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Al Jazeera condemns attack on Sanaa bureau in Yemen

YemenAl Jazeera Media Network condemned the invasion of Houthi rebels on its bureau in the Yemeni capital. Armed Houthis stormed the bureau in Sanaa as guards reported that the rebels destroyed security cameras, smashed the entrance door and ransacked the office contents.

 

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Sierra Leone: Let pregnant girls take exams

Pregnant GirlsThe suggestion that visibly pregnant girls in Sierra Leone will be excluded from school exams this Monday will do nothing but damage their education and harm their chances to better their lives, Amnesty International said today.

On Wednesday Sierra Leone’s Education Minister Minkailu Bah reiterated previous comments that visibly pregnant girls could be banned from taking their exams. One key reason given by the minister is that they would provide a bad example to other girls. Passing the exams is a requirement to progress from junior to senior high school.

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Angola: Detained Activists Must be Immediately and Unconditionally Freed

Angola FREE JournalistThe Angolan authorities must immediately and unconditionally release two human rights defenders who were detained solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in the country’s Cabinda region, five organizations including Amnesty International said today.

Jose Marcos Mavungo was arrested on 14 March 2015 – the day of the planned protest - and charged with sedition on 16 March 2015. Another human rights defender, Arao Bula Tempo, was also arrested and detained on unknown charges.

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Malawi Chief Chikulamayembe calls for reforms in Constituency Development Fund Administration

Speaker of the HouseRumphi, March 18, 2015: Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe of Rumphi has called for policy reforms on the administration and management of Constituency Development Fund (CDF), saying under the current system, some Members of Parliament (MPs) tend to personalise the fund.

The chief expressed the sentiments in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) this week on the sidelines of Rumphi District Council meeting that discussed 2015/2016 Budget for the district.

Egypt:Delays in retrial of Al Jazeera duo slammed

AL Jazeer Reporters in EgyptReacting to the latest adjournment in the case of its jailed journalists in Egypt, Al Jazeera spokesperson Osama Saeed said:

“For the second successive court date, there was no substantive hearing because eight prosecution witnesses did not turn up. We’ve previously urged that the retrial process be swift, and wasted opportunities like today and the last hearing do not help towards that end.

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