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Will Afghanistan manage to find peace?

In this week’s UpFront, we speak to former Afghan spy chief Amrullah Saleh about the US-led war in Afghanistan and why 16, years on, the Taliban continues to have a strong foothold in the country. In the Reality Check, we explain why conflating Israel with Jewish people is wrong, and how

DR Congo skips independence parade amid security fears

Democratic Republic of Congo will not hold its annual independence day military parade on Friday because of security concerns, an adviser to President Joseph Kabila said. Congo’s independence day parades, held each of the last three years, are usually festive events that mark the end of Belgian colonial rule in 1960

UN agrees to cut down Darfur peacekeeping force

UN Security Council has agreed to a major reduction of peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur region after US pressure led to a $600m cut in the UN budget for peace operations. The council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution drafted by the UK that will cut the number of troops and police

Horse racing becomes national sport in Lesotho

The southern African country of Lesotho is turning its age-old pastime of horse riding into a national sport. The goal is to preserve the riding culture with national races, but money problems are standing in the way. Al Jazeera’s Fahmida Miller reports from the Leribe district in Lesotho. The post Horse racing becomes

DRC rape victims come forward with help of rights groups

Decades of fighting in Democratic Republic of Congo have left thousands of rape victims struggling to cope. Soldiers and rebel fights are thought to have carried out most of the 50,000 recorded cases of sexual violence over the past 20 years. Rape incidents in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo

“How CCCPA is using Islamic Shariah to prevent violent extremism in Africa”

CCCPA's director general Ashraf Swalem

Ashraf Swelam is director general of the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA). Here, he speaks about the Centre’s Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism Leading to Terrorism (PRELT) project in Nigeria and Somalia     CCCPA uses Islamic Shariah to provide alternative narrative to the narratives of terrorists groups

South Africa: Government enforces eviction of illegal settlements

Long after the end of apartheid in South Africa, people are still facing state-sponsored evictions. Across the country, authorities are destroying shacks that were built because of a lack of available housing. Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb reports from Ekurhuleni. The post South Africa: Government enforces eviction of illegal settlements appeared first on African


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