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REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File PhotoThe United States has about 700 troops in Somalia focused on helping local forces defeat the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency. A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said nearly all U.S. forces would leave Somalia, although some would remain in Mogadishu. Another U.S. official said the U.S. presence in Somalia was a point of contention between Trump and his former defense secretary, Mark Esper, who Trump fired last month. According to the official, Trump pushed for a drawdown citing a wish by Kenya “to police their own neighborhood,” but Esper resisted. The U.S. defense official said the withdrawal was ordered to be completed by Jan. 15 -- the same deadlines for drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Persons: Donald Trump, Feisal Omar, al, , Joe Biden, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Al, , Trump, Mark Esper, Kenya “, Esper, Christopher Miller, Jan Organizations: WASHINGTON, Republican, REUTERS, Pentagon, United, African, Twitter, Somali, U.S, African Union, Green Beret, Esper Locations: Somalia, U.S, Afghanistan, Iraq, Hodan district, Mogadishu, States, United States, al Qaeda, Bossaso, Kismayo, Baledogle, Shabelle, East Africa, African Union, al Shabaab, Shabab, of Africa, Kenya, Somali, Al Shabaab, drawdowns
U.S. Will Move Nearly All Troops Out of Somalia, Officials Say
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Nancy A. Youssef | Michael M. Phillips | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
President Trump ordered the Pentagon to pull nearly all U.S. troops out of Somalia, where for 13 years they have been fighting a low-intensity battle against the local al Qaeda affiliate, al-Shabaab, U.S. officials said. The roughly 700 troops stationed in Somalia would move to bases in Kenya and Djibouti and enter Somalia to conduct shorter counterterrorism missions against al-Shabaab, as well as a smaller force of Islamic State militants. The American troops are expected to leave the country by early next year, the officials said. The main mission of American forces in Somalia has been to train local soldiers, especially the country’s commando unit, to fight al-Shabaab on their own. In October, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who goes by Farmaajo, tweeted a veiled warning about the possible consequences of a U.S. pull-back.
Persons: Trump, Chris Miller, Mark Esper, Esper, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Farmaajo Organizations: Pentagon, Islamic, . Africa Command, Somali Locations: Somalia, Qaeda, Shabaab, U.S, Kenya, Djibouti, West Africa
Factbox-The Biden Cabinet: President-elect begins to build a team
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama’s administration. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVANBiden’s national security adviser when he served as vice president to Obama, Sullivan also served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as “climate czar” in the Biden Administration. CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAINA longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president’s agenda.
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FILE PHOTO: Argentine President of the Chamber of Deputies Sergio Massa (2nd L), speaks to members of the IMF mission in Argentina Julie Kozack, Luis Cubeddu, Trevor Alleyne and Argentine representative before the IMF Sergio Chodos, at the National Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 13, 2020. Maximiliano Vernazza/Prensa Diputados/Handout via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiations between the International Monetary Fund and Argentina over a new IMF loan program are “very fluid and constructive,” with Argentine officials expected to come to Washington in the coming days for more talks, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said on Thursday. Rice told a regular news briefing that a recent IMF staff mission to Buenos Aires, made “good progress” in defining the initial elements of Argentina’s economic reform plans. Rice said there was not a timeline yet for a potential agreement on an IMF-supported program for Argentina. The IMF hopes to reach agreement with Kenya on an IMF program early next year, Rice added
Persons: Sergio Massa, Argentina Julie Kozack, Luis Cubeddu, Trevor Alleyne, Sergio Chodos, Maximiliano, Prensa, Gerry Rice, Rice Organizations: IMF, Argentine, National Congress, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, International Monetary Fund, Authorities Locations: Argentine, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Handout, Washington, Kenya
Africa foresees 60% of people vaccinated against COVID in two to three years
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Baz RatnerJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa aims to have 60% of its population vaccinated against COVID-19 within the next two to three years, the African Union’s disease control group said on Thursday. Some European countries expect to start rolling out vaccination campaigns in the next few weeks, but the control group said that vaccinations were unlikely to start in Africa until midway through next year. “We hope that for that for this to be meaningful, our 60% must be reached in the next two to three years. We should be deliberate in this,” said John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. “We have a window from now to January and February to keep strengthening our systems, which is the refrigeration,” said Nkengasong.
