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June 5, 2016

Egyptian teen dies in illegal genital mutilation procedure

Egyptian teen dies in illegal genital mutilation procedure

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An Egyptian 17-year-old girl has died while under anaesthetics for an illegal female genital mutilation operation at a private hospital in Suez. Egyptian prosecutors are investigating the cause of her death, while waiting to receive the medical examiner’s results from the girl’s autopsy.

The girl, Mayar Mohamed Mousa, died as doctors performed the operation. Egypt, having banned the operation in 2008, is among several countries that have banned female genital mutilation. However, 85 percent of females between the age of 15 and 49 are still having the operation. According to a report published by the United Nations Development Programme, over 90 percent of Egyptian mothers have received the operation, but only 35% approve having it.

Mousa’s death has prompted campaign groups and the United Nations to request a strict response from the Egyptian government to enforce the operation’s ban. Egypt is one of five countries that are actively taking steps against female genital mutilation, with the others being Liberia, Burkina Faso, and Kenya. In a February report published by the United Nations children’s agency, nearly 200 million women worldwide receive the operation, which has been shown to cause several complications, such as bleeding and pain while urinating, discomfort during sexual interaction, as well as fatal complications during childbirth.

Both the girl’s mother and the doctor who performed the operation have been charged with manslaughter.



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June 1, 2016

Kenya to close Dadaab refugee camp this November

Kenya to close Dadaab refugee camp this November

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An email statement released by the Interior ministry in May has revealed the closure of Dadaab refugee camp this November.

The emailed released by Joseph Ole Nkassery on the 6th May said the closure was due to economic, environmental and security costs. The minister of Internal Security and Coordination of Kenya also said the government has set aside 10 million dollars to make sure the removal of the refugees is done humanely. The Dadaab refugee camp houses 500,000 Somali refugees who have called the camp their home since 1991

The large mass of refugees are to relocate to the Jubaland State of Somalia, whose president Ahmed Mohamed Islam is said to have set aside 10,000 hectares north of Kismayo for the relocation. Ahmed Mohammed Islam has confirmed the Somalian government is ready for the refugees, but appeals to the international community for financial aid.

Somalia is one of the most displaced countries in Africa, with over a million citizens seeking a new home in neighboring countries of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Kenya. This displacement came from a civil war beginning in 1991, as well as a drought that meant food prices rose to an unaffordable amount.

The [[w:World Bank|World Bank]] executive directors board has also recently approved 175 million dollars towards solving the issue of forced displacement of people in the Horn of Africa. The Development Response to the Displacements impact movement (DRDIP) hope to use the money to educate host communities on coping with the mass migrations on an economic, social and environmental level.



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May 2, 2016

60 People Still Missing After Kenyan House Collapse

60 people still missing after Kenyan house collapse

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According to a report from the Red Cross today, about 60 people were still missing after a house collapsed during a heavy rain storm on Friday in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

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Ten were known dead on Saturday, and a surviving man was dug out of the house after ten hours. The house was reportedly just two years old and had at least six floors. Local building has widespread problems with poor materials and not following Kenyan construction rules.

Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said on Saturday, hospitals had treated 80 people.

Another seven people reportedly died in the storm. Kenya’s Red Cross said the flooding affected more than 800 homes.



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September 20, 2015

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From the biggining of the month of September Kenyan public school teachers went on a strike thereby stopping education for innocent students and parents who cannot afford private schools to take their children there teachers demand a 50% to 60% pay increase while government says it has no money to pay them.The Kenya National Examination Council said that it was not also going to change the examination dates for the Form Fours and Class Eight Candidates.


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August 27, 2015

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir signs peace deal

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir signs peace deal

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Salva Kiir, the President of South Sudan, yesterday signed a deal designed to end a civil ethnic conflict that has killed thousands and displaced over two million.

Under the deal Kiir will share power with Riek Machar. Machar was Vice President but Kiir sacked him in 2013. December that year saw the dispute turn to war. Kiir is a Dinka while Machar is a Nuer, and the conflict has largely split along these racial lines.

