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Central African Republic: Muslims Held Captive, Raped / UN, Government Should Free Ethnic Peuhl Women, Children Held by Anti-Balaka

BANGUI, Central African Republic, April 22, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — At least 42 Muslim Peuhl herders, mostly women and girls, are being held captive by anti-balaka fighters in the Central African Republic and are at risk of sexual violence, Human Rights Watch said today. There are reports that many others may also be held. […]

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Zimbabwe—IMF Management Completes First Review of Staff-Monitored Program

HARARE, Zimbabwe, April 22, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On April 8, 2015, the Management of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the first review under the Staff-Monitored Program (SMP)1 with Zimbabwe. The 15-month SMP approved in October 2014 constitutes the lynchpin of the authorities’ roadmap for building a strong track record towards normalizing the […]

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Nigerian churches engage actively in national electoral process

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 21, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Member churches of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Nigeria, represented through the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), have been actively engaged in observing the recent Nigerian elections, continuing its stated conviction that effective participation of Nigerians in the processes of governance is very important […]

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WCC mourns the killing of Ethiopian Christians by the Islamic State

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 21, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In a solidarity letter to Abune Mathias, patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, a member church of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, the WCC general secretary expressed deep shock over the recent killing of more than 20 Ethiopian Christians […]

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The Pope participates in the suffering and consternation of the Orthodox Patriarch of Ethiopia for the recent slaughter of Christians

VATICAN, Holy See, April 21, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Yesterday afternoon Pope Francis sent a message to the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church, His Holiness Abuna Matthias, upon hearing of the slaughter of 28 Ethiopian Christians kidnapped in Libya by the group ISIS. “With great distress and sadness I learn of the […]

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Secretary-General Condemns ‘Barbaric’ Killing of Ethiopians in Libya by Da’esh Affiliates, Encouraging Dialogue to Overcome Crisis

NEW YORK, April 21, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the barbaric killing of a number of Ethiopian nationals by individuals affiliated with Daesh in Libya. He utterly deplores the targeting of people on the […]

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