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Gambias new president names female VP who vowed to prosecute Jammeh

President Adama Barrow has appointed as deputy leader a woman who had vowed to prosecute exiled leader Yahya Jammeh. Barrow, still in Senegal, said the appointment was designed to address gender

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Nigeria: Babies used in suicide bombings, officials warn

An attack in the town of Madagali on 13 January saw two women detonate their devices, killing themselves, two babies, and four others. They had passed a vigilante checkpoint, mistaken for civilians

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Gambias defeated president finally gave up power and took luxury cars and millions of dollars with him

NAIROBI — As the plane carrying Gambia's disgraced former president prepared to depart the small west African country on Saturday, onlookers caught a last glimpse of Yahya Jammeh's face through

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Why I stepped down as president of The Gambia : Yahya Jammeh

Fellow Gambians, my first preoccupation, as president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces and a patriot and the most sacred at that is to preserve at every instance and in every circumstance

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Nana Addo names regional ministers and deputies today

Barring any last minute changes, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will later today announce ministers and deputies for the ten administrative regions of the country ultimatefmonline.com has

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S. Sudan rival forces deny committing human rights abuses

January 18, 2018 (JUBA)- The two main rival forces in the South Sudanese implicated in a newly released United Nations report have denied their involvement in human right abuses, with government

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Boko Haram attacks camp bombed by Nigerias air force

Maiduguri - Witnesses say Boko Haram extremists have attacked a refugee camp in northeast Nigeria just days after Nigeria's air force bombed it. One witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity

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High Stakes in Gambia: Security Implications

Gambia narrowly averted a regional security crisis when President Yahya Jammeh, in power for the past 22 years, finally left office on January 21. Despite losing an election to Adama Barrow on

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Jammeh has until midday to hand over power. Ecowas

Dakar - Long-ruling Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who lost elections last month, has until midday Friday to hand over power and agree to leave the country or face military action, regional bloc Ecowas

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Ghana readies for historic inauguration of new President

At 10:00 a.m. Saturday president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, will take the reins of government to become the fifth President of the 4th Republic. His swearing in follows the inauguration at midnight of

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Gambias President-elect arrives in Senegal after talks fail

Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow has left the country for neighbouring Senegal, a coalition member and local media said on Sunday, a day after West African leaders failed to persuade President

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Gambia: Four ministers resign from Jammeh government

The Gambia's ministers for finance, foreign affairs, trade and the environment have resigned from President Yahya Jammeh's government, according to ministry sources and state television.  The

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Pakistan woman given death sentence for burning daughter alive

A woman in Pakistan has been handed the death sentence after she burned her daughter alive in what has been termed an "honour killing" incident. Perveen Rafique told a court in Lahore

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Morocco reforms religious education to fight extremism

In this edition we head to Morocco to look at a reform spearheaded by King Mohammed VI himself: the simplification and modernisation of compulsory Islamic education in state schools. Authorities make

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Why Kenyan health workers are on strike and what can be done about it

What are the main reasons for the strike? The current doctors’ strike is a result of the government failing to implement a collective bargaining agreement signed in June 2013. The agreement

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Military intervention possible as Gambian president refuses to step down

Gambia’s president Yahya Jammeh has been warned he faces "strong sanctions" and even military intervention if he continues to insist on remaining in power despite losing the

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Gambia election crisis: Jammeh risks sanctions, UN envoy says

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh will be "strongly sanctioned" if he tries to stay in power, the UN's regional envoy, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has said. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, along

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Nigerian troops rescue 605 hostages in raids

The Nigerian Army said on Wednesday ground troops in different patrols rescued 605 people held hostage by Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa forest. Lucky Irabor, Theater Commander of Operation

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Hundreds of health facilities in northeastern Nigeria destroyed . WHO

A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) said that one third of more than 700 health facilities in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria have been completely destroyed, UN spokesman

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South Sudan faces Rwanda-like genocide, UN human rights commission warns

South Sudan is "on the brink of an all-out ethnic civil war," the head of a UN human rights commission has warned. Yasmin Sooka told the UN Human Rights Council the international

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Gambia troops take over electoral commission offices

Gambia's security forces have entered the building of the Independent Electoral Commission, instructed its chairman to leave and barred other employees from entering, according to the commission

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Gambias Jammeh digs in as regional leaders fail to reach deal

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's ruling party challenged his defeat in a Dec. 1 election at the Supreme Court on Tuesday as West African leaders failed to reach a deal that would see him accept the

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UNICEF: 80,000 children will starve to death in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nearly a half million children will face starvation in northeastern Nigeria next year and 80,000 will die if they don’t get treatment in the humanitarian crisis created

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The Islamic State Is Losing in Africa

On Oct. 26, Islamic State fighters seized control of the ancient port town of Qandala in northern Somalia, marking the group’s most significant territorial acquisition to date in that country.

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Taking oath of office, Antonio Guterres pledges to work for peace, development and a reformed United Nations

12 December 2016 – Sworn in today as the ninth and next United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres pledged to reposition development at the centre of the Organization’s

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Turkey set to have 54 missions in Africa

ANKARA  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Turkey is set to have 54 diplomatic missions in 54 African nations to strengthen relations and solidarity with the

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Arrest of leading Egyptian feminist Azza Soliman sparks anger

Human rights activists in Egypt have reacted angrily to the arrest of prominent women’s rights advocate Azza Soliman, saying it marked a “chilling escalation” of pressure on civil

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Zimbabwe has the strongest currency in Africa: state media

Harare - "This is a fact: Zimbabwe has the strongest currency in Africa". Sounds unbelievable - but that's what the official Herald newspaper claimed on Wednesday, hours after President

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Kenya Muslims targeted in extrajudicial killings

Kenya's anti-terror police have carried out at least 81 extrajudicial killings in country's mainly Muslim coastal region since 2012, a rights group says. Haki Africa said the figure could be higher

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Anxious Ghanaians waiting for election results

Ghana is at a standstill waiting for the official results of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections to be declared by the Electoral Commission (EC). Results for the Wednesday Election is

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Ghana elections: Long queues in tight presidential poll

There have been long queues at polling stations in Ghana amid a tight election race between President John Mahama and veteran opposition leader Nana Akufo Addo. All seven candidates have pledged to

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Two girl suicide bombers attack north Cameroon town

DOUALA (Reuters) - Two young female suicide bombers attacked a town in Cameroon's Far North region early on Thursday, authorities said, the fourth strike near the Nigerian border by suspected

