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Eleven Deaths Reported In Kinshasa Jail Since Start Of 2020

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Eleven Deaths Reported In Kinshasa Jail Since Start Of 2020

Eleven prisoners are reported to have died in a Kinshasa jail in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the first day of the year.

Prison staff and non-governmental organizations’ sources blame those deaths on drug and food shortages in the prison.  Officials there told French news agency, AFP, the Makala prison lacked medicines to treat the prisoners before they died, and their family members had no resources to buy the needed drugs. The official said the prison has received no funds from the government since October last year.

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Makala prison, the biggest in the capital, Kinshasa, houses nearly nine thousand inmates in a colonial-era facility that was built for fifteen hundred persons.

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Kenya: Government Extends Deadline For Issuance Of E-Passport

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Kenya authorities have delayed the deadline by a year for all citizens to switch to e-passports. It is the second time the deadline has been extended.

Ministry of interior says the deadline has now been pushed back to march next year to enable nearly two million Kenyans – mostly in the diaspora – who are still holding the old document to replace it.

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The government said it had set up passport centres in Dubai, Johannesburg, Berlin, Paris, London and Washington DC to make it easier for Kenyans living abroad to get the e-passports.

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The old passport was initially scheduled to be phased out by September last year but was pushed back to March this year.

The government says e-passports are intended to minimize fraud, identity theft, forgery and passport skimming.

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At Least 29 Injured In Bomb Attack At Pro-Abiy Rally In Ethiopia

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At Least 29 Injured In Bomb Attack At Pro-Abiy Rally In Ethiopia

At least 29 persons are reportedly injured in an attack at a political rally, organized by officials, in support of prime minister Abiy Ahmed in central Ethiopia on Sunday.

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Prime minister Abiy Ahmed himself was not there. Police say six suspects have been arrested following the attack in Ambo town. State-run Ethiopian news agency quotes Oromia regional state police commissioner Ararsa Merdesa as saying it was a grenade attack.

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Political tension is high as Ethiopia gears up for elections in august. Violence arising from ethnic differences is threatening to undermine reforms initiated by the prime minister.

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W.H.O. Warns It Is Running Out Of Money To Tackle Ebola Epidemic In D.R.C.   

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WHO Warns It Is Running Out Of Money To Tackle Ebola Epidemic In DRC   

The World Health Organization, W.H.O., says it is running out of funds to continue the fight against Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The U.N. health body is appealing for forty million dollars to save its efforts to end Ebola in the country.

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W.H.O. says its Ebola operation is in dire straits in north Kivu and Ituri provinces – two cities that have been wracked with violence.  The world body says it would run out of funds in a week and is urging donors to urgently come to its rescue.

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Who says if it does not get the necessary funds to continue the Ebola fight, the declining number of cases in the country would pick up again.

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