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Senegal President Defends Criminalization Of Homosexuality

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Senegalese president, Macky Sall, has told Canadian prime minister his country is “comfortable” with its laws. He made the statement while explaining to Justin Trudeau why homosexuality is criminalized in Senegal.  Trudeau said he had to raise the issue because he is a “great defender of human rights.” The United States, Canada and other western nations have been unable to convince Senegal and other African countries to repeal anti-gay and lesbian legislations.

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Punishment for homosexual behavior or relationships varies across Africa, but it carries up to five years in prison in Senegal.

Macky Sall told the Canadian prime minister his country also respects human rights, but the country’s laws on homosexuality will not be changed.

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Sall reassured Trudeau Senegal will support the country’s bid for a seat on the U.N. security council for 2021-2022.  There are two open seats and three contenders for them – Canada, Ireland and Norway.

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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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