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Israel PM Netanyahu in Uganda

  The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Uganda, his first trip as premier to sub-Saharan Africa. He has just flown in Monday, exactly 40 years after Israel commandos rescued hostages in the famous Operation Thunderbolt at Entebbe. He was received by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, and given a …

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Jail looms as Pistorius to be sentenced for murder

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Disgraced Paralympian Oscar Pistorius could return to jail on Wednesday, when a judge is set to sentence him for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago. Pistorius was freed from prison in the South African capital Pretoria last October after serving one year …

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Rwanda suffocates ‘mivumba’ importers

Rwandan has massively hiked import duties on secondhand clothes and shoes, coming mainly from Europe and North America, to help promote local manufacturers, officials said Friday. The measure “takes effect from July 1,” a manager in the Rwandan Receipts Agency, Drocelle Mukashyaka, told AFP. RWANDA: Rwanda multiplies import duties on …

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DR Congo risks ‘even worse crisis’ over Kabila uncertainty

Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi on Thursday warned President Joseph Kabila risked plunging the country into an “even worse crisis” by letting doubt linger over when he will step down. Kabila, who has been in power since 2001, is widely believed to be considering casting aside the …

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Islamic State makes inroads into Kenya

Recent arrests show the Islamic State’s growing presence in East Africa, where they are recruiting young Kenyans for jihad abroad and raising fears some of them will return to threaten the country. Kenyan intelligence agencies estimate that around 100 men and women may have gone to join the IS in …

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EgyptAir black box confirms smoke on board: probe

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Data from one of the black boxes of a crashed EgyptAir plane showed smoke alarms had sounded on board, while soot was found on the wreckage, an Egyptian-led investigative committee said Wednesday. The black box had been retrieved from the bottom of the Mediterranean after …

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Disenchantment grows in Egypt as democratic hopes recede

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Three years after huge crowds of Egyptians rallied to oust Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, democratic hopes have given way to a spiralling crackdown on freedoms in the name of stability. On June 30, 2013 millions took to the streets of Cairo and other cities to …

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Massive deposits of helium found in Tanzania

Researchers have revealed that Tanzania is lying on a huge deposit of valuable gas – helium. The discovery, according the LIVESCIENCE, occurred after researchers applied new methods of searching for the rare element. The researches from United Kingdom and Norway focused on identifying pockets of helium gas as a result of …

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