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Kenya shuts money transfer firms

Kenya's government has ordered the closure of 13 money transfer firms to prevent militant Islamists from using them to finance attacks, the interior minister has told the BBC. The bank accounts of 86 individuals and "entities" had also been frozen, Joseph Nkaissery added. Those targeted are believed to include a Somali-linked bus company and hotel.

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Somali President: Kenya Should Not Build Wall

Somalia's president is urging Kenya to avoid drastic measures as it tries to stop cross-border attacks by al-Shabab. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud spoke exclusively to VOA Somali on Sunday, three days after al-Shabab gunmen massacred scores of students at Kenya's Garissa University College. Mohamud objected to calls by some Kenyan politicians to deport all Somali refugees or to build a wall along the Kenyan-Somali border.He rejected accusations the refugees, who mostly live in the Dadaab refugee camps, are responsible for insecurity in Kenya.

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Egyptian President Welcomed By Power Cut In Ethiopia

The blackouts drew smiles from observers, since they underscored the East African country’s desperate need for electricity from the Grand Renaissance Dam project on its border with Sudan. This has long been a source of tensions as neighbours like Egypt fear for their water supply. “Ethiopia will never ask the consent of any country to undertake development projects,” Ethiopian Minister of Water, Energy and Irrigation Alemayehu Tegenu said in a recent assertion of his country’s independence.But with hopes riding on a trilateral state agreement on the issue signed last week, Tegenu added a pledge that Ethiopia will go about its work “in a way that does not cause any significant harm to any country.”

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Barack Obama to visit Kenya for first time as president

Barack Obama is scheduled to make his first trip as president to Kenya – the country of his father’s birth – in July, the White House announced on Monday. Obama planned to hold bilateral meetings and to attend a global entrepreneurship summit, the announcement said. It will be Obama’s fourth trip to Kenya. He visited as a US senator in 2006 and made a trip with his then fiancee Michelle in 1992.Obama’s father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr, was born in western Kenya in 1936 and died there in a car accident in 1982.

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Sudan rebels attack garrison, kill dozens

Khartoum - Sudanese rebels said they captured a garrison in conflict-hit South Kordofan and killed 54 troops on Saturday, with the army denying the claim. Khartoum has been battling the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) in the southern Blue Nile and South Kordofan states since 2011. The SPLA-N "attacked and liberated Habila town garrison" in the north of South Kordofan on Saturday, with retreating government troops leaving 54 dead behind them, SPLA-N spokesperson Arnu Lodi said in a statement. But Sudanese military spokesperson Colonel Al-Sawarmy Khaled Saad said the army had "repulsed a sabotage attempt" in Habila.Troops "forced the rebels out and are in complete control of the site”, Saad said.

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Egypt signs Nile dam deal with Ethiopia after years of dispute. What changed?

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — A new agreement between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on a controversial Ethiopian hydroelectric dam is a diplomatic breakthrough that supporters say could fuel economic development in the Nile basin. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called it “a new chapter in the history of Egyptian-Ethiopian relations” and opened the door to further negotiations on the $4.8 billion Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.Ethiopia says the dam will ultimately provide 6,000 megawatts of power in a country where it's desperately needed. The UN's International Energy Agency estimates that 70 million Ethiopians don't have access to electricity - the most on the continent, and East Africa is one of the most energy-impoverished spots on the globe.

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Three Eritrean Reporters fled the country and sought asylum in neighboring Ethiopia

A prominent journalist Isaac Abraham, along with two of his colleagues have reportedly fled Eritrea and sought asylum in Ethiopia.According to Radio Erena sources, Isaac Abraham – former employee of the Ministry of Information and his colleagues, who worked for the Ministry of Education run – Radio Bana, had previously served five-year-prison-term for unspecified reasons, after they were randomly picked up by government authorities.

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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan sign deal to end Nile dispute – BBC News

Three African leaders have signed an initial deal to end a long-running dispute over the sharing of Nile waters and the building of Africa's biggest hydroelectric dam, in Ethiopia. The leaders of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed the agreement in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. Egypt has opposed the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, saying it would worsen its water shortages.Ethiopia says the dam will give it a fairer share of Nile waters.

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