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Senegal opens investigation into murder of Congolese Floribert Chebeya

DRC/Senegal – Senegalese judicial authorities on Tuesday launched an investigation into the 2010 assassination of Congolese human rights activist Floribert Chebeya and his colleague Fidèle Bazana, Hirondelle learned Wednesday.

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DRC: EU to send polls observer team

A European Union Election Observation Mission (EOM) will be in Democratic Republic of Congo six weeks in advance to monitor presidential and parliamentary elections to be held on November 28, 2011.

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Paving the way for justice in Côte d’Ivoire

National and international truth, reconciliation and justice mechanisms being set up in Côte d’Ivoire must be impartial and independent to have any credibility, say analysts and rights groups.

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Killing at Will – Unlawful police killings in Nigeria

“The Nigerian police are responsible for hundreds of unlawful killings every year,” said Erwin van der Borght, director of Amnesty’s Africa programme.

Amnesty International released today in a new report – named “Killing at Will”– the shocking level of unlawful police killings in Nigeria.

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South African activist is new Greenpeace head

An African took over as director of Greenpeace, bringing experience honed as a teenage opponent of white rule in South Africa and a network of powerful contacts to the battle against global warming.

Kumi Naidoo, the new director, said he still had much to learn about the group’s current agenda, from protecting whales and forests to stopping nuclear tests and toxic dumping. But he has already grasped the issues around global warming, an increasingly overriding concern of Greenpeace and other environmental groups.

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Botswana votes today

Botswana’s election is expected to see President Ian Khama remain in power despite rising discontent over the economic state of the world’s biggest diamond producer, as Reuters reports.

The son of Botswana’s first president, Mr Khama faces his first democratic test since becoming Botswana Democratic Party leader some 18 months ago.

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