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DR Congo Expels EU Ambassador, EU Reacts

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DR Congo Expels EU Ambassador, EU Reacts

The European Union has lashed out at democratic republic of Congo’s decision to expel its ambassador a few days to the election.

DR Congo had told the EU on Thursday to recall its envoy in retaliation for sanctions against 14 officials. The 14 include Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, a hardline former interior minister chosen by Kabila to be the candidate for his succession in elections three days away.

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Foreign minister Leonard Okitundu said, “the government of the democratic republic of congo urges the European Council to proceed without fail in recalling its head of mission within 48 hours”.

European Union foreign ministers had extended a travel ban and asset freeze earlier this month on 14 persons over “the obstruction of the electoral process and the related human rights violations.”

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The foreign minister says DR Congo had “patiently” sought to persuade the EU to either drop or suspend the sanctions until the elections in the drc had been held. But says that had failed.

He added that the measure by the DRC on one side punishes the reprehensible behaviour of the eu and on the other comes under the framework of reciprocity. The eu says the move is completely unjustified.

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Meanwhile, five african heads of state have voiced “strong concern over acts of violence going on in  democratic republic of congo, where voting has been postponed in three regions.

They said clashes in some locations are enough to compromise voter’s peace of mind.

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MSF Raises Alarm Over Malnutrition In Southern Ethiopia

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MSF Raises Alarm Over Malnutrition In Southern Ethiopia

Medical charity, Doctors Without Borders, MSF has raised the alarm over malnutrition rates in Southern Ethiopia amongst tens of thousands of Internally Displaced People (IDPs).

MSF says, its teams saw rates of malnutrition amongst children to be well above the emergency threshold in one local government area, last month. They also saw a high number of malnourished pregnant women.

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MSF field coordinator in the area, Markus Boening said, the camps are overcrowded and in extremely poor conditions. Markus added that, the people living there are at risk from outbreaks of epidemics and their health is very vulnerable after being forced to move so many times.

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At least a million people were forced from their homes by ethnic clashes last year. Some have returned, but many still live in IDP camps. MSF is now working with local authorities focusing on improving nutrition.

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Egypt Parliament Votes To Extend Sisi Rule Until 2030

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Egypt Parliament Votes To Extend Sisi Rule Until 2030

Egypt’s capital Cairo is full of banners encouraging Egyptians to participate in a referendum after parliament approved amendments to the constitution that could keep President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in power until 2030. The 596-member parliament, dominated by Sisi supporters, voted 531 to 22 in favor of the amendments, though they still have to be endorsed in a referendum before it takes effect.

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The changes would extend Sisi’s current term to six years from four and then allow him to run again for a third term, which would last six years.

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Sisi’s supporters say the changes are necessary to give him more time to complete major development projects and economic reforms.

Critics of the changes say, the amendments would encourage the role of the military in political life and increase the president’s power over the judiciary.

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Libya Death Toll Rises To 205 Amid Clashes In Tripoli says W.H.O

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Libya Death Toll Rises To 205 Amid Clashes In Tripoli says W.H.O

World Health Organization (WHO) has said on Thursday, at least, 205 persons have been killed in Libya, including 18 civilians, and more than 900 wounded in two weeks of fighting near the capital, Tripoli.

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It says, shells slammed, into a densely-populated district of the area on Tuesday, piling misery on civilians, from a two-week assault by commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces, to take Libya’s capital from an internationally-backed government.

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The UN refugee agency says it has now evacuated nearly 180 migrants from a detention centre close to the area of fighting. It says, people relocated from the Abu Salim centre were among its most vulnerable detainees – including women and children.  U.N said, there’s grave concern for those still in the facility.

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