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WFP: Up to 600,000 People Short of Food in Burundi

NAIROBI —  Some 600,000 people are short of food in Burundi due to drought and flooding in the past year and the number could rise to 700,000 by next year, a World Food Program official

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Morocco hosts African summit as it bids to rejoin bloc

Marrakesh - Morocco is to host an African summit later on Wednesday as the kingdom presses a bid to rejoin the continental bloc 32 years after walking out in protest at its position on the Western

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Boko Haram militants seen weakening in Cameroon: ICG

DAKAR (Reuters) - Boko Haram has dramatically scaled back attacks in Cameroon in recent months, analysts said on Wednesday, suggesting a regional security force is gaining ground against the

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60 % of Boko Haram now not Nigerians, Buratai says

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday, said that judging by the current activities of the Boko Haram terrorists, 60 percent of them are not Nigerians. Buratai said this in

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Nigeria: Militant surge blamed on weather and weapons

LAGOS, Nigeria Fresh high-profile losses in Nigeria’s battle with Boko Haram militants are leading to analysis of the resurgence, with some chalking it up to weapons shortfalls as well as

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Congos president warns against foreign interference

ARU, Democratic Republic of the Congo  President Joseph Kabila on Tuesday warned against foreign “interference” in the political upheaval shaking the Democratic Republic of the

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The Role of Civil Society in Averting Instability in the DRC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is in danger of sliding toward chaos in what appears to be an attempt by Joseph Kabila to hang on to office after his term expires. In October, the Constitutional

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Africa wants out of ICC but lacks capacity to hold trials

African countries advocating withdrawal from the Rome Statute are far from establishing local mechanisms to deal with international crimes as an alternative to the International Criminal

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Who can stop the threat of genocide in South Sudan

After a visit to the southwestern town of Yei, Adama Dieng, the UN secretary-general’s special adviser on preventing genocide, warned on Friday that in the prevailing climate of violence and

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Burundi risks genocide amid forgotten conflict

Unrest in Burundi risks spiralling into civil war and genocide, rights groups warned on Tuesday, urging the international community to deploy a peacekeeping force to protect civilians in the

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Nigeria Boko Haram: 75,000 children risk dying of hunger

Some 75,000 children in north-eastern Nigeria risk dying of hunger in "the few months ahead", the UN says. UN humanitarian co-ordinator Peter Lundberg said that overall 14 million people

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Tunisia adopts strategy to fight terrorism

Tunisia’s national security council on Monday adopted a strategy to fight “terrorism and extremism,” two days after ISIS said it had killed a soldier. The North African country

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Court cases could hamper Ghanas elections

Several political parties have sued Ghana's electoral commission after their candidates were excluded from this year's general elections. Now voters are worried that the elections could be

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1 in 4 children victims of sexual violence in Africa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia One in four children in many countries in Africa experience sexual violence, a document presented at the "International Policy Conference on the African Child" in

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Nigeria sends female police to protect Boko Haram victims

The female officers will ensure the protection of women, said state police commissioner Damian Chukwu. A Human Rights Watch report last week alleged that several women had been sexually abused by

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France to invest 47 mln in Sahel counter-terror training

France plans to invest 42 million euros ($47 million) to help countries of Africa’s Sahel region prepare to face extremists attacks similar to those that killed dozens in Paris in 2015, an

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No more Mr. Nice Guy: EU gets tough on African migrants

By Gabriela Baczynska and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Encouraged by their success in halting a mass influx of refugees by closing Greek borders and cutting a controversial deal with

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Rights of 12M displaced people in Africa ignored

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  The rights of Africa’s 12 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are often ignored and their demands are left unmet, International Committee of the Red Cross

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How a terrorist group set off a famine, affecting thousands of families

The boy’s frail cry pierced his father’s heart. Saleh Umar feared his youngest son, Hassan, would die. The 1-year-old’s ribs protruded sharply, his shrunken arms were like twigs,

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Chibok girls freed by Nigerias Boko Haram risk rejection back home: experts

ABUJA/DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The 21 Nigerian schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram militants last week after two-and-a-half years' captivity urgently need support to reintegrate into their

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BURUNDIS PRESIDENT SIGNS BILL ON WITHDRAWAL FROM THE ICC

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The president of Burundi has signed legislation to make Burundi the first country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. The presidency said on Twitter on

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Malnutrition Spikes in North Cameroon Amid Boko Haram Conflict

MAROUA, CAMEROON —  Aid agencies are sounding the alarm about severe food insecurity throughout northern Cameroon as a result of the Boko Haram conflict. This month, 70 children

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Chibok Leader: 100 Plus Girls Unwilling to Leave Boko Haram

Nigeria's government is negotiating the release of another 83 of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction two-and-a-half years ago, but more than 100 others appear unwilling to leave their

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Pakistan/China Thunder over Africa?

Having successfully developed a number of military aircraft together, the Pakistani/Chinese partnership is now actively courting African countries looking for a modern, budget friendly

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Africa Rising? Africa Reeling May Be More Fitting Now

NAIROBI, Kenya — For decades Africa was eager for a new narrative, and in recent years it got a snappy one. The Economist published a cover story titled “Africa Rising.” A Texas

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Boko Haram faction ready to negotiate release of 83 more Chibok girls - govt

ABUJA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Islamic State-allied faction of Boko Haram which last week freed 21 of more than 200 Chibok girls kidnapped in April 2014 in northeast Nigeria is willing to

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I became a child refugee to escape rape. It did not work

Beatrice was just 16-years-old when mass protests, violence and murders broke out in Burundi. She had lived in the African country all her life and through the climax of its 12-year ethnic-based

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Ghanaian Opposition Party to Challenge Disqualification of Presidential Candidate

Attorneys for the Ghanaian opposition National Democratic Party (NDP) plan to file a petition in court Thursday seeking to challenge the electoral commission’s decision to disqualify former

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REVISITING FRANCE ROLE IN RWANDAS GENOCIDE

With some 800,000 people killed in 100 days, the 1994 Rwandan genocide was one of the bloodiest events of the 20th century. Twenty-two years later, the incident that sparked the mass

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The Crisis in South Sudan is Sending 2,000 Refugees to Uganda. Every Day

Over the past three months, an average of more than 2,000 South Sudanese a day have crossed into Uganda, seeking safety from bloodshed at home. Aid groups and government agencies are scrambling to

