Situation tense in Eswatini as pro-democracy groups intensify protest

20 October 2021, 5:08 PM
The situation remains tense in the Kingdom of Eswatini as pro-democracy groups intensify their protest and police use force to quell the situation.
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Eswatini teachers’ association confirms deployment of army at schools 13 October 2021, 2:49 PM

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Ethiopian army starts ground attack on rebellious Tigray forces: Regional Party Spokesperson 12 October 2021, 5:49 PM

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World Court to rule on Kenya-Somalia sea border row 12 October 2021, 12:02 PM

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Shooting in Libya detention centre after migrant raids 9 October 2021, 11:44 PM

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New Ebola case confirmed in eastern Congo 9 October 2021, 1:20 AM

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Nigeria rescues 187 people from kidnappers 8 October 2021, 12:14 AM

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Guterres asks Ethiopia to give proof that UN staffers interfered with internal affairs 7 October 2021, 2:49 PM

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Gunfire disrupts Cameroon prime minister’s visit to separatist region 7 October 2021, 8:24 AM

Distant machine gun fire interrupted a speech by Cameroonian Prime Minister Dion Ngute on Tuesday during a visit to the capital of the restive North West region that Anglophone separatists had vowed to disrupt.

Armed bandits kill 18 in Nigeria’s Zamfara state 7 October 2021, 12:58 AM

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WHO backs malaria vaccine rollout for Africa’s children in major breakthrough 7 October 2021, 12:30 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday the only approved vaccine against malaria should be widely given to African children, potentially marking a major advance against a disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people annually.

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