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Ebola Spreads Southwards Into High-Risks Area In DRC

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Expects Call On WHO To Convene Emergency Meeting Over DRC Ebola Outbreak

Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has spread southwards into an area with high security risks. Since the start of the year, most of the cases have been in Katwa health zone.

The World Health Organization said the country’s worst outbreak, has killed 439 persons of the more than seven hundred people believed to have caught the disease.  W.H.O said in its statement late on Thursday that the outbreak has also extended to a high security risk area -Kayina health zone. There have been five cases in Kayina, which lies between the main outbreak zone and the major city of Goma, close to the Rwandan border.

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The fight against Ebola depends on tracing people who may have had contact with the disease but frequent fighting in the region makes it hard for health workers to move around and monitor potential sufferers and to spread messages about how to avoid becoming sick.

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W.H.O said Ebola workers had faced “pockets of community mistrust. Spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said there had also been a decline in cases around the previous hotspot Beni.

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Withdrawal Of Burundian Soldiers In Somalia Begins

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AU Begins Withdrawal Of 1,000 Burundian Soldiers From Somalia

A Burundian official says the AU`s decision to withdraw a thousand soldiers from the regional force in Somalia has begun.

The official, said on Thursday at least 200 soldiers have boarded a flight from Somalia to Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. He says, more soldiers are expected to be flown back from Burundi in the coming weeks.

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The African Union says it plans to withdraw thousands of its troops from Somalia by the end of 2020. The AU force, made up of soldiers from several African countries, has tried for years to secure the horn of Africa country against Al-Shabab Islamic extremist rebel.

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Kenya Court Delays Ruling On Gay Sex Till May

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Supporters and opponents of gay rights said on Friday they accepted a decision by Kenya’s high court to delay for another three months a ruling on whether to strike down a colonial-era law banning gay sex.

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The ruling, potentially a landmark decision for gay rights in Africa, was due to be issued on Friday, but the court said it needed until late May to reach a decision.

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Judge Chacha Mwita told a packed court in the capital, Nairobi, that the extra time was necessary because of the voluminous paperwork submitted in the case.

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Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries, almost half of them in Africa.

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

Gunmen in Northern Mozambique have attacked a convoy of vehicles belonging to an American oil and gas company, Anadarko – the first such attack in an area where an Islamist militant group is active.

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Anadarko is expected to spend more than $20 billion dollars on the gas project close to the Tanzania border.

At least four persons from the firm were injured when more than a dozen unidentified gunmen ambushed the convoy in Cabo Delgado province.

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A jihadist group, Al-Shabab, with no known links to the Somali jihadist group of the same name, has carried out frequent attacks on isolated villages since 2017.

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Correspondents say if the same group was behind this attack, it could mark a significant shift in its tactics and threaten Mozambique’s fledgling gas industry.

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