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Gunmen attack Burkina Fasos north, killing 5 people

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso's defense ministry says heavily armed assailants have attacked a military position in the north near the Mali border, killing three soldiers and two

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Washington Is Unhappy That Burundi Is Very Happy to Be Leaving the ICC

Since Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced plans last spring to run for a third term, the tiny East African country has been rocked by civil unrest. Close to 300,000 people have fled

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Raising Fears of a Flight from International Criminal Court, Burundi Heads for Exit

NAIROBI, Kenya — The lower house of Burundi’s Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to withdraw the country from the International Criminal Court, a move that international justice

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Nigerias Chibok schoolgirls freed in Boko Haram deal

Garba Shehu said the release was "the outcome of negotiations between the administration and Islamist militants". A security official told the BBC several militants were freed in a swap -

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Cheran: The town that threw out police, politicians and gangsters

The women met in secret to make their plans. They were sickened by the killings and kidnaps that had become routine and angered by the masked men who roamed their town demanding extortion payments

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British national arrested in Kenya on suspicion of recruiting for al-Shabaab

A British national has reportedly been arrested in Kenya on suspicion of recruiting for the jihadist militant group al-Shabaab. The suspect was arrested alongside two women of Somali origin at a

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Nigeria: Lawmakers blast gestapo raids on judges

LAGOS, Nigeria Nigeria’s Senate Tuesday condemned weekend raids on the homes and arrest of at least seven judges, arguing that the secret police’s “Gestapo-like” approach

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Boko Haram: Navy Commences Deployment of Troops to Lake Chad Naval Post

The Nigerian Navy has finally commenced the deployment of its personnel and other logistics to Lake Chad Basin naval post to effectively counter the activities of Boko Haram terrorists and other

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UPDATED: Blast kills more than 18 in Maiduguri

A blast has ripped through a convoy of vehicles in the outskirt of Maiduguri killing at least 18. The explosion went off this morning at Muna garage, which is not passable without a military escort,

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Burundi isolates itself further with rejection of UN rights experts

In a letter sent by Foreign Minister Alain Aimé Nyamitwe, the Burundian government said the three UN investigators - Pablo de Greiff from Colombia, Christof Heyns from South Africa and Maya

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UN peacekeepers refused to help as aid workers were raped in South Sudan

United Nations peacekeepers stayed in their bases rather than protect civilians during an outbreak of fighting in South Sudan in July, a rights group has said. Chinese UN peacekeepers in the capital

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Protesting students clash with police in South Africa

South African police have used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades against students protesting for free education in Johannesburg. Two students were arrested and another and one staff

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Quarter of Somalis in Dadaab refugee camp willing to leave

Nearly 70,000 Somalis in the Dadaab refugee complex have indicated a willingness to return home soon, United Nations officials said on Monday. That amounts to about one-quarter of the 284,000

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Ethiopia mourns, but mourns what, exactly?

The official death toll from the Bishoftu disaster stands at 52. This is an extraordinary number. Even taken at face value, this makes the deadly stampede one of modern Ethiopia’s bloodiest

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Mali: 74 UN peacekeepers killed in past 3 years

TUNIS, Tunisia At least 74 peacekeepers have been killed in different armed attacks in Mali since the deployment of the UN mission in 2013, Radhia Achouri, the mission’s spokeswoman told

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To Curb Migration, EU Must Solve Sahel Population Boom, UN Says

DAKAR —  The European Union should help countries in Africa's Sahel region tackle a population boom if it wants to keep more migrants from coming to its shores, a senior U.N. official

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Botswana at 50: There are reasons to question the countrys fragility

Botswana has been an inspiration for those aspiring to non-racialism, good governance and development for decades. It served as the living proof of apartheid’s folly and fallacy until Namibia

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Burundi Opposition Party Leader Arrested, Linked to Armed Gangs

BUJUMBURA —  The head of one of Burundi's opposition parties has been arrested and accused of collaborating with armed gangs, police said Thursday. Gervais Niyongabo, chairman of

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EU rolls over Burundi sanctions

Brussels - The EU on Thursday rolled over travel ban and asset freeze sanctions against four prominent Burundi figures for another year amid continued turmoil in the east African country. In

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Fears for missing Rwandan activist: rights group

A Rwandan opposition activist missing for six months may have been "forcibly disappeared" and could have died in custody, a human rights group said Thursday. Illuminee Iragena was last

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Abubakar Shekau appears alive in new Boko haram video

A man who claimed to be leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram has appeared in a video posted on social media, rejecting statements by the country's military that he had been seriously wounded in an air

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Kenyan Police Accused of Executing 3 Women After Attack

NAIROBI —  Human rights activists on Friday accused Kenyan police of executing three women who allegedly attacked a police station this month after pledging allegiance to the Islamic

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Air strike kills civilians in central Libya: doctor, eyewitness

At least eight civilians including women and children were killed in an air strike near an oasis town in central Libya on Tuesday, a hospital doctor and an eyewitness said. The identity of the war

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Burundi Killings Could Ignite Wider African Crisis, U.N. Report Warns

GENEVA — “I could be your child; I beg you, save me,” the 16-year-old pleaded to police officers in Burundi. Seconds later, an officer put two bullets in his head. The killing of

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Risk of genocide, crimes against humanity in Burundi - UN probe

Burundi's government is behind systematic human rights violations, including executions and torture, UN investigators said Tuesday, warning of possible crimes against humanity and the looming risk of

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US Legislation Seeks to Help Lost Boys and Girls Return to S. Sudan

Up to 500 men and women, former "lost boys and girls" from South Sudan, could soon return to their homeland to help rebuild it if the U.S. Congress passes a bill introduced this

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Nigeria Describes 3 Failed Negotiations With Boko Haram on Kidnapped Girls

DAKAR, Senegal — Two and a half years after more than 200 girls were kidnapped from a school in northeastern Nigeria, the government on Friday described for the first time the failed efforts to

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Nigerian Army Frees 566 People Held by Islamist Group Boko Haram

The Nigerian army released 566 persons, including 355 babies, held by islamist militant group Boko Haram in several camps across northeastern Borno state. They were handed over on Friday to the

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Central African Republic rebels kill 26 villagers -presidential spokesman

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Rebels have killed 26 villagers in Central African Republic, a spokesman for the presidency said on Saturday, the worst bloodshed in recent months in a country trying to draw a

