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INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY EXPRESSES GRAVE CONCERNS OVER CORRUPTION AND INTIMIDATION IN SOMALIA’S ELECTORAL PROCESS AND DELAYS IN VOTING FOR LOWER HOUSE SEATS

30 Oct 2016 The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States are deeply concerned over continuing allegations of corruption in Somalia’s electoral process and reports of recurring intimidation of prospective candidates for parliament, electoral college delegates and election officials. International partners are also disappointed by the delay in ...

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Yemen’s Hadi rejects UN-proposed peace deal

Yemen’s president in exile has turned down a UN peace deal aimed at ending the country’s devastating conflict, saying it “rewards” Yemen’s rebels. The proposed peace deal gives Shiite rebels — who seized the capital in 2014 and eventually forced President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi out of Yemen — a share in the future government. It also reduces some of the president’s ...

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Record levels of assault, abduction and torture reported in Zimbabwe

Simon Allison NGO records hundreds of cases of political violence, which it says are mostly perpetrated by state security forces Political violence in Zimbabwe has increased dramatically in 2016, with record levels of assault, abduction and torture recorded as opposition to Robert Mugabe’s 36-year rule escalates. Around 654 cases of political violence were recorded by a local NGO, the Counselling ...

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Russia criticizes UN report linking Syrian government to chemical weapon use

By Staff The Associated Press   Russia‘s ambassador to the United Nations says he is unconvinced by a report linking the Syrian government to the use of chemical weapons in at least three instances. Vitaly Churkin said Thursday that the report lacked sufficient testimony, material proof and was full of contradictions. READ MORE: Syrian government found responsible for third gas attack Virginia Gamba headed ...

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Gambia is latest African nation to quit international criminal court

Agence France-Presse in Dakar Announcement follows decisions by South Africa and Burundi earlier this month to withdraw from ICC The Gambia has announced its withdrawal from the international criminal court, accusing the tribunal of the “persecution and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans”. The announcement late on Tuesday came after similar decisions this month by South Africa and Burundi ...

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Iraq: Coalition huddles as forces inch towards Mosul

Al Jazeera Tuesday October 25 2016 US-led group meets in Paris to discuss ongoing operation to free key ISIL-held Iraqi city as fighting intensifies. Iraqi forces inched to within striking distance of eastern Mosul on Tuesday as defence chiefs from the US-led coalition met in Paris to review the offensive on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group’s ...

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Government official dies at Amsterdam Airport, airline unaware

Daily Monitor TUESDAY OCTOBER 25 2016 The Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that Michael Odong, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of agro-chemicals died in Schiphol airport in Amsterdam on Sunday By Stephen Otage The Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that Michael Odong, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of agro-chemicals died in Schiphol airport in Amsterdam on Sunday. According to the ...

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Hundreds protest against UN envoy in Yemen capital

AFP , Tuesday 25 Oct 2016 Hundreds of people demonstrated in Yemen’s rebel-held capital on Tuesday against what they described as the United Nations’ “complicity” in the country’s deadly 19-month-old war, witnesses said. The protesters gathered outside a Sanaa hotel where UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed was staying as he tried to convince the warring parties to accept a ...

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Suicide truck bomb rams African troop base in Somalia

MOGADISHU Oct 25 (Reuters) – Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group rammed a suicide truck bomb into a military base of African AMISOM peacekeeping troops on Tuesday in the area of Beledweyne town, north of the capital, the militant group and a police officer said. There were no immediate reports about casualties. “A mujahid (fighter) driving a heavily loaded truck bomb ...

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