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- Protests against a joint mining operation with China in Letpadaung. Villagers say their land has been unlawfully confiscated to expand the mine. After big protests in 2012 and 2013, when riot police raided a protest camp injuring more than 100 people, then opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi led an inquiry that recommended compensating the residents and minimizing environmental damage
- A proposal submitted to the Lower House of Burma’s Parliament late last week by a lawmaker of the Arakan National Party (ANP) urged the government to “resolve citizenship issues” in Burma in accordance with the 1982 Citizenship Law. The proposal suggested that a nationwide citizenship verification drive be undertaken. The proposed restart of a previous scheme would allow Rohingya individuals to apply for citizenship—under the 1982 law—on the condition that they self-identify as “Bengali.”
- Pictures released by the Washington Post explore the devastating impact of the recent clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh.
- A suicide bomber attacked on Thursday, killing seven people including two police officers who stopped him entering a bustling complex of government offices in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri. 18 were injured.
- Thursday’s blast comes the day after worshipers prevented a suicide bomber from entering a mosque in Maiduguri. The military said the bomber blew himself up and wounded four people. The two bombings this week are the first attacks in two months.
- President Omar Al Bashir returned home on Thursday evening after taking part in the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Al Bashir’s visit to Kampala was in open defiance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant against him.
- Two weeks after the former warring parties in South Sudan’s conflict formed the Transitional Government of National Unity, cease-fire monitors say President Salva Kiir’s forces are still not cooperating with security monitors in implementing security arrangements, as set forth in the peace agreement.
- Officers from the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Opposition in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state have defected and formed their own faction.
- Ugandan police arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye, just hours before the man he accuses of winning a sham election, Yoweri Museveni, is sworn in for a fifth term as president on Thursday.