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House Dems introduce measure to revoke Trump border edict

Photo (AP) House Democrats on Friday introduced a resolution to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border. The move sets up a fight that could result in Trump’s first veto. It starts the clock on a constitutional clash between Trump and Democrats and

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Kenya-Somalia maritime dispute: We will not cede an inch to anyone – CS Juma

The government has maintained that it will not cede even an inch of its soil to anyone or any state. Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma on Thursday evening said the government is waiting for a response that meets the minimum threshold from the Somali government over the disputed oil blocks in the Indian Ocean. Juma

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Managing Ethiopia’s Unsettled Transition

Ethiopia’s charismatic new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has generated great excitement with initiatives breaking with the past. But he faces challenges as formidable as his promises are bold: he urgently needs to halt communal strife, smooth the road to elections and boost the ailing economy. What’s new? Ethiopia’s new premier, Abiy Ahmed Ali, has made peace

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UAE signs $5.5 billion in military contracts as Yemen war heightens scrutiny

Photo Reuters The United Arab Emirates awarded 20 billion dirhams worth ($5.5 billion) of military procurement contracts during a defense show this week, at a time when arms sales to the country are under scrutiny due to its role in Yemen’s devastating war. The majority were awarded to international companies such as U.S. firms Lockheed

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Is Ethiopia mediating a deal between Somalia and Somaliland?

The government of Somalia on Wednesday applauded Somaliland’s president Musa Bihi for his cooperation, after years of tension over sovereignty questions. ‘‘The FGS considers this move a progressive step in the right direction and applauds President Bihi’s commitment in this regard,’‘ read part of a tweet posted on the official Somali presidency account. The tweet

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Museveni gets key party nod to seek re-election in 2021

Uganda’s ruling party’s top most organ, the Central Executive Committee (CEC), has endorsed President Yoweri Museveni as its presidential candidate for the 2021 polls. The decision, which in theory is still subject to approval by other National Resistance Movement (NRM) organs, jumpstarts an internal flagbearer selection process and gives the incumbent a political shot in

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Chinese ‘Ivory Queen’ smuggler sentenced to 15 years jail in Tanzania

Chinese businesswoman Yang Feng Glan, dubbed the “Ivory Queen”, sits inside the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania February 19, 2019. REUTERS/Emmanuel Herman, A prominent Chinese businesswoman dubbed the “Ivory Queen” was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Tanzanian court on Tuesday for smuggling the tusks of more than 350

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Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says

Photo (AP) Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the administration. Lawmakers from both parties have expressed concerns that Saudi Arabia could develop nuclear weapons if the U.S. technology

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‘1,000 terrorists returned to Tunisia in 7 years’

Tunisia’s Center for Global Security Studies said Monday that 1,000 “terrorists” had returned to the country from conflict zones from 2011 to October 2018. Mokhtar Ben Nasr, head of the center’s executive committee, told reporters that Tunisian authorities had prevented 17,000 people from leaving the country for conflict zones such as Syria, Iraq and Libya.

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Kenya’s options thin in ocean boundary duel with Somalia

Let’s today spare a thought for the people of Migingo Island on Lake Victoria. They have been condemned for a decade and more to life under Ugandan armed occupation while the authorities in Nairobi impotently refuse to free them. Now they are witnessing how tough Kenya can be when its territory is violated. Unfortunately, it’s

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