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Rwanda: Security Remains a Top Priority for Rwanda, Says Kagame

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[East African] Rwandan President Paul Kagame has said that his government will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the the country is safe.

Malawi police raped, assaulted women during security op - Report

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Malawi’s Human Rights Commission has accused the police of serious human rights abuses in a report released on Wednesday including rape and assault. According to the report, some of these abuses happened in the presence of the victims children during a security operation in October. Investigations by the Commission revealed that at least one girl under 18 was sexually assaulted, while seven women had been raped. The tragedy occurred in Msundwe, 35 km west of the capital, Lilongwe. It was a reprisal against villagers who had erected barricades to prevent a rally organized in Lilongwe, the capital, by President Peter Mutharika. The police then used violence, using tear gas to disperse the crowd. The police have yet to respond to these serious accusations, although the Malawi Human Rights Commission has named officials who should be punished.

Kenya: How Dusit Attack Marked Recast of Local Terrorism

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[Nation] The first sign that something big was happening at Dusit luxury hotel and complex in Westlands, Nairobi, on January 15 came through tweets.

Kenya: County Assembly Members to Challenge Governor's Impeachment in Court

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[Nation] Kiambu MCAs allied to Governor Ferdinand Waititu have vowed to move to court to stop his impeachment.

Nigeria: Fewer People Using Tobacco Worldwide - WHO

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[Premium Times] Fewer people are using tobacco worldwide as a new report shows a steady decline in the number of males using the product.

Nigeria: Judge Declares Sex Work is Not a Crime

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[Premium Times] A Nigerian court has voided the arrest of commercial sex workers in Abuja by law enforcement officials.

Trump's impeachment: Tweeps wonder if same is possible in Africa

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The United States House of Representatives voted largely along party lines to impeach President Donald Trump for obstruction of Congress and abuse of power related to his dealings with Ukraine. The historic vote meant Trump became only the third president in US history to be impeached by the full House. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House announced the results: “The yays are 230, the nays are 197, present is 1, Article 1 is adopted.” The articles of impeachment, now go to the Republican-controlled Senate for trial where Trump is expected to be acquitted of all two charges. For many people across Africa, the vote and events after it gave them a chance to try relating how feasible it will be to undertake impeachment processes against their presidents. Some also saw it as an opportunity to educate people on social media especially those that believed Trump was supposed to pack out of the White House. Below are some reactions: I woke up to the news of Trump’s impeachment. I hear it doesn’t mean he is out of office as there is more to be done. Tbh, I don’t know, I probably would read up and Trump will be fine. Let me focus on acquainting us with HOW BUHARI SHOULD BE IMPEACHED. (seems an impossibility).— YOUR LAWYER ⚖️ (@Ifeoma_Solanke) December 19, 2019 Trump didn’t do 30% of what Buhari have done, disobeying court orders alone is enough to impeach any sitting government worker but what do I even know. The country and its government is nothing but a disgrace to democracy #Impeachbuhari— ? (@Hankvalj) December 19, 2019 Unfortunately Trump has been impeached, Gvt of Zim’s reaction ?and Zim Opposition ??‍♂️and the Zimbabwe populace ??‍♂️! pic.twitter.com/F3iF6rTD2K— Sekuru Mhofu (@sekuru_mhofu) December 19, 2019 Trump being impeached is beautiful and all, but are y’all forgetting his Vice President is way worse??!!! Let me start buying a one way ticket to Ghana✌?. Good luck guys ??? pic.twitter.com/Uj27Ysuxn6— Diane ? Asante (@AsanteDiane) December 19, 2019 Just asking is there an impeachment motion of the president and his deputy that can be lodged in Kenya? Because in any capacity Trump is a lesser devil than Uhuru and Ruto. #TrumpImpeachment #HudumaNamba— ALIWA (@aliwa_mirugah) December 19, 2019 Never forget when Trump wanted Obama removed because he thought he was from Kenya solely based on the fact he was black. What goes around comes around! https://t.co/aQKFULJvVc— Dan Harry (@danharry_) December 19, 2019 Donald J Trump impeached In South Africa, Zuma not impeached, not jailed, corrupt politicians free We have talk shops, commissions Useless Sick Morbid#Impeached— Ricky Singh (@Rikkising) December 19, 2019

Nigeria: FIFA Ranking - Nigeria Retain 31st Position

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[Premium Times] The Super Eagles of Nigeria retained their spot as the world's 31st team in the World Football FIFA Ranking for the month of December.

Nigeria: Former Justice Minister Adoke in Custody Over Malabu Oil Deal

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[Premium Times] The anti-graft agency, EFCC, says it now has a former justice minister, Mohammed Adoke, in its custody.

Nigeria: Cholera Cases Drop 60% Globally, As Nigeria Records Significant Progress - WHO

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[Premium Times] The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday said the number of cholera cases decreased globally by 60 per cent in 2018.

West Africa: France Deploys Armed Drones in the Sahel Region

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[Deutsche Welle] The French military will now use armed drones in Africa's Sahel region as part of its seven-year fight against Islamist extremist groups there. President Emmanuel Macron is expected to visit the region soon.

