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Ethiopia’s crackdown on dissent takes rising toll

Wolonkomi, Ethiopia - Security forces have killed at least 140 people during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in Ethiopia in recent weeks, activists and rights groups say. The protests - by members of the country's largest ethnic group, Oromo - have been prompted by fears that farmers will be displaced by government development plans. The government has admitted to killing dozens of protesters, ...

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Uganda media intimidated ahead of presidential polls: HRW

Government intimidation of journalists and activists in Uganda is having a “chilling effect” on free speech ahead of elections next month, Human Rights Watch said Monday. Seven opposition candidates are vying to end President Yoweri Museveni’s 30-year rule in the February 18 poll and there are fears violence could mar the campaign, with all sides are accusing each other of arming militias to press their cla ...

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Ethiopian security forces kill 140 Oromo protesters

Ethiopian security forces have killed at least 140 people taking part in mass anti-government demonstrations since November, activists say, according to US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW). The protests have been sparked by fears that a plan to expand the capital's administrative control into the Oromia region will displace Oromo farmers. HRW also called for the release of an Oromo politician arrested last mo ...

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Al-shabaab ambush Kenyan convey in Lamu

Gunmen ambushed a police convoy in Lamu, injuring security officials and setting a police truck on fire. There was a fierce gun battle at the scene preceded by an explosion. The attackers detonated an explosive device as the convoy of four trucks ferrying General Service Unit GSU officers approached Bargoni township in northern Lamu. According to reports, the attack occurred at around 1pm on Friday outside ...

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Burundi’s president threatens to fight African peacekeepers

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza threatened on Wednesday to fight any African Union peacekeepers imposed on his country, in his most confrontational comments yet on a mounting political crisis. The African Union said this month it was ready to send 5,000 peacekeepers to protect civilians caught up in months of violence, invoking for the first time powers to intervene in a member state against its will. ...

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Ethiopian opposition figures arrested over land protests

Ethiopian police have arrested two senior opposition members on suspicion of inciting weeks of protests against government plans to set up a new economic zone near the capital that would displace farmers, their party leader said on Friday. The Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) says 87 protesters have been killed by police since demonstrations broke out this month in Oromiya region, in the country's worst civi ...

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At least one police officer killed & several others injured after Al-Shabaab ambushes Kenyan police convoy

MOGADISHU - Somali Islamist militants attacked two Kenyan police convoys in northern Kenya on Friday, killing at least one police officer, police and a spokesman for the group said. The al Shabaab group, which seeks to overthrow Somalia's Western-backed government and impose a strict version of Sharia law, has carried out regular assaults in neighboring Kenya in retaliation for Kenya's contributing troops t ...

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Burundi rebels announce force to oust president

Burundi faces mounting regional pressure to accept African Union peacekeepers it calls an “invasion force”, diplomats said Wednesday, with the issue a key point of talks due in Uganda next week. The 54-member African Union said last week it would send a 5,000-strong force to halt violence that has sparked fears Burundi is sliding back towards civil war, and has pledged to send troops despite Burundi’s fierc ...

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Blood and terror in Ethiopia as security forces crackdown protesters

Wolenkomi (Ethiopia) - Two lifeless bodies lay on the ground as the terrified crowd, armed only with sticks against gun-toting Ethiopian security forces, fled the fierce crackdown on protesters. Blood seeped through a sheet covering one of the bodies on the road outside Wolenkomi, a town just 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa. "That was my only son," a woman sobbed. "They have killed me. ...

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Fear grips Lamu’s Pandaguo Village as man stumbles on armed Al-Shabaab fighters

Residents of Pandaguo Village in Lamu are living in fear after a 22-year-old man Monday reported to have come into contact with suspected Al-Shabaab militants when he went to harvest honey in Boni Forest. Mr Musa Genje said he found himself in the hands of six heavily armed men who harassed him and even threatened to kidnap him but later released him. “I had left my home in Pandanguo Village to go into the ...

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