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Kenya Pushes Rerun Vote to October 26

After election results were nullified and deemed irregular last month, Kenya has pushed back fresh presidential elections until October 26, officials said Tuesday. "In order to ensure that the Commission is fully prepared to deliver an election that meets the standards set out by the Supreme Court, ...

Report: Governments Paying Terror Kidnap Ransoms ‘Put All Citizens at Risk’

The lack of a unified approach by world governments to paying kidnap ransoms is putting the lives of citizens of all nationalities at greater risk and providing terror groups with a big source of finance, warns a new report from British analyst group the Royal United Services Institute. The authors ...

UN: Attacks Against Albinos for Body Parts, Profit Must Stop

"When I was sleeping in my house, four people came and started attacking me with machetes," said Mariama Staford, an albino in Tanzania. "One of those four people was a neighbor, and he is the one who took the machete and was cutting my arms." Staford was 25 years old when she was attacked in 2008. ...

Survey: Many Leaders Clueless on Issues Facing Girls, Women

Policymakers in developing nations may not know enough facts and figures about problems facing women and girls to help reach gender equality, research showed Wednesday. Only a handful of policymakers could estimate the maternal death rate in their countries, and only a quarter came close to ...

Boy Killed During Huge Protests Over Togo President's Tenure

A 10-year-old boy was killed and 10 other people were injured in Togo's capital Wednesday as hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters demonstrated against a vote by the West African nation's parliament on a bill they feared would allow the president to run for more terms, the security minister ...

Trump to Send UN Envoy to South Sudan, Congo

U.S. President Donald Trump has told African leaders he will send his U.N. envoy Nikki Haley to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. "We're closely monitoring and deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence in South Sudan and in the Congo," Trump said in a lunch meeting Wednesday with ...

Report: Cameroon Using Anti-terror Law to 'Silence Critics'

Cameroon has been using its 2014 anti-terror law to "silence critics and suppress dissent," according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Members of the media who report on the Boko Haram insurgency or controversial topics such as the ongoing strike in ...

More Than 100 'Chibok Girls' Restart Education in Nigeria

More than 100 "Chibok girls" released by Boko Haram militants have begun a new phase of their lives, taking classes at the American University of Nigeria after months of rest and recovery under the care of the Nigerian government. The girls had been expected to start at the university in the city of ...

Torrential Rains, Flooding Kill at Least 12 in Eastern Congo

A Congo official says that flooding caused by torrential rains overnight have killed at least 12 people and left 92 others missing in the country's east.   Robert Seninga, deputy provincial parliament member, also said 18 people have been injured in the flooding of Bihambwe village, about 60 ...

AP Interview: Morocco to Expand Counterterror Efforts Abroad

A top Moroccan security official says his government is working on a new strategy to track Moroccans who become radicalized in Europe, part of beefed-up counterterrorism efforts by a country that is both a key player in the global anti-extremism struggle and a source of international jihadis. ...

Kenya’s Supreme Court Blames Electoral Commission for Nullified Poll

The roads around Kenya’s Supreme Court were cordoned off Wednesday, and police dispersed protesters from the ruling and opposition parties who had gathered outside.   Inside, justices spent more than seven hours explaining why they decided that results of the country’s August 8 ...

UN: Elections in South Sudan Next Year Would be Catastrophic

United Nations experts warn that elections in South Sudan next year would be catastrophic and lead to more violence in the conflict-torn country. A report on the humanitarian consequences of civil war has been submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council. The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan ...

Zimbabwe Opposition to Challenge Voter Registration Process in Court

Frustration is mounting in Zimbabwe amid long lines at voter registration centers and accusations that the electoral commission is not ready. The High Court will hear a petition from the opposition Thursday to suspend the process until the electoral commission has received the rest of the ...

Health Workers Race to Contain Cholera Outbreak in Northeast Nigeria

Health workers in northeast Nigeria said Tuesday that they were striving to contain a cholera outbreak that's sweeping through camps for those uprooted by Boko Haram. More than 2,600 people have been infected and at least 48 have died so far in Borno state, heart of an insurgency by the Islamist ...

