related charges after planning another September 11-like aircraft attack in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that Cholo Abdi Abdullah, 30, was part of a plot directed by senior…

ICC to investigate crimes against humanity in Nigeria

The International Criminal Court based in The Hague announced it will move forward to investigate crimes against humanity and war crimes in Nigeria, where Boko Haram’s activities and other attacks have gone on for years. The announcement was made Friday by ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. “My office has concluded…

Akufo Addo accepts, but Ghana’s opposition not ready to concede

Presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama and his National Democratic Congress say they’re not yet accepting defeat following Ghana’s election on Sunday, which appeared to give President Nana Akufo Addo the win. The Electoral Commission of Ghana delivered an updated results summary on Thursday that shows Akufo Addo and the New…

Malawi denies making any troop commitment in Mozambique

Malawi has denied a report that its government will be sending troops to Mozambique to help fight Islamic militants in the Cabo Delgado region. The report, published by a local news outlet and shared widely on social media, follows a special summit meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)…

Polls close in Ghana with 2 injured in shooting

At least two people have been injured in Ghana, following a shooting at a polling station in the country’s central region. Police confirmed to national broadcaster GBC that unidentified men opened fire on the polling station at Awutu Senya East Constituency and drove off in a black SUV. The injured,…