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African conservationists sound alarm over surging human-elephant conflicts

Nairobi, Kenya | Xinhua | Sub-Saharan African countries should invest in innovative wildlife conservation models to stem the escalating human-elephant conflicts driven by competition for space, campaigners said on Friday. John Scanlon, CEO of Elephant Protective Initiative (EPI) Foundation said that urbanization, shrinking habitat and climatic shocks were behind the spike …

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Namuganza assures Bamugemereire commission on Funds

Kampala, Uganda| GODFREY SSALI | The state minister of lands Princess Persis Namuganza has re-assured of government’s commitment to provide the required funds for the Lands Inquiry Commission to resume its public hearings into land conflicts, land acquisition, Administration, Land Management as well as land registration in Uganda. This follows …

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Security forces deny access to site of US blast in Afghanistan

Jalalabad, Afghanistan | AFP |  Security forceswere still blocking accessWednesday to the site in eastern Afghanistan where the US dropped a massive bomb on an Islamic State group stronghold six days ago. The US military dropped its GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, dubbed the “Mother of All Bombs”, in combat …

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South Sudan students miss final exams over security fears

Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Hundreds of uprooted South Sudanese students missed taking school-leaving exams this week after refusing a government order to leave the safety of a UN base to sit the tests. Officials said nearly 900 students declined to leave the so-called “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) site inside …

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Uganda gold refinery raises alarm over conflict minerals

Kampala, Uganda | AFP |  The inauguration of Uganda’s first gold refinery sparked concern Wednesday over the possibility of dirty minerals from regional conflict zones making their way into the country. Transparency International’s Peter Wandera told AFP the country’s failure to regulate the mineral sector meant there were “high chances” …

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Suicide bombers dead after blast close to Mogadishu airpot

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP |  Twin suicide car bombs claimed by the Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab insurgent group wounded nine people Monday at the entrance to Mogadishu’s fortified airport and a nearby hotel, officials said. The first blast occurred at the Medina Gate entrance to Mogadishu airport, home to the UN, …

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Israel rejects UN settler vote, lashes out at Obama

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP |  Israel lashed out at US President Barack Obama over a UN Security Council resolution passed Friday demanding it halt settlements in Palestinian territory, while vowing it would not abide by it. “Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by …

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South Sudan deports American freelance journalist

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The last foreign reporter living in South Sudan said Wednesday he had been deported from the war-torn country after a series of articles critical of the government. In a statement posted on his Twitter account, Justin Lynch, 25, said he was “arrested and deported” by …

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Why divided Colombia said ‘No’ to peace deal

  Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Colombians say they are sick of their country’s 52-year civil war. So why did a thin majority of voters reject their biggest chance yet for peace? Forecasts ahead of Sunday’s surprise referendum result misjudged how divided Colombians are over how to settle the conflict …

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