Kenya: Lesbian-Themed Film 'Rafiki' to Be Screened Across Africa, Except Kenya

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[Nairobi News] Director Wanuri Kahiu's joyous lesbian romance Rafiki is set to be screen across Africa, except her home country, Kenya where the film was made.

Africa, By Design: 6 Incredible African Fashion Designers

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African Fashion Designers are making a splash on the runways of the world but what we love most about this list is that most of them are still based on the continent.

Africa: UN Chief Warns of Rising Misogyny, Xenophobia, Discrimination, Racism, Hate Speech

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[IPS] Rome -Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, in an address to the Italian Senate

Guinea bracing up for busy 2020 election calendar

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Political parties in Guinea are focusing on the busy electoral agenda next year, with planned legislative and presidential elections, as well as a possible constitutional referendum. However, the process has already been marred by accusations of fraud from the opposition, who point to delays and alleged manipulation of the electoral register. Abdoulaye Oumou Sow, a freed opposition leader said: “By engaging in this fight we expected this, we even expected to die for this fight. Because we are championing a noble fight. Imprisonment has only galvanised us.” For the past two months, Guinean opposition supporters have been protesting a new draft constitution that could allow President Alpha Conde to remain in power for a third term. But the government says it is determined to to go ahead and respect the election timetable it has set. Aboubacar Sylla, government spokesman echoes the administration’s sentiments: “We are still two months away from the parliamentary elections, and there are already accusations of fraud. “The objective of this ongoing dialogue is precisely to review all the difficulties encountered in the process regarding the parliamentary elections and, with the electoral commission, to try to remove all obstacles to achieve an inclusive and transparent electoral process.” A two-thirds parliamentary majority would allow President Conde’s party enough room to hold a referendum on the constitution. But the president’s own position remains not entirely clear. To date, he has neither confirmed nor denied whether he wants to stay on for a third term. AGENCIES

Ghana: We Need to Talk About the Year of Return and Its Politics of Exclusion

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[African Arguments] The campaign had the opportunity to welcome all people of African descent and fully engage with their history of slavery. It did not.

Chad: New York Rents in the Sahara? Living in Africa's Most Expensive City

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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] N'djamena -The city of N'Djamena on the edge of the Sahara was ranked the most expensive in Africa and 11th in the world this year, with residents saying the city is prohibitively expensive

Nigeria: We Need to 'Be Ready' for Oil Decline, Says Environment Minister

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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Madrid -"If the world is truly willing... to quit fossil fuel, then if you are not ready and finally the world comes to terms with that and there are alternatives and no one is buying enough oil from you, at that point you are in trouble"

Africa: Mosques on the Continent - a Test of Strength for the Middle East

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[Deutsche Welle] Africa is receiving hundreds of mosques. Be the buildings white, mint-green or sky-blue, the funding often comes from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran. The investors' ideologies have potentially far-reaching consequences.

East Africa wins big at first-ever Global Refugee Forum

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World leaders and ministers were joined by partners from the private and development sectors at the first-ever Global Refugee Forum. The summit which took place in Switzerland saw a number of significant pledges made, including a $2.5 billion commitment from the World Bank. They also set a $100 million grant for play-based learning solutions for pre-primary and primary school aged children impacted by the protracted humanitarian crises in East Africa. Several other Foundations announced that by 2022, they will support 2,500 refugees through job training and language skills initiatives in 30 countries. One of the key leaders of government present was the Somali Prime Minister Ali Hassan Khaire who was praised by head of the United Nations refugee agency as a model of a refugee who has risen to help solve the crisis of his country – a major contributor to refugee numbers. My tribute to HassanAKhaire, Prime Minister of Somalia ??, who honoured us last night by participating in the closure of the Global #RefugeeForum. pic.twitter.com/RQouKIFW69— Filippo Grandi (FilippoGrandi) December 19, 2019

Sudan revolution anniv.: Celebrating Bashir's fall, demanding justice

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A year ago, protests started in Sudan against economic conditions, it will later metamorphose into a call for the ouster of one of Africa’s longest serving presidents, Oma al-Bashir. A year on, the protesters were back on the streets across Sudan commemorating the first anniversary of the trigger that led to Bashir’s downfall. Thursday’s demonstrations also serve as a remembrance for the scores of protesters killed by security forces in the long standoff during and after Bashir’s ouster in April. It is estimated that over 130 people were killed on June 3, when authorities led by the Rapid Support Forces – a militia group – violently broke up a two-month-old protest sit-in outside the military headquarters. Protest leaders and the military that took over power after Bashir then went into months of talks for a transition. It took the intervention of among others the African Union and the Ethiopian Prime Minister to broker a deal between the parties. A transitional government is currently led by career economist Abdalla Hamdok who took office since September, grappling with Sudan’s seemingly countless problems under the watchful eye of the leaders of the protest movement, who have informally assumed the role of “guardians of the revolution.” Chants calling for justice & retribution for peaceful protesters killed during the last 12 months of pro-democracy demonstrations.— Yousra Elbagir (@YousraElbagir) December 19, 2019

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