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One of the Leading Activists in Egypt's Protests has Been Arrested

Alaa Abdel Fattah has been arrested by officials just six months after being released from prison.

Since last week, Egypt has been embroiled in anti-government protests calling for the resignation of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's resignation. These protests, which are rare under al-Sisi's rule, are in response to a series of videos which were posted online by Egyptian businessman, Mohamed Ali, and showed al-Sisi allegedly using state resources on a variety of luxury accommodation. At least 2000 protesters have been arrested thus far in the Egyptian government's crackdown. Yesterday, Alaa Abdel Fattah, a leading activist in the current protests, was arrested by authorities just six months after he was released from prison, according to the BBC.


Abdel Fattah was a leading figure in the 2011 revolution which toppled former President Hosni Mubarak and saw the late Mohamed Morsi become Egypt's first democratically elected president. Following that, Abdel Fattah was arrested for organizing a protest without permission and sentenced to five years in prison and released in March of this year. Part of the the conditions of Abdel Fattah's probation was that he spend his nights in prison cell for a period of five years. Yesterday, Abdel Fattah was arrested by officials on charges of publishing faking news and inciting others to protest, according to Aljazeera. He is reportedly being held at the National Security Agency. His sister, Mona Seif, tweeted the following after his arrest:

Since al-Sisi took over from Morsi six years ago in a military coup, the gathering of ten or more people without permission from the government has been illegal—an effective ban on protests altogether. Although security has been tightened and mass arrests are underway, al-Sisi has downplayed the magnitude of the anti-government protests.

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Zimbabwe's Nelson Chamisa Removed As Leader of Main Opposition Party

The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe has ruled that Nelson Chamisa is the 'illegitimate' leader of the MDC and has removed him from the position.

Nelson Chamisa has been removed as the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), according to the BBC.

The Zimbabwean Supreme Court ruled that Chamisa is the "illegitimate" leader of the main opposition party and has legally returned him to the position he held back 2015 of Secretary for Policy. Thokozane Kupe will now reportedly assume legitimate leadership of the political party, My Zimbabwe reports.

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Passes Away

The former Egyptian president, who was ousted in 2011 during the Arab Spring Uprising, was aged 91.

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak passed away yesterday according to reports by the BBC.

The former statesman's death comes barely a year after his successor and Egypt's first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi, suffered a fatal heart attack.

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Black Coffee Is on a Mission to Raise Funds for Coronavirus Relief Efforts

The South African musician is raising funds in an effort to donate a million rands to organizations fighting the COVID-19 outbreak.

DJ Black Coffee is on a mission to help raise funds for organizations fighting to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

Having already raised 90 000 rands (approximately USD 5000) in just five days for the government's Solidarity Fund, the South African artist wants to raise a total of 1 million rands (approximately USD 55 000), according to reports by TimesLIVE.

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Veteran Somali Musician Ahmed Ismail Hussein Has Died

Considered one of the founding fathers of contemporary Somali music and affectionately known as 'Hudeydi', the musician has passed away from the coronavirus at age 92.

Veteran Somali musician Ahmed Ismail Hussein has passed away at the age of 92 according to reports by the BBC.

Considered one of the founding fathers of contemporary Somali music, the musician passed away in London, England, after having tested positive for the coronavirus.

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