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EU, EAC trade conundrum

Barely eight weeks to the October 01 deadline for the East African Community (EAC) to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU), one would expect the regional bloc to be handling the issue with a degree of urgency.  Apart from Kenya, the rest of the member …

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Pope names historic female deacons commission

Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed a commission to study the issue of female Church deacons in a move seen as a potential first step towards women entering the Catholic clergy. The 13-member commission, made up of seven men and six women, will examine the question with a particular focus on …

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US launches first anti-IS air raids in Libya’s Sirte

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | US warplanes Monday carried out air strikes on positions of the Islamic State jihadist group in its Libyan stronghold of Sirte for the first time, the country’s unity government announced. “The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh (IS) organisation were carried …

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Turkey dismisses 1,400 troops as Erdogan tightens grip

Ankara, Turkey | AFP | Turkey’s government on Sunday dismissed nearly 1,400 military personnel, including a top aide to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the latest round of a sweeping purge following a failed coup. The announcement in the official gazette came as Erdogan sought to tighten his grip over …

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France church attackers ‘smiled’ and spoke of Koran

One of the jihadists who murdered an elderly French priest smiled as he carried out the attack, and nuns who witnessed the grisly murder said the killers spoke about the Koran. The two nuns who were in the church when Father Jacques Hamel was killed, his throat slit on the …

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Turkey widens post-coup crackdown to businessmen

Turkish authorities on Friday widened their post-coup crackdown to the business sector, detaining three top tycoons as part of investigations into the activities of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen. Twenty-one journalists also appeared in an Istanbul court after being rounded up in the sweeping purge, which has seen almost 16,000 people …

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Clinton vows to be president for ‘all Americans’

Philadelphia, United States | AFP | Hillary Clinton on Thursday accepted the Democratic Party’s White House nomination, casting herself as a tireless champion of the people and rejecting Donald Trump’s dark picture of America. Becoming the first woman to win the nomination of a major political party, Clinton promised to …

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Clinton: A man you can bait with a tweet…..

Key quotes from Clinton’s Democratic convention speech Philadelphia, United States | AFP | Hillary Clinton on Thursday vowed to be the president for “all Americans” as she accepted the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination — the first woman to lead a major party in the race for the White House. Her …

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Obama: ‘We’re going to carry Hillary to victory’

Philadelphia, United States | AFP | President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Democrats to carry onetime rival Hillary Clinton to victory in November as America’s first woman president, while savaging her Republican opponent Donald Trump for fueling hate and division. The two-term president rallied his party’s faithful at their national …

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