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Africa Roundup: Kenyas BRCK acquires EveryLayer, Nigerias TeamApt eyes global expansion

Kenyan communications hardware company BRCK acquired the assets of Nairobi-based internet provider Surf and its U.S. parent EveryLayer in a purchase deal of an undisclosed amount in February. Based in Nairobi, Surf is a hotspot service provider aimed at offering affordable internet to lower-income segments. BRCK is a five-year-old venture that pairs its rugged Wi-Fi routers to internet service packages designed to bring people online in frontier and emerging markets. With the acquisition, BRCK gains the assets of San Francisco-based EveryLayer and its Surf subsidiary, including 1,200 hotspots and 200,000 active customers…

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Sudan, the Worlds Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies at 45

Photograph by Glyn Edmunds via Ol Pejeta Conservancy Sudan, the world’s last surviving male northern white rhino, was put to rest at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya where he lived for the past 9 years. Now, only two female northern white rhinos remain at the conservancy—the last of their kind on Earth. Rhinoceroses—of which there are five species—are the second-largest land mammal after elephants. To learn more about Sudan, you can read a lengthy tribute on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy website. He was deeply loved by all at Ol…

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Somalia Readies for ‘State of War’ as Death Toll Up to 358

Mogadishu, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's president on Saturday urged troops to prepare for a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the country's deadliest attack, as the toll reached 358 with dozens still said to be missing a week after the truck bombing in Mogadishu. The United States is expected to play a supporting role in the new offensive, a Somali military official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters. While President Mohamed Abdullahi…

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Kenya braced for violence as voters head for the polls

Fears of unrest after closely fought presidential race between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and veteran challenger Raila Odinga An estimated 180,000 policemen and members of the security forces are being deployed across Kenya as the country prepares to vote on Tuesday in a fiercely contested presidential election. Voters in the east African nation will either give the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, who has been the murder of a high-profile election official issues with new voting technology and widespread concerns over fraud. A contested poll in 2007 last showdown of a dynastic rivalry…

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