Sudan’s President Orders Release of Political Prisoners

Sudan’s President Orders Release of Political Prisoners Photo President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan speaking before members of the parliamentary body of the ruling National Congress Party last week in Khartoum. Credit Ashraf Shazly/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Sudan’s president has ordered the release of dozens of political prisoners, the state-run news agency Suna reported on Tuesday, an action that appeared intended to mollify human-rights critics.
The decision seemed to be a concession by the president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who came to power in 1989 in an Islamist and military-backed coup, and is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur.
He is an international pariah. But Western governments have increasingly been working with his government, eager for his help in preventing violent extremism and in stemming the flow of African refugees northward into Libya and Egypt and then on to boats bound for Europe..

Nigeria’s President, Facing Calls to Step Aside, Says He Will Run Again

Nigeria’s President, Facing Calls to Step Aside, Says He Will Run Again Photo President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, left, has taken extended medical leave abroad at a time when Nigeria faces serious problems. Credit Stefan Heunis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images ABUJA, Nigeria — Despite calls to step aside and concerns about mysterious health problems, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria on Monday declared his intention to seek re-election next year, ending months of speculation.
In a closed-door meeting of the National Executive Committee, after national news outlets had left the room, Mr. Buhari, 75, announced that he would run again, according to people who were present and briefed reporters afterward. They said he had told the committee that he was responding to popular demand that he seek another term.
Mr. Buhari has faced widespread criticism over his government’s inability to defeat the renewed Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast, or to end violence between herders and ..