Kiir spoke of “serious reservations” at the signing ceremony in Juba. He is concerned about a requirement to consult “First Vice President” Machar, as he will be under the deal, on policies. He is also concerned about demilitarisation of Juba.

The deal to close the 20-month conflict was negotiated in Ethiopia, where Machar signed the same deal last week. Several ceasefires have failed over months of talks. Kiir, the only leader in South Sudan since independence in 2011, sought an extension of a two-week deadline but signed yesterday after United Nations sanctions were threatened.

Both sides accused the other of continuing hostilities. The rebels claimed government forces attacked them south of Juba, but say they were victorious. Kiir claimed the rebels attacked a northern position. Kiir says international leaders were “careless” with negotiations and warned a flawed deal could do more harm.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, and UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon all expressed their approval of the deal’s signing. Kenyatta called it a “happy day for us in the region”. Earlier in the day he warned there was “no such thing as a perfect agreement” and Museveni said the conflict was “the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time”.



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August 12, 2013

Dibaba’s comeback: Long-distance track star wins her first World Championship title since 2007

Dibaba’s comeback: Long-distance track star wins her first World Championship title since 2007

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Tirunesh Dibaba won her first World Championship title in six years, coming first in the 10,000 meter race at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia last night. Dibaba finished with a time of 30 minutes and 43.37 seconds, giving her the third World Championship victory of her career.

Dibaba’s victory last night ended a six-year drought for the athlete on the World Championships stage, having been unable to win a World Championship title since 2007. In that period of time, Dibaba had more luck in the Olympics, winning the 10,000 meter final in 2008 and successfully defending her title in 2012.

Dibaba waited until the final two laps of the race to take the lead, sprinting the final 500 meters in 59.98 seconds. She easily left her fellow competitors behind, with silver-medalist Gladys Cherono of Kenya trailing by almost two seconds. Belaynesh Olijra of Ethiopia, one of Dibaba’s training partners, took the bronze medal, crossing the finish line in a time of 30 minutes and 46.98 seconds.

Dibaba spoke about wanting to return the Ethiopian women’s track team to glory, when talking to reporters after her race. The team had not won gold at a 10,000 meter final at the IAAF World Championships for two years.

“Because of that, both as a team and individually, we trained very hard,” she told reporters.



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August 7, 2013

Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC Russian vodka boycott

Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC Russian vodka boycott

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As of Monday, over 200 New York City area bars and restaurants had committed to boycotting Russian vodka in response to anti-homosexuality related laws passed by the country’s government. The boycott follows another event that took place on Monday where bottles of vodka were poured onto the streets of the city, as part of a protest by the President of United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association, Paul Hurley.

New York One quotes Hurley as saying the reason for the boycott as , “We’re not stupid, we’re reading papers, we’re reading what’s going on over there, they’ve got to stop what’s happened.”

The press conference announcing the New York City boycott took place at Desmonds Steakhouse located on the 38th Street and 7th Avenue. LGBT activists and models attended the event. Johnny Donovan, manager of J Donovan Productions, is quoted by the New York Daily Times as saying, “Shame on Russia! […] When I go out to a night club this weekend, I’m not drinking any Russian vodka!”

Activists in other cities are also boycotting Russian vodka. A protest at the San Francisco City Hall took place on Tuesday, where vodka was dumped into the sewers. On social media, the hashtag #dumpstoli is being used to draw attention to the boycott and protests.

These boycotts are not without criticism. Dodds of Time Magazine points out, “At first glance, Stoli seems a logical target for those hoping to promote greater awareness of the plight of gays in Russia. Not only is it widely associated with the country, vodka is also one of Russia’s most profitable consumer exports to the U.S. […] But while Stoli’s ingredients — wheat, rye and raw alcohol — are Russian, the vodka itself is distilled in Latvia and distributed in the U.S. by William Grant & Sons USA, an American subsidiary of a Scottish corporation.” The international popularity of the brand have resulted in the company being continually threatened with nationalization by the Russian government.

