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Melania Trump Feeds Baby Elephants As Kenya Visit Begins

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Melania Trump Feeds Baby Elephants As Kenya Visit Begins

Melania Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts.

The US first lady laughed after one of the baby elephants made a sudden move and she momentarily lost her footing.

She fed formula to two of the elephants raised at Nairobi National Park and reached out to others, patting one’s back and stroking the ear of another.

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Kenya is the third stop on her Africa tour, which began on Tuesday in Ghana and continued in Malawi on Thursday. Her first-ever visit to Africa is also her first extended solo international trip as first lady.

A quick safari was planned later on Friday as Mrs Trump learns more about steps the east African nation is taking to conserve elephants, rhinos and other wildlife.

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She also was expected to visit an orphanage and take in a children’s performance at Nairobi National Theater.

Egypt will be her final stop on her tour of the continent that focuses on child welfare, education, tourism and conservation.

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Her visit has included promoting the work of the US Agency for
International Development, whose funding President Donald Trump has
twice proposed slashing by nearly a third. Lawmakers essentially ignored
those requests.

Melania Trump

Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant milk with a bottle, at the
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. (AFP)

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Ten Killed In Deadly Somalia Prison Break Attempt

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Ten Killed In Deadly Somalia Prison Break Attempt

Somalia prison officials say 10 persons have been killed following a failed prison break that led to a shoot-out inside the capital -Mogadishu’s main prison.

State radio reported, another six were injured when Somali security forces beat back an uprising in the prison on Monday.

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A senior police officer said mutinous prisoners snatched guns from guards who were on duty on Monday evening, and killed three of them.

There are reports that one of the prisoners managed to get a pistol off a prison warden, then a group of inmates broke into the armoury. The guards and other security forces regrouped and killed the inmates.

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A specially trained police unit was deployed to deal with the violence at the prison which holds some of the most notorious al-Shabab prisoners on either life or death sentences.

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At Least 10 Dead In Ethiopia Protests Over Autonomy

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At Least 10 Dead In Ethiopia Protests Over Autonomy

Ethiopia’s health officials say at least 10 persons have died during clashes between protesters and security forces in the country’s southern region on Monday.

The protests were sparked by Sunday’s arrest of local officials and activists seeking a new autonomous region for their Wolaita ethnic group.

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Spokesman for the opposition party Wolaita national movement party- Matheos Balcha says one of their party members was arrested.

Security forces shot dead protesters in Boditi on Monday, a town 295 km southwest of the capital Addis Ababa. A 14-year-old boy was reported to be among the dead. Opposition spokesperson says 34 persons were injured.

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Prime minister Abiy Ahmed, who came to power in 2018, and introduced democratic reforms, has struggled to appeal to ethnic nationalism.

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France Helps Hunt For Killers Of Aid Workers In Niger

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France Helps Hunt For Killers Of Aid Workers In Niger

Soldiers from France and Niger are collaborating to find killers of six aid workers, their local guide and driver at a giraffe reserve.

The troops began operations on Monday in the reserve and surrounding areas for signs of the gunmen who killed the French international aid workers along with their local guide and driver.

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Attackers on motorbikes ambushed the group on Sunday while driving through the reserve, a popular destination for expatriates, 65 km from Niger’s capital Niamey, in an area considered safe by the government.

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A French military source said, “military operations are ongoing including the use of air support to find the gunmen.

France and other countries have warned people against travelling to parts of Niger where militants, including Boko Haram and an affiliate of Islamic State, operate in rural areas.

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