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In Greece, the painful start of the first advanced-democracy revolution

theguardian.com — Athenians have had many worthy - or at least celebrated - interpreters over the last few days, and as the city erupted yesterday, they were hard at work. They were expected to answer questions: "Why are they on the streets?"; "Do they want a default?"; "Can't they see the need to swallow the medicine?"

Kenya Says Karibu (Welcome) to Uber

blogs.wsj.com — Without pomp or circumstance, the ride-sharing service Uber launched here in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday afternoon. The company had been looking at this market for more than a year before setting up shop, local tech investors said. Uber declined to comment on the length of its planning process, saying only that it deployed its regional manager here in late 2014.

Egypt Urges West to Provide Military Support to Tackle Islamic Extremists

wsj.com — NAIROBI-Western powers should give military support to Egypt to help it combat the Islamic extremism that led to the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a kosher supermarket in Paris, the Egyptian foreign minister said Tuesday.

Envoy urges military action against recalcitrant Rwandan rebels

bdlive.co.za — NAIROBI - A US special envoy to Africa urged Congolese and United Nations (UN) peacekeepers to launch a military offensive to root out Rwandan rebels hiding in the country's east. A six-month amnesty offer to the estimated 1,400 rebels, under which they can be repatriated to Rwanda or resettled in a third country in exchange for laying down their arms, expires on Friday.

U.S. Envoy Urges U.N., Congolese Military Action Against Rwandan Rebels

wsj.com — NAIROBI-A U.S. special envoy to Africa urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo and U.N. peacekeepers to launch a military offensive to root out expatriate Rwandan rebels hiding in the east of the country. A six-month amnesty offer to the estimated 1,400 rebels, under which they are repatriated to Rwanda or resettled in a third country in exchange for laying down their arms, expires Friday.

U.S. Carries Out Airstrike in Somalia

wsj.com — The U.S. carried out an airstrike in Somalia late Monday targeting what it called a "leader" of the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab, the Pentagon said in a statement. It comes four months after another U.S. airstrike killed the al Qaeda affiliate group's boss, Ahmed Abdi Godane, and three days after its intelligence chief Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, wanted for $3 million by the U.S.

Tax Disputes Flare as Africa Fights ‘Secret’ Oil Deals

wsj.com — Sitting before a parliamentary oversight committee last month, two top executives from Tanzania Petroleum Development Corp. declined to reveal details of billions of dollars in gas contracts that the state company had signed with foreign investors. Parliamentarians had a sharp riposte: They called the police.

Fall in Oil Prices Threatens Africa’s Economic Growth

South Africa Keeps Rates On Hold

online.wsj.com — The South African central bank held interest rates at 5.75% Thursday when its new governor Lesetja Kganyago chaired his inaugural Monetary Policy Committee meeting. The move was in line with analyst expectations, as inflation was steady in October at 5.9% just below the 6% ceiling that the South African Reserve Bank has set.

Refugees Cross a Narrow Sea Passage With Europe on Horizon

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Jan 26, 2015

RT @gksteinhauser: Mystery continues.France's Sapin sez"we don't know yet who will be the new finance minister,"& @J_Dijsselbloem says he a…

Jan 26, 2015

RT @kenyanpundit: Wits University hiring Chair / Fellow in Investigative Journalism: bit.ly/1xZ6j5f

Jan 26, 2015

RT @laurnorman: Very interesting. @NickMalkoutzis: Tsipras 1st mtg with foreign ambo since being elected Greek PM was w/Russia Andrey Maslov #Greece

Jan 26, 2015

@LouiseRedvers Syriza has 149, no majority without IG. It wouldn't matter if IG had 2 MPs. Without them, there's no govt. Anyway. We'll see.

Jan 26, 2015

RT @v_dendrinou: European regulators pressure big banks to increase capital on.wsj.com/1BeVhtU - with @davidenrich & @guerreraf72 via @…

Jan 26, 2015

@LouiseRedvers @irinnews And sadly not plausible, given far-right coalition partner announced earlier today.

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