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Kenyatta heads to IGAD meeting as leaders review S.Sudan peace process

President Uhuru Kenyatta is Thursday set to depart for Addis Ababa to attend a regional meeting on ongoing efforts to restore peace in South Sudan. Deputy State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena told reporters Wednesday that the meeting to be attended by leaders from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will review the progress made in the South Sudan peace process. “The leaders want to review the strategies that IGAD has put in place to ensure the return of peace…

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As Trump-Kim Summit Nears, President Is Confident, but Wide Gaps Remain

  Mr. Trump, who spent much of the day talking to other Asian leaders about the high stakes of his encounter with Mr. Kim, told Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, that he was bullish about the outcome. “I just think it’s going to work out very nicely,” he said. While Mr. Trump had lunch with Mr. Lee under a glittering chandelier in the prime minister’s ceremonial offices, a team of American diplomats was meeting at a nearby hotel…

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The future is African — and the United States is not prepared

Beginning in 2035, the number of young people reaching working age in Africa will exceed that of the rest of the world combined, and will continue every year for the rest of the century. By 2050, one in every four humans will be African. At the end of the century, nearly 40 percent of the world’s population will be African. Yet, instead of preparing to build a relationship that can grow with the continent, based upon diplomatic cooperation, the…

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Plane forced to make emergency landing over one passenger’s “unbearable” body odour

A plane was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger’s “unbearable” body odour caused other holiday-makers around him to vomit and faint. The Transavia flight to the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria was forced to make an unexpected detour when travelers became distressed by the stench of a man who “smelt like he hadn’t washed in weeks”. The man smelt so bad other passengers started to faint and vomit after the flight took off from Schiphol Airport…

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Sierra Leone president undertakes unannounced visit to govt offices

President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, on Wednesday took an unannounced visit to a key government facility, the Youyi building located in the capital, Freetown. The visit is the first since he announced a new set of civil service rules since assuming office in April 2018. According to the communications unit at the presidency, the president’s spot checks were to ensure that his directive of April 9, 2018 was being complied with. At each Ministry and Agency, President…

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Top U.S. Gov’t official resigns over women’s assault claims

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned his position, following a report on allegations of abuse by multiple women in The New Yorker. Schneiderman has been a vocal proponent of the #MeToo movement, bringing legal action in New York against film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexually assaulting women. Schneiderman, who has also cast himself as a prominent opponent to President Donald Trump, on Monday issued a statement saying: “It’s been my great honor and privilege to…

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Sudan to close embassies aboard over economic crisis

Sudan government plans to close 13 diplomatic missions abroad following failure to pay the salaries of its diplomats for more than seven months. In a presidential decree released late on Wednesday night, President Omar Al Bashir ordered the closure of 13 embassies and four consulates. The Sudanese leader directed that the remaining embassies were to reduce diplomats with the exception of four embassies. The presidential decree further stated that all economic and commercial attaches, with the exception of the…

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Nigeria ‘baby factory’ raided in Lagos

  More than 160 children have been rescued from a “baby factory” and two unregistered orphanages in Nigeria’s main city, Lagos, an official has said. Some of the babies and children had been sexually abused, Agboola Dabiri added. It is not uncommon for Nigerian authorities to raid “baby factories”. In some cases, unmarried pregnant women are promised healthcare, only for their children to be taken away. In others, women are raped and made pregnant. The babies can be sold…

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U.N. rights chief visits protest-hit Ethiopian region, meets dissidents

The U.N. human rights chief said he was allowed to visit a region in Ethiopia that has been roiled by protests and unrest for the past three years, after the previous administration turned down his request last year. The visit by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein came three weeks after the Horn of Africa nation swore in new prime minister Abiy Ahmed, who has pledged reforms in the wake of state repression and violence. In…

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Zimbabwe parliament summons Robert Mugabe over diamond theft claim

Zimbabwe’s parliament has summoned former President Robert Mugabe to give evidence about a claim he made about huge-scale diamond theft. Mr Mugabe accused foreign mining firms of “swindling” and “smuggling” in an interview on state-run TV in 2016. “The companies have virtually robbed us of our wealth,” he said, adding that the treasury had seen little of about $15bn (£11bn) they had earned. It is not clear if the 94-year-old will agree to appear before the committee. He was…

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