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Kenya opens first railway for a century

Kenya has opened a major new railway between the port city of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi, 18 months early. President Uhuru Kenyatta said during the launch that the $3.2bn (£2.5bn) Chinese-funded line signalled a new chapter in the country. He warned that he would authorise the execution of vandals …

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40 migrants die of thirst in Sahara desert

More than 40 West African migrants died in the Sahara desert this week after their truck broke down in arid northern Niger, the Red Cross told Reuters on Wednesday. Six survivors walked to a remote village where they said that 44 people, mostly from Ghana and Nigeria and including three …

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Ugandan student summoned by university for ‘exposing nakedness’

Uganda’s prestigious Makerere University has threatened disciplinary action against a female student for wearing a skirt which was “cut into many strips” and which exposed “part of her nakedness” at a student dinner, local media reports. In a letter addressed to Rebbeca Nadumba, the university management said: “It is alleged …

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