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South Sudan: UN to Probe Reported Killing of 100

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan today dispatched a team to investigate reports that more than 100 people have been killed and many others injured in a cattle raid in the eastern part of the country. "The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has received information from local officials from Walgak in west Akobo that an attack took place on Friday, 8 February, in the Manitor area," Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, told journalists today at a briefing in New York. According to media reports, the people of Walgok were migrating north to the wetlands with cattle when they came under attack by an armed force. ...

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Kenya: Kenya’s First Presidential Debate Set to Take Off

The stage is set for the country's first ever presidential debate. ...

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Sudan: Khartoum Signs Ceasefire With Darfur Rebels

The Government of Sudan and one of the main rebel factions in Darfur have signed a ceasefire agreement to move the peace process forward, the United Nations-African Union mediator announced today. "This is a major breakthrough in the road towards a comprehensive and lasting peace accord in Darfur," said Aichatou Mindaoudou, who is also the Acting Joint Special Representative in the UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The Government, represented by State Minister and Head of the Darfur Follow-up Office, Amin Hassan Omer, signed the ceasefire with Arko Sulaiman Dahiya, Vice Chairman and Head of Delegation from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), on 10 February in Doha, Qatar. ...

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Kenya: Security Operation Disrupts Livelihoods in Kenya’s Lamu

Lamu — As Kenyan security forces work to ward-off Al-Shabab insurgents, the military operation and the continuing insecurity in Kiunga, a remote border town in the coastal district of Lamu East, are disrupting local livelihoods, residents say. Major economic activity, including tourism, has been restrained following attacks by Al-Shabab militants from nearby Somalia...

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Kenya: Countdown to Historic Presidential Debate

Nairobi — All the presidential candidates will participate in Monday night's live debate following an order issued by the High Court. The chairman of The Presidential Debates Steering Committee Wachira Waruru announced that Paul Muite and Mohamed Abduba Dida had been invited to the presidential debate and assured Kenyans that the event would continue as planned...

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Somalia: Suicide Bomber Targets Puntland Policeman

Galkayo — A suicide car bomb attack targeting Deputy Police Chief Gen. Muhyadin Ahmed Musse near the central Galkayo station occurred Monday morning, Garowe Online reports. According to eyewitnesses, a sedan packed full of explosives rammed a convoy carrying the deputy police chief on Sunday outside the central police station in Galkayo...

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Tanzania: Torrential Rain Batters Tanzania

Dar es Salaam — When the heavy rainfall came last month, floodwaters poured into Magdalena Lweno's house and washed away her hard-won belongings: her mattresses, couches, television set, clothing and her daughter's school books. ...

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Uganda: Opposition Leaders Accused of Giving Handouts

Police on Sunday evening at around eight o'clock moved swiftly and arrested the Vice President for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Proscovia Salaamu Musumba on allegation that they were distributing basic commodities to voters. ...

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Comoros: Farmers On the Comoros Celebrate First Fairtrade Sales

The tiny island of Comoros, one of the least developed countries in Africa, counts exactly 60 Fairtrade producers. After two years of Fairtrade certification the vanilla farmers from Provabe celebrated their first sales in 2012...

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Somalia: Suicide Bomber Targets Puntland Deputy Police Chief

Galkayo — A suicide car bomb attack targeting Deputy Police Chief Gen. ...

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