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Kenya backs away from dropping homophobic laws

Kenya's High Court has refused to abolish a law criminalizing homosexuality. LGBT campaigners fear the move could be a setback to gay communities around the continent.

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Also, one of Africa's most famous authors, Kenyan Binyavanga Wainaina, has passed away. The renowned gay rights activist was named as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people after he came out in 2014 saying he wanted to chip away at other's shame.

And the downfall of Sudan's Omar al-Bashir has other regional leaders worried. Some analysts believe Chad's Idriss Deby has agreed to keep Ramadan prices fixed because he's worried that the social movement that brought down his Sudanese neighbour could become contagious.

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