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October 16 2014

From Africa in Transition Thu Oct 16 2014, 16:03:44

Paul Biya, the president of Cameroon, announced on October 12 that twenty-seven kidnap victims have been freed and turned over...

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From Enough blogs Thu Oct 16 2014, 12:28:36

In South Sudan, a government bill that would give their National Security Services (NSS) broad powers and significant authority over the civilian population is rapidly moving forward toward President Salva Kiir's desk. This National Security Service Bill provides this government body with the ability to arrest and detain suspects, monitor communications systems, conduct unwarranted searches, and seize property without sufficient oversight or safeguards against abuse.

The Enough Project, along with Amnesty International, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), Human Rights Watch, South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA), and Redress Trust have submitted comments on the draft of the bill, highlighting major concerns. In these comments, we call on members of Parliament ...

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Thu Oct 16 2014, 12:16:49

New Zealand, Venezuela, Angola and Malaysia were elected to two-year terms at the UN Security Council on Thursday, with the final seat hinged on a run-off vote between Turkey and Spain.

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Oct 16 2014, 11:43:20

"Gitmo in Germany?" and "German Abu Ghraib" were two of the headlines across news wires in late September after photos and a video documenting the abuse of Algerian asylum seekers by security officers in an asylum center had circulated. The photo shows a guard standing next to an asylum seeker who is lying on the floor with his hands tied [...]

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Thu Oct 16 2014, 11:00:43

Representatives from more than 50 Asian and European countries met in Milan Thursday for a summit on economic coopertation, though all the attention is likely to be on tense talks between Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko.

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Oct 16 2014, 09:00:28

In 1966 the South African government declared District Six--a high-density, mostly coloured residential area intrinsic to the fabric of downtown Cape Town for at least a century and situated on prime land beneath Table Mountain --to be a white "Group Area." The state promptly set about forcefully removing District Six's "non-white" residents (eventually about 60,000 [...]

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From Swazi Media Commentary Thu Oct 16 2014, 07:30:00

Police in Swaziland have banned a proposed march by trade unionists against the government's banning of their federation saying it is not in the 'interest of security, peace and public order'. 

The Swaziland Manufacturing and Allied Workers Union (SMAWU), the Swaziland Amalgated Trade Union of Swaziland (ATUSWA) and Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) had planned to deliver petitions at different government ministries on Friday (17 October 2014).

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Oct 16 2014, 07:00:18

The Norwegian Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund (SAIH), the organization responsible for the brilliant Africa for Norway campaign, is back with their annual awards for the worst and best fundraising videos by international development organizations: ...and, like last year, Africa is a Country is on the jury! Judging for the Rusty and Golden Radiator Awards will commence soon, however we need [...]

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Thu Oct 16 2014, 05:40:09

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying sought to defuse tension with pro-democracy protesters on Thursday, saying he hopes the two sides can talk next week, but continued street scuffles suggest the students are not about to give up.

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Oct 16 2014, 05:00:30

As member of the hip-hop quartet Ba4za, Hakeem Lesolang presided over one of the most fertile yet under-appreciated eras in South African hip-hop. Capcity Rapcity as it was referred to by the bundles of heads scattered across Mzansi, fed our collective appetites the fuzzy memories of yester-year hip-hop through a steady stream of boom-bap rap [...]

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