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The Great Wall of Kenya: ‘A weird solution to a much bigger problem’

By NJERI KIMANI Kenya’s latest solution to its security problems is an ancient one: a wall. Construction has begun on a new barrier separating northern Kenya from Somalia, but not everyone is convinced that it is the right approach. After a year’s delay, construction finally began...

International community expresses concern over developments in Galmudug

The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States are concerned about the unfolding dispute within the Galmudug regional assembly and between members of the assembly and President Abdikarim Guled. The dispute, which...

Djibouti President doubts Africa will be high on Trump agenda

Djibouti's president says African leaders believe President-elect Donald Trump will pay little attention to Africa, but is hopeful that Djibouti can continue a strong bilateral relationship with the U.S. “Africa does not appear on the foreign agenda of the U.S. president-elect, Donald Trump, but as...

China built $4.2bn railroad links Djibouti-Ethiopia inaugurated

By Vasudevan Sridharan The $4.2bn railroad links Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The 752km-long Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway connecting the Ethiopian capital and the port city of Djibouti was inaugurated on Tuesday, 10 January, at Nagad railway station in Djibouti...

Kenya opposition announces alliance to oust president Kenyatta

By Magdalene Mukami and Andrew Wasike NAIROBI, Kenya Yesterday's marks the beginning of people of Kenya taking their destiny into their own hands, opposition leader says The Kenyan opposition has announced a new alliance aimed at defeating President Uhuru Kenyatta. Thousands of Kenyans from different political parties met in...

Make miraa report public, farmers tell task force

By DAVID MUCHUI Farmers and traders are calling for the release of a report by the miraa task force after its term expired in December last year. The team, appointed on June 17 last year by President Uhuru Kenyatta, was expected to issue a report by...

Why Saudi Arabia and Egypt are competing for influence in Africa

CAIRO — Some Middle Eastern countries are showing a great deal of interest in Africa these days, and although Africa seems to welcome the attention, it can do without the drama. Egypt and Saudi Arabia, in particular, have extended their drive for influence in the Mideast by competing in...

US launches ‘self-defense strike’ during raid against Shabaab

BY BILL ROGGIO US Africa Command announced that it launched an airstrike against Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, while US advisors accompanied Somali and African Union forces in a counterterrorism exercise on Jan. 7. AFRICOM described the offensive under the guise of a “self-defense strike,”...

Study shows the way stress may harm your heart

Scientists said Thursday they may have uncovered a biological explanation for the long suspected link between stress and heart disease. People with a highly active amygdala — a region of the brain involved in stress processing — also have a higher risk of heart disease...

Egypt court freezes more NGO assets

CAIRO-An Egyptian court froze the assets of two NGOs and their founders on Wednesday, in a controversial probe into civil society groups that has been criticised by the United Nations. The court ordered a freeze on the assets of Nazra for Feminist Studies and its...