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Sudan troops fire tear gas, live ammunition at protesters on third anniversary of sit-in killings

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Sudanese protesters who took to the streets of Khartoum on Saturday to rally against military rule and mark the third anniversary of the sit-in killing of scores of protesters in 2019, were repelled by security forces who fired tear gas and live ammunition at the crowd.

The protesters had blocked a major road junction in the capital and laid out food to break their Ramadan fast but just before the ifthar where they were to break their fast, officers began breaking up the rally and chased demonstrators into side streets, a local journalist said.

Later postings on social media said people also gathered in the cities of Madani, Kosti and El Obeid, carrying posters with faces of some of the young men killed in the 2019 protests.

Protests and unrest have continued to rock Sudan since months of nationwide demonstrations led to the overthrow of former dictator, Omar al-Bashir, in April 2019.

The Saturday rally was to mark the June 3, 2019 pro-democracy demonstrations where armed security forces charged at the demonstrators who were holding a sit-in outside the military headquarters in the centre of the capital, demanding the army hand over rule to civilians after Bashir’s ousting.

At the end of the confrontation, more than 130 people were reportedly killed, while government officials have continued to maintain that only 87 people were killed in the raid.

The country’s military leaders have also denied responsibility for the 2019 killings but since the October, 2021 coup which ousted Bashir, many of his former allies have been allowed to rejoin the civil service while others have been freed from jail, something Sudanese activists say is an “insult to the memories of the 2019 martyrs.”

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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