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US slaps sanctions on Hong Kong leader for 'undermining autonomy'

Washington - The United States on Friday slapped sanctions on Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam and 10 other senior figures, in a major new step against China's clampdown in the semi-autonomous city.

Gunmen kill 21 villagers in northern Nigeria: police

Lagos - Gunmen have killed 21 villagers in northern Nigeria's Kaduna state, police said Friday, in the latest deadly violence between ethnic Fulani herders and local farmers over grazing and water rights.

Arrested Zimbabwean author, Booker nominee Tsitsi Dangarembga freed

Harare - Zimbabwean top writer and Booker Prize nominee, Tsitsi Dangarembga was freed on bail on Saturday following her arrest during anti-government protests a day earlier.

Zimbabwe author Tsitsi Dangarembga arrested during banned protests

Harare - Police in Zimbabwe on Friday arrested internationally-acclaimed novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga as they enforced a ban on protests coinciding with the anniversary of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election.

Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga arrested during protest

Harare - Award-winning Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga was arrested during anti-government protests on Friday, an AFP photographer saw.

Zimbabwe streets deserted after anti-govt protests are banned

Harare - Police and soldiers mounted checkpoints on empty streets in Harare on Friday after the Zimbabwean authorities warned of a crackdown on the eve of planned protests.

Portland police clear parks ahead of federal forces pullout

Portland - Police in Portland cleared parks and nearby roads in the downtown area early Thursday, in anticipation of a phased pullout by federal forces who have inflamed anti-racism protests in the city.

US federal forces agree on conditional pullout from Portland

Portland - President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday agreed to a deal to defuse weeks of clashes in the US city of Portland with the withdrawal of federal forces whose presence enraged protesters, but the timing remained in dispute.

Mali opposition rejects ECOWAS plan, insists president quit

Bamako - A protest movement that has sprung up in Mali, shaking President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's grip on power, on Tuesday rejected a compromise put forward by regional leaders and insisted that he quit.

Third Iraq protester dies of tear gas canister wound this week

Baghdad - An Iraqi protester died Tuesday after being shot with a tear gas canister in overnight skirmishes with police in the capital, medical and security sources told AFP.

'Already punished': Acquitted Hong Kong protest couple rebuild

Fpo - Henry Tong and Elaine To were preparing to spend their first wedding anniversary in separate prison cells -- until their acquittal for rioting during Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests.

Two protesters in first Iraq deaths under new PM: medics

Baghdad - Two demonstrators died in Baghdad early Monday after being shot in confrontations with security forces, the first victims of protest-related violence under a new Iraqi premier who had promised a dialogue with activists.

Mali seeks unity government under international pressure

Bamako - Mali's presidency tasked a stripped-down cabinet on Monday with working to form a unity government in the crisis-stricken nation, after pressure from other West African leaders.

Protesters, police clash in latest outcry over US feds

Seattle - Protesters took to streets across the United States overnight into early Sunday, sparking clashes with police and a fatal shooting in Texas, amid a wave of public anger over Donald Trump's planned "surge" of federal agents into main cities.

Portland's troubles reflect a leftist history but also a racist past

Los Angeles - For Portland, social conflict and street clashes are nothing new. The Oregon city has a long history of pro-labor militancy coupled with an anti-fascist culture and defiance of authorities -- but also, further back, a dark segregationist history.

'We need to do something': Moms and dads rally behind Portland protesters

Portland - Bev Barnum never imagined what she was setting in motion when she posted a message online last week after coming across a video of federal officers in Portland, Oregon, pulling a protester into an unmarked car.

Iraqi forces free German woman kidnapped in Baghdad

Baghdad - A German woman kidnapped in Baghdad this week was freed overnight and handed over to her embassy, officials from the two countries said on Friday.

Iraqi forces free German woman kidnapped in Baghdad

Baghdad - A German woman kidnapped in Baghdad this week was freed overnight and handed over to her embassy, officials from the two countries said on Friday.

Iraq forces free German woman kidnapped in Baghdad: officials

Baghdad - A German woman kidnapped in Baghdad earlier this week was freed overnight, Iraqi officials said on Friday, without providing additional details.

Iraq forces free German woman kidnapped in Baghdad: officials

Baghdad - A German woman kidnapped in Baghdad earlier this week was freed overnight, Iraqi officials said on Friday, without providing additional details.

US government watchdogs to probe federal crackdowns in Portland, DC

Los Angeles - The US Justice Department's independent watchdog announced Thursday it was launching probes into the use of force by federal agents in Portland, Oregon, and the US capital.

Portland mayor teargassed at protest against federal crackdown

Portland - The mayor of Portland was teargassed Wednesday night as he met with demonstrators protesting against police brutality and the deployment of federal troops into US cities ordered by President Donald Trump.

Hong Kong police swarm border town on anniversary of protest attack

Fpo - Riot police fanned out across a Hong Kong town on Tuesday to stamp out rallies marking the one-year anniversary of an attack against protesters by government supporters which sent anti-Beijing sentiment soaring.

Mali opposition declares truce ahead of regional talks

Bamako - Mali's political opposition said it would halt protests in a "truce" ahead of the upcoming Eid festival, as four West African presidents prepare to travel to the country this week for mediation talks to try and resolve a deepening crisis.

Trump threatens to send more federal officers into 'Democrat' cities

Washington - President Donald Trump threatened Monday to send more military-garbed law enforcement into US cities to quell anti-racism protests, a move he called necessary security action and critics labelled an election year political stunt.

Burkina's anti-jihad volunteers stir praise and controversy

Ouagadougou - To some, they are doughty fighters who with meagre resources put their lives on the line.To others, they are an undisciplined band -- a "death squad," according to one -- that has carried out summary justice and inflamed ethnic tensions.

'We have nothing': Ethiopia's ethnic unrest leaves destruction in its wake

Awassa - Girma had no choice but to watch from afar as a crowd chanting "This is our place!" set fire to the school he founded more than a decade ago.

Timbuktu jihadist police chief on trial for 'unimaginable crimes'

Den Haag - A Malian jihadist police chief committed "unimaginable crimes" during a reign of terror and sexual slavery in the fabled shrine city of Timbuktu, prosecutors told the International Criminal Court at the start of his trial Tuesday.

International appeal for calm in Mali after protest deaths

Bamako - Mali's worried allies and neighbours have appealed for restraint and dialogue as the country's deepening political crisis spirals into bloodshed.

Leading Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering

Fpo - Thirteen prominent Hong Kong democracy activists appeared in court on Monday charged with holding an unauthorised gathering to mark the Tiananmen Square crackdown, the latest in a string of prosecutions against protest leaders in the restless financial...
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