Central African President Pleads to UN: Don't Forget Us

The president of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadera, on Tuesday pleaded with the world to not forget his country and urged the U.N. to bolster its peace-keeping force amid growing violence that threatens to spin the country out of control. Thousands have died and a fifth of ...

Congo Leader Opens Peace Conference in Bloody Kasai Region

Congo President Joseph Kabila declared Tuesday that "justice must be done" as he opened a peace conference in the bloody Kasai region where thousands of people have died in a year of fighting among government troops and militias. Kabila blamed the unrest on "terrorist militia" and told officials, ...

Togolese to Vote on Presidential Term Limits; Opposition Angry

Togo will hold a referendum in the coming days on limiting  presidential terms, after parliament failed Tuesday to put such a change into the country's constitution. Announcing the decision to put the constitutional change to a popular vote, parliament head Drama Dramani told lawmakers: "You have ...

Report: 40.3M People, Mostly Women, Trapped in Slavery

More than 40 million people were trapped as slaves last year in forced labor and forced marriages, most of them women and girls, according to the first joint effort by key anti-slavery groups to count the victims of the often hidden crime worldwide. The International Labor Organization , the human ...

HRW Urges Ethiopian Government to Exercise Restraint at Irreecha Festival

As Ethiopia's ethnic Oromo community prepares to celebrate the annual cultural festival known as Irreecha, questions linger about whether officials have learned from the deadly stampede that ruined the 2016 event. A 33-page report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch calls for the government to ...

Disputes, Logistics, Throw New Kenyan Poll Date Into Doubt

Kenya’s election drama continues. The country is scheduled to hold its new presidential poll on October 17, but there is already talk of postponement due to technical issues and arguments over the electoral commission. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, which annulled the results of last ...

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TPS Extended for South Sudan; Ending for Sudan

The Trump administration has extended Temporary Protected Status for nationals of South Sudan but will end the designation for citizens from Sudan in 2018. The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that conditions in Sudan have been deemed sufficiently improved and that TPS is no longer ...

Prosecutors to Argue Pistorius Should Get More Jail Time

Oscar Pistorius faces another legal challenge when South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal convenes Nov. 3 to hear arguments by state prosecutors that the former track star and convicted murderer should get more jail time.   The National Prosecuting Authority said Tuesday that the Supreme Court of ...

Botswana Seeks Option to Buy Unusually Big Diamonds From Its Mines

Botswana is amending its law to give the government the first option to buy diamonds that are unusually large or have other unusual features found in its mines, such as the world's second-biggest 1,109 carat diamond discovered two years ago. The cornerstone of Botswana's success has been one ...

Lesotho Opposition: Political Violence Unleashes 'Reign of Terror'

The June 2017 elections were supposed to soothe the troubled politics of Lesotho, a tiny enclave surrounded on all sides by South Africa. It was the third poll in five years, after two successive coalitions collapsed amid vicious infighting and meddling from the army.  The third time was supposed ...

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Locked in Power Struggle, Congo Army, Militia Massacred Hundreds

Congolese army commanders orchestrated a wave of massacres that killed hundreds of people between 2014-2016 as they vied for influence with anti-government insurgents in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a new report said on Monday. The report by the Congo Research Group at New York ...

Ethiopia: 55,000 People Displaced Amid Ethnic Clashes

More than 55,000 ethnic Oromos have been displaced from Ethiopia's Somali region after a week of clashes with Somalis in which dozens were killed, the regional government of Ethiopia's restive Oromia region said on Sunday.   The statement from the Oromia government follows claims by Somali regional ...

Somali Militants Assassinate Intelligence Official

The al-Shabab militant group has claimed responsibility for the killing of a senior intelligence officer and his bodyguard in a drive-by shooting in southern Mogadishu. Mohamud Moallim Hassan Qoley was fatally injured in the Midday shooting Sunday in Dharkaynlay district, officials said. Qoley was ...

Kenya's Opposition Urges Reform of Electoral Commission

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga Sunday said the coalition he leads will hold nationwide campaigns to urge reforms of the electoral commission before the fresh presidential elections next month. Odinga has maintained that the electoral commission must be reformed or he will not participate in ...

