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‘Significant’ Number of Rebels Killed in Retaking of Mozambican City, Military Says

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE – A “significant” number of rebels were shot dead by Mozambican forces in operations to retake the northeastern city of Palma, which fell into the hands of jihadi groups after a bloody attack March 24, the military said Sunday. “It…

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Suez Canal Shipping Backlog Ends, Days After Giant Vessel Freed

CAIRO – Ships passing through Egypt’s Suez Canal blow their horns as they make their way again through the strategic waterway. The head of the Suez Canal Authority, Oussama Rabieh, told Egyptian media Friday that all shipping traffic that was…

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Al-Shabab Attacks Military Bases in Southern Somalia

The militant group al-Shabab has launched attacks on Somali military forces in Lower Shabelle region, Somali regional officials said. The attacks in the early hours of Saturday, around 4 a.m. local time, targeted military bases in the towns of Barire…

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Grants in Memory of Fearless Reporter Support Female Journalists Worldwide

JOHANNESBERG, SOUTH AFRICA – Kim Wall was fearless. The 30-year-old freelancer reported from some of the world’s toughest places — from Haiti to Uganda to North Korea — and focused her keen eye on identity, gender and social justice. She…

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Kenya’s Plan to Close Two Camps Worries Refugees

The Kenya Interior Ministry’s announcement last week of its intention to close two major camps has increased uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of refugees, leaving many of them distraught. “I am not ready to be repatriated to Somalia,” fretted Muslima…

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Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Somalia

CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SOMALIA by Executive Order 13536, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the…

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Letter to the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Somalia

Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Madam President:) Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes…

Health Maintenance

As COVID-19 Epicenter, South Africa to Receive 41 Million Vaccine Doses

JOHANNESBURG – The coronavirus vaccine is coming, with South Africa expecting to conclude negotiations in upcoming weeks to vaccinate 41 million people, and the next stage of vaccinations to begin in May, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced late Tuesday. In addition…

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Traveling Kenyan Music Producer Gives Hope to Rural Artists

AWENDO, KENYA – A Kenyan music producer is taking his work to remote villages to record up-and-coming artists on location to offer something new and different for Kenya’s competitive music industry. Producer Presta George imagined how difficult it must be…

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South Africans Construct Award-Winning Zero-Carbon Home 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – A team of nine South African students and young professionals won a Cape Town competition to create a zero-carbon home, just ahead of Earth Day on April 22. Experts say the house design, which incorporates…