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Sudan Opposition Leader Says 22 Killed In Bread Protests

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Sudan Opposition Leader Says 22 Killed In Bread Protests

Sudan’s main opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi on Saturday blamed “armed repression” for the death of 22 people in days of protests over the rising cost of bread, although officials gave a lower death toll.

A government decision to increase the price of a loaf of bread from one Sudanese pound to three (from about two to six US cents) has sparked demonstrations across the country since Wednesday.

“We condemn the armed repression of demonstrations,” said Mahdi, leader of the Umma Party, during a press conference in Omdurman on the west bank of the Nile.

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While officials give a lower death toll, according to Mahdi “22 people were martyred and several others wounded”. He gave no further details regarding the death toll, which could not be independently verified.

The protests first erupted in the eastern city of Atbara before spreading to Al-Qadarif, also in eastern Sudan, and then to the capital Khartoum and twin city Omdurman and other areas.

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Two demonstrators were killed in Atbara and six others in Al-Qadarif, officials said Thursday, as protesters torched offices of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of President Omar al-Bashir.

Mahdi called for a “national and international investigation” into the deaths and said demonstrations will continue to rock Sudan.

The protest movement “is legal and was launched because of the deteriorating situation in Sudan,” he said in his first news conference since returning home on Wednesday after almost a year in exile.

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A fixture of Sudanese politics since the 1960s, Mahdi was prime minister from 1966 to 1967 and again from 1986 to 1989.

His government was the last one to be democratically elected in Sudan, before it was toppled by a 1989 coup launched by Bashir.

Since then Mahdi’s Umma Party has acted as Sudan’s main opposition group and has regularly campaigned against the policies of Bashir’s government.

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Ethiopian Airlines Says Compensation Payment To Victims’ Families Is Underway

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Ethiopian Airlines Says Compensation Payment To Victims' Families Is Underway

Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam says, the airline, has began distributing compensation payments to families of victims who died in last month’s devastating plane crash, near Addis Ababa.

All 157 persons on-board the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX 8 were killed when it came down shortly after take-off.

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Gebremariam said, the airline is working alongside insurance companies to establish victims’ identities to distribute compensation and the necessary authorities to follow up on the march tenth tragedy.

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He says, Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet since the tragedy, and will decide on whether or not to continue future orders with Boeing once both parties make careful considerations and jointly find solutions to the issues.

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US To Toughen Measures Against Africans Who Overstay Short-Term Visas

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US To Toughen Measures Against Africans Who Overstay Short-Term Visas

The United States has announced tough new measures against Africans who overstay their short-term visas in the country.  This is in concert with president Donald Trump’s efforts to curb immigration.

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The wall street journal reports African national with high overstay rates, including Nigeria, Chad, Eritrea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, could be affected by the clamp-down.

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In a 2017 report, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recorded the African countries to be among those, under the non-visa waiver program, whose nationals have the highest populations of overstays among non-immigrants in the United States.

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Advisor To The Presidential Ivanka Trump And OPIC Chief Announce $1Billion Women’s Investment Initiative

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Advisor To The Presidential Ivanka Trump And OPIC Chief Announce $1Billion Women's Investment Initiative

Advisor and daughter of the US President, Ivanka Trump, has joined with David Bohigian, acting president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, to announce the launch of OPIC’s initiative to support investment in women in Africa. The announcement was made during a U.S. government delegation to Ethiopia.

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OPIC aims to unlock the full economic potential of women in Africa by catalyzing one billion dollars through the initiative, directly investing 350 million dollars in businesses and funds owned by women, led by women, or providing a good or service that intentionally empowers women on the continent.

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The women’s initiative will advance the white house-led government commitment to empowering women globally.

Ivanka Trump said for women to succeed as entrepreneurs and job creators, they must have equal access to the financing necessary to start and grow their businesses,

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The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, (OPIC), was established in 1971 as a self-sustaining U.S. government agency that helps American businesses invest in emerging markets.

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