At Least Six Killed as Rival Somali Troops Clash in Mogadishu

At least six people were killed and eight others wounded Saturday when rival Somali government forces clashed in the capital, Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said. “We have the dead bodies of at least six people and eight injured civilians have been so far admitted at our facility,” ...

Congolese Security Forces Kill 36 Burundian Refugees

Congolese security troops killed at least 36 Burundian refugees and injured more than 100 others during confrontations Friday over plans to return some of the refugees to their home country, officials and local activists said. Soldiers and police opened fire as the refugees tried to free some of ...

World Hunger Swells as Conflict, Climate Change Grow

The United Nations reports world hunger is rising because conflicts and problems related to climate change are multiplying. The report finds about 815 million people globally did not have enough to eat in 2016 — 38 million more than the previous year. The statistics in this report are ...

Cameroon Struggles to Meet Needs of CAR Refugees

Cameroon's government says resurging violence in the Central African Republic has driven another 20,000 refugees into Cameroon this year and prevented the approximately 300,000 C.A.R. refugees who were already in the country from going home. The recent influx has increased humanitarian needs and ...

Floods Wash Away Homes in South Sudan's Bor

An overflowing Nile River and heavy rains flooded the South Sudanese town of Bor this week, sweeping away homes and leaving hundreds of families without food or shelter. Marth Aluel Akuei, a resident of the Lekyak area just outside Bor town, used mud to build a dyke around her damaged home. The ...

Ghana Launches Free High School Education

Education at the secondary high school level is now free in Ghana. President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the launch of the program Tuesday, calling it a necessary investment in the nation's future workforce. The response was enthusiastic, with parents and students forming long lines at public schools ...

CAR Refugee, Displacement Crisis Hits Record High

The displacement crisis in Central African Republic has reached record levels and is the worst since conflict erupted there in 2013, according to the U.N. refugee agency. The UNHCR reports the total number of people displaced by conflict in Central African Republic now stands at more than 1.1 ...

Somalia Gets First Forensic Lab Dedicated to Rape Investigation

A new forensic lab launched in central Somalia could transform how the Puntland state government handles cases of rape and gender-based violence, and possibly create a model for the rest of the country to follow. The Puntland Forensic Center, funded by the Swedish government and supported by the ...

Togo Protesters Press Demands for Constitutional Reform

Lawmakers in Togo began debating presidential term limits Friday, after days of protests calling for constitutional reform and the departure of the ruling family. The West African nation has been ruled by one family for 50 years, and its current president, Faure Gnassingbé, has held power since ...

Somalia Opens First Forensic Lab Dedicated to Rape Investigation

Somalia has opened its first forensic laboratory to process rape kits. Sexual assault is widespread in the country, according to human rights groups, but few victims come forward and few perpetrators are punished. The new forensic lab in Somalia's Puntland region has been hailed as a step in the ...

UN Investigating Leaked Sex Abuse Complaints in Central African Republic

The United Nations said on Thursday it was looking into allegations that complaints of sexual abuse and exploitation made against its peacekeepers in the conflict-torn Central African Republic were mishandled or unreported. The U.N.'s 10,000-strong mission in Central African Republic has been dogged ...

Gender-based Violence Spurs Protest in Malawi

Women's rights activists in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, braved hot weather Thursday to protest recent domestic violence in which seven women were slain or disfigured by their partners. The protesters, many of them women, wore black attire, and at one point they lay in the street to symbolize ...

EU: Spot Checks Show Confusion, Not Conspiracy in Kenyan Election

Observers found some technical problems but no evidence of vote-rigging in Kenya's presidential election last month, the European Union said on Thursday, based on random checks of tallies from polling stations. The finding was announced as Kenya gears up for a re-run of the contest between President ...

Text Message Network Connects Offline Farmers in Kenya

When she woke up one morning in February, Catherine Kagendo realized that one of her cows could not stand. "It was lying on its side, had lost its appetite and was breathing heavily," she told Reuters from her farm in Meru, in eastern Kenya. With her husband, she decided to turn to WeFarm, a ...