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South Sudan: UN expert denounces rights abuses, prevailing impunity

Chair of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, Yasmin Sooka, has vehemently decried the “massive” increase in gross human rights violations, as well as an escalation in fighting in South Sudan, where, she deplored, “impunity is the norm”. Yasmin Sooka made the statement while she was presenting her report to the UN Human […]

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Somalia: pirates hijacked Sri Lankan-flagged ship

A Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter has been hijacked in Somali waters after the vessel sent a distress call. The ship sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali coast, a piracy expert told Reuters. According to Reuters, the Dubai-owned Aris 13 is believed to be carrying eight crew […]

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Gambians to choose their MPs on April 6

The Gambian Electoral Commission (IEC) on Monday announced that it has acknowledged 239 candidacies for the parliamentary elections. April 6 elections will be the first parliamentary elections in the tiny West-African nation, since long-time ruler Yahya Jammeh has been sent to exile. “At the end of the filing period which ran from March 9 to […]

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Ethiopia: Rubbish dump landslide killed dozens in capital city

About 30 people were killed and 28 others injured in a landslide accident near the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa this weekend. The accident occurred at the Koshe Garbage Landfill on Saturday night after a landslide swept through a giant rubbish dump. According to the mayor, some 37 people had been rescued from the rubble and […]

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Mauritanian parliament votes to change national flag

Mauritanian lawmakers on Tuesday voted to change the national flag component by adding stripes to it to ‘better represent those who battled for the country’s independence from France. The ruling party, Union pour la République (UPR), last year proposed to amend the national flag by adding thin red stripes at the top and bottom. According […]

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Donald Trump Calls Kenya’s Kenyatta

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to “reaffirm the strong bilateral relationship between the two countries,” the White House said in a statement. Conversation between the two leaders also focused on “economic partnership and mutual dedication to overcoming terrorism and other regional security challenges through close cooperation,” the statement said. […]

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UN Boss holds talks with Kenya’s Uhuru in Nairobi

UN Chief Antonio Gutteres is in Nairobi to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday. The Two leaders will discuss regional issues including hunger, drought, terrorism and security across the region, local media reported. South Sudan conflict and the war in Somalia are also on their agenda according to Nairobi-based news portal, The Nation. The United […]

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Lesotho’s King dissolves parliament, announces fresh elections

Lesotho’s King Letsie III on Tuesday dissolved parliament and will shortly set an election date, the deputy prime minister said. In a statement aired on the state-run radio, Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing said “We are here to announce that His Majesty has accepted the prime minister’s advice to dissolve parliament and the nation will […]

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Algeria: Two terrorists eliminated, two arrested in Dellys

The Algerian Defense Ministry announced Monday the killing of two terrorists and the arrest of two others in an army operation in the city of Dellys, 80 km to the East of Algiers. As part of the fight against terrorism and thanks to the efficient use of intelligence, a detachment of the Army (1st military […]

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South Sudan: Ex-general vows to topple president Kiir

A disgruntled South Sudanese army general on Monday announced he had formed a new anti-government rebel group to topple incumbent president Salva Kiir Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka, formerly deputy head of logistics, resigned last month after he accused Kiir of turning the country’s military into a “tribal army.” A statement attributed to him on […]

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