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Ethnic hate speech reveals roots of Kenya violence

Kenya takes pride in being a union of “42 tribes,” but a string of attacks in towns on its volatile Indian Ocean coast has exposed bitter and explosive ethnic tensions linked to politics. The series of killings in which around 100 people have died in recent weeks have provoked warlike political speeches, alarmist headlines, and offensive and inflammatory messages on ...

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UN warns of world inaction as South Sudan famine looms

  JUBA Top UN aid chiefs have begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming famine in South Sudan, where a third of the population are in crisis after months of war. Nearly a million children aged under five face acute malnutrition, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN children’s agency UNICEF said in a joint statement released late ...

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Nigeria says Liberian man died of Ebola in Lagos

ABUJA Nigeria said Friday that Ebola caused the death of a Liberian national who died in quarantine in Lagos, confirmation that the worst-ever outbreak of the virus has reached Africa’s most populous country. “The patient was subjected to thorough medical tests … which confirmed the virus of Ebola,” as the cause of death, Nigeria’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told journalists. ...

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Air Algerie AH5017: ‘No survivors’ from crash in Mali

There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande. Mr Hollande saidone flight data recorder had been recovered, after French troops reached the crash site near Mali’s border with Burkina Faso. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane early on Thursday after pilots reported severe storms. Almost ...

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United States withdraws Peace Corps from Kenya

NEW YORK The United States is suspending its Peace Corps programme in Kenya due to security concerns, the State Department said Thursday. The decision to pull about 70 volunteers out of Kenya was made June 30 “based on the overall security picture,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters in Washington. Officials will continue monitoring security conditions to determine when ...

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Sudan ‘apostasy’ woman Meriam Yahia Ibrahim meets Pope

Pope Francis met privately on Thursday with Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her faith, blessing the woman after she was flown to Italy on an Italian government jet. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag flew to Rome with her family after more than a month in the US embassy in Khartoum. There ...

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Kenyan Counties run out of cash for staff salaries amid row

The counties would neither pay salaries for this month on time nor finance medical services as there was no money in their bank accounts, the governors said at a press conference in Nairobi. The July salaries, expected to be paid on Friday, will have to wait until the money is released. The chairman of the Council of Governors, Mr Isaac ...

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Three women arrested in US for financing Al-Shabaab

Three women were arrested Wednesday, in the United States and Netherlands, for allegedly giving financial help to Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab, authorities said. Since the United States deems the group a terrorist organisation, such aid is a crime for which Muna Osman Jama, 34, was arrested at her home in Reston, Virginia, the Justice Department said in a statement. Hinda Osman ...

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