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UN accuses Congolese forces of civilian killings

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The UN has accused the Congolese military forces of civilian killings.

In a recently published report, the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office says that at least 40 civilians were killed and 147 others wounded by law enforcement officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo Last year in several cities including the capital Kinshasa and Lubumbashi.

These killings and arrests of journalists and members of civil society were committed during the period around December 19, 2016, a period of strong social unrest marked by protests by the opposition, which demanded the President Joseph Kabila to leave office at the end of his term.

The UN has also pointed out lack of investigations by Congolese authorities. The report further says the abuses have been the result of brutality and use of exesive force on unarmed civilians. And for its part, Kinshasa has rejected the accusations, and faulted the opposition.

The report was prepared by the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) and is jointly released by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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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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