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Police enforce curfew in Baltimore

Thousands of police in riot gear and National Guard troops patrolled Baltimore to enforce a curfew on Tuesday night, dispersing protesters with pepper spray a day after the city was shaken by the worst rioting in the United States in years.
With helicopters overhead and armoured vehicles on the ground, most people respected a curfew that started at 22:00 on yesterday and continues until 05:00 the next day.
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Zwelithini dragged to ICC for ‘hate speech’

A Nigerian human rights organisation has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to investigate a complaint of hate speech against Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (Serap) also asked ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate the alleged complicity or negligence of South Africa’s police in preventing the xenophobic attacks that it said resulted from Zwelithini’s comments.
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South Africa celebrates 21 years of democratic election

South Africans on Monday celebrated the country's 21st anniversary of its first fully democratic elections.
The celebrations took place at a time when the country was witnessing the latest wave of xenophobic violence, protests over poor service delivery and growing unemployment due to economic hardships.
The country gained freedom from the Apartheid rule in 1994 following the release from prison of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who became South Africa's first black president in 1994.
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Burundi govt arrests protester against president's third term

The head of a local human rights body was arrested Monday over organizing protests against the third term of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, chairman of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detainees' Rights in Burundi (APRODH), was arrested at the Burundi Press House in the urban commune of Rohero while he had been invited by five private local radio stations that broadcast, in a radio synergy, on Monday morning before police urged those radio stations to stop the radio synergy.
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Kenyan police question parliamentary staff over terrorism suspicion

Kenyan police said Monday they were questioning a parliamentary staff working at the Senate who was arrested on Sunday for alleged facilitating attacks on the country's Parliament.
A senior police officer said Ali Abdulmajid, who is the vice- chairperson of the management committee of the Pumwani Riyadh Mosque that has in the past been accused of financing terror activities, was questioned for the second day on Monday.
The suspect, who is also a staff at the Senate, was arrested by CID and Anti-Terror Unit.
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Hundreds of corpses found in Nigeria

Hundreds of decomposed corpses were found in mass graves in a border community in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State, seized by Boko Haram last year, an official said late Monday.
The corpses -- apparently victims of Boko Haram attacks in Damasak, a Nigeria-Niger border community -- were found buried in 20 shallow graves in the past weekend, Mustapha Babagana, spokesman of Damasak local district, told Xinhua via telephone.
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15 cops injured in Baltimore riot chaos

At least 15 police officers have been injured in riots that have plunged the US city of Baltimore into chaos.
Six of the injured police officers remained hospitalised late on Monday, police said. Two dozen people were arrested.
Officers wearing helmets and wielding shields occasionally used pepper spray to keep the rioters back. For the most part, police relied on line formations to keep protesters at bay.
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SA police continue to nab perpetrators of mob violence

The South African police are working around the clock to apprehend the perpetrators of the recent xenophobic violence, the Presidency said on Monday.
President Jacob Zuma requests all who have information about the incidents in which the victims were killed to come forward so that those responsible are brought to book, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.
More than 300 suspects have been arrested for alleged involvement in acts of violence during the recent wave of xenophobic violence that hit parts of the country, according to police.
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EFF: Cabinet minister verbally abused refugees

National spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi described Dlamini’s conduct as “unprofessional and petty”.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and a delegation had visited the Isipingo camp, which houses hundreds of foreign nationals displaced by xenophobic violence, on Friday, doling out blankets and mattresses.
“Instead of applauding the charity expressed by EFF, the minister verbally attacked the refugees and scolded them for accepting gifts from the party,” Ndlozi said in a statement.
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2 killed in Burundi protest against presidential third term

At least two protesters were killed and about ten others injured in protests staged Sunday in various neighborhoods of the Burundian capital Bujumbura in protest against the third term of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Witnesses told Xinhua that an unknown number of demonstrators were arrested.
"One of them was shot dead at Musaga (south) by policemen who fired real bullets against demonstrators," said Henri Barampama who was also demonstrating.
Another demonstrator Pasteur Ntaconayigize said that the other one was killed in Cibitoke (north).
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