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DR Congo election panel may delay provisional results

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The Democratic Republic of Congo’s election commission may have to postpone publication of provisional results for a long-awaited presidential vote, the panel’s chairman told AFP on Thursday. “We are working around the clock. We are doing our best to publish the results on January …

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DRC cuts internet to avoid ‘uprising’ after vote

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The DR Congo government said Tuesday it had cut the country’s internet services to avert a “popular uprising” as tensions rise pending the results of fractious presidential elections. The opposition accused authorities of cutting the internet on Monday to thwart activism, while leading Western …

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Sudan’s Bashir forms panel to probe protest violence

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir ordered authorities Tuesday to set up a committee to investigate violence during anti-government protests, even as a range of political groups called for a “new regime” in the country. At least 19 people have been killed and hundreds wounded in protests …

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Police deploy in Sudan capital as protesters plan march

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Riot police deployed in key squares of Sudan’s capital Monday as protesters planned to march on President Omar al-Bashir’s palace calling for him to “step down” following deadly anti-government protests. Bashir has instructed police to abstain from using excessive force against the demonstrators after 19 …

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Voting winds up in volatile DRC’s long-awaited election

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP |  After two years of delays, the Democratic Republic of Congo voted Sunday in presidential elections that will determine the future of Africa’s notoriously unstable giant. The country’s Catholic Bishop Council said the voting took place in “relative calm”, based on their observations in 78 …

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Sudan’s Bashir urges police to stop using force on protestors

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP |  Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday told police to abstain from using excessive force against anti-government demonstrators as the UN called for a probe into deaths during the violent protests. At least 19 people have been killed since December 19 during protests sparked by Khartoum’s …

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FIREWORKS: Police ready for New year

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Only six companies have been cleared to display fireworks across the country, Uganda Police has announced. Only Tomil Fireworks Ltd, Sky Flames (U) Ltd, Quality Lighting Ltd, Extremes Events Ltd, Goshen Africa Events Ltd and Ms. Light Africa (U) Ltd have been cleared, to operate at  762 places where …

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