Boko Haram attacks two villages and IDP camp

Boko Haram have attacked two villages in northeastern Nigeria, Bulaburin and Kofa, as well as a camp in Dalori for internally displaced people (IDP), resulting in the deaths of at least 12 civilians, reports Al Jazeera . Boko Haram militants arrived in seven trucks on Wednesday. Babakura Kolo, a civilian militia leader, reported to AFP news agency that they had “completely burned Bulaburin and Kofa villages” as well as “half the Dalori 2 IDP camp”. They killed nine people in Bulaburin, two people in Dalori, and one in Kofa and looted food supplies before setting them on fire," he added. The...

Military crackdown in Abuja, 42 dead

A military crackdown on the Shi’ite organisation Islamic Movement of Nigera has been reported in the country's capital, Abuja, killing 42 people, Reuters reports. Security forces shot and used tear gas on a group of protesters who were marching to demand the release of their leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in imprisoned since December 2015. He was arrested during violent clashes in the northern city of Zaria and had allegedly called for an Iranian style islamic revolution. The Nigerian government have since then ignored a court mandate that Zakzaky and his wife be released. There are...

Bangladesh court doubles jail time for former prime minister

A Bangladesh court has doubled the jail time from five years to ten years for former prime minister, Begum Khaleda Zia for her involvement in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The case accused her, along with five others including her son, of embezzling approximately $253,000 from foreign donations intended for an orphanage set up for the former president, Ziaur Rahman, who was Khaleda's former husband. The initial conviction for this crime was reached in February but the sentence has now been increased and follows a separate corruption charge in which she was jailed for seven years...

Sahle-Work Zewde elected Ethiopia’s first female president

Ethiopia last week elected its first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde, who is currently the only female head of state in Africa. Her appointment follows the resignation of Mulatu Teshome Wirtu on October 25. She is the fourth president under EPRDF rule which claimed power in Ethiopia in 1991, following a coup against the military regime. She has a long service in government having served as ambassador in many countries across Africa and Europe as well working with the UN peace-building efforts in the Central African Republic. During the civil war many ministers and civil servants were...

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro becomes Brazil's president

Jair Bolsonaro, a far right candidate and former paratrooper, has won the presidential election in Brazil. His party, the Social Liberal Party (SLP) secured 56 percent of the vote running against the left-wing candidate Fernando Hadad of the Workers Party (PT) who gained 44 percent, according to the electoral authority TSE. Bolosonaro’s victory runs in sharp contrast to the previous government which was run by the leftist Workers Party (PT), which had run the country for 13 of the last 15 years and was ousted two years ago due a dire recession and the nation’s largest corruption scandal. The former president, Michel Temer, was also wrapped up in this corruption scandal leaving him deeply unpopular.

India and Japan agree $75 billion currency deal and deepen defence ties

Indian and Japan signed a $75 billion bilateral currency swap agreement during the first day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tokyo. During the trip Modi also announced that Japan and India had agreed a new programme aimed at deepening ties between both defence ministries reports Bloomberg News. “The aim of this is to further work towards world peace & stability,” said Modi In a statement released after the currency deals, India said the agreement would help bring greater stability to foreign exchange and capital markets in India. Modi was in Tokyo on a two day visit as part of...

Indonesian Muslims protest the burning of Islamic flag linked to banned organisation

Around a thousand Indonesian Muslims gathered for a protest in the capital Jakarta to protest against burning of an Islamic flag, linked to a banned organisation on Friday. Protestors gathered to condemn the burning, which was captured in a viral video in which a member of the youth wing of Nahdlatual Ulama (NU) burnt a rival organisation’s flag which bore the Tauhid - an Islamic concept asserting that there is only one God. During the protest this was the message they chanted, “there is no God but Allah”. Reuters notes that the video took place in West Java after youth members saw a man...

Amnesty International offices raided in South India and bank accounts frozen

The Indian government has frozen the bank accounts of Amnesty International after an initial raid on its Bangalore office in Southern India on Thursday. The Enforcement Directorate, India’s financial crime investigating agency, had conducted the search under suspicion that Amnesty had violated foreign direct investment guidelines. Critics have responded asserting that this is an attempt to crack down on dissident voices airing criticism of the governmen'ts conduct in Kashmir and at home. The raid lasted for 10 hours and employees were told not to use their laptops or phones. In response,...

Japan and China agree $30 billion currency deal as bilateral relations enter ‘new era’

Japan and China have agreed a $30 billion currency swap deal to strengthen financial stability during their first bilateral summit in seven years. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on a 3 day state visit to China to take part in a formal Sino-Japanese summit which had previously ceased to take place amidst souring relations. Speaking to press Mr Abe said, “From competition to co-existence, Japan and China bilateral relations have entered a new phase. Hand in hand with Premier Li, I would like to advance our ties forward. With President Xi Jinping, I would like to carve out a new era for...

US revokes 21 visas of Saudi officials, threatens further sanctions over Khashoggi murder

The US is set to revoke visas of 21 Saudi officials thought to be involved in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Having identified some of the Saudi government and security officials believed to be involved in the murder, the US State Department said 21 Saudis would have their visas revoked or be made ineligible for US visas. Speaking to reporters, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said, “As we continue to develop our understanding of the individuals that were responsible for this, not only those who executed it but those who were connected to it, the world should know...

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