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Somalia hosts Igad summit for first time in 30 years

Regional leaders met in Mogadishu Tuesday for an extraordinary Igad summit to discuss the security situation in Somalia ahead of the election and the South Sudan crisis. The Intergovernmental

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David Camerons ill-conceived Libya war led to rise of Islamic State, say MPs in damning attack on former PM

David Cameron’s “ill-conceived” military intervention in Libya led to the rise of Islamic State in North Africa according to a scathing report from MPs. The former Prime Minister

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Scaling Up a Drug Trade, Straight Through ISIS Turf

PALERMO, Italy — The investigators for Italy’s antidrug unit were used to measuring the flow of hashish from Moroccan fields to European shores one speedboat or Jet Ski at a time. So

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Brexit vote already having an effect on remittances to Africa -report

Britain’s tumbling currency has cost developing countries including Kenya millions of dollars because remittances are now worth less, while post-Brexit trade has already suffered to the tune of

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Religious leaders at the forefront of ending gender based violence in Ethiopia

Archbishop Abune Markos from East Gojam Zone Diocese in Ethiopia believes in gender equality. He is committed to end child marriages and all forms of violence against women and girls in Ethiopia.

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Women of Syria, a strong constituency for peace

“We, the Syrian women, can—and may well be—the backbone of Syrian peace and reconciliation,” says Insaf Hamad, member of the first-ever Women’s Advisory Board, composed

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Will Africa Suffer Zikas Bite?

A major concern surrounding Brazil’s hosting of athletes from 199 countries and territories for the Olympic Games was the potential risk for the further spread of the Zika virus. It also raised

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Zika outbreaks most likely to hit eight countries in Asia, Africa

The worsening Zika outbreak in Singapore and its potential to spread elsewhere in Asia and beyond is rapidly raising alarms among health experts. Singapore has at least 151 confirmed cases,

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Helicopter bombs Gabon opposition HQ after President Bongo claims re-election by 5,594 votes

Gabon’s opposition leader accused the regime of “bombing” his headquarters and killing two people on Thursday after President Ali Ben Bongo claimed re-election by a tiny margin of

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New regional cyber security centre set for Rwanda

Rwanda is seeking $1.5 million for the construction of a cyber-security centre that will coordinate investigations in eastern Africa against cybercrimes and cyber-enabled crimes such as terrorism,

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Car bomb kills five soldiers outside Somali presidents palace. police

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A car bomb claimed by al Shabaab Islamist militants killed five soldiers outside the president's palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu and badly damaged two nearby hotels,

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Gabon opposition candidate calls on President Bongo to acknowledge his defeat

LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon opposition candidate Jean Ping called on President Ali Bongo on Monday to "acknowledge his defeat" in Saturday's presidential election, a head-on challenge to

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Italys coastguard 6,500 migrants rescued off Libyan coast in one day

The central Mediterranean route has witnessed a surge in migrants since the so-called Balkan route was closed. More than 3,000 migrants have died this year attempting the perilous

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U.S. Congressman to South Sudan, Implement Zero Tolerance on Rape or Face the Consequences

On July 11, South Sudanese government soldiers raided an expatriate compound popular among Western aid workers in Juba and specifically targeted Americans, beating and gang raping them, and carrying

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Can Ghana stop its borrowing binge?

As Ghana heads towards national elections in November, the government of President John Mahama is taking a high-risk bet that international investors believe in its attempts to reduce spending and

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Money changers return as Congolese franc weakens

Over the last few months the Congolese franc has dropped significantly against the US dollar. On the streets of Kinshasa, one visible sign of choppy currency fluctuations is the return of the money

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Rampaging South Sudan troops raped foreigners, killed local

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The soldier pointed his AK-47 at the female aid worker and gave her a choice. "Either you have sex with me, or we make every man here rape you and then we shoot you in

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Chibok girls parents react to first glimpse of daughter in two years

Abuja, Nigeria (CNN)Esther Yakubu gazes longingly at the familiar grainy photograph of her daughter and sings a favorite tune as she thinks of her. But two long years after Maida and more than 200

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My replacement should be a woman, says UN secretary general

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, has said a woman should lead the United Nations for the first time since it was established more than 70 years ago. As he nears the end of his second

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GENDER MINISTRY STAKEHOLDERS SPEAK ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BILL

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) on Wednesday organised the second in a series of gender dialogues on “Promoting Gender Equality and Non Discrimination Through

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Hillary Clinton to announce 2016 presidential campaign

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to announce she is running for president on Sunday, various US media report. Mrs Clinton is expected to make the announcement on social media. The

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On Nelson Mandela Day, UN urges action that inspires change for a better world

18 July 2016 – As the world marks Nelson Mandela International Day, United Nations officials and UN Peace Ambassador Stevie Wonder today paid tribute to the South African activist and

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Nigeria Boko Haram suspects freed, given $10

Lagos - About 250 people who were arrested and held on suspicion of links to Boko Haram Islamists have been released and given $10, Nigeria's army said on Monday. "Yesterday (Sunday), a total

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Nigeria Boko Haram Children starving warns Unicef

Almost a quarter of a million children in parts of Nigeria's Borno state formerly controlled by Boko Haram are suffering from severe malnutrition, the UN children's agency says. Tens of thousands

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How does South Sudan move forward?

Although a ceasefire between rival forces in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, is largely holding, the underlying tensions that led to five days of deadly violence earlier this month remains

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South Sudan Stops Nationals From Fleeing Clashes, Group Says

South Sudanese security forces are preventing people from leaving the East African nation after fighting that began July 7 between rival armed groups loyal to President Salva Kiir and Vice President

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Jill Bidens Africa Visit Places Emphasis on Womens Rights, Immigration, Education

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, is focusing on women’s rights, immigration and education during a visit to three African countries: Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger. During

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Why Does Tunisia Produce So Many Terrorists?

