Politics and society

Kenya’s police chief resigns after anti-tax protests

Kenya's police chief resigns after anti-tax protests

Kenya’s police chief Japhet Koome has resigned, following weeks of violent protests against proposed tax hikes in which at least 40 people died. Human rights groups have accused police of shooting dozens of protestors, some of them fatally, and abducting or arbitrarily arresting hundreds more. The resignation comes a day …

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Kenyan president William Ruto sacks entire cabinet

Kenyan president William Ruto sacks entire cabinet

Kenyan President William Ruto on Thursday has sacked his entire cabinet apart from the foreign minister, bowing to pressure from nationwide protests that have created the biggest crisis of his two-year presidency. “I will immediately engage in extensive consultations across different sectors and political formations and other Kenyans, both in …

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Ugandan TikToker sentenced for insulting president

Ugandan TikToker sentenced for insulting president

A Ugandan TikToker has been sentenced to six years in prison, for insulting the country’s President Yoweri Museveni, the first lady and the army chief, local media reported. Edward Awebwa, 24, was charged with hate speech and spreading “misleading and malicious” information against President Yoweri Museveni, First Lady Janet Museveni …

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US envoy says more than 100 people kidnapped for ransom in Ethiopia

US envoy says more than 100 people kidnapped for ransom in Ethiopia

At least 100 people, including students, were kidnapped for ransom last week in Ethiopia’s restive regions that have seen sporadic fighting since the end of the civil war in Tigray, the U.S. ambassador to Addis Ababa said on Monday. “Recent and frequent kidnappings in Oromia and Amhara regions show how …

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US welcomes humanitarian truce in DR Congo

US welcomes humanitarian truce in DR Congo

Authorities in the United States welcomed a two-week humanitarian truce in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the White House said on Thursday, amid fierce fighting between government troops and Rwanda-backed M23 rebels. The truce, beginning at midnight local time on Friday and to extend through July 19, covers areas …

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UNICEF says children in CAR are the most deprived in the world

UNICEF says children in CAR are the most deprived in the world

The Central African Republic’s three million children are the world’s most deprived, with widespread malnutrition, inadequate healthcare access and instability putting the country at high risk of a humanitarian crisis, UNICEF said on Tuesday. Half of the country’s children do not have access to health services, and almost 40% suffer …

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Cameroonian president’s daughter officially her coming out

Cameroonian president's daughter officially her coming out

Brenda Biya, daughter of Cameroonian President Paul Biya, officially announced her coming out on social networks. She now confirms several rumors circulating on social networks concerning her sexual orientation. This coming out is hailed as courageous by NGOs and LGBTQIA+ activists, which could have repercussions on laws penalizing homosexuality in …

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