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Ethiopia – the New Powerhouse of the Continent

By   /  August 1, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen Ethiopia is bursting with a feeling of unprecedented economic optimism owing to its high economic growth in the last twenty years and the Ethiopian people wherever they are in the world are upbeat about their country’s future. Africa’s second most populous country, with nearly some 100 million people, has achieved spectacular economic growth over […]

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Three al Shabaab militants killed, five KDF officers injured in Lamu

By   /  July 30, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen KDF soldiers killed three al Shabaab militants when they repulsed an attack at Basuba, Lamu county, on Wednesday morning. Five of the soldiers were injured when the militants hurled an IED device at a KDF vehicle 7km from Basuba, KDF spokesperson David Obonyo said in a statement. “Two AK 47 rifles and 17 bullets […]

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Obama vows to keep up pressure on Somalia’s al-Shabab

By   /  July 27, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday praised recent advances by Somali and African Union troops against al-Shabab militants, but said it was important to keep up the pressure. Speaking in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Obama said the al-Qaeda-affiliated militants offer nothing but “death and destruction”. “Ethiopia faces serious threats,” Obama said. “We’ve got […]

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Obama juggles security and rights concerns in Ethiopia visit

By   /  July 26, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen US President Barack Obama heads to Ethiopia Sunday, the first American president to visit Africa’s second most populous nation and a key but much maligned ally in the fight against terrorism. Obama, who arrived in neighbouring Kenya on Friday, is expected to leave for Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa late Sunday for a two-day visit, […]

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Obama says Burundi presidential election was ‘not credible’

By   /  July 25, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen US President Barack Obama on Saturday denounced presidential elections in the central African nation of Burundi, which delivered a controversial third term to President Pierre Nkurunziza, as “not credible”. “We also discussed Burundi, where the recent elections weren’t credible. We are calling on the government and opposition to come together in a dialogue that […]

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Kenya lockdown as Obama comes to talk security, trade

By   /  July 24, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen US President Barack Obama arrives in his ancestral homeland Kenya late Friday, with a massive security operation under way to protect him from Al-Qaeda-linked Somali militants. Obama, making his first visit as president to his father’s birthplace, will address an entrepreneurship summit and hold talks on trade and investment, security and counter-terrorism, and democracy […]

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Kenyan shopping centre reopens after Al Shabaab shooting rampage which left 67 dead

By   /  July 19, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen As Westgate Shopping Centre reopens in Kenya’s capital, 22 months after terrorists from Al Shabaab went on a shooting rampage killing at least 67 people, Africa correspondent Martin Cuddihy writes the extremist group shows no signs of changing its ways. On a sunny Saturday in September 2013 shoppers in Nairobi were doing just as […]

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Kenya dismisses Somalia suit in border dispute

By   /  July 15, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen Kenya is confident of winning a court battle against Somalia which on Monday formally filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over a long-running border dispute linked to lucrative oil and gas reserves in the Indian Ocean. The country’s Attorney-General, Githu Muigai, said the case filed by Somalia was “baseless and […]

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Nairobi mall to re-open 2 years after attack by Islamic extremists

By   /  July 15, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen Nairobi’s Westgate Mall is to re-open Saturday, nearly two years after it was attacked by Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels who killed at least 67 people, Kenyan officials said Tuesday. advertisements The mall has been extensively refurbished since the devastating four-day siege. The violence erupted on Sept. 21, 2013 when four Islamic militants entered the […]

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Ethiopia threatens action against Eritrea

By   /  July 8, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen Ethiopia warned on Tuesday it would take necessary action against arch-rival Eritrea unless it refrains from an alleged destabilizing role in the volatile east African region. While addressing parliament, Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, accused the Eritrean government of continuing to engage in destabilizing peace and security of Ethiopia and the region at large. […]

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