We still don’t have all the details, but it would appear that the man behind the horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, was Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old deliveryman and petty

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AU weighs sending troops to South Sudan

The African Union (AU) is considering sending troops to South Sudan, as a last resort to quell the wide scale violence that broke out between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing

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Deputys Forces On Run After South Sudan Fighting Kills 270

Fighters loyal to South Sudan’s deputy leader are on the run after President Salva Kiir’s soldiers forced them from bases in the capital following days of violence that left at least 272

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East Africas IGAD seek special UN mandate to secure South Sudans capital

East Africa's Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD, is seeking a revision of UN Peacekeeping force in South Sudan (UNMISS)'s mandate in an effort to set up an intervention brigade that

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ICC refers Uganda and Djibouti to UN for not arresting al Bashir

The ICC referred the two African countries to the UN Security Council and the Assembly of States Parties, which represents the nations that have ratified the court, on Tuesday. "It is now up to

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As the UK shuts itself off, Africa rolls out a welcome mat across the continent

In policy as in life, one man’s poison is another man’s cure. While Brexit and rising nationalism across Europe have called into question the European project, last Sunday the African

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Angola, Over 60,000 Firearms Destroyed

Namibe — Sixty-seven thousand of 102,027 fire arms so far collected from the civil population countrywide have been destroyed, said Saturday in southwest Namibe province the second general

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Nigerias Army Secures Major Trade Route

The Nigerian army has cleared a major road that links the country to Cameroon and Chad after wrestling control from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, according to military spokesman Colonel

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Gambia and Tanzania outlaw child marriage

The Gambia and Tanzania have banned child marriage, with tough penalties for those who breach the rulings. Gambia's President Yayha Jammeh announced that anyone marrying a girl below 18 would be

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Germany lawmakers approve no means no rape law

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that will make it easier for victims of sex crimes to file criminal complaints if they rejected their attacker's advances with a clear

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UN Warns of Risk of Possible Violence, Instability in DRC

UNITED NATIONS— The United Nations is warning that without a serious national political dialogue, the Democratic Republic of Congo's current political tensions could deteriorate into a severe

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Burundi needs UN force to stop human rights abuses HRW says

The United Nations should send an international police force to Burundi to halt a security services crackdown on oppositionists that has seen scores tortured in recent months, Human Rights Watch

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Gambia announces 20 year jail for under 18 marriage

President Yahya Jammeh on Wednesday announced an immediate ban on child marriage during an Eid al-Fitr address. Speaking to Muslim elders after Eid prayers, he said there would be a minimum

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You will now get 30 years in prison if you marry a child in Tanzania

Tanzania has just taken a huge step toward eliminating child marriage. Now, a man who marries or impregnates a school-age girl faces up to 30 years in prison. Sex with underage girls was already a

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One more sign of Zimbabwes decline

The advert in the jobs section of a Zimbabwean newspaper read: “Vacancies in the Middle East. For those interested please contact …” When Soria Hove*, 34, spotted the ad earlier

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Two Dutch Soldiers Killed in Mali Peacekeeping Accident

AMSTERDAM— Two Dutch soldiers were killed and another seriously injured during a training exercise in Mali on Wednesday afternoon, the latest casualties in a mission that has become the most

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Aid, trade and friendship Will Brexit hurt the worlds most needy?

As the shock of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union sent world stock markets tumbling and triggered global concern, some began to calculate the toll it might take on the

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Commonwealth launches legal resource on violence against women

The Commonwealth has launched the first ever resource in East Africa to provide legal bench-marks on dealing with cases of violence against women. The cutting-edge publication, which was launched

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Terrorist Siege of Mogadishu Hotel Kills 20

Authorities in Somalia say a terrorist siege of a Mogadishu hotel has ended, but not before at least 20 people were killed, including a government minister. The militant group al-Shabab is

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Who should pay for African peacekeeping?

The problem for African peacekeeping is not so much where to find the boots to put on the ground, but how to pay for them – not to mention the helicopters, intelligence-gathering and technology

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What Africa thinks of Brexit

There are a number of ways in which Brexit could have an impact on African countries. First of all, it will have an impact on the global economy and trade and investment are likely to suffer

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U.K. Backs Brexit as Cameron Resigns After Historic Rupture

The U.K. voted to quit the European Union after more than four decades in a stunning rejection of the continent’s postwar political and economic order, prompting Prime Minister David Cameron to

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A fragile peace raises hope for Eastern Congo

There are signs of hope in Eastern Congo. This resource-rich region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has finally seen the fighting and mayhem recede and a fragile peace take hold. There are

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UN to send peacekeepers home over South Sudan inaction

The United Nations has said that it will send peacekeepers home over a "lack of responsiveness" during a bloody attack on a UN-run camp in South Sudan in February. UN peacekeeping chief

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Boko Haram Opens Radio Station

Boko Haram has established an FM radio station, according to a report monitored on the Hausa service of the Voice of America yesterday. Residents in Tolkomari, which is in the far northern part of

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Tortured and cast out Nigerias cursed children

It sounds like the dark ages: children being accused of witchcraft. In Nigeria, hundreds are still persecuted and tortured every year for this reason. Adrian Kriesch und Jan-Philipp Scholz met one of

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Ethiopia Dismisses Human Rights Watch Report on Oromia Region

Ethiopian authorities have dismissed a 61-page report by Human Rights Watch that details the killings of more than 400 people over the past seven months in a crackdown on protests in the country's

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Boko Haram murder 24 at village funeral mostly women

Kuda in northern Nigeria was the scene of the atrocity, which also involved looting food supplies and burning homes  Boko Haram militants have killed 24 people, mostly women, as they mourned

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So near and yet so far Yemeni refugees stuck in Djibouti

The war in Yemen triggered a little-reported flood of refugees fleeing across the sea to Djibouti, where they try to recreate a normal life. James Jeffrey reports from a remote camp near the desert

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Cameroon Ivory Bust Reveals Maritime Trafficking Route

CAMPO, CAMEROON— Cameroon is making efforts to crack down on elephant poaching and ivory trafficking. Several recent busts have led officials to intensify surveillance at sea and in border

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The potential impact of Brexit on Africa

The UK referendum on whether to stay in the EU will have an impact far beyond Europe. Africans are also watching closely - and have to prepare to deal with the vote's consequences for themselves as

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Morocco launches foundation to fight extremism in Africa

RABAT, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Morocco launched a religious foundation on Wednesday to counter the growing waves of extremism in Africa and promote religious moderation and tolerance across the

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Major Boko Haram recruiter arrested NSCDC

A major recruiter for the Boko Haram has been arrested in Borno, an official has said. The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Sunday said it arrested the 56-year-old Boko Haram

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Burundi opposition happy with mediator talks

Burundi's key umbrella opposition group said Saturday it was "very satisfied" after meetings in Brussels with a mediator tasked with brokering talks to resolve the country's festering

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Beaten and tortured before thousands of them drown migrants detained in Libya detail abuse

