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President John Magufuli. AFP Photo-Daniel Hayduk

Tanzania launches 300-man force to fight poaching, trafficking

Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Saturday presided over the inauguration of the paramilitary group tasked with combating poaching and illegal trafficking of wildlife organs and products.

Catholic priest, peacekeeper killed in CAR attack

A peacekeeper died after an attack on a UN base in the volatile Central African Republic (CAR) and a priest was burnt to death, the UN and Catholic Church said Saturday after sectarian clashes claimed nearly 40 lives.

UN reports significant results against rebels in DR Congo

A joint military operation by UN and Congolese troops to rout rebel forces from their strongholds in the Ebola-hit northeast Democratic Republic of Congo has "achieved quite significant results" and is still under way, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Friday.
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World Bank grants Tanzania $300 million to support education sector

The World Bank on Friday said that it had granted $300 million to Tanzania to support its education sector, a statement from the country’s Directorate of Presidential Communication said.

1 Tanzanian, 7 Malawian soldiers killed in eastern DR Congo

Eight United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an operation against a rebel militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN Security Council said on Thursday.
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Tanzania’s John Magufuli deploys military amid cashew nut crisis

Tanzanian authorities have deployed the military to buy cashew nuts from farmers to solve a row over prices.

Rebels kill six, kidnap five in east DR Congo

Suspected Ugandan rebels killed six people, hacking one woman to death, and kidnapped five others - mostly children - in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east, officials said on Sunday.
President John Magufuli. AFP Photo-Daniel Hayduk

US concerned by rising attacks on human rights in Tanzania

The United States has spoken out against Tanzanian moves to cut back human rights and civil liberties, including arrests and harassment of "marginalized" people such as homosexuals.

Tanzanian officials order physical exams of 10 alleged gays

Tanzanian authorities are carrying out physical examinations on 10 men suspected of homosexual activity in Zanzibar, according to police.

Report: At least 10 men arrested in Zanzibar for same sex wedding

At least 10 men have been arrested for allegedly conducting a same-sex marriage ceremony on the Tanzanian Island of Zanzibar, says a report.
Tanzanian immigration authorities detained CPJ Sub-Saharan Africa Representative Muthoki Mumo, left, and Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal in Dar es Salaam on November 7. (CPJ)

Press freedom advocates released after detention in Tanzania

Two press freedom advocates taken from their hotel in Tanzania by security officers have been released, a South African government official said Thursday.

Tanzania arrests 10 men for allegedly being homosexual

Police detained 10 men on the Tanzanian holiday Island of Zanzibar for allegedly being homosexual, shortly after an anti-gay crackdown took effect in the East African nation, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
President John Magufuli. AFP Photo-Daniel Hayduk

Tanzania says anti-gay squads are not government policy

Tanzania's government has said that a call by a local official to create a surveillance squad to track down homosexuals "does not represent" official policy.
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Tanzania: No plan to hunt down and arrest homosexuals

Tanzania says that a plan to hunt down and arrest suspected homosexuals in the country's economic capital was not official policy, distancing itself from a citywide crackdown slammed by rights groups.

US warns its citizens in Tanzania ahead of anti-gay crackdown

The United States has warned its citizens in Tanzania to be cautious after commercial capital Dar es Salaam announced a crackdown on homosexuality, which is a criminal offense in the East African country.

At least seven civilians killed in DR Congo

Rebels killed at least seven civilians and abducted 15 others, including children, in fresh overnight raids in the far eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, civilian and military sources said Sunday.

Tanzania forms surveillance squad to identify gays on social media and arrest them

Tanzanian authorities have reportedly formed a surveillance squad whose job will be to identify gays on social media and arrest them.
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Tanzanian lawmaker Zitto Kabwe arrested in Dar es Salaam

Tanzanian opposition lawmaker Zitto Kabwe was arrested in Dar es Salaam Wednesday after having claimed that dozens of people were killed in recent clashes between herders and the security forces, his ACT party said.

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