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Last month, gay and lesbian couples were barred by law from adopting Russian children. The country also banned “homosexual propaganda.” The legislation means gays and lesbians, if found guilty of breaking these laws, could be jailed. According to Russia Today, most Russians support the legislation “against promoting homosexuality to minors.” Russia Today goes on to say these laws are, “intend[ed] to keep minors from being influenced by non-traditional sexual relationship propaganda and it will be enforced with fines, but not criminal punishment.”

A Pew Research Center study published in June suggests that attitudes towards homosexuality in Russia found the population to be the least accepting of homosexuals of nine other European countries also surveyed. Countries with less acceptance than Russia included in the survey include Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria. Negative Russian attitudes towards homosexuality are also supported by research conducted by Russian Levada Center.

The homosexuality issue as it pertains to Russian law comes against the backdrop of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics scheduled to be hosted in the Russian city of Sochi early next year. Last week, Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko reaffirmed the country will enforce these laws during the Games and foreign athletes, journalists and spectators will be subject to them.



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June 2, 2013

Second man charged in Lee Rigby murder case

Second man charged in Lee Rigby murder case

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A second man was formally charged yesterday for the killing of Lee Rigby, who was stabbed repeatedly on May 22 in the Woolwich area of south London. Michael Adebolajo, a 28-year-old man from Romford in Essex, has been charged with the murder of Rigby, the attempted murder of two police officers, and possession of a firearm. He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

The first man charged, 22-year-old Michael Adebowale from Greenwich, appeared in court on Thursday and was remanded in custody. He is due to appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow. The two men were filmed attacking Rigby, a 25-year-old drummer in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich. One anonymous eyewitness quoted by the BBC described the attack: “They grabbed the guy towards the wall then stabbed him — stabbed him, stabbed him, cut his neck, and then dragged him into the middle of the road”. Following the attack, police armed response turned up and disarmed the two men. Both were shot in the confrontation with police and have been recovering in hospital since the attack.

In addition to charging Adebolajo and Adebowale, police have arrested and bailed two men aged 42 and 46 for allegedly illegally supplying guns.

In 2010, reportedly, Adebolajo was arrested in Kenya after allegedly attempting to join the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab, which is linked with al-Qaeda. He was deported back to Britain. Adebolajo had also been associated with the British radical Islamist group al-Muhajiroun, which the British government banned in 2010.

Following the attack, Prime Minister David Cameron flew back to Britain and made a statement condemning the attacks: “The people who did this were trying to divide us. They should know something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger.”



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March 31, 2013

Kenya FA asked to step in to solve South Coast soccer problems

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The secretary of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) South Coast branch contacted the national offices of the FKF requesting they step into a local dispute.



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November 7, 2012

World leaders react to Obama win

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Leaders from around the world have congratulated re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama on his success at the ballot box.

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu stated that he “will continue to work with President Obama to preserve the strategic interests of Israel’s citizens” and described relations between the U.S. and Israel as “rock solid”. Some others within the ruling Likud party were not so optimistic about the relationship, with Knesset member Danny Danon criticising Obama for “ill-advised” policies towards Israel and hoping Obama “resets his course relating to Israel and our region for the next four years”.

A statement on behalf of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas expressed hope that Obama “continues his efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East“.

The British Prime Minister David Cameron took time from his tour of the Middle East to congratulate Obama and listed as shared priorities a trade deal between the U.S. and the United Kingdom as well as solving the crisis in Syria. Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party, stated on Twitter that Obama’s success in the election was “based on building fairer economy and optimism about what politics can achieve.”

French leader François Hollande said in choosing Obama over Mitt Romney, voters in the United States had voted for “an America of openness and solidarity, fully engaged on the international scene and conscious of the challenges facing our planet: peace, economy and the environment”. He listed economic growth, unemployment, and the Middle East as challenges the two politicians would have to face. German leader Angela Merkel stated she “deeply appreciated” meetings and conversations with Obama on issues including “overcoming the global financial and economic crisis”.

Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, issued a joint statement which described the U.S. as “a key strategic partner of the European Union” and hoped to meet Obama “at an early date in order to reconfirm our priorities and provide renewed impetus to our joint action”.

Across Africa, Obama received congratulations from South African President Jacob Zuma, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, and Raila Odinga, the Prime Minister of Kenya.



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