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Senegal clamps down on protests over plan to amend electoral law

Senegal clamps down on protests over plan to amend electoral law

Senegal's plan to amend its electoral law ahead of presidential elections in 2019 has sparked a series of protests. Human rights campaigners say the government's response is a cause for concern.
  • Italian authorities have detained 21 aides and family members of the fugitive criminal Matteo Messina Denaro, believed to be the top boss of the Sicilian Mafia. The former hitman has been on the run since 1993.
  • A week before his summit with Kim Jong Un, South Korea's Moon Jae-in says North Korea wants "an end to the hostile relations." Moon's comments come as the US vows to "maintain pressure" on North Korea to denuclearize.
  • Zimbabwe’s vice president this week ordered the sacking of 16,000 nurses who had gone on strike. The nurses and rights groups have condemned the move and are calling for better conditions in the country's hospitals.
  • Security and regulatory troubles on both sides of the Atlantic threaten the future of China’s ZTE and Huawei. But to what extent are the recent disputes linked to Trump's attempts to rein in Beijing's economic ambitions?
  • The EU has called on Nicolas Maduro's government to hold "free, transparent and credible elections" on May 20. Venezuela's opposition coalition says it will boycott the vote if they are not free and fair.
  • The figures on asylum-seekers in the EU for 2017 are in. More than half a million people were granted protection status, with Germany responsible for around 60 percent of positive decisions.
  • Analysts say little will change as Miguel Diaz-Canel takes over the presidency in Cuba. The country's economy is in desperate need of reform and US-Cuba relations are on the rocks after a brief honeymoon.
  • "Why do you still search for Nazis?" people ask. So the Nazis will be robbed of sleep, says Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.
  • Families of Japanese held captive for decades in North Korea have little hope that dialogue between Seoul, Washington and Pyongyang will result in their loved ones being released. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel has received French President Emmanuel Macron in Berlin to discuss his grand EU vision. But Macron's vision of a banking union, in particular, doesn't sit well with German conservatives.
  • EU-Israel business ties have never been stronger. And while Brussels’ support for the Palestinian Authority means the political realm is fraught with often very old complications, business prospects look very healthy.
  • Dozens of Armenians were jailed after trying to block access to government buildings. People have been taking to the streets for a week to protest a decision to make ex-President Serzh Sargsyan the next prime minister.