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Tanzania’s Electoral Commission Dismisses Fraud Allegations

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Tanzania’s electoral commission has dismissed opposition allegations of fraud in Wednesday’s general election.

Tanzania began counting votes Thursday after polls in its high-stakes election closed on Wednesday.  29 million voters were registered to vote in more than 80,000 polling stations. 15 presidential candidates ran in the election with 399 seats in parliament, in addition to the councilors.

Magufuli’s main challenger, Tundu Lissu, claimed he had received reports of widespread ballot stuffing and widespread irregularities.  He said his agents were prevented from accessing polling stations.

Head of the national elections commission, Semistocles Kaijage, said claims of fake ballot papers were unsubstantiated.

The opposition also said there were irregularities in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, where unrest marred early voting on Tuesday.

Local media have said voting went on peacefully across the mainland and Zanzibar. Results from the presidential elections are not expected for days.

President John Magufuli, who has been accused of clamping down on public freedoms, is seeking a second five-year term.

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Research Says Most IS Attacks Happen In Africa

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The Global Terrorism Index an annual review of terrorism trends has found that sub-Saharan Africa saw the most attacks linked to the Islamic State group and its affiliates.

The review found that there were just under 14,000 deaths across the world linked to terrorism – the fifth consecutive year that figure had decreased.

The research also found that the largest decrease in deaths were in Nigeria and Afghanistan.

The largest increase in terrorism occurred in Burkina Faso – where deaths rose by 590%.

It also marks Mozambique, Mali and Niger as among the countries that have had a concerning increase in terrorist attacks.

The Global Terrorism Index developed by the think tank the Institute of Economics and Peace, warned that deteriorating economic conditions could make more people susceptible to extremist propaganda.

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Fears Of Locust Swarms Grips East Africa

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There are fears of a new wave of locust swarms invasion in east Africa. This week Kenya agriculture ministry of agriculture says it was standing in readiness to tackle the problem after locusts were spotted in a region bordering Somalia.

Locust swarms are a threat to food security. Kenya and its partners have budgeted 320 million dollars to deal with locust invasion.

A UN agency –  Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned of fresh waves of desert locust swarms in the horn of Africa region after cyclone Gati hit Somalia. It warned that the swarms would move south in Somalia and Ethiopia, reaching northern Kenya, from mid-December. UN says the scale of the migration could be substantial as the heavy rainfall in Somalia is expected to allow for widespread breeding.

Earlier in the year, billions of the insects destroyed crops across the region. It was the worst invasion of locusts for more than 70 years. The UN is warning that a second generation would be even be more destructive.

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Cyclone Gati Displaces Thousands In Somalia

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The United Nations Humanitarian Agency has said 42,000 persons have been displaced in Somalia by the tropical cyclone, Gati. The cyclone hit the coastal parts of northern Somalia on Sunday.

The UN agency says roads have been blocked as a result of flooding and aid is unable to get to the affected people.

The UN`s humanitarian agency citing authorities in Puntland state, Somalia estimates, that the cyclone may have directly or indirectly affected 180,000 persons.

Residents of Bossaso town are among those displaced as heavy rains continue in the coastal region.

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