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Eastern region of the African continent

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East Africa: Eastern region of the African continent
East Africa or Eastern Africa is the eastern region of the African continent, variably defined by geography. In the United Nations Statistics Division scheme of geographic regions, 20 territories make up Eastern Africa:
  • Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan are members of the East African Community (EAC). The first five are also included in the African Great Lakes region. Burundi and Rwanda are at times also considered to be part of Central Africa.
  • Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia – collectively known as the Horn of Africa. The area is the easternmost projection of the African continent.
  • Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles – small island nations in the Indian Ocean.
  • Réunion and Mayotte – French overseas territories also in the Indian Ocean.
  • Mozambique and Madagascar – often considered part of Southern Africa, on the eastern side of the sub-continent. Madagascar has close cultural ties to Southeast Asia and the islands of the Indian Ocean.
  • Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe – often also included in Southern Africa, and formerly constituted the Central African Federation.
  • Sudan and South Sudan – collectively part of the Nile Valley. Situated in the northeastern and central portion of the continent, Sudan is sometimes included in Northern Africa. Also members of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) free trade area.


More displacement in East Africa as Lake Victoria swells [Video]

More displacement in East Africa as Lake Victoria swells

Almost half a million people have been left homeless as floods devastate East Africa.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:15Published
Education on hold: School closures disadvantaging Africa's poor [Video]

Education on hold: School closures disadvantaging Africa's poor

As education moves online for millions of students, many others are left behind. Al Jazeera reports from East Africa on the growing digital divide.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:46Published

Rwanda reports its first death from the new coronavirus

Rwanda's ministry of health on Sunday reported the East African nation's first death caused by the new coronavirus.
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Coronavirus-induced border bottlenecks slow food deliveries in East Africa

Bottlenecks at borders as government screen lorry drivers to contain the new coronavirus are putting the delivery of vital food supplies in East Africa at risk, the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP)..
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Sudan 'must pay' US East African embassy attack victims

The US Supreme Court rules in favour of damages over the 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
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Remote Lesotho becomes last country in region to record COVID-19 case

Lesotho recorded its first case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the health ministry said, becoming the last country in southern and East Africa to be afflicted by the virus.
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Nurse: 'I was shunned over coronavirus fears'

Coronavirus stigma surrounds the East African nation's health workers, patients and survivors.
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Freed Italian aid worker returns home on special flight

Silvia Romano, an Italian aid worker kidnapped 18 months ago in East Africa, landed in Rome on Sunday a day after being freed.
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Ugandan hospital, Somali town washed away by East Africa floods

Flooding washed away roads, bridges and a hospital in Uganda and an entire small town in Somalia as torrential rain across East Africa compounded problems for governments struggling to respond to the..
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Night burials amid Tanzania's coronavirus defiance

Some fear the East African nation is downplaying the pandemic as it seeks to protect its economy.
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How do you fight a locust invasion amid pandemic?

A second locust invasion hits East Africa, raising fears of more hunger amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Coronavirus: Kenya introduces tight restrictions

The East African state is in partial lockdown following the detection of three cases since Friday.
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Rwanda confirms first case of coronavirus - health ministry

Rwanda has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, an Indian citizen who arrived in the East African nation from Mumbai on March 8, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.
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Hundreds of billions of locusts swarm in East Africa

East Africa could be on the verge of a food crisis, if swarms of locusts are not controlled.
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Al Shabab leader Bashir Mohamed Mahamoud killed in air strike in Somalia

al shabab leader bashir mohamed mahamoud killed in air strike in somalia
A senior commander in the East Africa-based militant group Al Shabab has been killed by a US air strike in Somalia, the United States Africa Command (Africom) said. "Bashir Mohamed Mahamoud was a..
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Running out of time: East Africa faces new locust threat

Countries in East Africa are racing against time to prevent new swarms of locusts wreaking havoc with crops and livelihoods after the worst infestation in generations.
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Locust swarms: South Sudan latest to be hit by invasion

The ravenous pests have devoured crops and pasture threatening a food crisis in East Africa.
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Week in Review: 'French Oscars' under fire, binge-worthy politics and locusts wreak havoc

With the Oscars behind us and the "French Oscars" – the César awards – approaching, French cinema is on parade, but feminist groups aren't pleased about plaudits for director Roman Polanski...
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Africa’s locust ‘crisis’: UN calls for urgent action

The UN on Monday called for urgent action to avoid a major humanitarian crisis as billions of locusts destroy crops across East Africa in the biggest outbreak the region has seen in decades.
France 24 - Published

Daniel Arap Moi's complicated and often brutal legacy

daniel arap moi's complicated and often brutal legacy
Nairobi, KenyaKenya's ex-President Daniel Arap Moi, who died last week at the age of 95, will be buried Tuesday with full military honors in a state burial for a man who ruled the East African country..
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Moi, Kenyan strongman who presided over rampant graft, dies

Former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi died aged 95, leaving behind a country still riddled by corruption that became rampant during his rule over the East African nation from 1978 to 2002.
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East African airlines suspend China flights due to coronavirus

Kenya Airways and RwandAir said on Friday that they had suspended all flights to and from China until further notice after a virus outbreak killed more than 200 people in China and spread to 18..
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Billions of locusts swarm through East Africa after year of extreme weather

Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said Friday.
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East Africa's battles devastating locust swarms

Desert locusts swarms which are devouring crops in East Africa are forcing farmers into desperate measures.
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Locusts: UN calls for international help in East Africa

"Unprecedented" swarms of desert locusts, the worst in decades, are devouring crops in East Africa.
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Hit on Kenya base kills 3 Americans

hit on kenya base kills 3 americans
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Al-Shabab extremists on Sunday overran a key military base used by American counterterrorism forces in Kenya, killing three U.S. Defense Department personnel and damaging or..
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Tanzania charges rights activist with economic crimes

A Tanzanian human rights activist was charged on Tuesday with economic crimes amid growing concerns from rights groups and foreign governments over a crackdown on dissent in the East African nation.
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Indian Ocean Dipole: What is it and why is it linked to floods and bushfires?

