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Democracy in decline worldwide

For the first time since 2004, the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) has recorded more autocratic states than democracies around the world. Civil society activists often represent the last bastion of resistance. Autocracies such as Russia and China on the one hand; democracies like the USA or Germany on the other. Is that the great conflictContinue reading “Democracy in decline worldwide”

Thousands turn out for anti-coup protests across Sudan – DW News

In Sudan thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Khartoum and other cities, demanding a transition to civilian rule. The rallies come two months after a military coup. The civilian prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, has since been reinstated, but the pro-democracy movement wants a government completely free from military control.

U.N. rights forum agrees to investigate abuses in Ethiopia

EU resolution sets up international monitoring Ethiopian envoy rejects ‘politically-motivated’ text U.N. says up to 7,000 detained including nine U.N. staff The U.N. Human Rights Council voted on Friday to establish an independent investigation into abuses in the Ethiopian conflict, after a senior U.N. official said there had been violations on all sides and massContinue reading “U.N. rights forum agrees to investigate abuses in Ethiopia”

Russia threatens to deploy nuclear missiles in Europe amid tensions in Ukraine – WION

Russia said it may be forced to deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe in response to what it believes as NATO’s plans to do the same.

Sudan security forces fire tear gas at march against military rule

Protesters have been marching regularly since coup 42 people killed in crackdowns so far, dozens arrested Protesters reject PM’s deal with military Top politicians detained since coup have been released Sudanese security forces deployed tear gas against tens of thousands of protesters gathering in central Khartoum on Tuesday to oppose military rule following last month’sContinue reading “Sudan security forces fire tear gas at march against military rule”

Sudan coup: Ousted PM Hamdok staying ‘at my home,’ general says

General Abdel-Fattah Burhan said he was detaining Abdalla Hamdok at his residence for the deposed prime minister’s “own safety.” Meanwhile, three Sudanese ambassadors in Europe have defected. Sudan’s top general Abdel-Fattah Burhan said on Tuesday he was keeping ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok at “my home,” in the wake of the military coup the army official conducted. TheContinue reading “Sudan coup: Ousted PM Hamdok staying ‘at my home,’ general says”

Sudan’s military carries out coup as world leaders urge army to pull back

Among those detained by the army include the PM and members of his cabinet Sudan’s military staged an attempted coup on Monday, with soldiers arresting the prime minister and cabinet members and taking them to undisclosed locations, while declaring a state of emergency. On a day of high tension, thousands took to the streets of the capital Khartoum and its twinContinue reading “Sudan’s military carries out coup as world leaders urge army to pull back”

Sudan at a crossroads: Is the democratic revolution being stolen? – DW News

Food, water running out in Tigray refugee camps – UN

Some 24,000 Eritrean refugees are trapped in two camps in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, cut off from humanitarian aid, and their food rations may have run out, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Appealing for access to the Mai Aini and Adi Harush camps, the U.N. refugee agency said there was “a real danger of hunger”Continue reading “Food, water running out in Tigray refugee camps – UN”

At least 43 migrants drown in shipwreck off Tunisia, Red Crescent says

At least 43 migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy, while another 84 were rescued, the Tunisian Red Crescent told Reuters on Saturday. The boat had set off from Zuwara, on Libya’s northwest coast, carrying migrants from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Bangladesh, the humanitarianContinue reading “At least 43 migrants drown in shipwreck off Tunisia, Red Crescent says”