Latest News August 14, 2015

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  • Africa: Nigerian Actor Officially the Next James Bond – Kind of …
    [Independent (Lagos)] It has been confirmed that British-born Nigerian actor, David Oyelowo is the next James Bond.
  • Somalia: AU Forces Linked to Wedding Killings
    [HRW] Nairobi -African Union (AU) forces in Somalia (AMISOM) should impartially investigate the killing by alleged Ugandan army troops of six men at a wedding on July 31, 2015, in the Somali port town of Merka. The investigation should be carried out with maximum protection for witnesses, and the Ugandan government should fairly prosecute any of its soldiers responsible for criminal offenses.
  • Kenya: NGO to Sue Cop Over Stripping Girl
    [The Star] An NGO is expected to sue a police officer on Friday for allegedly stripping and posting near-dude photographs of a student in Kirinyaga county last week.
  • Kenya: How Hong Kong Pushes Jumbos to Extinction
    [The Star] After being mercilessly hacked off the bodies of dying elephants, the bloodied ivory is then wiped off and forced on a long, illegal journey across the sea.
  • Morocco: Cultural Transformation in Morocco
    [Moroccan American Center] Over the last few months, there has been a series of events in Morocco that have sparked a vigorous debate over cultural and social issues – and civil society activism on both sides – in a country widely known for its moderate approach to Islam and its embrace of diversity. It has certainly been an interesting few months in Morocco, with civil society using increased political space (the result of decades of reform) to air longstanding social and cultural questions.
  • Nigeria: Prisons to Get Surveillance Cameras to Stop Jailbreaks
    [Premium Times] The Federal Ministry of Interior on Thursday said it would soon install surveillance cameras in prisons to check cases of jailbreaks in the country.
  • Cameroon: Cameroon Steps Up Security Over Boko Haram
    [Deutsche Welle] Cameroonians are undergoing numerous security checks introduced after the government deployed large numbers of soldiers to all major towns to search people, shops and houses in response to terrorism threats.
  • Central African Republic: Will Shocking Stories Force the UN to Act?
    [HRW] A 12-year-old girl is reported to be the latest victim of sexual abuse by the very people dispatched to protect her: United Nations peacekeepers. In the most recent case we know of, documented by Amnesty International, UN peacekeeping forces are said to have raped the girl in August during a house search in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). In a very unusual step, the UN secretary-general requested that the head of the CAR peacekeeping mission resign.
  • Southern Africa: SADC Faces Huge Grain Shortage
    [Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is facing a cereal deficit of over six million tonnes emanating from the poor rainfall and floods that befell the region in the 2014/2015 season.

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