Migrants detained in Libya before they attempt to make the deadly crossing over the Mediterranean to Europe face beatings, torture and squalid conditions before they risk their lives on the open

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Gunmen attack remote Ugandan police post

Kampala - Ugandan officials said they had repelled a deadly attack on a police post by gunmen in a northern district amid reports of mass arrests of soldiers accused of plotting against President

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Qatar convicts Dutch tourist who says she was raped

Doha (AFP) - A Doha court on Monday convicted a Dutch woman of adultery and handed her a one-year suspended sentence after she reported being raped while on holiday in Qatar. The 22-year-old

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Fears grow over ISIL recruitment of Tunisia women

Tunis - About 700 women and girls are among the 5,000 Tunisians who have been recruited by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other armed groups. As they travel to countries such

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Most of abducted Ethiopian children rescued from South Sudan

Eighty-eight Ethiopian children abducted in April by South Sudanese gunmen have been released and returned home, the UN children's agency Unicef said Thursday. At least 216 people were killed and

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Another Somali female journalist murdered

Kampala - A second female journalist has been killed in Somalia in a period of less than six months. Unidentified gunmen shot Sagal Salad Osman, a producer for Radio Mogadishu, on Sunday Radio

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U.N. to Investigate Peacekeepers Reported of Killing Women and Children in Africa

DAKAR, Senegal — The peacekeeping missions in the Central African Republic have been tainted by allegations that troops from several countries sexually abused children and adults. But on

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Boko Haram attacks in Niger force 50,000 people to flee

About 50,000 people have fled a town in Niger’s troubled south-east after deadly attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, the UN said on Tuesday. The attacks began on Friday against a military post

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Somalias Uphill Battle to Criminalize Sexual Violence

MOGADISHU, Somalia — After Maryam was gang-raped in a camp for displaced people in 2012, she tried to report it to the police. She was still bleeding heavily when she arrived at the station,

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Texas teacher had sex with her 8th grade English student on almost a daily basis police say

Alexandria M. Vera, an eighth-grade English teacher at Stovall Middle School in Houston, told police in April that the relationship she had with one of her students started through messages on

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Deadly attacks target UN peacekeepers in Malis Gao

Four people have been killed in two separate attacks on UN targets in the city of Gao in Mali, the UN says. In the first incident, which occurred on Tuesday, a UN peacekeeper was killed by rocket

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Terror Verdict Renews Focus on Somali American Recruitment

The top law enforcement officer in Minnesota says the recent conviction of three Somali American men on terrorism charges should be a "wake-up call" for some members of the local ethnic

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Fatou Bensouda, the woman who hunts tyrants

She can’t quite explain it, but for the best part of five decades, since she was a very young schoolgirl growing up in the Gambia, Fatou Bensouda says she has felt powerfully driven by a sense

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Zoos arent your babysitter: Parenting critics flay mom after gorilla shot to protect her preschooler

“Parent shaming, or witch hunt on social media?” wondered the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Social media turns ugly after zoo episode.” That about summed it up Monday. Three

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Columbia student says she went missing and remade herself all to escape her Ivy League life

While her family and friends posted frantic online pleas for help and the New York Police Department scoured the city, 19-year-old Nayla Kidd was moving into her new apartment in Brooklyn’s

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Three Days 700 Deaths on Mediterranean as Migrant Crisis Flares

ROME — The migrant ships kept sinking. First came a battered, blue-decked vessel that flipped over on Wednesday as terrified migrants plunged into the Mediterranean Sea. The next day, a flimsy

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Five UN soldiers killed in central Mali ambush

Five United Nations peacekeepers were killed and one other seriously injured in an ambush in central Mali on Sunday, the United Nations said. A convoy of soldiers in the U.N. Multidimensional

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After years of alleged bullying, an Ohio teen killed herself. Is her school district responsible?

Growing up, Emilie Olsen had an infectious smile, a love for horses and a perfect attendance record. She was a straight-A student and an excellent volleyball player. Emilie “had an extremely

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Victims of Boko Haram, and Now Shunned by Their Communities

DALORI, Nigeria — Zara and her little brother thought they were finally safe. After being held captive by Boko Haram for months, they made it to this government camp for thousands of

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Chibok girls: First kidnapped girl found in Nigeria

One of the missing Chibok girls has been found in Nigeria, activists say, the first to be rescued since their capture two years ago. In all, 218 girls remain missing after their abduction from a

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Woman endures five years of slavery, chains, starvation

Mexico City (CNN)She's 23 years old, but her petite frame makes her look like a teenager. Her bright eyes and friendly smile can easily hide the horrors she has lived, unimaginable physical and

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WHO Guidelines Aim to Help Millions of Victims of Female Genital Mutilation

GENEVA— Every year, the World Health Organization reports that some 3 million girls, most under the age of 15, are subject to female genital mutilation. This number adds to the hefty toll of

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Africas Electoral Landscape: Concerning Signals Reassuring Trends

Between March 2016 and December 2017, there will be at least 52 presidential and parliamentary elections in 38 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. With memories of the intense violence following the

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Al-Qaeda affiliates are threatening West Africas most peaceful cities

DAKAR, Senegal — In a city where nightclubs and mosques coexist peacefully, Islamist violence long felt like a foreign problem — something residents watched on news clips from the Middle

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Children dying among detained Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria - Amnesty

Around 1,200 people, one in 10 of whom are children, are being detained at Giwa barracks in the city of Maiduguri, where they are kept in dirty, overcrowded cells without enough food or water and

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Youth riot in Nigeria over failed campaign promises

Kano - Angry youth in northern Nigeria torched homes and properties of two politicians on Wednesday over unfulfilled campaign promises made during the lead-up to the vote that brought President

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U.S. official: Terror kills as many or more in Africa than Mideast

Washington (CNN)The number of people killed by terror attacks in Africa in the last year is as large, if not larger, than the deaths inflicted by ISIS in the Middle East, U.S. officials said

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Rwandan president says public is forcing him to run for third term

The Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, has said that he did not want a third term in office but had to bow to entreaties from his people, who were not ready to say goodbye to the architect of the

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Algerian soldiers kill 7 Islamist extremists east of capital

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algieran soldiers on a search operation have killed seven armed Islamist extremists in the province of Bouira, east of the capital Algiers. A statement by the Defense

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Kenya Plans to Expel Somali Refugees From Dadaab Camp, Citing Terror Threat

