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Oil & Gas: Uganda gives Tullow Oil, Total production licences

Photo©Stephen Hird/ReutersUganda granted on Tuesday five production licences to UK-listed explorer Tullow Oil and three to France's Total, clearing a major hurdle as the east African country aims to move more quickly towards crude production.

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UNHCR lacks funds to tackle South Sudan refugee overcrowding

File photo©Rebecca Blackwell/AP/SIPAThe United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has bemoaned the lack of funds to manage the ever increasing numbers of South Sudan refugees to neighbouring countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Agriculture: Beetles threaten Ugandan coffee crop

File photo©Moises Castillo/AP/SIPA Shrinking forest cover and climate change threaten Uganda's coffee industry by creating conditions for the destructive black twig borer beetle to spread into plantations, an official said on Wednesday.

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Uganda to grant oil production licences to France's Total

Photo©Wolfgang Rattay/ReutersUganda's cabinet agreed on Wednesday to allow the energy ministry to grant three oil production licences to France's Total, the presidency said.

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Uganda: 'Climate change to trigger next World War'

Photo©Andre Penner/AP/SIPAUganda's Agriculture, Animal and Fisheries minister has warned that the next World War is likely to be triggered by climate change, as humans had little regard for the environment and this was likely to haunt them in future due to scarcity.

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Uganda: Cancer uptick attributed to eating food prepared with transformer oil

File photo©Matthew Mead/AP/SIPAHealth experts and politicians claim the rise in cancer cases in Uganda is due people eating food cooked with stolen electricity transformer oil.

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Uganda central bank warns of "debt distress" if oil revenues delayed

Uganda could face "debt distress" in as little as two years if a start to oil production is delayed further, after ramping up its foreign borrowing in recent years.

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Uganda defends decision to abandon Kenya for Tanzania in oil pipeline construction

File Photo©Sue Ogrocki/AP/SIPAThe government of Uganda defended its decision to construct an oil pipe line through Tanzania, breaking its silence on why it had abandoned an earlier plan to build it through Kenya.

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East Africa's IGAD seek special UN mandate to secure South Sudan's capital

File photo©AP/SIPAEast Africa's Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD, is seeking a revision of UN Peacekeeping force in South Sudan (UNMISS)'s mandate in an effort to set up an intervention brigade that will secure Juba, that country's capital.

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Ugandan opposition leader released on bail

Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye. Photo©Michele Sibiloni/AP/SIPAUgandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was on Tuesday granted stringent bail following his arrest two months ago on treason charges.

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AU elects Dlamini-Zuma's successor

Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, African Union Commission Chairperson. Photo©Salvatore Di Nolfi/AP/SIPAAfrican leaders are set to elect the next chairperson of the African Union Commission during their meeting in Kigali, Rwanda from July 10 to 18.

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Swahili language now compulsory in Ugandan schools

File photo©SAYYID AZIM/AP/SIPAThe learning and teaching of Swahili has been made compulsory in Uganda's secondary schools, a move that the East African country believes will promote regional integration within the East Africa Community (EAC).

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Unicef urges Uganda to reduce child deaths

Photo©Stephen Wandera/AP/SIPAThe United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has urged Uganda to invest in its poorest communities to reduce the deaths of children under the age of five as a way of achieving the world's sustainable development goals.

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Telecoms: MTN Uganda says syndicated loan to fund 4G network expansion

Photo/Reuters/Rogan WardThe Ugandan unit of South African telecoms giant MTN Group plans to spend much of the $114 million loan it secured last month on expanding its 4G mobile broadband network, a top company executive said on Wednesday.

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Kenya's NIC Bank eyes cheaper deposits to boost margins

Kenya's NIC Bank is doubling its branch network to 50 by the end of next year to recruit new customers, particularly in the small business sector, allowing it to cut its deposit costs and boost margins, its chief executive said.

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Panic as armed men attack major northern Uganda police station

A group of men engaged the police and army in a fierce gun-fire exchange on Sunday night in Gulu, the biggest urban centre in northern Uganda, reigniting fears this could escalate and see a repeat of the country's bloody past.

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Uganda trims rates on inflation outlook, more cuts to come

Photo©Stephen Wandera/AP/SIPAUganda's central bank trimmed its benchmark lending rate to 15 percent from 16 percent on Monday, saying inflation was expected to fall in the near term and signalling further cuts.

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DRC's rebel stalemate

With the surrender of M23 in 2013, the vacuum has been filled by dozens of other armed groups. Photo©James Akena/ReutersAn estimated 70 militia groups are active in eastern DRC, with a spate of clashes in recent months. As the tally of displaced people rises, UN and government forces seem unable to shift the balance of power.

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Museveni drops 35 ministers, appoints wife to head key ministry

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and wife Janet Museveni. Photo Sayyid Azim/AP/SIPAUgandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday evening reshuffled his cabinet, axing 35 ministers and appointing his wife, Janet, as education minister. Janet is increasingly seen as her husband's likely successor.

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Museveni on corruption: all talk and no trousers, say Ugandans

Presudent Yoweri Museveni. Photo©KHALIL SENOSI/AP/SIPAAs another state of the nation address and another promise to root out corruption blared through radio and television sets, Ugandans seemed unmoved, as they listened to President Yoweri Museveni's 2016 annual speech.

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