Anti-Charlie Hebdo protests continue in Niger

At least five people in Niger’s capital Niamey have been killed in protests against French newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, AFP news agency reported, quoting the country’s President Mahamadou Issoufou. “In Niamey, the tally is five dead, all civilians,” said Issoufou. He added that the toll from protests in Niger’s second city of Zinder…

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UPND Officials Nearly Cause Confusion as Early Results Show Lungu Leading

Confusion at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, the national results center, almost erupted as some opposition political party representatives demanded to know why the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) was not announcing the results. By 03:40, the ECZ had not made any official announcement regarding the results for the presidential by-election which angered the opposition political…

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DR Congo Rocked by Anti-government Protests

At least four people, including two policemen, have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, after security forces clashed with thousands protesting moves that will pave the way for President Joseph Kabila to extend his hold on power, police say. At least 10 protesters were also injured after police fired live bullets to…

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Congo-Kinshasa: Leveraging Mobile Tech to Combat Conflict and Corruption

Washington, DC — Rarely has so small a law stirred so much debate about so distant a conflict. Over the past several months, debate about legislation requiring companies to disclose any use of conflict minerals in manufacturing, has dragged a bunch of seemingly unconnected people into its orbit: from Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rogers…

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How Is Somalia Navigating The Healing Vacuum?

By Idil Abshir As part of my Wisdom Hackers dispatch, I spent 8-weeks navigating the healing vacuum in Somalia through the prism of my own experience. Excerpted below are some of my feelings and ‘findings’ on the intersections between war, healing and identity. Read the full piece here. “Life has come back to Mogadishu,” people say,…

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Muslim Youths Protect Christians In Kaduna

Strength, they say, is in unity. This is what prompted more than 200 Muslim youth volunteers to have singled themselves out to protect Christians during this year’s Christmas celebration. The church services which was organised to celebrate this year’s Christmas in Kaduna, was protected by 200 Muslim Youths. According to Vanguard, a pastor, Pastor Yohanna…

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