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Kenya steps up security along troubled border with Somalia

Kenyan authorities said Wednesday they have managed to restore security along its porous border with Somalia in Mandera by deploying more police officers to enhance security. Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said more security patrol teams have been deployed...

Six al Shabaab fighters arrested in security swoop in South Somalia

Africa Union peacekeepers and Somalia government forces on Wednesday arrested six Al-Shabaab fighters in a joint security operation at Lego neighbourhood in lower Shabelle region, southern Somalia. Somali's government official in Lego, Abukar Isak said the operation was conducted...

African leaders investigating report of Rwanda’s meddling in Burundi

African leaders are set to investigate claims by Burundi that neighbouring Rwanda is supporting rebels to topple government. Crispus Kiyonga, the mediator of the talks between government and the opposition told reporters on Friday that regional leaders during their...

Tanzania out to ban use of harmful plastic bags

Tanzanian authorities said on Sunday that they were planning to completely ban the use of environmentally harmful plastic bags. "We will borrow a leaf from our neighbouring Rwanda that has successfully eliminated the use of such bags," said January...

Students return to Kenya university 9 months after massacre

Students trickled back on Monday for classes at a university in northeastern Kenya where at least 148 people were killed by Islamist gunmen nine months ago. Security was tight but only around 20 students resumed classes at Garissa university,...

Ethiopian woman Jinat Farid executed in Saudi Arabia for murder

Saudi authorities on Sunday executed an Ethiopian woman convicted of murdering a Saudi female with an axe, the 50th death sentence carried out in the kingdom this year, the interior ministry said. AttachmentsJinat Farid was found guilty of killing...

Prosecution seek life sentence for Burundi coup accused

Prosecution lawyers in Burundi demanded on Wednesday that 28 men on trial for launching a failed coup be jailed for life. Top government prosecutor Adolphe Manirakiza demanded "a sentence of life imprisonment for all the defendants" in closing arguments...

7,000 South Sudanese refugees registered in DR Congo

Some 7,000 refugees arriving from war-torn South Sudan were registered in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, a local official said. "Seven thousand people have crossed the South Sudanese border at Dungu towards the Democratic Republic of Congo,"...

Eastern Africa to face harsh effects of EL NINO rains this year

A report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says 300,000 people have been displaced in the entire eastern Africa region. The report, on the effects of the El NiƱo phenomena in the Horn of...

Garissa university, Kenya reopens nine months after massacre

A university in northeastern Kenya where at least 148 people were killed in an attack by Islamist gunmen last April, was officially reopened Monday with students due to return next week. The high-profile assault on Garissa University College on...
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20 Yemen bound migrants die after being thrown overboard

The International Organization for Migration says at least 20 migrants are dead after smugglers threw 80 overboard during a...
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