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Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egyptian President

Leaders of Egypt’s Journalists’ Syndicate referred to trial

Egypt was second worst jailer of journalists worldwide on December 1, 2015, according to CPJ’s most recent annual prison census.

Former Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, jailed for life for rape, human rights abuses

A total of 69 victims, 23 witnesses and 10 expert witnesses testified during the trial which opened on July 20, 2015.

Iran President, Hassan Rowhani

Iran pulls out of Hajj 2016

More than 60,000 Iranians took part in last year’s Hajj exercise.

Mecca

Iranian pilgrims may not attend 2016 Hajj, Saudi Arabia warns

Saudi Arabia says it rejects attempts to politicise Hajj rituals.

Nigeria, Niger Republic to deepen agricultural cooperation – Buhari

The president received the special envoy of Nigerien president on Friday.

Senegalese court set to give judgement in ex-Chadian dictator’s case

Mr. Habré’s government of political murder and systematic torture of 40,000 people.

Azerbaijani reporter Khadija Ismayilova ordered released on suspended sentence

The Baku Court of Serious Crimes in September 2015 sentenced Ismayilova to seven-and-a-half years in prison on tax evasion and embezzlement

Indonesian President, Joko Widodo

Child rapists face castration, death sentence in Indonesia

“The decree also allows judges to hand down life sentences or death sentences to people convicted of child rape.”

Afghan Taliban appoints new leader after Mansour’s death

Taliban spokesman says all shura members have pledged allegiance to Sheikh Haibatullah in a safe place in Afghanistan.

Egypt Air Consortium

Human remains point to blast on Egyptair flight MS804

Egyptian authorities are still investigating the incident.

CPJ

Chinese blogger detained for ‘provoking trouble’

Chinese officials have accused or convicted several writers of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.

BBC censored during Obama’s visit to Vietnam

BBC’s Vietnamese language service, which regularly reports on rights abuses in Vietnam, is blocked inside the country, according to news reports.

ECOWAS Parliament urges Liberia to reconsider proposal on becoming Christian state

A representative says it is unlikely the bill will pass.

Egyptair jet crashes with 66 aboard amid terror suspicion

An Egyptian official suggested that the MS804 flight might have crashed due to a terrorist act.

Egypt Air Consortium

59 passengers, 10 crew members missing as EgyptAir flight disappears from radar

The plane was travelling at 37,000 feet when it disappeared from radar.

Another U.S. whistleblower gets N995Million reward for exposing SEC violations

“Since the inception of the whistleblower programme in 2011, the SEC has awarded more than $67 million to 29 whistleblowers.”

Somalia: 8 Simple Steps to Bury Your Own Country, By Abukar Arman

“Direly needed in Somalia are leaders who can resist instant gratification, seductive lure of power, who are willing to put their seats on the line.”

Belgian scientists say three new earth-like planets can sustain life

One of the researchers says his team cooperated with colleagues from the U.S. and Britain

Barack Obama

U.S whistleblower earns $3.5 million award for aiding investigation

Whistleblower awards can range from 10 to 30 percent of the money collected when the monetary sanctions exceed $1 million.

Tanzania cuts live parliamentary coverage, ending vital news source for citizens

Live broadcasts of parliamentary proceedings are popular in Tanzania.

Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, suspended for ‘lying about country’s budget’

Vice President Michel Temer is to act for the period of the trial.

President of Uganda Yoweri K Museveni gestures as he speaks during a news conference in a hotel in St Julians, Valletta, Malta on the first day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Friday Nov. 25, 2005. CHOGM was opened by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Friday and the event is due to hosted by Uganda in two years time. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

Ugandan minister warns media not to cover opposition protests

“Any media house that continues to cover them risks having their license revoked,” Ugandan authorities say.

#PanamaPapers: South African govt. opens public registers for beneficial ownership of companies

The country says public registers will act as check for corrupt politicians, tax evaders and terrorists who intentionally conceal their identities.

Sadiq Khan elected first Muslim mayor of London

His closest rival in the poll, Mr. Goldsmith, ran a particularly divisive campaign.

Turkish Prime Minister to resign amidst rift with president

President Erdogan’s son is tipped as a replacement.