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LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY STILL KIDNAPPING AND KILLING, ACTIVISTS SAY

The cult underground “Lord’s Resistance Army” led by Joseph Kony in northern Uganda is still kidnapping civilians, say leaders of local charities working in the region. A spokesman for the nonprofit “Invisible Children” warns that the group remains a threat. Last year, Washington closed down its seven-year effort to track down Kony, ending an initiative that included encouraging LRA members through leaflets ...

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SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN MARCH AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Thousands of women and gender activists joined together on the first day of Women’s Month to protest the rising incidence of gender-based violence across the country. The movement's Brenda Madumise said the marchers, under the banner #TheTotalShutdown, were taking control of their destiny. "We are saying that we had enough,” said Patience Mpani from the Center for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria. ...

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TWO PARTIES DECLARE VICTORY IN ZIMBABWE’S PRESIDENTIAL POLLS

“Let us look forward with hope and love. Let bygones be bygones… Let us turn over a new leaf and renew ourselves.” Those were the hopeful words of Emmerson Mnangagwa as he settled into the chair of former president Robert Mugabe last December. Mr. Mugabe was not present, having been removed in a “soft coup” by members of his own party. Now, some six months later, Mr Mnangagwa has been elected to the top job ...

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CONSERVATIVE NOMINEE TAPPED FOR POST IN KENYA GETS GRILLING FROM DEMS

Democrats are challenging President Trump’s nominee from the Midwestern state of Illinois for the post of U.S. ambassador to Kenya. State Sen. Kyle McCarter’s conservative views run the gamut from opposition to gay rights, restrictions on immigration and locking up former Senator Hillary Clinton. A White House release said McCarter would be “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States ...

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ETHIOPIAN LEADER SPARKS EUPHORIA AMONG DIASPORA IN A 6 DAY U.S. TRIP

It’s been called “Abiy-mania” – an impulse to reach out and hug the young new Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, who called an end to his country’s bitter war with Eritrea among other sweeping changes in the Horn of Africa. This month, the 41 year old Ethiopian leader landed in the United States where he met with thousands of his countrymen and women and reiterated his message of love and unity. “He ur ...

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HUNDREDS OF POLLING STATIONS IN MALI SHUT DUE TO VIOLENCE

As Malians went to the polls on Sunday, over 700 polling stations were shuttered amid threats of violence and attacks including election officials beaten up, ballot boxes burned and election supervisors stopped by armed groups from entering polling stations. The affected polling stations are located in the country's central and northern regions, areas troubled by Islamic extremism and ethnic unrest. Fightin ...

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ATROCITY VIDEO OF EXECUTION BY SOLDIERS ALARMS U.N. RIGHTS CHIEF

International experts have confirmed that a widely seen video of Cameroonian soldiers executing two women and two young children is credible and not “fake news.” Evidence of the execution was gathered by Amnesty International in an investigation. Analysis of the weapons, dialogue and uniforms, paired with digital verification techniques and testimonies taken from the ground, all strongly suggest that the pe ...

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FRENCH LEADER PROMISES QUICK RETURN OF STOLEN AFRICAN RELICS

French President Emmanuel Macron has called the return of African relics to their origin “a top priority” of his administration. “I cannot accept that a large part of cultural heritage from several African countries is in France,” he said in a speech to university students in Burkina Faso last year. “African heritage can’t just be in European private collections and museums.” The main force behind this new ...

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