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Kenya: FBI Offers U.S.$5 Million Reward for Al-Shabaab Bomb Maker

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[Nation] The US State Department is offering a $5 million (about Sh508 million) reward for information on the whereabouts of an American citizen said to be a leader of al-Shabaab's bomb-making operations.

Zimbabwe: FastJet Launches Bulawayo-Johannesburg Route

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[263Chat] Low cost carrier, FastJet Zimbabwe has opened a new regional link between Bulawayo and Johannesburg bringing double morning and evening flights from Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport to OR Tambo International Airport and vice-verse every weekday with an evening schedule on Sundays, 263Chat Business can report.

UK court dismisses Taylor ex-wife's torture case

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Agnes Reeves-Taylor was facing charges over a string of torture offences - some involving children.

Mike Sonko: Nairobi governor arrested over Kenya corruption scandal

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Mike Sonko is a divisive politician known for his love of gold jewellery and clothing.

Exploring the connection between aromas and our memory

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“It’s really important for us to make emotion that could differentiate smell in how something makes you feel when you smell it.”

Nigeria: After Invading Court Premises, Armed SSS Officials Rearrest Sowore

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[Premium Times] Officials of the State Security Service (SSS) have rearrested an activist, Omoyele Sowore.

Ethiopia PM 'shuns' media at upcoming Nobel Prize event, organizers worried

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The director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute has called it “highly problematic” that the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner won’t attend any event next week where he could be asked questions publicly, while the spokeswoman for Ethiopia’s prime minister cited “pressing” domestic issues and the leader’s “humble disposition.” Organizers “had wished that Abiy Ahmed would have agreed to meet the Norwegian and international press,” Olav Njoelstad said, telling Norwegian broadcaster NRK on Wednesday that most Peace Prize winners have no problem putting aside three or four days for traditional Nobel events. “We have been very clear about this and have clarified that there are several reasons we find this highly problematic,” Njoelstad said. “I think it has to do in part with the challenges he faces at home, and his religious faith and personal humility.” Abiy’s press secretary, Billene Seyoum, told The Associated Press that it is “quite challenging” for a head of state to dedicate many days to the extensive Nobel program, particularly since “domestic issues are pressing and warrant attention.” Abiy will attend essential events in consultation with the Nobel Institute “to honor and respect the Nobel tradition.” At the same time, “the humble disposition of the prime minister, rooted in our cultural context, is not in alignment with the very public nature of the Nobel award,” Billene said. “The prime minister is humbled and grateful for the recognition.” Skipping the media isn’t unprecedented. U.S. President Barack Obama also declined to speak to reporters when he won the Peace Prize in 2009. Abiy has rarely given interviews since taking office last year. His spokeswoman called him “one of the most accessible Ethiopian prime ministers to date in public and media engagements.” Abiy was awarded the Peace Prize for making peace with neighboring Eritrea after one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts and for introducing sweeping political reforms, but already troubles are growing at home. Violent unrest, sometimes along ethnic lines, is expected to worsen ahead of Ethiopia’s election in May. Debate has broken out on social media about whether Abiy deserves the award. When the Peace Prize was announced earlier this year, Nobel chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said some people may consider it too early to give it to Abiy, but “it is now that Abiy Ahmed’s efforts need recognition and deserve encouragement.” The prime minister is expected to give his acceptance speech Tuesday at Oslo City Hall before officials, including Norwegian royals, after receiving the 9-million kronor ($945,000) cash award, a gold medal and a diploma. Abiy also is to meet with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and open a Nobel Prize exhibition during a private ceremony. AP

Measles in all 26 DRC provinces, 2019 death toll at 5,000 - WHO

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A measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 5,000 people this year, many of them young children, the World Health Organization (WHO) has disclosed. Low immunization rates and high levels of malnutrition have fuelled the epidemic and high mortality rates, especially in North Kivu province, which is also suffering from an Ebola epidemic. A first measles vaccination campaign was launched to protect people against the infectious disease that has struck all of the country’s 26 provinces. A third phase of the campaign is planned, with the ultimate aim of reaching 18.9 million children across the country by the end of the year. Vaccination is most challenging in North Kivu due to insecurity following armed attacks that make some areas inaccessible to aid workers. The world’s second biggest Ebola epidemic on record has killed more than 2,200 people since mid-2018, but new infections slowed in recent months, the WHO said last week, while warning that Ebola was likely to resurge.

