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At least 14 dead in Kenya attack

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN)Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for an attack on a residential building in Kenya's Mandera County, a spokesman said Tuesday.The attack killed at least 14 people and injured 11, Mandera County Commissioner Alex Nkoyo said.The building primarily housed construction workers. Al-Shabaab's military operations spokesman Sheikh Abdiaziz Abu Musab, speaking on the group's main broadcaster, Radio Andalus, said the attack had killed more than a dozen of what he described as Kenyan Christians.

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Eritrea Is The Last Place In The World You Would Want To Serve In The Military

The East African nation’s forced service for life and slave-like conditions are a far cry from Western military service.This month, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea released a 500-page report detailing “systematic, widespread and gross” human rights violations that have spurred hundreds of thousands of people to flee the totalitarian East African country. Many are fleeing open-ended mandatory service in the Eritrea’s military, where there is no rule of law and harsh punishments involving torture are meted out at the whim of individual officers. It’s a major reason why more migrants have fled to Europe from Eritrea in 2015 than from any other African country. Conscripts are forced to serve indefinitely for decades. Eritrea’s National Service Proclamation states that mandatory active national service should not last more than 18 months, with exceptions during time of war. In reality, that limit is not adhered to even though Eritrea is at peace.

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Eritrea government caught in ironic plagiarism of UN statement from North Korea dictatorship

Eritrean refugees hold placards during a protest against the Eritrean government

In a twist of irony, Eritrea - which is often dubbed the "North Korea of Africa" for its harsh authoritarian rule - has apparently copy and pasted text from a North Korean statement in an official reply to a UN human rights council report detailing "systematic and gross" human rights violations in the country on the Horn of Africa. The 484-page report provides evidence of the Eritrean government's widespread abuse - including torture, extrajudicial executions, sex slavery, forced labour and mass killings against certain ethnic groups - which may amount to crimes against humanity.

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Eritrean asylum seekers protest in Israel

A protester in Israel simulates a torture technique

Asylum seekers from African countries have been called 'infiltrators' by the Israeli government, housed in desert detention centres and deported to third countries; protesters demanded recognition as refugees. Hundreds of Eritrean asylum seekers protested in Israel Thursday to urge action against their country's regime and call for recognition as refugees. Their demonstration came after the release of a UN report that provided damning details on alleged human rights abuses in the Horn of Africa nation, and with thousands of Eritreans seeking asylum in the Jewish state.

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Ethiopia defends detention of opposition Briton

Getachew reda respond to uk

Getachew Reda, an adviser to Ethiopia’s prime minister, told Reuters on Friday officials had been cooperating with Britain, which was aware of Andargachew’s condition. “The grim stories some are trying to paint are absolutely groundless … We do not want to let this stand in the way of our relations,” Getachew said. “But if the unconditional release of a convicted terrorist is what our British partners ask of us as a condition for maintaining our productive cooperation, it would simply be unfortunate,” Getachew added. “It is our belief that they understand this.”

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Police in Geneva guard UN investigators into Eritrea’s human rights after threats

GENEVA: Swiss police were guarding three U.N. investigators into Eritrea's human rights record in Geneva on Wednesday after a top official said they had received threats on the street and at their hotel. The inquiry's report published earlier this month showed human rights violations in Eritrea that may amount to crimes against humanity, including extrajudicial killings, widespread torture and enforced labour. At the start of the commission's two-day testimony before the Geneva-based council on Tuesday, its president Joachim Ruecker told the session that investigators had been subjected to "various threats and acts of intimidation in their hotel and in the streets since their arrival in Geneva".

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Uganda in new Alshabab threat alert

Uganda’s Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has issued a new nationwide terror alert following intelligence information indicating that Al-shabab cell has hatched fresh plans to attack Uganda, Kenya and Somalia, security sources said on Tuesday.The information about the attack was received from both Ugandan operatives in Somalia and International police informers.This is the fifth terror alert being issued by the police since the beginning of this year. Unlike terror alerts issued in recent pasts, there is no mention of the target of the planned attacked this time round.

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Obama’s Upcoming Visit to Ethiopia Recognizes Country’s ‘Enormous Importance’

Atlantic Council’s J. Peter Pham applauds decision to add Ethiopia to African itinerary Nearly 112 years after the United States and Ethiopia established diplomatic ties, US President Barack Obama will become the first sitting American leader ever to visit the East African nation—a visit the Atlantic Council’s J. Peter Pham says is long overdue. “This is a country with which we’ve had diplomatic relations for more than a century,” said Pham, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. “Economically, it’s one of the five fastest-growing countries in the world, with a number of years of double-digit growth. And with its population of 90 million and its tremendous potential for US companies, it’s also an anchor of stability in a very volatile region.”

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Ethiopia’s Ruling Party Claims Poll Win by Record Margin

ADDIS ABABA—Ethiopia’s ruling party says it has overwhelmingly won the 2015 parliamentary elections, claiming 546 out of 547 seats in legislative body for a five year term. For the past five years, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and their affiliated parties have faced only one opposition member in parliament, and one independent member often voted with the ruling party. Beyene Petros, leader of the largest opposition party, Medrek, says the election results are "absolute nonsense," saying the results have no credibility and do not reflect voter interests. The current lone opposition member in parliament, Girma Seifu, says he will not return, even if the last seat goes to the opposition.Despite nearly 100 percent voter support for EPRDF at the polls, Merga Bekana of Ethiopia's National Election Board says all elections were conducted in a free and fair manner.

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