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Anti-Racism Protests Staged In South Africa

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Hundreds of thousands of protesters demonstrated on Monday against racism and police brutality in several cities in South Africa following the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man in the united states.

Participants gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in Pretoria, the country’s administrative capital city. They delivered a speech on equal life opportunity. Protesters expressed their strong desire for public solidarity against racism.

Demonstrations have following, a 46-year-old black man George Floyd death in Minneapolis, united states late last month after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes. His death has sparked protests across the U.S. as well as in other countries around the world.

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Kenya: President Kenyatta Reveals Why He Left Twitter

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It appears negative comments on twitter have driven Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta to his limit. Stating the reason he closed his account on the social media app, Kenyatta said he was angered by insults on twitter, so he shut down his personal Twitter account.

He said insults keep him up at nights causing him to lose sleep.

The head of state’s deactivated personal Twitter account had more than three million followers. His administration now uses a state house account, which has around one million followers.

The communication team did not at the time reveal the reason for deactivating the president’s account.

Kenyans on Twitter are known for expressing themselves on the platform often leading to online fights with tweeters from other countries.

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South African President Condemns “Mindless & Bloody” Acts Of Terror Against Trucks

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South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the recent spate of attacks on foreign truck drivers that has seen dozens of lorries damaged or burned.

President Ramaphosa described it as “mindless and bloody lawlessness” and says it cannot be tolerated.

He has directed ministers in charge of transport and labour to investigate the attacks.

Groups representing lorry drivers have been protesting against the hiring of foreign drivers.

Police in Gauteng, South Africa’s financial hub, says it has arrested some of those allegedly involved in the attacks.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) director in Southern Africa, Dewa Mavhinga, termed the attacks as xenophobic as he shared a video of torched lorries and condemned the action. He said xenophobia must stop and perpetrators must be arrested.

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Research Says Most IS Attacks Happen In Africa

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The Global Terrorism Index an annual review of terrorism trends has found that sub-Saharan Africa saw the most attacks linked to the Islamic State group and its affiliates.

The review found that there were just under 14,000 deaths across the world linked to terrorism – the fifth consecutive year that figure had decreased.

The research also found that the largest decrease in deaths were in Nigeria and Afghanistan.

The largest increase in terrorism occurred in Burkina Faso – where deaths rose by 590%.

It also marks Mozambique, Mali and Niger as among the countries that have had a concerning increase in terrorist attacks.

The Global Terrorism Index developed by the think tank the Institute of Economics and Peace, warned that deteriorating economic conditions could make more people susceptible to extremist propaganda.

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