More Arrests in Egypt’s LGBT Crackdown, but No International Outcry

[HRW] This week Egyptian police arrested 10 people in the latest assault on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the country under the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. But in the face of relentless persecution of sexual and ge…

[HRW] This week Egyptian police arrested 10 people in the latest assault on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the country under the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. But in the face of relentless persecution of sexual and gender minorities in Egypt, world leaders remain largely silent - or worse, praise al-Sisi as a "moderate" leader.

source: AllAfrica News: Egypt

Six People Dead As Anti Kabila Protests Rock DR Congo

At least six people have been killed in widespread protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, United Nations sources say. Protesters are demanding that President Joseph Kabila – whose expected term of office expired more than a year ago – … Continued

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At least six people have been killed in widespread protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, United Nations sources say. Protesters are demanding that President Joseph Kabila – whose expected term of office expired more than a year ago – should step down. Police have used tear gas to disperse protesters in Kinshasa, where UN peacekeepers have been deployed. Similar demonstrations three weeks ago led to a number of deaths. A spokesman for the UN mission to the country said about 50 people were injured in Sunday’s clashes and that dozens had been arrested. Jean-Baptise Sondji, a former minister, told AFP he had witnessed the death of a 16-year-old girl outside a church in the Kitambo area of the capital. “An armoured car passed in front of the church. They began firing live bullets, I protected myself… a girl who was at the left side door of the church was hit,” he said. The widespread marches had been called for by the country’s Catholic Church, which appealed for a large but peaceful demonstration. The Congolese authorities, however, banned the marches and no formal permission was given. On Saturday evening, internet access in the capital Kinshasa was cut. Police warned that they would not tolerate “any attempt to disturb public order.” Despite the ban, protesters gathered after morning Mass on Sunday to march through the streets, accompanied by members of the clergy. Local media outlet Radio Okapi reported protests in Kinshasa, Kisangani, and Bukavu. Other cities remain quiet, it reports, though a heavy police presence has been seen in many places. Radio Okapi also later said that one of its journalists had been wounded by a bullet in the Lemba district of the capital. The UN mission in the country – which has been running continuously since 1999 – said it deployed its troops to the streets to observe and record any violence. President Kabila has been in power since 2001, and was supposed to step down after his second and final term came to an end in 2016. Under a deal reached more than a year ago, he was due to step down by the end of 2017 – but that has not happened. Instead, the election to replace him, originally planned for 2016, has now been delayed until December 2018. The country’s powerful Catholic Church has been a voice of opposition to Mr Kabila. The Church also called for the demonstrations in late December which led to at least seven deaths, according to UN peacekeepers. Dozens were arrested in the aftermath of those protests. Sunday’s demonstrations were also backed by the country’s Muslim community. Before the march, representative Cheikh Ali Mwinyi M’Kuur told AFP: “I ask the authorities to avoid repressing the march.” “If they decide to repress, there will be no peace. But if they let the march take place, they will respect the constitution and peace will prevail,” he said. DR Congo’s evangelical Christian churches also lent their support to the march organised by their Catholic counterparts. Source: BBC The post Six People Dead As Anti Kabila Protests Rock DR Congo appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Fellow Nigerians

[Guardian] The phrase Fellow Nigerians evokes a feeling of angst among Nigerians whenever it occurs. This is because it recalls the rehearsed mantra of the military each time they dislocate a democratic process or even an existing military junta. The o…

[Guardian] The phrase Fellow Nigerians evokes a feeling of angst among Nigerians whenever it occurs. This is because it recalls the rehearsed mantra of the military each time they dislocate a democratic process or even an existing military junta. The outcome is always the same: a misnamed corrective regime that goes on to usher in an era of sadism and dissolute pillaging of our patrimony. My usage of the phrase is different. It is primarily to draw the attention of all well-meaning Nigerians and to congratulate them,

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Impact of the Investors’, Exporters’ Window

[Guardian] The impact of the Investors’ and Exporters’ (I&E) FX Window, created by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on both the FX market and stock market has been positive and magical, which demonstrates how innovative financing ideas can generate energetic inflows into the financial system and economy towards spurring growth.

[Guardian] The impact of the Investors' and Exporters' (I&E) FX Window, created by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on both the FX market and stock market has been positive and magical, which demonstrates how innovative financing ideas can generate energetic inflows into the financial system and economy towards spurring growth.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Veterans Voice Support for Committee as Zuma Recall Decision Looms

[News24Wire] The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) will not formally announce their position on recalling President Jacob Zuma until the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) declares their stance on the matter.

[News24Wire] The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) will not formally announce their position on recalling President Jacob Zuma until the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) declares their stance on the matter.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Akin Shuga Unveiled As Rotary Polio Ambassador

[Guardian] Rotary International District 9110 has unveiled the Managing Director of Shuga Entertainment and lead singer of the award-winning Shuga band, Akinloye Tofowomo, alias Akin Shuga as ambassador of the club’s polio eradication campaign.

[Guardian] Rotary International District 9110 has unveiled the Managing Director of Shuga Entertainment and lead singer of the award-winning Shuga band, Akinloye Tofowomo, alias Akin Shuga as ambassador of the club's polio eradication campaign.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Soccer – Govt Keen to Support Clubs in Transformation – Mwakyembe

[Daily News] MINISTER for Information , Culture, Arts and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe, said the government is eager to see major club transformation for the benefit of football development in the country.

[Daily News] MINISTER for Information , Culture, Arts and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe, said the government is eager to see major club transformation for the benefit of football development in the country.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Soccer – Yanga Target Shooting Scalp

[Daily News] FOLLOWING the midweek’s two point loss in their barren draw with Mwadui FC, defending champions Young Africans renew a hunt for maximum points against Ruvu Shooting at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, today.

[Daily News] FOLLOWING the midweek's two point loss in their barren draw with Mwadui FC, defending champions Young Africans renew a hunt for maximum points against Ruvu Shooting at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, today.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania