Mali attack leaves more than 50 soldiers dead

(CNN)At least 53 soldiers and one civilian have been killed in a terrorist attack on the Malian Armed Forces, according to Mali’s government. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the assault. The attack is one of the deadliest on military personnel in recent years. It follows separate attacks on army posts in central Mali in September that killed 38 soldiers. Separatists and al Qaeda-linked insurgents often target military outposts in the West African nation. A jihadist insurgency spread into the north and center of Mali in 2012, and foreign troops and the government have been unable to fully regain control of some regions of the landlocked West African country. The European Union, which has been training Malian government …

‘The time to be afraid is over’: the quest for justice and healing in Liberia

Pressure is increasing in the west African country yet to recover from 14 years of civil conflict for a war-crimes tribunal to bring closure As a child in Liberias first civil war, Rustonlyn Dennis remembers seeing dead bodies in the street. In 1991, her immediate family managed to get out of the shattered capital, Monrovia, and survived, but a dozen relatives starved to death. Civilians were attacked, child soldiers recruited and ethnic groups were targeted in that war, never been implemented, and former rebels and their associates have held some of the writing to parliament in September to ask for advice on implementing the TRC recommendations including setting up the war crimes court that activists have long demanded, and telling …

Sudanese protesters demand justice following mass killings

Crowds gather in Khartoum and other cities after deaths of over 120 peaceful demonstrators Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of towns and cities across Sudan on Saturday calling for justice for pro-democracy protesters killed by security forces in weeks of unrest. Crowds filled major squares and thoroughfares waving the national flag, lighting candles and chanting: The mother of a martyr is my mother, the blood of a martyr is my blood. The political crisis in Sudan began last year and has lasted through the removal of the countrys long-term president in April, a brutal killing on 3 June by heavily armed paramilitary forces of at least 128 protesters who were staging a peaceful sit-in, as well …

Failed coup sees Ethiopia army chief shot dead by bodyguard

(CNN)A failed coup in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara regional state government led to four people being killed, including Ethiopia’s Army Chief of Staff and the head of an important region, the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s confirmed Sunday. Army Chief of Staff General Seare was coordinating a response to the attack in Amhara when he was killed, the Prime Minister’s press secretary Billene Seyoum told CNN Sunday. Abiy blamed the attempted coup on a Brigadier General named Asaminew Tsige and others. Tsige has been serving as the regional government’s Peace and Security Bureau head after being given amnesty and released from prison last year. The situation in the Amhara — located in northwestern part of Ethiopia and is one of …