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Egypt: Ex-president Mohamed Morsi jailed for 20 years for abuse of protesters

(By Estera Popowska)
Egypt’s former president, Mohamed Morsi was on Tuesday sentenced to 20 years in jail for abuse of protesters, sources said. An Egyptian court however reportedly acquitted the Islamist leader of charges that would have seen him face the death penalty.

The Cairo court convicted Morsi of ordering the arrest and torture of protesters involved in clashes in 2012 when he was president, in the first verdict in a series of trials he is facing,
Fourteen others were convicted on the same charges, with most also sentenced to 20 years in jail each.

Ethiopia declares 3 day national mourning for 20 killed by IS in Libya

(By Estera Popowska)
A three-day national mourning has been declared beginning on Tuesday for more than 20 Ethiopian Christians killed by Islamic State militants in Libya. Redwan Hussein , Ethiopian Communications Minister told AFP on Monday that parliament would launch the official start of the mourning period on Tuesday, while state television said flags would fly at half mast.

AFP says the murders have horrified Ethiopians and sparked global condemnation, including from Pope Francis who expressed "great distress and sadness" over the "shocking" violence.

Nigeria to evacuate citizens from South Africa following anti immigrant violence

(By Estera Popowska)
Following recent violent attacks on foreigners in South Africa, the Nigerian government has concluded arrangements for the evacuation of its citizens from South Africa beginning Monday. The Nigerian government reportedly called upon Nigerians interested in returning home to contact the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa.

Cameroon: Death toll 19 after attack by Nigeria-based Boko Haram militants

(By Estera Popowska)
A security source said in an updated toll that at least nineteen people were killed, most of the victims beheaded, in Thursday night's attack on a Cameroonian village by Nigeria-based Boko Haram militants.

A security source said Saturday on condition of anonymity that “The final toll from this attack is 19 dead, with a majority of the victims decapitated.”
Earlier, security sources had said 10 civilians were killed in the cross-border raid on the village of Bia in Cameroon's Far North region.

World Bank pledges US$650 million to fight Ebola in West Africa

(By Estera Popowska
The World Bank Group announced on Friday that it would provide at least US$650 million during the next 12 to 18 months to support Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

According to reports from UN News Centre, the funds will be used to help the three countries recover from what the Bank called "the devastating social and economic impact of the Ebola crisis."

Nigeria: “Mysterious” disease kills 17 patients within 24 hours

(By Estera Popowska)
The Nigerian government and the general public are reportedly on a high alert after a “mysterious” disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 17 lives in a southeastern Nigerian town, the Nigerian government said Saturday.

“Seventeen people have died of the mysterious disease since it broke out early this week in Ode-Irele Town,” the government spokesman for Ondo state, Kayode Akinmade, told AFP by telephone.

South Africa: President Zuma cancels state visit to Indonesia to tackle anti-immigrant violence

(By Estera Popowska)
In the latest event regarding to violent attacks on foreigners in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma reportedly canceled a state visit on Saturday to Indonesia to deal with the increasing anti-immigrant violence in South Africa.

The anti immigrant violence erupted in the port city Durban two weeks ago and spread to Johannesburg, Africa's economic hub, appeared to have died down on Saturday as police patrolled trouble spots.

Sudan: Voting ends amidst opposition boycott and low turn out

(By Estera Popowska)
African Union observers have said voting in the Sudanese elections has ended, with only a third of the electorate casting their ballots. Olusegun Obasanjo, the head of the AU team overseeing the poll reportedly said turnout stood at between 30-35%. Mr. Obasanjo said some voters may have felt the result was a forgone conclusion and so abstained from casting a ballot.