Thursday, 20th September 2018


Amnesty says crackdown turns Egypt into an "open air prison" for critics

Amnesty International on Wednesday accused Egypt’s government of mounting a crackdown on freedom of expression that had turned the country into an “open-air prison” for critics.

The international human rights group said authorities had arrested at least 111 people since December for criticising President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Egypt’s human…

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DRC's Bemba to file new ICC appeal: lawyer

Congolese ex-vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba will appeal his sentence for bribing war crimes witnesses and hopes to overturn his conviction in a case which has barred him from elections, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

The International Criminal Court on Monday confirmed a one-year sentence and $350 000 fine against Bemba for tampering with…

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AGD DIAMONDS enters international diamond market

JSC Arkhangelskgeoldobycha has been renamed JSC AGD DIAMONDS as it enters the international market.

The rebranding of the joint-stock company was due to its new marketing policy aimed at its global customers – buyers of rough diamonds.

AGD chief executive Sergey Neruchev said  the acquisition of a 100% stake in Grib Diamonds N. V., which operates…

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Nigerian military struggles against Islamic State in West Africa - sources

Islamist militants have killed hundreds of soldiers in attacks in northeastern Nigeria in recent weeks, security and military sources say, forcing a turnaround in the course of an insurgency which the government has frequently claimed to have vanquished.

The fatigued, ill-equipped government troops have reached breaking point, they said.


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DRC state TV sacks journalists after opposition coverage

The Democratic Republic of Congo's state-run television announced on Monday it had fired two reporters who covered an opposition leader's press conference in defiance of editorial policy.

The journalist and cameramen went to report on the head of the Congo National Liberation Front who laid down what some local media called an "ultimatum" to…

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