Kenya: No Letup in Killings by Nairobi Police

[HRW] Nairobi -Since December 25, 2019, police in Kenyahave shot dead at least eight people in Nairobi’s Mathare, Kasarani, and Majengo settlements, Human Rights Watch said today. The police continue to kill crime suspects and protesters in cold blood despite persistent calls to end the killings and the use of excessive force.

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West Africa: Amid Unprecedented Violence & Escalation of Terrorist Attacks, Calls to Increase UN Role – Mohamed Ibn Chambas

[UN] New York -The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) has an increasingly important role as the countries in the region seek to counter an unprecedented level of violence, relentless terrorism and other cross-border threats, speakers said today, as the Security Council continued to discuss the Office’s mandate renewal.

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Africa: U.S. Africa Command (Africom) Announces American Deaths from Attack on Kenyan Base

[Africom] Stuttgart -During an attack by al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida group in East Africa, earlier today, one (1) U.S. service member and two (2) Department of Defense contractors were killed at a Kenya Defense Force Military Base in Manda Bay, Kenya.

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Nigeria: Nigerian Army Kills Eight Boko Haram Terrorists, Rescues 455 Captives

[Vanguard] The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that following the misadventure of Boko Haram terrorists attempt to infiltrate the serene town of Michika in Adamawa State on 2 January 2020, in order to wreak havoc on its innocent and law-abiding residents, gallant troops inflicted a heavy defeat on the terrorists.

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South Africa: ANC Slams ‘Inhumane’ U.S. Airstrikes in Iran, Labels It ‘International Terrorism’

[News24Wire] The African National Congress has slammed what it calls “inhumane” airstrikes by the United States in Iran, which saw General Qassem Soleimani, Commander of Iranian Quds Force killed.

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Elites backed by Iran are clinging to power in Iraq

THE TOMB of a dead Shia cleric might seem an odd target for Iraqi protesters angry about corruption, poor governance and a lack of jobs. Muhammad Baqr al-Hakim resisted Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s old dictator, and helped to create the modern state. But he also had close ties to Iran, which has assisted the Iraqi government in trying to subdue the protesters.

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