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Breaking News: Ten car bomb blasts across Baghdad province kill 37

(Reuters) - Ten car bombs exploded across Baghdad province early on Sunday, killing at least 37 people, police and medics said.   Nine of the blasts hit predominantly Shi'ite Muslim districts, with the deadliest attack in the town of Nahrawan, south of the capital, where two car bombs exploded in quick succession near a busy market, killing seven people.   Shi'ites have been targeted by Sunni Musl ...

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Protesters march in Washington against NSA spying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday to protest the U.S. government's online surveillance programs, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. People carried signs reading: "Stop Mass Spying," "Thank you, Edward Snowden" and "Unplug Big Brother" as they gathered at the foot of the Capitol to demonstrate against the o ...

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Kenya: Muslim Youths Protest Arrest of ‘Radical’ Cleric

MUSLIM youths in Majengo, Mombasa rioted yesterday and on Thursday evening over the arrest of a cleric. Sheikh Ramadhan Juma, a Tanzanian national, is being accused of radicalising Muslim youth and encouraging them to join al Shabaab militants in Somalia.   He was arrested by police officers outside the Masjid Musa mosque after Isha prayers at around 8.30pm. Police sources said Sheikh Juma was profiled ...

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Kimaiyo’s move against press a step in the wrong direction

“We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty”. These words in celebration of free speech were uttered half-a-century ago by John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the vivacious 35th President of the United States of America. They reflect ...

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Kenya: Kimaiyo Should Not Gag the Media

Kenyans are aware of the failures of their institutions and especially those of the police service headed by Inspector General David Kimaiyo which heads the list of government institutions considered the most corrupt and untrustworthy.   It is therefore shocking that instead of addressing the serious problems within the service, the IG wants to arrest and prosecute journalists for doing their work in a ...

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Kenya’s shambolic response to Westgate siege

Footage seen a month after the deadly mall siege suggests al-Shabab achieved a lot more than what it had aimed for.   It is hard to imagine al-Shabab doing anything other than celebrating their attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall as an unqualified success.   Initially at least, the armed Somali group's publicly-stated aim was to punish Kenya for sending troops into Somalia two years ago. It ...

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Uganda: Free Pass on High-Level Corruption

(Kampala) – The government of Uganda has failed to hold to account senior officials implicated in the theft and diversion of public funds, Human Rights Watch and Yale Law School’s Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic said in a joint report released today. No high-ranking government official, minister, or political appointee has ever served a prison sentence despite investigations into nume ...

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Kenya’s Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo threatens journalists

( Police boss David Kimaiyo on Wednesday announced that journalists will be arrested and prosecuted over their coverage of the Westgate rescue operation. He accused the journalists of “provoking propaganda” and inciting Kenyans against the authorities with investigative stories which exposed command confusion during the operation which saw at least one police officer shot and killed by the Keny ...

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Ghana Police Service denies deployment of personnel to Somalia

The Director of the Police Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, DSP Cephas Arthur has denied reports that Ghana would deploy about 90 personnel to strengthen the Peace Support Operations in Somalia which is mandated by the African Union.   Reports on Wednesday indicated that Ghana’s security forces were undergoing some training at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accr ...

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Reports of an attack at Amisom base in Gof-Gadud

Mogadishu (Harar24) Heavy fighting was reported last night at Gof -Gadud town in Bay province.   Residents in Gof -Gadud reported that units from Al-Shabaab carried out an attack last night on AMISOM forces who are based on the outskirts of the city.   According to locals who spoke to our correspondent light weaponry were used in last night’s attack in Gof-Gadud, however explosions were also heard ...

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