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  By Ahmed Eljechtimi and Ulf Laessing TANGIER, Morocco, July 10 (Reuters) – Senegalese migrant Ismail, 26, is back in the forests around the northern Moroccan port of Tangier, not long after being stopped there by authorities and bussed 872 kilometres south in an attempt to stop him reaching Europe. But his desire to get […]

  By Hellen Toby JUBA, July 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A court in South Sudan has annulled a child marriage, in a rare legal case that activists say could signal a turning point for women’s rights in the conservative country. The marriage of a 16-year-old girl, the daughter of a cattle herdsman, to a […]

  2019 has been building up to be Gigi Lamayne‘s year. From the success of her Gigi Gang Show to performing at the South African presidential inauguration and she is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. To celebrate this amazing period in her life she provides a teaser of what’s to come from […]

  (Kinshasa) – Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo fired live ammunition, killing one person, in dispersing opposition protests on June 30, 2019. They also used teargas, beatings, and arbitrary arrests against protesters in Kinshasa, the capital, and the eastern city of Goma. “Congolese authorities should thoroughly and impartially investigate the alleged excessive use of force […]

(Nairobi) – Police in Kenya have killed no fewer than 21 men and boys in Nairobi’s low-income areas, apparently with no justification, claiming they were criminals, Human Rights Watch said today. The extrajudicial killings point to a broader problem of police using excessive, unlawful force in the name of maintaining law and order in Nairobi’s informal settlements […]

“I was stripped down to my underwear and whipped with an electric cable every night for a month, all because I participated in protests [against the government],” a man who had been tortured in an Ethiopian police station in 2016 told me. “They removed three of my fingernails with pliers and beat me on the […]

  By Daina Beth Solomon TAPACHULA, Mexico, July 5 (Reuters) – Marilyne Tatang, 23, crossed nine borders in two months to reach Mexico from the West African nation of Cameroon, fleeing political violence after police torched her house, she said. She plans to soon take a bus north for four days and then cross a […]

GABORONE, July 8 (Reuters) – Botswana’s government will appeal a high court ruling which decriminalised homosexuality, potentially resuscitating a law that punished gay sex by up to seven years in prison. The court’s ruling in June, which was praised by international organisations and activists, meant Botswana joined a handful of African countries that have legalised […]

South Africa, Johannesburg (July 4, 2019) – Tickets are on sale for “The Lion King,” the Jon Favreau-helmed feature film that brings treasured characters to the big screen in a whole new way. The film—like the original 1994 version—features unforgettable music by an award-winning team, including Oscar® and GRAMMY®-winning superstar Elton John and Oscar and […]

By Charles Pensulo CHIKWAWA, Malawi, July 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Residents of Mwalija village received a rude awakening when their homes were rattled and flooded by Cyclone Idai in March. “It was a scary situation and we rushed to the site where there is a solar panel,” said Hannah Longeya, pointing at the fence […]

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