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Blind Kenyan students to get new audio technology for reading material

Until recently, blind and visually impaired students in Kenya were still using Braille books for their studies. But now, Kenyan schools for the blind are beginning to adopt technology that provides audio material. So far, 4 out of Kenya’s 11 schools for the blind have adopted the technology, and the remaining schools could follow suit Read More

Kenya deputy leader, radio journalist return to ICC to fight charges

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto and former radio journalist Joshua Sang have returned to the International Criminal Court in a bid to have crimes against humanity charges against them dropped. They are accused of perpetrating and sponsoring the 2007 post-election violence, in which at least 1,200 people were killed and thousands more displaced. The case Read More

140 killed by Ethiopian forces in pro-Oromo protests, says HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is reporting that Ethiopian security forces have killed at least 140 people in anti-government demonstrations since November. The protesters fear that a plan to expand the capital’s administrative control into the Oromia region will displace farmers of the Oromo ethnic group. HRW also called for the release of an Oromo politician Read More

Dozens killed in truck bomb attack in Libya

At least 47 people have been killed by a truck bomb targeting a police training centre in the western Libyan city of Zliten. Reports say the attack struck the al-Jahfal training camp, which had been a military base during the rule of ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi. Libya has been hit by instability since Gaddafi’s overthrow Read More

Nigeria cleric sentenced to death for blasphemy

An Islamic court in Nigeria has sentenced a cleric to death by hanging for insulting the Prophet Muhammad in the northern city of Kano. Abdulazeez Dauda, popularly known as Abdul Inyass, was convicted after a trial held in secret to avoid protests. Five followers of Abdul Inyass were also sentenced to death last year. These Read More

South Africa: ANC pushes for stronger anti-racism laws

In South Africa, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is making the case for tougher laws to imprison someone found guilty of racial bigotry or glorifying apartheid. The ANC said in a statement that black people can no longer be treated as sub-humans, and that similarly in other countries, promoting Nazism and denial of the Read More

Cholera outbreak a major concern at Kenyan refugee camp

The UN Refugee Agency says a culmination of issues, including excess rain, has exacerbated a cholera outbreak at a major refugee site in Kenya. More than one thousand have become sick from cholera at the Dadaab complex, which hosts nearly 350,000 refugees and asylum seekers, the majority of them from Somalia. The water-borne bacterial illness Read More

South African opposition member faces backlash for Facebook remarks

Comments by a white South African woman calling black people “monkeys” have sparked widespread outrage. On Facebook, Penny Sparrow used the word to describe New Year’s revellers on a beach in Durban, and she claims they had made a mess there. Sparrow, a member of the opposition Democratic Alliance, was condemned by many on social Read More

Kenya’s Garissa University reopens after terror attack nine months ago

Garissa University College in Kenya has officially reopened, nine months after the killing of nearly 150 people, mainly students, in an attack by militant Islamist group al-Shabab. Staff had reported to work while students are expected to be back on campus next Monday. Last year’s attack was the deadliest so far by the Somali-based group Read More

South African King Dalindyebo begins jail term over dispute with subjects

A South African king who is a nephew of the late president Nelson Mandela has begun a 12-year prison sentence for kidnapping, assault and arson. King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo reported to prison after his legal attempts to overturn his conviction failed. The case against the monarch was related to a dispute with some of his subjects Read More


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