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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 Niño 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...

Suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu leaves 3 persons injured

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, injuring three people, police and witnesses said. The attack targeted the Village Restaurant, an eatery in the south of the city popular with journalists...

Grenade attack kills two in Ethiopia university

On the eve of the new year, a hand grenade attack killed two students and injured six in a university in southern Ethiopia, police said, the second such attack in the country in three weeks. An attacker or attackers hurled...

Joseph Kabila pardons Congo separatists in national unity bid

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has pardoned nine members of a separatist movement as he pursues a policy of national dialogue ahead of elections later this year, according to state television.The nine members of the Bundu Dia...

Kagame tells Rwanda that he will run for a third term in 2017

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Friday he would run for a third term in line with a constitution amendment which won overwhelming backing in a referendum last month."You have asked me to lead the country after 2017. Given the...
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U.S envoy arrives Sudan to mediate in Ethiopia’s dam dispute

The U.S envoy for the Horn of Africa was in Sudan on Friday with the aim of resolving the...
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