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Tunisia detains crew of ship that sank off its coast this month

Tunisia detains crew of ship that sank off its coast this month

A Tunisian judge detained seven crew members of a commercial ship that sank off the coast of the southern city of Gabes this month, a judicial official said on Wednesday, as authorities investigated whether the ship may have been deliberately sunk. Tunisian officials said this month that the ship, the Xelo, sank while heading from Equatorial Guinea to Malta carrying up to 1,000 tonnes of oil and the Tunisian navy had rescued all seven crew members. Officials later said a specialized diving team sent to counter a potential environmental disaster found the ship cargo did not contain fuel, but rather…
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Detained Ugandan opposition figure charged with inciting violence

Detained Ugandan opposition figure charged with inciting violence

A veteran Ugandan opposition figure was charged with inciting violence after he was arrested a day earlier addressing a protest against sky-rocketing consumer prices. Court papers seen by Reuters said Kizza Besigye, 66, was accused of illegally addressing the public and "indicating or implying that it would be desirable to demonstrate, an act which was calculated to lead to destruction or damage to property." Besigye has been detained dozens of times and lost four elections to long-serving President Yoweri Museveni, 77, although he alleges intimidation and vote-rigging. Besigye has been calling for tax cuts to offset inflation, but Museveni has…
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Tigray war: Ethiopia arrests ex-gvt official

Tigray war: Ethiopia arrests ex-gvt official

DAWIT ENDESHAW and GIULIA PARAVICINI ETHIOPIAN authorities have detained several senior officials from Tigray, including members of the government's last administration in the conflict-ravaged region, the head of the state-appointed human rights commission said. Daniel Bekele, Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, did not name the officials and declined to comment on the reasons for the arrests. "We know about the arrests of at least eight," he told Reuters, adding that some of the prisoners had been sent to Tigray's neighbouring region of Afar. The spokesman for Ethiopian Justice Minister Gedion Timothewos, federal police spokesman Jeylan Abdi and…
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Ethiopia detains three journalists for ‘promoting terrorism’

Ethiopia detains three journalists for ‘promoting terrorism’

A freelance video journalist accredited to the Associated Press and two other local journalists have been detained in Ethiopia, according to police and the country's media regulator. Federal police accused the journalists in a statement late on Wednesday of "promoting terrorism" by interviewing members of the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), which parliament has designated a terrorist group. The AP reported that its freelancer, Amir Aman Kiyaro, was detained on November 28 under the country's war-related state of emergency after returning home from a reporting trip. He has not been charged, the report said. "These are baseless allegations. Kiyaro is an…
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Equatorial Guinea detains French military helicopter

Equatorial Guinea detains French military helicopter

A French military helicopter carrying six soldiers had been detained after landing in Equatorial Guinea, in a diplomatic incident that demonstrated the strained ties between Malabo and Paris. The helicopter landed in Equatorial Guinea's mainland port of Bata on Wednesday evening, hours after a French court upheld a guilty verdict in an embezzlement case against Equatorial Guinea's Vice President Teodoro Obiang Mangue. Neither side spoke publicly of any link between the two incidents. Mangue, who is the son and heir-apparent of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, tweeted that a "reconnaissance helicopter" had landed without authorisation after violating Equatorial Guinea's air…
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Nigerian Yoruba activist detained in Benin

Nigerian Yoruba activist detained in Benin

A Nigerian activist accused by the authorities of plotting a violent insurrection has been detained in neighbouring Benin and is due to be sent back to Nigeria, according to reports in Nigerian media. Sunday Adeyemo, more commonly known in Nigeria by his nickname of Sunday Igboho, was arrested on Monday at Cotonou airport while on his way to Germany, according to media reports citing a lawyer and other Nigerian sources with links to Igboho. A spokesman for Nigeria's Department of State Services (DSS), a security agency that raided Igboho's residence in the southwestern city of Ibadan on July 1 and…
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Reuters cameraman detained in Ethiopia has seen no evidence against him, lawyer says

Reuters cameraman detained in Ethiopia has seen no evidence against him, lawyer says

REUTERS cameraman Kumerra Gemechu has been held in solitary confinement for nearly a week without charge or being given any evidence of wrongdoing, his lawyer said. His lawyer Melkamu Ogo said on Wednesday that police informed him that their lines of enquiry included accusations of disseminating false information, communicating with groups fighting the government, and disturbing the public's peace and security. However, he said he has seen no evidence. REUTERS cameraman Kumerra Gemechu. Picture: Twitter Kumerra was arrested at his home in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa last Thursday and is being held until at least Jan. 8 pending a…
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