Persons: Baz Ratner JOHANNESBURG, , John Nkengasong Organizations: REUTERS, COVID, Reuters, for Disease Control Locations: Machakos, Kenya, Africa
SEE NEW POSTSGeorge W. Bush volunteers to get coronavirus vaccine on camera Former President George W. Bush volunteered to help build public trust in a coronavirus vaccine by taking a shot on camera. Aide Freddy Ford said that the 43rd President would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." "Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera." Bush is joined by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in the awareness campaign to promote confidence in the effectiveness and safety of the Covid-19 vaccine. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: George W, Bush, Freddy Ford, Ford, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
George W. Bush volunteers to get coronavirus vaccine on camera
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
SEE NEW POSTSGeorge W. Bush volunteers to get coronavirus vaccine on camera Former President George W. Bush volunteered to help build public trust in a coronavirus vaccine by taking a shot on camera. Aide Freddy Ford said that the 43rd President would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." "Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera." Bush is joined by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in the awareness campaign to promote confidence in the effectiveness and safety of the Covid-19 vaccine. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: George W, Bush, Freddy Ford, Ford, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
Russia sets new daily record in cases
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Virus-related restrictions vary from region to region but are largely mild. Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. MOSCOW — Coronavirus infections in Russia hit a new record on Thursday, as the country’s authorities reported 28,145 new confirmed cases — the highest daily spike in the pandemic and an increase of 2,800 cases from those registered the previous day. African health officials are taking heart in vaccine progress, but concerns are growing that the continent of 1.3 billion people will be near the end of the line in obtaining doses. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: Africa Centers for Disease Control, Kenya —, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
Africa needs Covid vaccine for 60% in 2-3 years, official says
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
African health officials are taking heart in vaccine progress, but concerns are growing that the continent of 1.3 billion people will be near the end of the line in obtaining doses. Nkengasong isn’t sure whether vaccines will be available in Africa before the second quarter of next year. When will Americans actually get the Covid vaccine? Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots. FDA scientists are reviewing data on two vaccine candidates, made by Pfizer and Moderna.
Persons: John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: Africa Centers for Disease Control, Kenya —, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
World leaders slated to speak at special U.N. session
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
SEE NEW POSTSWorld leaders slated to speak at special U.N. session UNITED NATIONS — Nearly 100 world leaders and several dozen ministers are slated to speak at the U.N. General Assembly’s special session starting Thursday on the response to Covid-19 and the best path to recovery from the pandemic which has claimed 1.5 million lives, shattered economies in countries rich and poor. Aide Freddy Ford said Bush would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." "I will be taking it, and I may end up taking it on TV or having a film just so people know that I trust this science," Obama said. Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
Bill Gates says 'almost all the vaccines are going to succeed’
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
On Wednesday, California counted 28,251 Covid-19 cases, the most any state has counted in a day. Aide Freddy Ford said Bush would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Nkengasong isn’t sure whether vaccines will be available in Africa before the second quarter of next year. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: California, U.S, Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
On Wednesday, California counted 28,251 Covid-19 cases, the most any state has counted in a day. Aide Freddy Ford said Bush would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Nkengasong isn’t sure whether vaccines will be available in Africa before the second quarter of next year. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: California, U.S, Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
California reports a record 28,000 Covid cases, the most in a day in any state yet On Wednesday, California counted 28,251 Covid-19 cases, the most any state has counted in a day. This comes amid the 200,000 cases and 2,700 reported deaths recorded countrywide. The U.S. has averaged 165,671 cases and 1,603 dead per day the last week, up from an average of 128,058 cases and 1,106 reported deaths per day four weeks ago. Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: California, U.S, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Vermont, Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
These Kenyan gamers are putting Africa on the esports map
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Jo Munnik | ) edition.cnn.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
This year, South African esports athlete Thabo "Yvng Savage" Moloi made history by becoming the first-ever player from Africa to be sponsored by Red Bull. Meet two Kenyan gamers who are looking to help put African esports on the global map. "I have to make sure that I'm an example to other women, and other people who aspire to be in the gaming industry." JUST WATCHED Watch: The "king of sport" returns in Mauritius Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Watch: The "king of sport" returns in Mauritius 22:34But through gaming, he found purpose. Across Africa, the esports industry still faces significant challenges including slower internet connections, lack of infrastructure and heavy import duties on equipment -- making them hard and expensive to come by.
