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Kenya and Ethiopia today agreed to strengthen the strategic alliance that has existed between them for decades. The strong alliance between the two countries was reaffirmed today when President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at State House, Nairobi. The two leaders witnessed the signing of bilateral agreements including a pact on the …

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At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, CGH, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, paid a State Visit to the Republic of Kenya from 22nd to 24th June, 2016. The three day State Visit and Inaugural High Level Biennial Commission provided …

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Your Excellency Prime Minister Hailemariam, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, I must say I am always eager to participate in these kinds of fora.  Since my tenure began, I think it has become increasingly clear both to citizens here at home and investors abroad that we are a Government that loves business.  We really do. …

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has welcomed the signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and teachers’ unions, terming it a historic move that will improve the country’s education sector. The President praised the landmark agreement that covers 2013 – 2017, saying for the first time there is a platform on …

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Burundi’s central bank has signed a deal with Russia’s Gazprombank to facilitate foreign investment in the African nation, which has been embroiled in a political crisis for more than a year and faced Western aid cuts. No further details were immediately available on the deal but other African nations, including Mozambique, have turned to Russian …

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Concluding her seventh visit in the country, Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic (CAR), expressed concern about the threats from armed groups and large-scale banditry to the protection of civilians, natural resources and to the crisis recovery process. In a press release issued by …

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The United Nations takes “very seriously” the findings of an investigation that confusion over command and control and rules of engagement hampered some peacekeepers’ response to a deadly incident at a UN compound in South Sudan, the Organization’s top peacekeeping official said today, pledging to follow up on the probe’s recommendations. “We take it very …

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement by the Sudanese Government of a four-month unilateral cessation of hostilities, beginning on 18 June 2016, in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. In a statement issued this afternoon by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also welcomed the six-month unilateral cessation of hostilities declared by the …

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The international community has been urged by a senior UN official not to push what’s been described as Lebanon’s legendary resilience to a tipping-point. A massive refugee influx from neighbouring Syria, coupled with regional uncertainties and domestic political polarization, have taken a heavy toll on Lebanon’s economy according to the UN Resident and Humanitarian coordinator, …

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Renewed violence in CAR displaces thousands Renewed violence is forcing thousands of people in the Central African Republic (CAR) to flee to neighbouring Chad and Cameroon, the UN says. Thousands more are moving into displaced camps in the Bimbo area in Ombella-M’Poko prefecture because of a recent flare-up of violence in the country’s capital Bangui. …

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