East Africa

UNICEF: Violence Against Children in Kenya is “Unacceptably High”

December 24, 2012

“Officials say violence against children in Kenya is exceedingly and unacceptably high, with the United Nations estimating as many as 10 percent of girls and five percent of boys have experienced at least one episode of sexual violence in the previous 12 months.”

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55 People Dead or Missing after a Boat Capsized Off the Coast of Somalia

December 20, 2012

“Five survivors told refugee agency representatives that the boat was overcrowded and started having trouble soon after leaving the port of Bosasso in northern Somalia on Tuesday.”

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Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki blocks end-of-term bonuses that Members of Parliament awarded themselves

October 10, 2012

“Lawmakers in east Africa’s biggest economy, already among the best paid in the world, voted to triple the bonus they will all receive when their five-year term ends in January to 9.3 million Kenyan shillings.”

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GlaxoSmithKline and Aeras to conduct “proof of concept” tests in Africa and India for an experimental Tuberculosis Vaccine

October 10, 2012

“TB is a growing threat around the world, especially with the emergence of strains that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. It kills an estimated 1.4 million people a year.”

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Scorched Earth Policy: Kenyan Navy shells Somali Port City of Kismayu AFTER the al-Qaeda-linked Rebels retreated

September 30, 2012

“Stunned by an assault by sea, air and ground forces late on Friday night, al Shabab rebels fled the city that had been their key source of revenue, retreating to surrounding forests and towns.”

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In Nairobi, Kenya, 2 Children killed and 2 others wounded by a Hand Grenade Explosion in a Church

September 30, 2012

“”We suspect this blast might have been carried out by sympathisers of al-Shabab,” said Owino. “These are the kicks of a dying horse since, of late, Kenyan police have arrested several suspects in connection with grenades.”"

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2 Kenyan Police shot and killed near the country’s border with Somalia

September 30, 2012

“Kenya has been hit by a series of grenade and gun attacks since it sent troops into Somalia last October in pursuit of Islamist al Shabaab militants whom it blamed for kidnapping its security personnel and Western tourists.”

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Report: White House spending millions of dollars to maintain, rebuild Mosques overseas in a measure of Good Will

September 18, 2012

“The State Department did send Channel Two Action News an e-mail saying that they are fighting Islamic extremism by building relationships with Islamic leaders.”

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Newly-elected Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud survives an assassination attempt

September 13, 2012

“The African Union force in Somalia says three suicide bombers attacked the hotel. Soldiers shot two of them who managed to set off their bombs. The third was shot and killed without his bomb going off.”

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Somali Lawmakers elect Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country’s new President

September 10, 2012

“Mohamud defeated incumbent leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in a third round run-off vote Monday. Speaker of parliament Mohamed Sheikh Osman said the new president won in a landslide.”

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Four Police in Kenya wounded in a grenade attack

August 30, 2012

“A hand grenade was hurled into a police van carrying several security officials who were patrolling the precincts of Mombasa Pentecostal Church, critically wounding three of them.”

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Kenyan Lawmaker: Parliamentarians displeased with the pace of a police investigation into the murder of a Muslim cleric allegedly linked to al-Shabab

August 30, 2012

“The legislator, Doni Khalwale, also has demanded government disclose details about the death of Mombasa-based cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed.”

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Analyzing and Simplifying the 2012 Republican Party Platform: American Exceptionalism

August 29, 2012

“We are the party of peace through strength. Professing American exceptionalism – the conviction that our country holds a unique place and role in human history.”

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Ethiopia’s annual inflation rate remained high at 20% in July

August 7, 2012

“Officials expect gross domestic product growth of 11 percent for 2011/2012, which ended in June, thanks to rising agricultural output, the seventh consecutive fiscal year of growth.”

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Ethiopian Media Outlets barred from reporting on the health of Dictator Meles Zenawi

August 7, 2012

“The limited disclosures by government had only served to fuel speculation with some Ethiopians having gone as far as claiming that Meles had died.”

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