Sudan’s President Hands Party Leadership to Deputy

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has stepped down from his position as chairman of the ruling party. The National Congress Party made the announcement late Thursday, following weeks of protests against Bashir’s rule. The president transferred his party leadership role to NCP deputy chairman Ahmed Harun, until the party’s next general convention. A NCP party statement […]

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Nigerian Army Denies IS Claim of Killing 10 Soldiers

CAIRO —  Islamic State said Saturday that it had killed 10 Nigerian soldiers in an attack two days earlier in the country’s northeastern Borno state, but a Nigerian armyspokesman said “no such incident was recorded.” In a statement issued through its news agency Amaq, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on a village it […]

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Five Men Sentenced to Death in Somalia Rape Case

A court in Garowe, in northern Somalia, Saturday sentenced five male teenagers to death for the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Galkayo last month, officials said. Mohamed Hared Farah, deputy attorney of Puntland’s High Court, said the young men, four of whom are 18 and the other 19, were convicted in the rape […]

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Somali Forces End Deadly Mogadishu Building Siege

Somali security forces Friday ended the al-Shabab siege of a residential building in Mogadishu after battling the militants for almost 24 hours. An unknown number of al-Shabab militants had remained holed up in a building near a hotel in Mogadishu since Thursday. VOA’s reporter on the scene says government security forces cordoned off the entire […]

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Amnesty Urges Moratorium on S. Sudan Executions 

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN —  Amnesty International said Friday that it was shocked by the increase in executions recently carried out in South Sudan, noting that at least seven men were put to death in February. The London-based rights group said the deaths represented “as many [people] as were executed in the whole of 2018” in […]

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