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Polls are set to open in 48 hours across the US as the authoritarian regime of Donald Trump attempts to consolidate its hold over the troubled, oil-rich, nuclear-armed, north American nation. Analysts are sceptical the election will end months of political violence.
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gathara Nov 1
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African envoys have called for Americans to maintain peace during the elections and to be prepared accept the outcome of the vote. In a joint statement , the diplomats condemned recent incidents of incitement, violence and intimidation directed at opposition supporters
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gathara Nov 1
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A team of African election observers led by the famed explorer, Milton Allimadi, who discovered the Gulu River in Europe, is en route to the seaside capital of Washington DC where they are expected to separately meet with Mr Trump and opposition candidate, Joe Biden.
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gathara Nov 1
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Milton Allimadi, head of the African election observer group, urged US media to be responsible in its reporting, and take care not to inflame the already tense situation. "We urge American journalists to preach the gospel of peace and acceptance of election results".
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gathara Nov 1
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The US election comes at a time when the country is reeling from a series of humanitarian disasters including a pandemic that has claimed nearly a quarter million lives and brought its economy to the brink of collapse, exacerbating already fraught ethnic tensions.
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gathara Nov 1
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Businesses in the US capital, Washington, are boarded up as the approaching presidential election sparks widespread tension and fear. The first African journalists to travel deep into the heart of the troubled country report armed militia roaming the streets.
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gathara Nov 1
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African aid agencies sound the alarm over the potential for post-election violence to exacerbate the already dire humanitarian situation in the crisis-wracked US. Aid workers are calling on the international community to do more to protect the civilian population.
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gathara Nov 1
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Along with its northern neighbour, the US has long been regarded as an island of peace in an otherwise troubled region and plays host to many humanitarian agencies. The UN also has its headquarters in New York, in the more stable north-eastern part of the country.
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gathara Nov 1
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African envoys have expressed concern over local media reports that US President, Donald Trump, intends to declare victory on Monday, a day before the country's presidential election is held. The envoys urged the autocrat to wait until all votes have been counted.
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gathara Nov 1
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Viral images captured by African journalists who have ventured deep into the interior of the troubled US show deserted streets taken over by politically-aligned militia riding in "technicals" just a day before the country's presidential election.
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gathara Nov 1
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Kenyans living in politically-troubled, disease-ravaged US urged to stay indoors and not to venture into the country's interior. A travel advisory issued by the Kenyan government notes heightened risk of election-related tribal violence in central and southern states.
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gathara Nov 1
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Fearing an influx of refugees as the ethnically polarized US heads into a divisive presidential election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appealed for help from the international community while Mexico is reportedly considering paying for a border wall.
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gathara Nov 1
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US autocrat Donald Trump threatens to fire the nation's top medical expert following revelations of a quiet campaign to encourage mask use by his supporters by pointing out that masks allow wearers to publicly root for incompetent racists while hiding their identities.
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gathara Nov 1
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African observers and analysts say that many Americans are choosing to vote early and by mail to mitigate the risk of violence on election day. This trend is fueled by reports of police targeting gatherings of opposition supporters heading to polling stations.
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gathara Nov 2
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On the eve of US elections, a well-placed source says Kenya will call an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss worsening tensions in the volatile, strategically located Western nation. Top on the agenda will be securing the country's nuclear stockpile.
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gathara Nov 2
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UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, appeals for funds and warns that his agency has little capacity to deal with an escalation of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the troubled US if election-related political violence displaces huge numbers of people.
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gathara Nov 2
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As the US heads to the polls, the African Union has urged foreign countries to desist from political interference with the elections which, it warns, could precipitate tribal violence in the ethnically volatile, nuclear-armed former superpower.
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gathara Nov 2
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Countries such as Russia have historically been accused of meddling with US elections to prop up authoritarian puppet regimes in the north American nation, which is strategically located close to the Panama canal and considered a gateway into Latin America.
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gathara Nov 2
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Viral video of barricades being erected around the presidential palace -known locally as the White House- in the US capital, Washington DC, has raised tensions as rumors spread that incumbent despot, Donald Trump, will not give up power if he loses tomorrow's election.
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gathara Nov 2
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Report by African experts on US politics calls judicial independence the "weak link" in the covid-blighted nation's democracy, warning of the potential for violence if judges hand-picked by the aging autocrat, Donald Trump, determine the winner of tomorrow's election.
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gathara Nov 2
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The report by the Royal American Society in Accra, Ghana urges African states to make it clear to the ruling US Republican party that they will not tolerate any pressure on American judges to deliver politically convenient decisions in election-related cases.
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gathara Nov 2
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The RAS report also warns that private US media is being used by White ethnic elites to manipulate voters and to "deepen ancient tribal hatreds rooted in historical grievances over centuries of displacement, colonial subjugation, slavery and genocide".
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gathara Nov 2
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Kenyan official denies reports that the country has told its citizens in the US to "get out while you can", says the military is developing plans for an orderly evacuation should the political situation in the crisis-wracked north American nation deteriorate further.
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gathara Nov 2
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First group of African journalists to make it into the US tribal heartland files alarming reports of fearful locals arming themselves as the presidential election approaches. The troubled country already has more guns than people, with majority held by private citizens.
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gathara Nov 2
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AU statement on US elections expresses "deep concern" over allegations of voter suppression and political violence; urges US officials to ensure "all eligible Americans can vote and all votes count" and to desist from employing "disproportionate force" against citizens.
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gathara Nov 2
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Head of the AU observer mission, Milton Allimadi, says the US electoral system "would be an embarrassment in most African countries" and that the continent would be willing to share its expertise and resources as part of a "Marshall Plan" to rebuild democracy in the US.
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gathara Nov 2
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Interviews with African expatriates show how Americans are suffering with many fearing to leave their homes due to covid-19 and election-related political violence. "It is heartbreaking to see and sad that the international community is doing nothing to help" said one.
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gathara Nov 2
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An African aid worker was overwhelmed by the number of Americans in desperate need following the collapse of the economy as investors flee the disease-ravaged country and the covid-19 pandemic lays waste to small businesses. "We need to hire more volunteers," she said.
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gathara Nov 2
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Monica Juma, who brokered the Brexit peace agreement in the UK and mediated the American Spring uprising in May, is appointed AU High Representative to the US with the mandate to negotiate a power-sharing deal should tomorrow's presidential elections prove inconclusive.
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gathara Nov 2
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Two inspirational Kenyan teenagers establish online non-profit dedicated to easing humanitarian suffering in the US by helping customers shop online directly from struggling US stores forced to close their doors by the covid-19 pandemic and fears of election violence.
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gathara Nov 2
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Aid agencies launch "Adopt-An-American" campaign which lets people virtually adopt American kids for a small donation. A website will allow donors to track children's progress, visit with US families and, as a bonus, tour US homes for an authentic American experience.
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