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Ethiopia: Poverty the heart of instability in Horn of Africa region – PM

Hailemariam Desalegn, the Ethiopian Prime Minister has identified poverty as the main underlying factor of instability in the Horn of Africa region. He added that economic integration was a sure means to secure the region. The 52-year-old Premier who just ended a three-day official visit to Sudan was addressing Khartoum-based …

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Grace Mugabe assault: Prosecutor Gerrie Nel represents victim

Gerrie Nel, a former top prosecutor for the South African government has been confirmed as the legal representative of the 20-year-old model allegedly assaulted by the Zimbabwean First Lady, Grace Mugabe. Nel in january this year resigned from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to join private firm AfriForum. Nel during …

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Rwanda’s Paul Kagame takes oath of office for third term

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame is to be sworn-in as President for his third term in office after a landslide victory in polls held in early August. Kagame won the presidential race with 98.7% of the votes. The main opposition party leader Frank Habineza and independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana shared the remaining …

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Egypt blocks access to website of group supporting media

Egypt has blocked internet access to the website of an international media watchdog that provides support for journalists and champions media freedoms. Reporters Without Borders, also known under its French acronym RSF, said on Thursday that users in Egypt have been unable to access its website since August 14. RSF …

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Three U.S. airstrikes kill seven al-Shabaab militants in Somalia

Three U.S. air strikes killed seven al Shabaab fighters in Somalia, the U.S. Africa Command said on Thursday. The strikes hit targets 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Mogadishu on Wednesday and Thursday in an operation conducted in cooperation with Somali forces, it said in a statement. Islamist militant group …

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Landslide kills 40 in northeast DR Congo

A landslide has swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, killing 40 people, a regional official said Thursday. Part of a mountain engulfed “a fisherman’s camp after heavy rains caused a landslide” the deputy governor of Ituri province, Pacifique …

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