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KENYA: CORD, Jubilee lawmakers held for hate speech

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Eight Kenyan politicians are behind bars on suspicion of hate speech in the latest sign of rising political tensions a year ahead of elections. Three lawmakers from the ruling Jubilee party, and four plus a senator from the opposition CORD alliance, were ordered to be …

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Ethiopia warns Eritrea after border clash

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Arch-rivals Ethiopia and Eritrea traded blame Tuesday for one of the fiercest border clashes since a 1998-2000 war, with Addis Ababa warning any further conflict is “up to Asmara.” The neighbours are bitter enemies, with tens of thousands of troops dug into trenches eyeing …

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IMF offers oil-dependent Angola $4.5 bn loan

Luanda, Angola | AFP | The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday it had offered Angola $4.5 billion in loans as the country, which was wracked by civil war until 2002, has been badly impacted by falling oil prices. “Angola can receive a maximum $4.5 billion (4.0 billion euros)… the loan …

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Museveni in Angola for ICGLR summit

President Yoweri Museveni is in Luanda, Angola for the 6th Ordinary Heads of State and Government Summit of The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). The Summit is being held under the theme “Accelerating the effective implementation of the Pact and its Protocols for a more democratic and stable …

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Gambia bans music and dancing during Ramadan

Banjul, Gambia | AFP | The Gambia has banned music, dancing and drumming during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, on pain of being arrested — and people are complying, police said Monday. Ordinary citizens in the small west African country — whose president declared it an Islamic state in …

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UN mulls Mali mission as body count mounts

Bamako, Mali | AFP | As the United Nations looks to extend its most deadly active mission for peacekeepers for another year, those working closely with its venture in Mali say poor local collaboration and funding gaps are costing lives. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Security Council to …

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MTN to pay $1.7 bn Nigeria telecoms fine

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South African telecoms giant MTN said Friday it would pay a $1.7 billion fine to the Nigerian government in a “full and final settlement” over its failure to disconnect unregistered mobile phone users. The Johannesburg-based company said in a statement that “MTN Nigeria has …

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