Persons: Esports, Thabo, Yvng, Moloi, Red Bull, Sylvia, Sylvia Gathoni, Gathoni, I've, I'm, Brian, Brian Diang'a, esports, Diang'a Organizations: CNN, Red, FIFA, Cape Town, esports, Gaming Locations: Europe, Esports, Paris, African, Africa, East Africa, Cape, Kenya, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Kenya's, Mauritius, Kibera
NEW YORK/LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. Alongside entrepreneur Nat Turner and D1 Capital Partners, he is using his private capital to take Collectors Universe private for roughly $700 million. But like the gum that used to come with baseball cards, market bubbles have been known to pop. One reason is that private investors refused to participate in the programme. Next year Sunak will need to raise taxes to start addressing the 400 billion pounds Britain borrowed this year.
Persons: Steven Cohen, Nat Turner, Mike Trout, Anna Szymanski, Refinitiv, Tryg, Liam Proud, Ed Cropley, George Hay, Nomura, Kentaro Okuda, Brian Moynihan, Katrina Hamlin, Rishi Sunak’s, Boris Johnson Organizations: Reuters, Corona, Point72 Asset Management, Milken Institute Global Conference, TOPPS, New York Mets, D1 Capital Partners, Sports, ESPN, PNC Financial Services, BBVA’s, RSA Insurance, Danish, Exxon Mobil, Royal, Shell, Bank of America, THE, Nationwide Locations: HONG KONG, Beverly Hills , California, U.S, BBVA’s U.S, Nigeria, Kenya, France, Britain, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Japan, Tokyo, London, Covid
Breakingviews - Corona Capital: Bitcoin, Lonely Planet
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Breakingviews Columnists | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +9 min
NEW YORK/LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. Unforeseen side effects of the Covid-19 pandemic include a firmer belief on the part of investors in the potential of bitcoin. The company that also owns The Points Guy has bought Lonely Planet, the online guide for travel information, for an undisclosed sum. Alongside entrepreneur Nat Turner and D1 Capital Partners, he is using his private capital to take Collectors Universe private for roughly $700 million. One reason is that private investors refused to participate in the programme.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Alliance Bernstein, Paul Tudor Jones, bitcoin, John Foley, Guy, Ric Elias, Airbnb, Lauren Silva Laughlin, Steven Cohen, Nat Turner, Mike Trout, Anna Szymanski, Refinitiv, Tryg, Liam Proud, Ed Cropley, George Hay, Nomura, Kentaro Okuda, Brian Moynihan, Katrina Hamlin, Rishi Sunak’s, Boris Johnson Organizations: Reuters, Corona, REUTERS, U.S ., U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Red Ventures, Lonely, BBC, Media, TOPPS, New York Mets, D1 Capital Partners, Sports, ESPN, PNC Financial Services, BBVA’s, RSA Insurance, Danish, Exxon Mobil, Royal, Shell, Bank of America, THE, Nationwide Locations: HONG KONG, Tennessee, BBVA’s U.S, Nigeria, Kenya, France, Britain, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Japan, Tokyo, London, Covid
NBC News spoke to more than 80 current and former Uber drivers in Kenya who say they are all struggling financially after signing up to drive for the company. The ridesharing giant moved into the market in 2015, and signed up drivers who believed they could make a living from the job. NBC News interviewed more than 80 current and former Uber drivers in the Kenyan cities of Nairobi and Mombasa and found every one of them to be struggling financially and barely making it. Munala told NBC that he began to struggle to make ends meet, and he and his family were eventually evicted from their home in August. Munala told NBC.
