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800 soldiers quit Kenya Defence Forces after Somali invasion

More than 800 soldiers have left the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) since the Somalia operation began in 2011. KDF Director of Prosecution Brigadier Kenneth Okoki Dindi told a Mombasa court that the soldiers left for various reasons, including desertion. In a sworn affidavit filed at the Mombasa Court of Appeal, Brigadier Dindi said the departures had a direct effect on KDF's ability to check indiscipline and d ...

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Militants Attack Kenya Hotel, Killing 12; Shabab Claim Responsibility

NAIROBI, Kenya — Islamist militants struck a hotel in northern Kenya on Tuesday morning, killing a dozen people and stoking outrage from Kenyans who accused their government of not doing enough to protect them from a relentless menace. The Shabab, a Somali militant group, gleefully took responsibility, saying online that they had bombed the hotel to kill infidels and that all their fighters “came back to th ...

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U.S. citizens urged to defer travel to Ethiopia: State Department

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department urged U.S. citizens on Friday to defer all non-essential travel to Ethiopia because of ongoing unrest that has killed hundreds of people, led to thousands of arrests and prompted restrictions on diplomatic travel. The Ethiopian government declared a state of emergency on Oct. 8 and issued a decree on Oct. 15 that permitted the arrest of individuals without court order ...

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Ethiopia announces new curbs as part of state of emergency measures

Ethiopia imposed curbs on its opposition, travel restrictions on diplomats, and a dusk-to-dawn curfew around major projects in new measures announced on Sunday that follow the declaration of a six-month, nationwide state of emergency. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn declared the state of emergency earlier this month, saying months of unrest threatened the Horn of Africa nation's stability. More than 500 ...

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Ethiopia declares state of emergency as country wide protest grows

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn declared a six-month state of emergency on Sunday, saying it was to restore order after weeks of protests that have resulted in deaths and damage to mostly foreign-owned factories and flower farms. Last week, protesters also destroyed scores of vehicles, adding economic casualties to a rising death toll in a wave of unrest over land grabs and rights. "A state of ...

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Six killed in Mandera Shabaab attack

Six people have been killed and 27 others rescued in Al-Shabaab attack at Bulla public works in Mandera, Governor Ali Roba has confirmed. The attack occurred at 2:45am. "Out of 33 non locals residing in one plot, six were shot dead and 27 rescued by our security officers manning the sector," Mr Roba said. In an interview with the Nation, Mr Roba added: Six lives are too many to lose. We condemn the attack w ...

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Ugandan soldier captured by Somali insurgents pleads for freedom

A Ugandan soldier captured by Islamist insurgents in Somalia more than a year ago has been paraded in an insurgent video in which he appealed for his country's leaders to help free him. "Please do not abandon me here," he said in the video released on Monday by the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency. "Oh Ugandans, I am a soldier of your country. Join hands and come up with a solution that can secure my r ...

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Ethiopia protests: Fire and gunshots causes more than 20 deaths at jail ‘holding Oromo protesters’

An unknown number of inmates have died after a fire at an Ethiopian prison where prominent anti-government protesters are reportedly being held. Sustained gunfire could be heard coming from Qilinto prison, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, after the fire broke out, local media reported. The government confirms "some" deaths, while local media report that at least 20 people had died in the inciden ...

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Behind the Violence in Ethiopia: Western intel services scrambling to asses crises

When U.S. President Barack Obama visited Africa a year ago, he ended his five-day tour by visiting Ethiopia, the continent’s second-most-populous country. He ­enthusiastically praised Addis Ababa for its role in regional peacemaking, most visibly in and between Sudan and South Sudan, as well for as its careful management of its diverse population; the country is home to tens of millions of Muslims and Chris ...

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Ethiopia protests: ‘Nearly 100 killed’ in Oromia and Amhara

Nearly 100 people were killed in the weekend's protests in Ethiopia as demonstrators clashed with security forces in different parts of the country, Amnesty International says. The rights group says the most deadly incident happened in Bahir Dar, where at least 30 people died on Sunday. The authorities have said seven died in Bahir Dar and that security forces were reacting to violence from protesters. Ther ...

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