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Trump election win prompts protests across US

Protesters took to the streets Wednesday in at least 10 cities to march against president-elect Donald Trump – and numerous college students and faculty leaders took to social media to announce support groups and even postponed exams.

Protests were underway in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., Portland, Ore., St. Paul, Minn. and several other cities. An estimated 2,000 protesters shouted angrily in downtown Seattle, expressing their frustration at the Trump victory over Democrat and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who won 228 electoral votes to Trump’s 279.

Police in riot gear struggled to hold back scores of protesters in some of the cities as protesters chanted “Not My President” and “No Racist USA.” The protests were mostly peaceful. Seattle police said they were investigating a report of a shooting near the site of the protest in that city, but it may not have involved protesters.

In Washington, D.C., hundreds took to the streets carrying signs saying “Nasty Women Fight Back” and “White Males for Equality for All.”

Kenya withdraws first batch of troops from U.N. South Sudan mission

The first batch of Kenyan troops who had served in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan arrived home on Wednesday, after Nairobi ordered them to withdraw in response to the sacking of the Kenyan commander of the UNMISS force.

Kenya said last week it would pull its forces out after a U.N. inquiry accused UNMISS of failing to respond to an attack on a Juba hotel during fighting in July. Kenya’s Lieutenant General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki was fired.

“Today we have started our withdrawal from South Sudan,” Kenyan Major General Benjamin Biwott told reporters at Nairobi’s international airport as about 100 soldiers flew in.

He said further batches of soldiers from the roughly 1,000-strong Kenyan contingent would arrive in coming days, although he did not give a precise timing for completing the withdrawal from UNMISS, which comprised about 12,000 troops.

The general said Kenyan soldiers had taken part in peacekeeping operations in 44 countries over the past four decades and Kenya was continuing in its other missions.

Kenya unlikely to meet refugee repatriation deadline

The Kenya government’s deadline to clear the Daadab refugee camp by the end of the month might not materialize.

Majority of the refugees are unwilling to leave the camp or leave Kenya dealing a blow to the repatriation exercise.

The refugees claim no infrastructure is yet to be established in their mother country to facilitate their safe return.

UNHCR Special Envoy on Somalia Amb Mohammed Affey admitted that the voluntarily repatriation exercise was facing teething challenges.

The Daadab refugee complex in Garissa County happens to be the biggest camp with the concentration of the Somali nationals and owing to its proximity to the lawless Somalia.

The camp has been on the government’s security radar, with the Kenyan authorities severally claiming that the camp had turned a safe haven for Al Shabaab militia sympathizers.

Subsequently, the government announced the closure of the camp and the eventual repatriation of its occupants by November this year.

 

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