French and Malian troops have continued their offensive against Islamist militants in northern Mali, seizing the town of Gao on Saturday and the airport at Timbuktu today. The joint force has encountered relatively little resistance in retaking towns, with the Islamist fighters believed to be retreating to desert hideouts with their vehicles and weapons.
President Mohammed Morsi has declared a state of emergency and a curfew in three Suez Canal cities amidst ongoing protests and clashes between protesters and police. Demonstrations against Morsi began five days ago, but anger intensified on Saturday when a court sentenced several people to death in connection with deadly football riots last year. Since the violence started, nearly 50 people are believed to have been killed. Morsi also called for dialogue with leading opposition politicians starting today, but early responses seemed to snub the president.
Dissident Eritrean soldiers reportedly seized the country’s information ministry and demanded the release of political prisoners last week. Although the situation seems to have been resolved the next day, President Isaias Afewerki’s regime is believed to be one of the most repressive in the world and the incident suggests his grip on power may be weakening.
Below are a few highlights from the past week:
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|An Interview with Bassekou Kouyate|
|Attitudes, Lives and Livelihoods: The Fight for Women's Rights in East Africa|
|The Need for a Sea Change in Africa's Coastal Laws|
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The Team at Think Africa Press