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Egypt Sentences Three To Death For Killing Policemen

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A court in Egypt on Sunday sentenced three people to death for their involvement in the killing of 10 policemen and for belonging to an extremist group, a judicial source said.

The defendants were found guilty by a Cairo criminal court of being involved in the killing of 10 policemen, including an officer, between August 2013 and May 2014.

They were also convicted for belonging to the extremist group Ansar al-Sharia.

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Both the defence and prosecution have the right to appeal.

Four others were sentenced to life imprisonment – a 25 year term in Egypt – and seven defendants to 15 years in prison. Nine people were acquitted in the case.

Egyptian courts have issued or confirmed a large number of death sentences in recent weeks.

On Thursday, a military court sentenced 17 people to death for attacks against churches in 2016 and 2017 that killed a total of 74 people.

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On Monday, four jihadists belonging to the Islamic State group were sentenced to death, while on September 8 a court upheld death sentences for 75 people, including leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Jihadists launched an insurgency in Egypt after the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was forced out by the military in the face of mass protests against his rule and that of his Muslim Bortherhood.

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The military says around 300 suspected jihadists and at least 35 soldiers have been killed since it launched an operation in February against jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula.

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Proposal For UN To Study Climate Technologies Rejected

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Proposal For UN To Study Climate Technologies Rejected

A push to launch a high-level study of potentially risky technological fixes to curb climate change was abandoned at a UN Environmental conference in Nairobi late last week.  Countries, including the United states, had raised objections.

Switzerland’s Environmental Ambassador Franz Xavier Perrez, said that was a huge disappointment.  His country had proposed the UN assessment with the backing of eleven other governments.

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“Geo-engineering” technologies are gaining prominence, and they aim to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, or block some of the Sun’s warmth to cool the earth.

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Supporters say these technologies could help fend off some of the worst impact of runaway climate change, including worsening storms and heatwaves.  Opponents, on the other hand, argue the emerging technologies pose huge potential risks to people and nature and could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Tanzania: Stiegler’s Gorge Hydro-Electric Project To Produce Thousands Of Jobs

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Tanzania: Stiegler’s Gorge Hydro-Electric Project To Produce Thousands Of Jobs

Tanzanian government is optimistic that the implementation of Stiegler’s Gorge hydro-electric power station would produce thousands of jobs.  It is also expected to generate more than two thousand mega-watts.

Energy Minister, Dr. Medard Kalemani, told the parliamentary committee on energy and minerals that five thousand Tanzanians would be employed as temporary workers, and four hundred others would be employed under permanent contracts.

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Kalemani said the implementation of the project would not only uplift the livelihoods of Mloka villagers in Rufiji district in cost region, and of Kisaki villagers in Morogoro region, it would also enable the supply of electricity to 37 villages in Kibiti and Chalinze.  He said twelve villages will be connected to electricity under Tanzania Rural Energy Agency program.

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African Court Doubles Its Judicial Productivity

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African Court Doubles Its Judicial Productivity

President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, Justice Sylvain Ore, has said the pan African organ, based in Arusha, has doubled its judicial productivity, and is optimistic it will even do better this year.

Commenting on the on-going reforms at the African Union, initiated under the guidance of the immediate past chairperson, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Justice Ore wanted the court to be a model for internal reforms and an efficiency icon for the rest of the institutions and citizens of the continent.

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The African court was established by the African Charter and began operations in two thousand six in Addis Ababa.  It moved to its permanent seat in Arusha a year later.  It has finalized 48 cases with a hundred thirty-five cases pending.

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So far, 30 countries have ratified the protocol establishing the court, but only nine countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, the Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Tunisia, and hosts Tanzania—have made the declaration to allow individuals and NGOs to access the court directly.

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