Persons: Uber, Alissa Orlando, Read, Harrison Munala, Munala Organizations: NBC, NBC News, Kenyan, Uber Locations: Kenya, Kenyan, Nairobi, Mombasa, East Africa, California
That's the logic of "effective altruism": Take a rigorous, data-based approach to making the world better. In fact, as boatloads of new research have shown over the past couple years, improving — and even saving lives — is relatively cheap. As my colleague Chris Weller has reported, the most effective charities can save a life for around $3,000. The most effective nonprofits tend to make low-cost interventions with extremely high value, like giving away insecticide-treated mosquito nets. But here's the thing: The resources are available to us to save lives by giving to effective charities.
Persons: Chris Weller, It's, Dylan Matthews, Michael Kremer, Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, Peter Singer, Singer —, Organizations: Vox, Economic Sciences, Fund Locations: United States, Kenya
NEW YORK/ZURICH/LONDON/MUMBAI (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. REUTERS/Eduardo MunozLATEST- The online shopping habitRISE OF THE MACHINES. That would outpace Black Friday’s $9 billion online sales haul, which was itself a new peak. Assume Chief Executive Robert Swaak succeeds in cranking costs down to 4.7 billion euros a year and revenue stabilises at 7.4 billion euros. The bank will only buy back shares when its common equity Tier 1 capital ratio rises above a chunky 15%.
Persons: Eduardo Munoz, PlayStations, Anna Szymanski, Richard Beales, Ed Cropley, It’s, Rob Cox, Robert Swaak, Swaak, Christopher Thompson, Una Galani Organizations: Reuters, Corona, REUTERS, Adobe Analytics, AAA, Uber Technologies, Bank, SWISS MISS, didn’t, ABN Amro, Canberra, Wine Estates, Oxford Locations: ZURICH, LONDON, MUMBAI, Macy's, Manhattan , New York, U.S, United States, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Treasuries, China, SWISS, Alpine, It’s, Amsterdam, Australia, People’s Republic, Una
NEW YORK/ZURICH/LONDON/MUMBAI (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. REUTERS/Carlo AllegriLATEST- DoorDash IPO- African debtYOUR IPO IS ON THE WAY. The cake part is the surge in demand for home-delivered meals thanks to distancing measures designed to limit the coronavirus pandemic. Assume Chief Executive Robert Swaak succeeds in cranking costs down to 4.7 billion euros a year and revenue stabilises at 7.4 billion euros. The bank will only buy back shares when its common equity Tier 1 capital ratio rises above a chunky 15%.
Persons: Carlo Allegri, Richard Beales, Ed Cropley, It’s, Rob Cox, Robert Swaak, Swaak, Christopher Thompson, Una Galani Organizations: Reuters, Corona, REUTERS, Uber Technologies, Bank, SWISS MISS, didn’t, ABN Amro, Canberra, Wine Estates, Oxford Locations: ZURICH, LONDON, MUMBAI, Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S, United States, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Treasuries, China, SWISS, Alpine, It’s, Amsterdam, Australia, People’s Republic, Una
Somalia expels Kenyan envoy in latest row between neighbours
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia ordered the expulsion of Kenya’s ambassador after accusing neighbouring Kenya of interfering in the electoral process in Jubbaland, one of Somalia’s five semi-autonomous states, the latest dispute between the two countries. Somalia also recalled its ambassador from Nairobi. The statement did not elaborate on the interference or the agreement the Jubbaland president had reneged on. Last year, Kenya recalled its ambassador after Mogadishu decided to auction oil and gas exploration blocks at the centre of a maritime territorial dispute. Early on Monday, the militants attacked an army base in central Somalia, Major Nur Mohamud, told Reuters, adding that five soldiers had been killed.
