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Sudan Approves New Law ‘Dismantling’ Omar Al-Bashir’s Regime

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Sudan Approves New Law 'Dismantling' Omar Al-Bashir's Regime

Sudanese transitional authorities have on Thursday approved a law to ‘dismantle’ the former ruling party and repealed a public order law used to regulate women’s behaviour under former president Omar al-Bashir, the justice minister said.

In a joint meeting of Sudan’s sovereign council and cabinet that lasted several hours, the law was passed as the body also scrapped a law regulating women’s dress and behaviour.

Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdelbari said the law to dissolve Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP) also allows the confiscation of all its properties.

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The measures are taken in response to key demands by protesters that helped overthrow Bashir in April.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which spearheaded the protests against al-Bashir, welcomed the law, saying it was “an important step on the path to building a democratic civilian state.”

On Twitter, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said that the law was not an act of revenge, but was rather aimed at preserving the “dignity of the Sudanese people”.

Hamdok added, “we passed this law in a joint meeting to establish justice and respect the dignity of the people, and safeguard their gains, and so that the people’s looted wealth can be recovered”.

Hamdok’s government was formed in September after a power-sharing deal between anti-Bashir groups and the Transitional Military Council that ruled the country immediately after Bashir’s overthrow.

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Several Feared Trapped As Six-Storey Building Collapses In Kenya

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Several Feared Trapped As Six-Storey Building Collapses In Kenya

A residential building has collapsed in Kenya. Three persons have been rescued from the ruble of a multi-storey building in a suburb of Nairobi and taken to hospital.

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A journalist Habib Mate, who works for Kenya television network, says people were residing in the building before it fell down.  It is unclear how many people are still trapped and if anybody was killed. It is reported that the ground floor of the building had been abandoned before the incident.

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Landslides In Northwest Burundi Kill At Least 26 Persons

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Landslides In Northwest Burundi Kill At Least 26 People

At least 26 persons in Burundi are reported killed after heavy rains in Cibitoke province in the west of the country. The security ministry said on Thursday dozens are injured and at least 10 persons were missing. Homes were destroyed and buried by landslides following heavy rains in the area.

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Security ministry spokesperson, Pierre Nkurikiye says rescue operations are ongoing. An official is quoted as telling journalists, they are still digging up dead bodies.

More than a hundred persons have died in Kenya and Uganda — a region that is experiencing unseasonably heavy rains, partly as a result of a cyclical weather phenomenon and also because oceans are warming.

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Storm Pawan Expected To Hit Somalia On Saturday

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Storm Pawan Expected To Hit Somalia On Saturday

Weather forecast in Somalia is calling for a cyclonic storm to hit the country’s coast this weekend. Cyclone Pawan, with winds of up to 75 kilometers per hour, is expected to hit south of Puntland region by Saturday morning. But it is expected to weaken as it approaches land. And then rainfall will intensify before subsiding once the storm arrives on land.

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Fishermen have been advised to stay away from the waters off the coast for the next two days. The seas are said to be rough at the moment.

Ann reported earlier this week, that unusual heavy rains are also expected in east Africa. This will compound the serious damage to lives and properties that has been caused by floods and landslides for weeks now.

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U.N. and Somalia government figures show floods, landslides, and a cyclone have killed more than twelve hundred persons across east and southern Africa this year. The U.N said flooding has also displaced nearly half a million in Southern Sudan, 200,000 in Ethiopia and nearly four hundred thousand in Somalia this year.

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East Africa is experiencing unseasonably heavy rains because the Indian Ocean is warmer than usual.

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