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…lifts state of emergency two months early

The country's council of Ministers approved a draft law on Saturday to lift the current state of emergency which started in October 2016, following months of protests from Oromo groups in the country. It was reinstated in February of 2018 following the unexpected resignation of then prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The nation has been in an official state of
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Uganda activists dump coffins outside parliament to protest murders

More than 20 people, mostly women and children have been abducted for ransom in recent months in the country. And rights groups say they have had enough. Uganda has experienced a rise in kidnapping for ransom this year, increasing panic among residents who say security agencies are not doing enough to protect them.Norman Tumuhimbise, founder of youth activist group The
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Nigeria’s army frees 148 Boko Haram hostages, half of them children

Soldiers rescued the hostages during an operation Sunday as members of the terror group fled "troops' onslaught in the Lake Chad Islands and fringes of the northern borders of Borno state," according to a statement. The captives were freed in the large but remote town of Bama, about 45 miles southeast of Maiduguri. Borno state in northeast Nigeria borders Niger, Chad
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Police: Nigeria’s Senate president linked to heist that killed 33

Police say the robbers attacked six banks in the remote town of Offa in Kwara State and fired at a police station, killing nine police officers and passersby including some pregnant women on April 5 this year. Five members of the criminal gang arrested after the robbery in central Nigeria allege the operation was financed by Bukola Saraki, Nigeria police said in a
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At least 48 people dead after migrant boat sinks off Tunisian coast

Dozens of others were rescued by the Tunisian coast guard, which also recovered the 48 bodies, the country's interior ministry said in a statement. The boat was 16 nautical miles off the Sfax coast — 170 miles south of the capital Tunis — when it sent a distress signal at 10:45 p.m. local time (5.45 p.m. ET) on Saturday, the interior ministry said.People trying to
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CNN sex-for-grades report prompts Senate investigation

Nigeria's lawmakers reacted following CNN'sinterview last week with Monica Osagie, who alleged a professor of hers said she would fail his class unless she slept with him. She recorded one of their conversations using a cell phone app, and it was leaked online and went viral on social media.Senate President Bukola Saraki called for a "full-scale investigation"
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Lie-detector tests for Kenyan officials in corruption crackdown

Kenyatta's announcement Friday comes after nearly 9 billion Kenya shillings ( $90 million) vanished from the National Youth Service, a government agency that provides training opportunities for young people. It later emerged that the funds were allegedly stolen through fake invoices for services that were never rendered. Dozens of people have been arrested and are