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Locusts the latest curse of East Africa weather extremes

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said Friday. Dense clouds of the ravenous insects have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into Kenya, in …

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Who’s buying biggest guns?

Latest in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi firepower | THE INDEPENDENT | Countries in the East African region continue to spend more on strengthening their armed forces, according to latest data. Although Kenya and Tanzania are the biggest spenders because of their relatively big budgets, most attention is on Uganda, Rwanda, …

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Billions pledged to halt Africa’s forest loss

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | With the world’s forests increasingly under threat from climate change and logging, leaders and top bank chiefs pledged billions on Thursday to help reverse the steep decline in Africa’s woodland areas. So far this century East Africa alone has lost around 6 million hectares of …

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Macron visits E.Africa in effort to counter China expansion

Lalibela, Ethiopia | AFP | President Emmanuel Macron visited Djibouti and Ethiopia on Tuesday, promising “respectful” partnerships in the face of growing regional indebtedness to China, which is fast expanding its foothold in the continent. Looking to strengthen economic, military and cultural ties in East Africa, Macron announced a new defence …

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UCI seeks sh284 billion to set up East African referral

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The proposed East African Centre of Excellence to be set up in Uganda will only come into reality after the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) secures at least Shillings 284 billion. The East African Health Sectoral Council resolved in 2015 in Arusha, Tanzania that the …

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