A climate system in the Indian Ocean, known as the dipole, is behind extreme weather events in East Africa and Australia.
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Authorities say at least 28 killed in landslides in Burundi

authorities say at least 28 killed in landslides in burundi
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least 28 people have died in landslides in Burundi and that toll could grow with many people missing, local authorities said Thursday, as East Africa continued to struggle..
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East Africa hit by weather phenomenon

Tropical storms are expected to hit East Africa late on Thursday and Friday, in areas which have already been affected by heavy rain.
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Why the floods in East Africa are so bad

Rain-triggered disasters have killed at least 250 people and affected some three million people across East Africa.
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East Africa floods: Kenyan fisherman Vincent Musila rescued

Kenyan police airlift the man who was stranded on a patch of land with no food or water.
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Mudslides, floods kill 34 people in western Kenya

mudslides, floods kill 34 people in western kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s interior minister says 29 people have been killed in mudslides, among 34 people overall who lost their lives Saturday amid flooding in the East Africa nation. Heavy rains..
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Tanzania protests after plane seized in Canada over land compensation dispute

Tanzania summoned Canada's envoy to protest after an aircraft set to be delivered to state-owned Air Tanzania was impounded in a land compensation dispute, the East African country's government said on..
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Nile dam dispute: Ethiopia and Egypt's war of words ahead of meeting

nile dam dispute: ethiopia and egypt's war of words ahead of meeting
A dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over an upstream Nile dam has morphed into an ominously heated war of words after the East African nation’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister warned he..
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Kenyan port of Mombasa becomes world's new drug trafficking hub

kenyan port of mombasa becomes world's new drug trafficking hub
The Kenyan city of Mombasa, the largest port in East Africa, has become the capital of a new drug trafficking route. Heroin from Asia and cocaine from Latin America now transit through Kenya, before..
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Nobel Peace Prize: Has Abiy brought peace to East Africa?

The Ethiopian prime minister has won the Nobel Peace Prize, but how successful has he been?
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Al Shabab claims attacks EU convoy and US base in Somalia

al shabab claims attacks eu convoy and us base in somalia
Somali militant group Al Shabab claimed separate attacks on a US military base and a European Union convoy in the East African country on Monday. Reuters reported a seriously damaged armoured...
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Canadian tourist killed in paragliding accident in Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro

A Canadian man has died in a paragliding accident in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, a popular tourist hotspot in East Africa, a Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) official said on Sunday.
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U.S. travel warning adds to pressure on Tanzania over suspected Ebola cases

The United States has warned its citizens to take extra care when visiting Tanzania amid concerns over Ebola, adding to calls for the East African country to share information about suspected cases of..
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Exclusive: Egypt and Ethiopia at odds as talks over Blue Nile dam resume

Egypt says Ethiopia has "summarily rejected" its plan for key aspects of operating a giant dam the East African nation is building on the Nile, while dismissing Ethiopia's own proposal as "unfair and..
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U.S. sanctions former Ugandan police boss for rights violations

The U.S. Treasury has frozen all assets in the United States owned by the former inspector general of Ugandan police, Kale Kayihura, accusing him of engaging in serious human rights abuses in the East..
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Pope, ending Mozambique visit, slams corrupt leaders

Pope Francis, ending his visit to Mozambique, on Friday scolded political and business leaders in the resource-rich but poor East African country who allow themselves to be corrupted by outsiders.
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Uganda launches national airline with flight to Kenya

uganda launches national airline with flight to kenya
Uganda on Tuesday re-launched its national airline after two decades with an inaugural flight to Nairobi, becoming the latest East African nation seeking to revive their aviation industry. The airline..
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20 life-changing trips that are worth the cost, from Paris to Patagonia, Giza to Galapagos

From the snow-covered Alps to the exotic landscapes of East Africa, adventure awaits – if you can afford it. Here are 20 trips worth the price tag. - Published

Leader of Somalia's Jubbaland, at odds with Mogadishu, wins new term

The president of Jubbaland, a Somali region critical to East Africa's fight against the Islamist militants of al Shabaab, won a new term on Thursday, highlighting a growing rift between the federal..
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Somalia's Jubbaland president wins new term amid rift with central government

The president of Jubbaland, a Somali region critical to East Africa's fight against al Shabaab militants, won a fresh term on Thursday, the parliamentary speaker said, amid a growing rift between the..
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Tanzania: Drop trumped-up charges against journalist

tanzania: drop trumped-up charges against journalist
Ahead of Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera’s next appearance in court on 19 August, when he will be required to enter a plea on charges of leading organized crime and money laundering, Amnesty..
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Tanzania tanker explosion kills dozens

A damaged tanker truck exploded in eastern Tanzania as people were trying to siphon fuel out of it Saturday, killing at least 62 in one of the worst incidents of its kind in the East African country.
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Into the unknown: African migrants in Yemen

into the unknown: african migrants in yemen
Many migrants from East Africa choose a route that is less known, cheaper and even more dangerous than the Mediterranean: They cross the Gulf of Aden and land in war-torn Yemen. Many were unaware of..
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Tanzanian police arrest prominent investigative journalist

Tanzanian police have arrested a prominent investigative journalist, a senior official told Reuters on Tuesday, sparking calls for answers from authorities about the safety of journalists in the East..
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'Born to be wild': Kenya's female biker gang

Photos of the Inked Sisterhood who often shocks people in the socially conservative East African nation.
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