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UN food supplies into Sudan’s famine-threatened Darfur stranded

By Emma Farge and Khalid Abdelaziz GENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) -A key supply route into Sudan’s Darfur region, deemed at risk of famine by experts, has been cut off due to heavy rains, a World Food Programme official said on Thursday while another U.N. official said refugees had been driven to eating grass. WFP’s Country Director Eddie …

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US to give another $203 million in humanitarian aid for Sudanese

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States will give an extra $203 million to help millions of civilians affected by the war in Sudan, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Thursday, calling on other nations to step up their aid. “This is the worst humanitarian crisis in the …

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S.African homeowners’ appetite for alternative power solutions declining, Absa says

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The appetite for investing in alternative power solutions by South African homeowners showed declines in the second quarter, with significant drop in owners showing interest in going off-grid, a study by Absa bank showed on Thursday. Delivering the results of the bank’s Homeowner Sentiment Index for the second quarter of 2024, Head …

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Rwanda’s President Kagame re-elected in a landslide

KIGALI (Reuters) -Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has been re-elected with 99.18% of the vote, the National Electoral Commission said on Thursday, extending his near quarter-century in office. The two men standing against him – Frank Habineza from the Democratic Green Party and independent Philippe Mpayimana – both conceded defeat in Monday’s election, which rights groups …

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Kenya’s government appeals for protests to stop, but court suspends ban

By Hereward Holland NAIROBI (Reuters) -Kenya’s government on Thursday ratcheted up its appeal for weeks of protests to stop and police tried to ban demonstrations in the heart of the capital Nairobi only to be overruled in court. Police introduced the ban saying the protests, which have claimed at least 50 lives since erupting nearly …

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Rights groups condemn bail denial to Zimbabwean opposition party leader

HARARE (Reuters) – Human rights groups condemned a decision by the Zimbabwean High Court on Wednesday to uphold a lower court’s ruling denying bail to an opposition party leader and 78 activists, who were arrested last month. Jameson Timba, who took over as party leader at Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) after Nelson Chamisa quit …

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White House welcomes 15-day DR Congo humanitarian truce extension

(Reuters) – A humanitarian truce in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been extended by 15 days until 11.59 p.m. local time on Aug. 3, the White House said on Wednesday, amid efforts to end the conflict between government troops and Rwanda-backed M23 rebels. North Kivu province has been battling the M23 insurgency for …

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Mali army chief launches investigation into video of soldier ‘cannibalism’

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s armed forces have ordered an investigation into a video showing a man in Malian military uniform cutting into a corpse in front of his peers, the army chief said in a statement on Wednesday, describing it as a “rare atrocity” akin to cannibalism. It added that the act did not align …

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Egypt will halt summer load-shedding power cuts Sunday, PM says

DUBAI (Reuters) -Egypt will halt load-shedding power cuts during the summer as of Sunday, after some natural gas shipments arrived, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on Wednesday, in a bid to end a crisis that inconvenienced a population of 106 million. The North African country has been grappling with power shortages as high cooling demand …

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