Persons: Jubbaland, Cyrus Oguna, Nur Mohamud Organizations: Reuters, Kenyan, Somali Foreign Ministry, Facebook, African Locations: MOGADISHU, Somalia, Kenya, Jubbaland, Nairobi, , Mogadishu, African Union, al Qaeda
Somalia expels Kenyan ambassador over 'interference'
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Abdi Sheikh | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia expelled Kenya’s ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Nairobi after accusing its neighbour of interfering in the electoral process in Jubbaland, one of Somalia’s five semi-autonomous states. Somalia did not go into further details on the alleged interference, while Kenya denied any wrongdoing and dismissed what it called “unsubstantiated allegations”. Kenya’s foreign ministry said on Monday it had not received any official communication from Somalia about the expulsion of its ambassador. In February last year, Kenya recalled its ambassador after Mogadishu decided to auction oil and gas exploration blocks at the centre of their maritime rights dispute. Early on Monday, militants attacked an army base in central Somalia and killed five soldiers, Major Nur Mohamud of the Somali army said.
Persons: Jubbaland, , al, Major Nur Mohamud Organizations: Reuters, Kenya’s, Kenya, Kenyan, Facebook Locations: MOGADISHU, Somalia, Nairobi, Jubbaland, Mogadishu, Kenya, Kismayo, Somali, African Union, al Qaeda
Interviews with more than 80 current and former drivers in Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa show that, in Kenya's biggest markets, untold numbers of Uber drivers are drowning in debt. But Uber drivers in Kenya are not alone in their experiences. Some Uber drivers have adapted their vehicles for alternative uses, saying they earn more selling fruit and vegetables than driving with the app. At the outset, Uber drivers were making 60 shillings per kilometer — about 97 cents a mile. Onduru, the Uber spokesperson, said that "in order to partner with Uber, drivers are asked to review and agree to Uber's terms and conditions."
Persons: Uber, Harrison, he'd, Munala, Harrison Munala, Nichole, Louis, Noah Edwardsen, Paul Oyer, Lorraine Onduru, Onduru, Peter Mwinga, Toyota Fielder, Julie Zollmann, Izwe —, Raymondu Gitau, Emmanuel Bitok, Suiyanka, Lempaa, Alissa Orlando, Orlando, Huber Horan, Patrick Ombongiga, Wycliffe Alutalala, David Mutera, Loic Amada, Cornelius Schmahl, Schmahl, Amada, Hamza Tufail, repossessions, Suzuki Organizations: Kenya —, Toyota, NBC News, NBC, U.S . Federal Trade Commission, Washington University, Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, Uber, British, Young, Tufts University, Private, Bolpak, Katiba Institute, Kenyan, Sidian Bank, Zohari Leasing, Drivers, Uber's, American Affairs, Saharan Africa, Digital Partners Society, Nobel Motors, Stanbic Bank, Twitter Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Nairobi, East, Izwe, Mombasa, Kenya's, St, United States, Africa, New York, Gitau, Saharan, Orlando, Johannesburg, Sidian
He was named Biden’s national security adviser on Monday. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as “climate czar” in the Biden Administration, the president-elect’s campaign announced on Monday. Cohen served as the chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Obama administration. CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAINA longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president’s agenda.
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“I know they want me dead as soon as yesterday,” Mr. Wine, a musician-turned-lawmaker whose real name is Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi, said in a telephone interview. “We are campaigning every day as if it’s the last.”Mr. Wine is one of several high-profile opposition leaders in East Africa who have recently been jailed, exiled or silenced as they challenge entrenched leaders and political parties. Heads of state have used the coronavirus as a pretext to strengthen their grip on power and have introduced laws to smother dissent, analysts say. There has been less international attention and outcry than usual, with many countries that traditionally serve as watchdogs preoccupied with the pandemic and domestic concerns. While some have issued statements of concern, they have not threatened sanctions over the violence, or offered to mediate, as they might once have.
Persons: Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi, , Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Uganda, East Africa
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