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Suspected Al Shabaab Militants Kill Three Christians in Northeast Kenya, Sources Say

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:41
Suspected members of Islamic extremist group Al Shabaab shot three Christians to death in northeastern Kenya at 1 a.m. on Friday (Feb. 16), sources said. Targeting Kenyans who came from other areas to work in predominantly Somali Wajir, some 100 miles from the Somali border, the suspected ...
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Ethiopia: Mass protests 'rooted in country's history'

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:30
Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on the heels of mass anti-government rallies. But just who is protesting and why? by Jillian Kestler-D'Amours. 16 hours ago. Mass protests first broke out in Ethiopia's most populous region in 2015 [Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]. It has been a tumultuous week in Ethiopian ...
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Germany urges Ethiopia to exercise restraint during martial law

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:07
ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Germany on Tuesday urged the Ethiopian government to exercise restraint during the martial law period which was implemented on Friday. Ethiopia imposed martial law for a period of six months after a crippling strike last week in Ethiopia's central Oromia regional ...
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Kenya's trade deficit worsens in 2017 as exports grow slower

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:56
NAIROBI, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's total exports grew slower in 2017 as the value of imports surged on industrial supplies and machinery goods, widening the country's trade imbalance. Latest economic data received Tuesday indicated that the east African nation's exports rose 3 percent last year to ...
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Tanzania's new mining rules impose restrictions on foreign banks, insurers

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:33
DAR ES SALAAM, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Foreign-owned banks, insurance companies and law firms could be locked out of Tanzania's mining sector as part of tough new regulations that aim to limit foreign ownership of mining-related activity. Africa's fourth-largest gold producer is seeking to take more of ...
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Kenya sports minister pledges to weed out corrupt cartels

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:22
NAIROBI, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's new sports cabinet secretary Rashid Achesa has warned it will not be business as usual for cartels that bedevil the industry. Achesa replaced Hassan Wario, who was handed a diplomatic job as Kenya's ambassador to Austria, and will have his in-tray full starting ...
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ANALYSIS: Who next for Ethiopia & can the coalition be saved?

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:22
Hailemariam Desalegn became the first Prime Minister in the country's modern history to resign from office. He has since described his unexpected resignation as a bid to smooth the passage of reforms, following years of violent unrest in Ethiopia. The country, located in the horn of Africa, is the ...
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PODCAST: A Dissident from Djibouti is Fighting for Democracy in a Country Being Squeezed by ...

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 08:37
Djibouti is the only country in the world that hosts military bases for both the United States and China. The US base, Camp Lemmonier, hosts US special forces and its only a few kilometers from China's only military base outside of Asia. France, the former colonial ruler, also has a base in the country.
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Cholera outbreak kills 18 in Tanzania

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 07:30
An outbreak of cholera in central Tanzania's Dodoma region has left 18 dead in four months, a health official said on Tuesday. Dodoma Regional Medical Officer James Kiologwe, said that since Oct. 2017, 470 cholera cases had been recorded in the region. He said in December and January, cholera ...
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Crisis in Ethiopia: elections, and fast!

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 07:30
What is urgent is to bring down the tension by focusing the hopes and energies of the activists on a political way out, in the form of a tested, unchallengeable mechanism. Recently resigned Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn speaking in China, May 15, 2017. Lan Hongguang/Xinhua News ...
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Tanzania: Number of Internet Users Hits 23 Million Mark in Tanzania - Report

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:56
It reached 45 per cent in 2017 from 17 per cent in 2012, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) statistics for the fourth quarter show. During the period, the number of internet users has been progressively growing, reaching 23 million people in 2017 from 7.52 million in 2012.
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Ethiopia: Addis Ababa Transport Council Constructs Modern Bus Station

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:56
Ethiopia is making headway in building modern infrastructure. The Addis Ababa Transport Programs Coordination Council, in an effort to solve the transportation crisis in the city has started the construction of a modern auto bus station, which will serve up to 80,000 people per day. Ethiopia is fast ...
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5 killed in road accident in Kenya

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:33
NAKURU, Kenya, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Five people were killed and eight others injured in a road accident along the busy Nairobi-Nakuru highway on Monday night. Area divisional police commander Sarah Koki said Tuesday that a truck, which was headed to Eldoret from Nairobi, lost control and ...
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Kenya lost access to $1.5bn credit backstop in June - IMF

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:33
The International Monetary Fund ended Kenya's access to a $1.5bn standby credit facility last June but the country's central bank continued to report as recently as last month that the money was still available. Jan Mikkelsen, the IMF representative in Nairobi, told the Financial Times that access was lost ...
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Cholera outbreak kills 18 in central Tanzania since October

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:22
ARUSHA, Tanzania, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- An outbreak of cholera in central Tanzania's Dodoma region of has left 18 dead in four months, a health official said on Tuesday. Since last October, 470 cholera cases have been recorded in the region, Dodoma Regional Medical Officer James Kiologwe said.
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Kenya allows opposition figures to travel after barring them overnight

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:11
FILE PHOTO Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga (C) of the National Super Alliance (NASA) is assisted by lawyer Miguna Miguna (L) and James Orengo as he takes a symbolic presidential oath of office in front of his supporters in Nairobi, Kenya January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo ...
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IMF says it stopped Kenya's access to $1.5 billion standby credit

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:11
NAIROBI (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund stopped Kenya's access to a $1.5 billion standby credit facility last June after failing to agree with the government on a reduction of the fiscal deficit, the fund said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A security guard walks past a montage of U.S. $100 dollar ...
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Kenya's climate change plan leaves out poor people - lobbies

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 05:48
Armed Turkana tribesmen wait for cattle to get water from a borehole near Baragoy, February 14, 2017. /REUTERS. Facebook · Twitter · Google+ · WhatsApp · Email. Several groups want Kenya's strategy to fight climate change revised to include projects that can directly help poor people.
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Kenya: Failure to register Somali refugees putting them at risk of starvation and abuse

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 05:48
It has been a year since the Kenyan government's plan to shut down Dadaab refugee camp was scuppered. The High Court deemed the decision un-constitutional and ordered the government to continue giving asylum to new refugees. But if anyone thought the landmark ruling would herald the end of ...
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Ethiopia builds Africa's first energy plant that converts trash into electricity

Google: Esat Africa - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 05:45
Waste management is one of the biggest challenges confronting many African countries. The issue of collection, management and disposal of solid waste still features highly in major towns and cities across the region. Failure to correctly manage waste disposal has often led to flooding and the outbreak ...
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