The Kenyan government has announced that it plans to expel hundreds of thousands of refugees, a move that aid agencies say would violate international law and endanger many people. For years,

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Death Awaits: Africa Faces Worst Drought in Half a Century

Herdsman Ighale Utban used to be a relatively prosperous man. Three years ago, he owned around a hundred goats. Now, though, all but five of them have died of thirst at a dried-up watering hole,

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US, Somali Forces Target al-Shabab in Joint Helicopter Raid

U.S. and Somali special forces conducted a joint raid early Tuesday on an al-Shabab base, killing or capturing an unknown number of the extremist group’s militants.   Somali security

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Ugandas Top Export: Mercenaries

Uganda, in East Africa, is home to 37 million people and one of the poorest countries in the world. It’s perhaps best known for the dictator Idi Amin, who came to power in 1971 and murdered

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Buhari hosts French president, Hollande, Biya, Others at Abuja security summit

By Levinus Nwabughiogu ABUJA – President Mohammadu Buhari would on Saturday host the French President, Francois Hollande and president Pual Biya of Cameroon to a Regional Security Summit in

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Nigerian oil output falls towards 22-year low as violence spreads

LONDON (Reuters) - A series of attacks on Nigeria's oil infrastructure has pushed its output of crude close to a 22-year low, Reuters data shows, putting intense pressure on the country's

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Cameron says leaders of fantastically corrupt countries to attend British anti-graft summit

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron was caught on camera telling Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday that leaders of some "fantastically corrupt" countries, including Nigeria and

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Cameroon Vigilantes Foil Suicide Attack

MAKARY, CAMEROON— Local self-defense groups in this country's north have thwarted a rash of attempted suicide bombings targeting civilians near the border with Nigeria in the past week,

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Tensions in Uganda ahead of Musevenis inauguration

Kampala – Tensions are reportedly rising in Uganda, as members from the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party continue to be arrested ahead of President Yoweri Museveni’s

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Map of Africas Active Militant Islamist Groups

Recent high-profile attacks have drawn increased attention to the threat of terrorism in Africa.  A review of attacks by militant Islamist groups in Africa over the past 12 months reveals

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UN warns of devastating consequences if Kenya expels refugees

Geneva - Kenya's decision to stop hosting refugees could have "devastating consequences" for hundreds of thousands of people, the UN warned on Monday, urging the country with the world's

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Ethiopia rescues dozens of children abducted last month

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia has recovered some of the 125 children who were abducted by militiamen from South Sudan last month in a deadly ethnic clash that left more than 200 people dead, Ethiopian

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An Indian teen was raped by her father. Village elders had her whipped.

MAUJE JAWALWADI, India — The teenage girl, dressed in pink, sits in the dirt before six community elders. In a scene captured on a cellphone video, one of the men wags his finger angrily

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Kenya, Rwanda record positive growth as violence takes toll of Burundi

Rwanda and Kenya are the only economies in the region that saw growth rates rise last year, as currency depreciation, falling commodity prices and high interest regimes hurt various sectors in the

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Mozambiques Invisible Civil War

 April 28, local and Portuguese news outlets reported the discovery of a mass grave in central Mozambique containing some 120 bodies. A hasty inspection by local government officials concluded

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Death toll in Kenya building collapse rises to 49 - police

The six-storey building in Huruma, a poor neighbourhood in the city, was constructed near a river and had been condemned by the authorities but it is unclear why it remained occupied. It tumbled

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Kenyan authorities claim to have foiled potential bio-terror attack

Kenya's police chief says the country's security services have foiled a potentially major terror plot by an unnamed East African terror network with links to ISIS. The terror plot was aimed at

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Young Somali woman sets herself alight in Australian detention

A 21-year-old Somali asylum seeker has set herself on fire at an Australian offshore processing center on the pacific island of Nauru, less than a week after refugee advocates say she was forcibly

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Abducted Nigerian Girls Have Not Been Abandoned, U.S. Says

MAROUA, Cameroon — The American and African forces sent to Cameroon to fight Boko Haram have, on several occasions, located clusters of the schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant group two years

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Ethiopia army locates children abducted from Gambella

Ethiopia's army has surrounded the area in neighbouring South Sudan where it believes more than 100 abducted Ethiopian children are being held, local media report. The children were taken in a

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Ivory Coast to Compensate Thousands of Conflict Victims

ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST— Five years after the end of Ivory Coast’s second civil war, the government has released a list of over 300,000 people it considers as entitled to compensation for

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Thousands of South Sudanese Fleeing Previously Peaceful Areas

GENEVA— The U.N. refugee agency reports new fighting and severe food shortages in previously peaceful areas of South Sudan are causing thousands of people to flee into neighboring

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Annan to African leaders: leave when your time is up

Addis Ababa - Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged African leaders to leave when their time is up. Annan said this was critical to “avoid excluding opposing voices if

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U.S. pledges $40 mln to countries affected by Boko Haram

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - The United States will give $40 million in humanitarian assistance to countries bordering Lake Chad fighting Islamist militant group Boko Haram, U.S. ambassador to the United

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Coerced or committed Boko Harams female suicide bombers

The female suicide bomber has become the signature weapon of the Nigerian jihadist group, Boko Haram. Women have strapped explosives to their bodies in other recent conflicts – from Chechnya

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Ethiopia says death toll from raid rises to 208; 108 children kidnapped

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The death toll from a raid carried out by South Sudanese gunmen in western Ethiopia has risen to 208 people and the assailants kidnapped 108 children, an Ethiopian official

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Outside the wire How U.S. Special Operations troops secretly help foreign forces target terrorists

TUNIS — The armed men drove right into the nighttime ambush. The militants, led by a veteran jihadist blamed for a bloody attack on Westerners just 10 days earlier, were winding their way along

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Boko Harams focus on destroying schools threatens a generation

In the early morning of Nov. 24, 2014, hundreds of militants from the brutal extremist group Boko Haram poured into the remote Nigerian border town of Damasak. First, they blocked all four main

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Gambian opposition figure dies in detention opposition leader arrested

A senior party figure in Gambia's main political opposition has died in police custody after a peaceful protest, rights group Amnesty International said Saturday, triggering a demonstration at which

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Ghana bolsters security amid warnings of attack

Ghana is bolstering its border protection as part of new security measures after reports that a potential attack by an armed group is "real". A leaked intelligence memo published in

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Getting Logistics Right An Imperative for Peace Operations

“Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics.” The sentiment is commonly held among security operations specialists, who know that a mission can quickly collapse

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UK firm employed former child soldiers as mercenaries in Iraq

A former senior director at a British firm says that it employed mercenaries from Sierra Leone to work in Iraq because they were cheaper than Europeans and did not check if they were former child

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Boko Haram send proof of life video on Chibok girls

Boko Haram has released a new video showing some of the 200 schoolgirls that it kidnapped from the town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria exactly two years ago. The video - the existence of which was

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Some of Boko Harams most dangerous fighters are kids

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — This city is plastered with the faces of alleged high-level Boko Haram fighters, collages of photos on banners slung across walls and fences and storefronts. Some of the

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Burundi: Government Investigations Ignore State Abuses

(Nairobi) – The findings of a Burundian commission of inquiry into allegations of extrajudicial executions by members of the security forces on December 11, 2015, in the capital, Bujumbura, are

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Terrorism in Africa and why it matters

Around 60 senior leaders from Africa, Europe and the US are gathering in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to exchange ideas on how they can work together to fight terrorism and prevent crises in

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Hundreds of thousands have fled this country. This ghastly massacre is a reminder why.

In Eritrea, your last year of high school is also your first year in the army. Rebels from the country fought a 30-year war against its much larger neighbor Ethiopia, and, because of a continuing

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Tunisia uncovered a history of state sexual violence. Can it do anything?

For decades, thousands of Tunisian women suffered from systematic sexual violence at the hands of state agents. The establishment of the Truth and Dignity Commission less than two years ago has

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ECOWAS frets over growing terrorist attacks amid dwindling funds

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expressed concern over deteriorating financial contributions from member countries despite mounting insecurity confronting the regional

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South Sudan Security officials arrest and beat 16 members of the rebels publicity team days before the expected arrival of rebel leader Riek Machar

By JASON PATINKIN, Associated Press JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's security officials have arrested and severely beaten 16 members of the rebels' publicity team, days before the

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UN Security Council Open Debate Role of women in prevention and resolution of conflicts in Africa

Statement as delivered by Carolyn Schwalger, Deputy Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations, March 28, 2016. We have made significant progress in the fifteen years since this

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10 year old shoots 13 year old to death in Hohoe

Police are investigating the shooting of a 13-year-old to death by his 10-year-old friend at Likpe Kukrantumi in the Volta Region. Hohoe Divisional Commander, ACP Joseph Antwi-Gyewu, told Joy News

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Statement by Ambassador Tete Antonio

Statement by Ambassador Tete Antonio, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations during the open debate of the UN Security Council on “Women, Peace and Security: the role of

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Nigeria mosque hit by Maiduguri suicide bombers

Two female suicide bombers have attacked a mosque in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing 22 worshippers, the army says.The first bomber struck inside the mosque, while the second

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Terrorism Further Worsens The Vulnerability Of Women WPSI

Peace Security Institute (WPSI) of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)  has noted that the insurgence of violent extremism and terrorism has further exacerbated

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Teacher tells student her only purpose is to have sex and make babies

A very brave Georgia teen is standing up against her bully of a teacher, whom she alleges verbally abused her during history class. Shaniaya Hunter, who suffers from an eye condition that sometimes

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Indian teenager dies after being raped and set on fire

A 16-year-old Indian girl who was raped and then set on fire on the roof of her home has died, police said Wednesday, the latest in a string of horrific sexual crimes in India. The teenager, who

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Yazidi teenager escaped Islamic State, appeals for help for sex slaves

By Magdalena Mis LONDON, March 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was a "black morning" two years ago when Islamic State militants seized the Yazidi town of Sinjar in northwest Iraq,

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PAKISTAN WOMENS PROTECTION MEASURE DECLARED UN ISLAMIC

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A powerful Pakistani religious body that advises the government on the compatibility of laws with Islam on Thursday declared a new law that criminalizes violence against women

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Nigerian suicide bomber gets cold feet, refuses to kill

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Strapped with a booby-trapped vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, the young teenage girl tore off the explosives and fled

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UAE ministers welcome increased representation of women in Cabinet

Ministers have greeted the increased representation of female Government members – and the new posts of Happiness and Tolerance – as putting UAE governance ahead of the world. New UAE

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Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development brings renewed urgency to the call for “Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation”, explicitly naming this as an instance of a

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An All-Caps Explosion of Feelings Regarding the Liberal Backlash Against Hillary Clinton

As Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have become head-to-head rivals, their denizens have begun attacking each other, the Democratic Party eating itself like a snake that loves science and Planned

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Generals say women should have to register for draft

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Army and Marine Corps generals told senators Tuesday that it will take up to three years to fully integrate women into all combat jobs, adding that women also should

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India rape victim says sexually assaulted again in hospital

A teenage rape victim was allegedly sexually assaulted a second time while in hospital receiving treatment for the original attack in India's east, police said Monday, in the latest case of violence

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Foresight Africa 2016 Maintaining a focus on womens empowerment

Gender has, in recent years, been a top and cross-cutting priority for Africa, and 2016 is no different. In fact, the African Union has declared 2016 to be “The Year of Human Rights with a

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Ugandan women flown home from Saudi Arabia amid maid ban

Seven women stranded in a Saudi hostel have been flown home, Uganda's ambassador to Saudi Arabia says. It comes amid a Ugandan ban on the recruitment of maids to work in Saudi Arabia after

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Chamber of Petroleum Consumers to seek injunction against energy levies

Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) says it will seek court injunction against the Energy Sector Levy passed by parliament in December 2015. According to the group, they gave government seven

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Nigeria launches new investigation of 2014 kidnap of Chibok girls

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a new investigation into the kidnapping of 219 schoolgirls by Islamist group Boko Haram in April 2014 from the town of Chibok, the

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The Women of NASAs First Gender-Balanced Astronaut Class Considered for Mars Mission

The women who comprised 50 percent of NASA’s astronaut class of 2013 might be headed to Mars! Handpicked from over 6,000 applicants, astronauts Christina M. Hammock, Nicole Aunapu Mann, Anne

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Ghana to launch national gender policy

Accra, Dec. 11, GNA – Government is to launch a National Gender Policy on Monday, aimed at mainstreaming gender, women‘s empowerment and social protection concerns into national

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US to open all combat roles to women, defence secretary says

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced that all combat roles in the US military will be opened to women. "America's force of the future," Mr Carter said, must be able to benefit

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