Guantánamo Prisoner Sent Home to Morocco Remains in Legal Limbo

WASHINGTON — Younis Shokuri, a Moroccan detainee at the Guantánamo Bay prison, said he feared being repatriated to his native country. But the Moroccan government told the United States that it would probably release him without charges 72 hours after any transfer. So last September, Mr. Shokuri went home — reluctantly, but voluntarily. But despite its assurances, Morocco has kept Mr. Shokuri in custody and is weighing criminal charges, apparently focused on allegations that he was involved with a Moroccan terrorist group before his capture in Afghanistan in late 2001. Mr. Shokuri’s lawyers have demanded that the Obama administration press Morocco to live up to what they thought was a deal. Both governments have said little to explain the discrepancy. Several officials familiar with behind-the-scenes legal and diplomatic discussions are now shedding light on the murky episode. Younis Shokuri Department of Defense Beyond its importance for Mr. Shokuri, his situation […]

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Kenya: Farmers Urge Kenyatta to Solve Coffee Woes

[Nation] Coffee farmers from Mount Kenya want to hold a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta over the sector's crisis when he tours the region threatening to uproot the crop if no solution is reached.

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Rwanda: Kigali Needs to Urgently Protect Cash Reserves

[East African] Rwanda needs to take new measures to restore and preserve its international cash reserves, which have come under intense pressure in recent months, increasing the country's exposure to financial turbulence.

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East Africa: Long-Term Impact of Global Economic Slowdown On Region

[East African] Since the early 2000s, East Africa has been growing at a rapid pace — well above not only the global average, but also the Africa-wide average.

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Kenya: Kenya Banks to Review Lending Policies

[East African] Kenyan borrowers risk losing out on credit as commercial banks review their lending standards in the light of growing political jitters in the run up to the country's 2017 presidential elections.

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East Africa: Egypt Pulls Out of Regional Power Pool, Protests Over Nile

[East African] Egypt has pulled out of the grand East African regional power pool until its concerns over the use of the Nile waters have been addressed.

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East Africa: Iranian Firms Plan to Grow Rice, Corn and Wheat in the Region

[East African] Iranian companies are looking to lease land in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania for large-scale food production to serve the local and export markets.

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Kenya: MPs to Pass Law On Kenya’s Mining Industry

[East African] Any minerals exploitation agreement over a $500 million threshold in Kenya will be subject to approval by parliament after a new law comes into force.

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Tanzania: Discipline, Hard Work Key to Efficient Public Service

[Daily News] Winding up the second sitting of the 11th Parliament in Dodoma on Friday, the Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, reiterated the Fifth Phase Government's commitment to enforce discipline and moral principles in public service to ensure provision of quality services to the people.

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Somalia: How Micro Loans for Solar Pumps Are a Macro Step Forward

[East African] MicroDahab MFI, a microfinance subsidiary of Dahabshiil Group, has announced a collaboration with SolarGen Technologies to create the first ijarah thumma Iqtina ("lease to purchase") sustainable energy product in Somalia.

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