Concerns over partisan distribution of aid in Zimbabwe

Following the deadly tropical cyclone, Idaihas, which has killed at least 700 people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has raised concerns over the “partisan distribution of emergency aid”. Local media in Zimbabwe has reported seeing supporters of the ruling Zimbabwe African Nationalist Union-Patriotic Front denying aid, including food, to some cyclone survivors because they were believed to have supported to the opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Guatemala considers amnesty for war criminals

Guatemala’s congress is set to vote on a reform to the national reconciliation law which would give absolute impunity to those accused of crimes against humanity including genocide, rape and forced disappearance. The current national law exempts those accused of political crimes and has been praised for enabling reconciliation in the aftermath of the 36-year war which left 200,000 people dead or disappeared. The law was enacted alongside the 1996 peace accords but the proposed reforms to the bill have caused international outcry.

Guaidó calls for supporters to protest the blackouts in Venezuela

Juan Guaidó, Venezuela's opposition leader, has called on his supporters to take to the streets on Saturday in protest of nationwide power cuts.

Algerian army chief calls for Bouteflika to be declared unfit to rule

Lt Gen Ahmed Gaid Salah, Algeria’s army chief, has demanded that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika be declared unfit to rule in a televised broadcast.

Venezuela hit by a nationwide blackout

Venezuela has been hit by a second blackout this month, leaving 21 out of 23 states, including the capital, Caracas, without power.

Afghanistan withdraws ambassador after Pakistan PM remarks

Afghanistan has recalled its ambassador from Pakistan, following controversial remarks from Prime Minister Imran Khan in which he proposed Kabul set up an interim government which would negotiate with Taliban.

Former World Bank economist among seven charged with insurgency in South Sudan

Former World Bank economist, Peter Biar Ajak, was one of seven men who were detained in South Sudan and charged with insurgency, sabotage, possession of weapons, and attempting to stage an uprising in the country's main national prison in October.

Mali leader sacks generals after Fulani massacre

In response to the murder of 134 Fulani herders, Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has sacked and replaced two generals and disbanded an anti-jihadi vigilante group known as Dan Na Amassagou. The massacre reportedly took place after land disputes between the ehtnic Donzo and Fulani groups, and follows a major attack conducted by Al Qaeda which killed at least 23 soldiers in Mali. The Donzo have alleged that the Fulani group are tied to jihadists groups such as Al Qaeda and IS. President Keita has removed the army chief of staff, General M’Bemba Moussa Keita and replaced him with General...

Over 130 killed in Mali village 

The UN has reported over 130 people have been killed in an attack on a Fulani, also known as Peulh, village, Ogossagou in central Mali on Saturday. Farhan Haq, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said in a statement, "The Secretary-General is shocked and outraged by reports that at least 134 civilians, including women and children, have been killed”. The attack occurred whilst a delegation from the UN Security Council visited the Sahel region to assess the security situation of the area. Haq stated that the UN mission in Mali, MINUSMA, provided air support to deter...

US recognises Israel’s sovereignty over occupied Golan Heights

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter a reversal of decades-long US foreign policy by recognising Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.