All posts by: Aaron Brooks

30 September 15

Africa Leaders Call for UN Reforms

Numerous African leaders have called for reforms to the UN Security Council at the General Assembly, Monday. African Union Chairman and Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe; Ethiopia Prime, Minister Hailemariam Desalegn; and South Africa President Jacob Zuma criticised the exclusion of African nations
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30 September 15

UN Calls for Access to Vulnerable Populations in South Sudan

The UN has called upon South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar to allow its agencies access to vulnerable populations in the war-stricken country. South Sudan has been in a state of civil war for 21 months
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27 September 15

Rwanda Denies Unofficial Detention Centre Claims

Rwanda has strongly denied the existence of unofficial detention centres, after a scathing report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report makes claims of “unlawful detention and ill-treatment” in Rwanda’s Gikindo Transit Centre, while Rwanda insists the facility in question
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27 September 15

Magufuli Vows War Against Albino Killings

Tanzanian Presidential candidate John Magufuli has vowed to intensify the war against killing albinos – a growing problem in Lake Zone regions. The area has seen a rise in horrific crimes against people with albinism in recent years, with witchdoctors fuelling
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23 September 15

Ugandan Troops to Withdraw From South Sudan

Ugandan troops who have been fighting against rebel forces in South Sudan will start to withdraw from the country next week. The Ugandan People’s Defense Force (UPDF) has been fighting alongside the South Sudanese army (SPLA), against the opposition forces
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23 September 15

EU Calls on Sudan to Investigate Killing of Protesters

The European Union has urged Sudan’s government to probe the killing of protesters in the deadly clash of September 2013. Almost two years since the country’s most violent clash between protesters and the existing regime, no findings have been made
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23 September 15

Poll Says Tanzania Election Isn’t So Close After All

Tanzania’s 2015 General Election has been hyped as the most competitive in the nation’s history, but recent poll figures suggest the race is far from close. The poll shows John Magufuli of the ruling CCM party has more than 60% support, leading his closest challenger,
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22 September 15

Uganda’s HIV Beauty Pageant Stands Against Stigmatisation

Uganda held an HIV beauty pageant last week, designed to tackle stigmatisation against people living with the virus. As the nation’s long fight against AIDS and HIV continues, discrimination against sufferers is a major concern, where 7.2 percent of the Ugandan
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22 September 15

Tanzania Government to Work with Private Sector on Rice Marketing

The government of Tanzania will team up with the private sector in a move to boost the nation’s rice marketing and branding opportunities. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of EAC, Ms. Joyce Mapunjo, revealed the plans at a recent seminar organised
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22 September 15

Somalia Car Bomb Kills 7 in Presidential Palace Attack

A car bomb killed at least seven people in Somalia on Monday in an attack aimed at the Presidential Palace. A police officer has confirmed five fatalities and further injuries to Reuters, although other reports say as many as seven deaths
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