Political Unrest
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West African leaders urge Gambian president to step down

Africa | President Yahya Jammeh rejects election results
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/13/16, 11:06 am

Some West African leaders are visiting Gambia today to try to dissuade President Yahya Jammeh from rejecting the country’s election results. Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the current chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), leads the delegation that includes Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Sierra Leone leader Ernest Bai Koroma, and the outgoing president of Ghana, John Mahama.

“We will be asking President Jammeh to respect his country’s Constitution and to maintain the inviolability of the electoral process,” Buhari posted on Twitter.

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Nigerian troops accused of shooting separatists

Nigeria | Amnesty International report details torture and extrajudicial killings of pro-Biafran activists
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/25/16, 11:39 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—Nigerian security forces have killed at least 150 pro-Biafran protesters seeking to secede from Nigeria’s southeast, rights group Amnesty International said Thursday.

The report gathered video and eyewitness testimonies between August 2015 and August 2016, which revealed the military’s excessive force and unwarranted use of gunfire to disperse demonstrators. 

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Israeli noise pollution bill stirs claims of Islamophobia

Religion | Muslim groups threaten war over proposed restrictions on mosque loudspeakers
by Anna K. Poole
Posted 11/23/16, 10:37 am

The latest flashpoint between Israeli Jews and their Arab neighbors highlights the extent to which the conflict between them touches every aspect of daily life. 

Earlier this month, Israeli lawmakers proposed a bill that would require all houses of worship to lower the volume of their public address systems. While the vaguely worded proposal made no outright accusation, the bill’s sponsor, a lawmaker from a nationalist Jewish religious party, admitted the legislation is aimed at Muslim mosque loudspeakers.

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