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Ethiopia Gets First Female President

Ethiopia’s parliament today approved Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s new president, the first woman to hold the post. Sahle-Work, who was born 21 February, 1950, in Addis Ababa, is at present U.N. under secretary general and special representative of the secretary general to the African Union. She replaces Mulatu Teshome Wirtu, who tendered his resignation to parliament earlier on Wednesday. ...

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Saudi Arabia is a repressive regime – and so are a lot of US allies

Trump, like Obama before him, has enjoyed a close relationship with Saudi Arabia’s royal family. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Jeffrey Fields, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul has put the United States’ relationship with the wealthy Gulf power under intense scrutiny. After ...

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85-Year-Old Biya Wins Cameroon’s Presidential Election Again

Eighty-five-year-old Paul Biya has been declared winner of the October 7 presidential election by the Cameroon’s Constitutional Council. Biya won the poll with 71.28% of the votes cast beating eight other candidates to extend his 36-year rule of the Central African country to 2025. Opposition leader, Prof Maurice Kamto who had earlier declared himself winner of the polls came second ...

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Saudi Arabia Calls Khashoggi Killing ‘Grave Mistake’

Saudi Arabia on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate a “huge and grave mistake,” but sought to shield its powerful crown prince from the widening crisis, saying Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware. The comments from Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir were some of the most direct yet from Riyadh, which has given multiple ...

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Nairobi’s slum residents pay a high price for low quality services

About 56% of Kenya’s urban population currently lives in a slum. Shutterstock/John Wollwerth Debabrata Talukdar, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York About 56% of Kenya’s urban population currently lives in slums. Nairobi even hosts one of the largest slums in Africa, Kibera. In Kenya, settlements are classified into two types: informal (or, slum) and formal (or, regular) ...

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Ties between African countries and China are complex. Understanding this matters

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and China’s President Xi Jinping at the 2018 summit in Beijing. EPA-EFE/Andy Wong (Pool) Yu-Shan Wu, University of the Witwatersrand; Chris Alden, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Cobus van Staden, South African Institute of International Affairs The complex relationship between Africa and China has become even more complicated this year. Initially, 2018 was ...

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How the Ugandan media has borne the brunt of censorship for decades

Uganda has a long history of media censorship under President Yoweri Museveni. Ian Langsdon/EPA Geoffrey Ssenoga, Uganda Christian University The world watched in outrage recently as Reuters photojournalist, James Akena, was clobbered by three soldiers on the streets of Uganda’s capital Kampala in full view of television cameras. Akena was covering the demonstrations for the release of Robert Kyagulanyi, a ...

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Wedding Limousine Crash Leaves 20 Dead

Twenty people were killed in a limousine crash in Schoharie County, New York, police have confirmed. According to local media, the vehicle sped down a hill and crashed into bystanders in the rural county; however two vehicles are said to be involved. Witnesses at the scene said several bodies could be seen on the ground. The Times Union reports that ...

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Plane Crashes Into Sea After Overshooting Runway

A plane carrying dozens of people sunk into the sea after the aircraft came off the end of the runway at Chuuk Airport in the tiny South Pacific nation of Micronesia. The Air Niugini passenger aircraft overshot the runway as it came into land and crashed into the water. Dramatic pictures shared on social media show the Boeing 737 partially submerged with ...

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The world’s major powers must not ignore Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis

Cameroon is in crisis. It needs an intervention. Shutterstock Julius A. Amin, University of Dayton Cameroon’s Anglophone region is rapidly becoming a no-go zone. Thousands of residents fled to the country’s French speaking cities of Douala, Yaoundé, and Bafoussam, during August and September, anticipating more bloodshed before the country’s October presidential elections. English-speaking Cameroon makes up roughly 20% of the ...

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