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Huge Spike In Burkina Faso School Attacks – HRW

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Gunmen Kill At Least 30 In Burkina Faso Attack

An international pressure group, Human Rights Watch, says a surge in Islamist militant attacks on schools in Burkina Faso is having a devastating impact on education.

HRW says more than 200 teachers and other staff had been targeted since 2017.  Some of them were shot, while others were beheaded by the armed Islamists who say they oppose education as it is French and western.

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All schools in Burkina Faso are now shut because of coronavirus but Islamist militant attacks had already forced twenty-five hundred schools to close, depriving more than 330,000 children of education.

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The Human Rights Watch report, released on Tuesday, cites Burkina Faso’s ministry of education, that at least 126 attacks and armed threats against education professionals, students and schools have taken place in the nation.

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DR Congo: At Least Three Killed In Protests Over Election Chief

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At Least Three Killed In Protests Over Congo Election Chief

The United Nations Joint Human Rights Office says at least three persons were killed on Thursday during protests in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, and in some other areas in the country.

Demonstrations erupted after nomination of an election commission chief stirred public anger and further tension in the ruling coalition.

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Police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of supporters of president Felix Tshisekedi and democracy campaigners as they marched through the streets of Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Goma and several smaller towns.

The United Nations joint human rights office said it was “concerned about the use of lethal force by law enforcement which led to the death of two protesters.”

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A U.N. Rights body also condemned the death of a police officer.

Protesters said they were upset at the move to appoint Ronsard Malonda as president of the independent national electoral commission. His nomination was ratified by the national assembly last week but the president is yet to sign off on it.

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Tshisekedi’s supporters accuse Malonda of being close to former president Joseph Kabila, who still wields extensive powers through his parliamentary majority, control of most cabinet ministries and the army.

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Morocco Extends Coronavirus Emergency Decree Until Aug 10

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Morocco Extends Coronavirus Emergency Decree Until Aug 10

Morocco has extended an emergency decree imposed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The cabinet maintained on Thursday the decree will remain in force until the middle of next month to give local authorities a leeway in taking restrictive measures to allow for restoring lockdowns on a region-by-region basis depending on coronavirus developments.

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Morocco has lifted lockdown in late June in most of the economy allowing cafes, restaurants, sports clubs, and other services and entertainment businesses to resume activity at half capacity. Domestic travel has also resumed, borders are set to reopen on July 14.

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The provinces where infections remain higher such as Marrakech, Tangier and Safi are still on a lockdown.

Morocco has recorded more than 15,000 covid-19 cases, including 242 deaths. Nearly 11,500 patients have recovered.

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Algeria Tightening Travel Restrictions To Limit Coronavirus Infections

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Algeria Tightening Travel Restrictions To Limit Coronavirus Infections

Algeria is tightening travel restrictions to limit coronavirus infections and says it will re-impose travel restrictions today, Friday.  The country will also increase testing in a bid to stop a rise in coronavirus infections.

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The government announced, under the new measure, citizens will be barred from traveling to and from 29 provinces including the capital, Algiers, for a week beginning Friday.

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Restrictions and curfew hours were eased last month in some provinces.

The north African country has reported nearly 18,000 confirmed infections and 988 deaths.

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