Nigeria's DSS attempts to rearrest leader of 'Revolution Now' protests

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A Nigerian activist, publisher and politician who was released on bail on Thursday had to be smuggled out of the court when he reappeared for a hearing. Omoyele Sowore and another detainee were released after a High Court gave explicit orders to the state spy agency, the Department of State Services to execute a bail order. Previously, the DSS had flouted court orders for his release. On Friday (December 6), he was smuggled out of the courts by his lawyer Femi Falana after the DSS attempted to rearrest him. Sowore, who ran for president as an independent candidate in the 2018 election won by President Muhammadu Buhari, was arrested in August for calling for a revolution. In September, he pleaded not guilty to charges of treason, money laundering and harassing the president. He was granted bail on October 4 but has not been released by the Department for State Security which claimed the bail conditions had not been met. Last month Sowore’s supporters accused the security agency of opening fire on unarmed people staging a peaceful protest calling for his release. His continued detention has led to criticism of Buhari’s administration amid claims that human rights have been flouted in this case and those of other high profile figures such as the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria detained since 2015 without trial.

Africa: WHO Unveils Plan to Tackle Rising HIV Drug Resistance in Africa

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[WHO] Growing resistance to HIV drugs in Africa is threatening the significant progress made in the global fight against the virus. In an effort to reinforce the gains and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners today are unveiling a five-year plan to monitor, prevent and respond to drug resistance.

Kenya: American Dad Desperate to Get Back His Two-Year-Old Son From Kenya

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[Nairobi News] An American father is fighting to get back his two-year-old son from his estranged Kenyan girlfriend who, he claims, relocated from Manhattan to Nairobi with the child last year without his knowledge.

Uganda: Experts Warn of More Landslides in Bugisu

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[Monitor] Environment experts have predicted more landslides in Bugisu Sub-region if people ignore interventions designed to mitigate climate change effects.

Telling the complex story of ‘medical xenophobia’ in South Africa

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The experiences of non-nationals in South Africa’s public health care system are more complex and varied than implied by the dominant discourse on "medical xenophobia"

Methodist Church Southern Africa enters new era as women take up top positions

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Bishop Purity Malinga is the first woman to be appointed Presiding Bishop in the Methodist Church of Southern African in over 200 years.

China’s ‘palate democracy’ may not be to Africa’s taste

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China has lessons worth learning, but governance without elections and choice of ruling party isn’t one of them.

Pics of the day, December 6, 2019

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Africanews samples the best pictures of the day’s news.

Nigeria: SSS Storms Abuja Court to Rearrest Sowore

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[Premium Times] The State Security Service (SSS) has invaded the Federal High Court in a controversial bid to rearrest the Omoyele Sowore, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

Zimbabwe: IMF Team Jets in for Crucial Talks

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[Zimbabwe Independent] A six member delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Gene Leon jetted into the country this week for crucial meetings to revive the Staff Monitored Programme (SMP), which stalled after government failed to meet some targets that had been agreed on.

Zimbabwe: Telecoms Sector Reels Under Socio-Economic Implosion

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[Zimbabwe Independent] Zimbabwe is battling with a myriad of economic ills and the telecoms industry has not been spared. The biggest problem has largely hinged on high tariffs across all services. Coupled with the punitive 2% tax on all electronic transactions, mobile transaction services have become unbearable for many.

Nigeria: 'Bad People' Have Taken Over the Country From Us - Aisha Buhari

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[Vanguard] Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, says "bad people" have taken over the country from people who are "supposed to be in charge".

Kenya: Scores Feared Trapped As Building Collapses in Nairobi

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[Nation] Scores of people are feared trapped under rubble following collapse of a six-storey building at Tassia estate in Embakasi, Nairobi, on Friday morning.

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