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Ethiopia declares state of emergency amid protests

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency following months of anti-government protests by members of the country’s two largest ethnic groups. The Oromo and the Amhara make up about 60% of the population. They complain power is held by a tiny Tigrean elite. Violence has intensified since last Sunday when at least 55 people were killed ...

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THIS GUY’S PROBLEMS SEEMS NOT TO GO AWAY SOON

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG Why Republicans can’t easily dump Trump off the ballot The GOP is stuck with Donald Trump — but that isn’t stopping weary Republicans from looking at every way possible to remove him from the top of the ticket. News of Trump’s sexually aggressive remarks from 2005 is just the latest explosion to spur discussion of ways ...

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The ancient tragedy John Kerry used to explain Syria

BY KALAHAN DENG In a Wednesday session on Syria at the United Nations Security Council, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry deployed a curious historical reference. “Those who believe this crisis couldn’t get worse are dead wrong, as are those who believe that a military victory is possible,” Kerry intoned at the special session, after urging a cessation of hostilities. ...

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Eritrea denies training Saudi-backed Yemeni militants

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG I kept stating that Eritrea is the most dangerous country in the Horn of Africa in term of its involvement with terrorist activities and destabilisation of some countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia,  Kenya . even South Sudan. This latest report from ADDIS ABABA indicated that the Eritrean government has dismissed recent reports alleging that Saudi Arabia has ...

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Fearless young Zimbabweans face up to world’s oldest leader

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Zimbabwe has known only one leader since independence. First as prime minister, then president, there has only been Robert Mugabe at the top for the last 36 years. There have been challenges, opposition and violence, but the 92-year-old leader has always known how to deal with dissent and stay in power, frequently using brutal tactics. But ...

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‘Our work was to kill’

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG The man who publicly accused Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte of running a hit squad and personally killing people won’t be given state protection.Senate President Koko Pimentel announced on his verified Facebook page that Edgar Matobato won’t be put in protective custody because his life has not been threatened. “I’ve denied the request for protective custody of ...

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Man who shot at George Zimmerman convicted of attempted murder

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A Florida man was found guilty Friday of attempted second-degree murder, stemming from a 2015 road rage incident involving George Zimmerman, a court spokeswoman said. Matthew Apperson, 27, also was found guilty of shooting into a vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm, Michelle Kennedy, spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial Circuit, said. A jury deliberated for ...

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WHAT IS GOING ON IN SYRIA IS BEYOND OUR COMPREHENSION

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The airstrike targeted a market. Syrian men evacuate a victim from the rubble of a building following an airstrike on the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib on September 10, 2016. People search for victims at the scene of the airstrikes. In February, a cessation of hostilities negotiated between Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov fell ...

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Islam Karimov: Uzbekistan holds funeral for president

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG The funeral of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, who died after a stroke this week aged 78, has taken place in the city of Samarkand. Thousands lined the streets in both Samarkand and in Tashkent, from where his coffin was earlier flown. Karimov, one of Asia’s most autocratic leaders, ruled for 27 years, and was accused by ...

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Philippines bomb: Davao attack blamed on Abu Sayyaf

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG The Abu Sayyaf militant group was responsible for a bomb attack in the home city of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte which killed at least 14 people, the government has said. Dozens were wounded in the blast at a market in the southern city of Davao. Mr Duterte – who was in Davao at the time of ...

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