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State of Emergency: Ethiopia restricts online communication

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The Ethiopian government has issued directives over the weekend as part of the six-month state of emergency imposed on October 8 which includes ban on online communication.

Among the restrictions are exchange of messages through mobile phones, social media and traditional media citing two independent media in the country (Ethiopian Satellite Radio and Television (ESAT) and Oromo Media Network) prohibited from the public, the directive issued by the Minister of Defense, Siraj Fergessa stated.

Also, physically publishing and distributing documents, demonstrations, showing protest gestures as well as republishing and sending media materials for publication have been banned.

Security forces have been empowered to monitor, search and arrest anyone who violates the regulation while giving them power to defend themselves from any threat or attack.

Diplomats have also been restricted from traveling beyond 40 kilometers radius outside the capital without prior authorization and permission.

A dawn to dusk curfew among other directives are expected to cripple the opposition including five groups designated as terrorists by the government.

At least 500 people have been killed in a wave of anti-government protests in the Amhara and Oromia regions over the past months.

Over 50 people died on October 2 in a stampede at a festival in Bishoftu after police fired teargas and warning shots to disperse protesters at the event.

International bodies including the United Nations and the European Union have called on the Ethiopian government to exercise restraint against protesters.

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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad

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Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.

Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.

The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.

The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.

The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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