Africa

Dishonest senior police officers, KRA staff in North Rift aiding cartels to divert fuel meant for export

North Rift - Daily Nation

Some dishonest senior police officers and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) staff in the North Rift region are colluding with cartels to divert petroleum products meant for export to the local market, it has been alleged. Daily Nation Gerald Bwisa and Barnabas Bii Whereas the police officers offer protection to the cartels, the KRA officials manipulate documents to indicate clearance of petroleum products at exit border points despite the same being dumped into local market, denying… Dishonest senior police officers, KRA ... Read More »

Oil Zone Fighting Threatens Libya with Economic Collapse

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New clashes over Libya’s oilfields could wreck the fragile remains of the country’s economy. ICG Beyond security help, international actors must support compromises on state financing between the opposing factions and help pull Libya back from the… Oil Zone Fighting… Read More »

Only swift action can avert South Sudan genocide, says UN human rights chief

Sudan - The Guardian

Targeted sanctions and peacekeeping force among measures urged at special session of UN human rights council as violence compared with Rwanda The Guardian Ben Quinn Conditions in South Sudan were repeatedly likened to those in Rwanda on the eve of genocide at a special session of the UN human rights council held on Wednesday, with a top official warning that escalating ethnic violence has… Only swift action can avert South Sudan genocide, says… Read More »

Egypt pivots to medical tourism

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“Tour n’ Cure, what are you waiting for?” Al Monitor Ahmed Hidji With these words, English journalist and documentary filmmaker Tim Coleman ended a video message June 12, in which he relays his journey to being treated for the hepatitis C virus in Egypt, after having contracted it over 30 years ago. Coleman said in the video that his particular.. Egypt pivots to medical… Read More »

Cameroon urged to investigate deaths amid anglophone protests

Cameroon - The Guardian

Four killed when police fire into air, as tensions rise in English-speaking areas over perceived discrimination The Guardian Eyong Blaise Okie International organisations are calling for an investigation in Cameroon after four people were killed during unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions. Tensions have been brewing for… Cameroon urged to investigate… Read More »

Gambia president-elect Adama Barrow demands Jammeh step down ‘now’

Gambia - Daily Nation

Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow said on Monday longtime leader Yahya Jammeh should leave power immediately after the incumbent president announced he would challenge the election result despite previously accepting defeat. Daily Nation “I think he should step down now,” Barrow told AFP. “He has lost the election, we don’t want to waste time, we want this country to start moving.” Barrow is due to welcome a heavyweight group… Gambia president-elect Adama Barrow demands… Read More »

Who was behind Cairo church bombing?

Egyptian security forces and members of the clergy inspect the scene of a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church on December 11, 2016, in Cairo's Abbasiya neighbourhood.
The blast killed at least 25 worshippers during Sunday mass inside the Cairo church near the seat of the Coptic pope who heads Egypt's Christian minority, state media said. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI        (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO — Egyptian officials said today they have arrested four suspects and identified a man they believe to be the suicide bomber responsible for a blast that ripped through a Coptic church Saturday in Cairo, killing 25 people and wounding dozens of others. Al Monitor Ayah Aman Authorities said Monday they had arrested three men and a woman and were searching for two more people in connection with the bombing. No group as of yet has accepted responsibility for… Who ... Read More »

Why Egyptian women are taking to the streets in 1960s-style dresses

Egypt - Al Monitor

A new Egyptian initiative is calling upon women to wear 1960s-style dresses as a way to fight sexual harassment. Al Monitor Menna A. Farouk The initiative, dubbed “Dresses of the Past When Our Streets Were Safe,” seeks to normalize the sight of women on the streets wearing dresses as it was in the 1960s, when sexual harassment rates were at their lowest. Hadia Abdel-Fattah, the feminist activist behind the… Why Egyptian women are taking to the streets in… Read More »

Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result

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Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after admitting defeat. BBC Speaking on state TV, Mr Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections. Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a… Gambia leader Yahya… Read More »

Policemen killed in Cairo blast

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Bomb was placed in a bin beside a security checkpoint, sources say, in attack that also hurt several civilians. Al Jazeera News Six policemen were killed and three wounded on Friday when a bomb placed in a rubbish bin exploded at a security checkpoint in Cairo, security sources and state media said. Egypt’s state run news agency MENA said the… Policemen killed in… Read More »

Cape Town slave descendants share stories of strength

Slavery - Al Jazeera

An exhibit on South Africa’s history of slavery helps a new generation understand their heritage. Al Jazeera News Peter Lykke Lind Cape Town, South Africa – When Ruben November’s great-great grandfather Zyzer arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, at the beginning of the 19th century, like many other slaves, he was stripped of everything – his clothes, his papers, his identity. He was given a new name: Zyzer November. November indicated the… Cape Town slave descendants share… Read More »

Giraffes facing ‘silent extinction’ as population plunges

Giraffe - BBC

A dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years has seen the world’s tallest land mammal classified as vulnerable to extinction. BBC News Matt McGrath Numbers have gone from around 155,000 in 1985 to 97,000 in 2015 according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The iconic animal has declined because of… Giraffes facing ‘silent extinction’ as… Read More »

Nigeria: Women and the Boko Haram Insurgency

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Women have suffered violence and abuse by Boko Haram, but they are not only victims: some joined the jihadists voluntarily, others fight the insurgency, or work in relief and reconciliation. ICG Women’s experiences should inform policies to tackle the insurgency, and… Nigeria: Women and… Read More »

CS Matiang’i advises Kenyans to support progressive leaders

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Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has criticised leaders who visit Gusii region without any development agenda. Daily Nation   By NYABOGA KIAGE The Education boss said it was important to assess the performance record of leaders. CS Matiang’i advises… Read More »

Cord to skip elections summit, says organiser extension of Jubilee

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Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) principals have declined an invite to a multi-sectoral summit on elections, terming the organiser an appendage of the Jubilee administration. Daily Nation By PATRICK LANG’AT & JOHN NGIRACHU The matter also raised storm in the National Assembly when Majority Leader Aden Duale said that a… Cord to skip… Read More »

Horn of Africa refugees flock to Yemen despite war

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More than 100,000 people from Ethiopia and Somalia risked deadly boat journey into war-torn Yemen seeking better lives. AlJazeera, AFP More than 100,000 refugees from the Horn of Africa have flocked to Yemen this year despite a raging conflict in the country, the United Nations said on… Horn of Africa… Read More »