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Report: US Drone Targets Militants in Somalia

A Washington newspaper reports that a U.S. drone aircraft fired on two leaders of the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab in Somalia last week, apparently wounding them.The Washington Post quotes an unnamed senior military official familiar with the operation.The official said the strike was carried out amid rising concerns that al-Shabab is...

Drug Firms Fight Spread of Counterfeit Drugs in East Africa

The world's largest pharmaceutical companies have gathered in Nairobi to develop a strategy to fight counterfeit medicines in East Africa. A two-day conference opened Wednesday to discuss the dangers of counterfeit medicine, as well as ways to limit the spread of the drugs in East Africa and around the world. Health officials, police, customs...

Somali Prime Minister Resigns, Reversing Pledge to Stay

Somalia's prime minister says he is resigning, reversing a pledge he made last week to stay in office after an outpouring of support by Somalis opposed to his departure.Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told reporters Sunday his decision to leave office was made to avert political collapse in his homeland. He said his departure is "in the...

Congolese Girls Abducted Into War

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a war that formally ended in 2008 still rages in the countryside. International organizations say all types of military groups are guilty of recruiting or abducting children, including countless numbers of girls, to serve as soldiers, porters, spies, scouts, cooks and sex-slaves.When Alliance was 13-years-old,...

As Museveni Sworn in, Questions Raised About Uganda’s Democracy

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been sworn in for a fourth term in office, which will extend his rule of the country to 30 years. Once viewed as a liberator and reformer, Museveni is now facing increasing criticism over his consolidation of power and his commitment to human rights.Security was tight in Kampala as police and military alike...

US Trial Begins for Man Accused in Rwandan Genocide

A man accused of taking part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide is on trial in an immigration court in the United States.Eighty-four-year-old Lazare Kobagaya is accused of playing a role in the atrocities, and then lying about it to obtain U.S. citizenship in 2006. Prosecutors say the trial is the first of its kind in the U.S. requiring proof of...

Uganda’s Opposition Forms Pressure Group to Protest Corruption And Abuse of Public Funds

Uganda’s largest opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has launched a non-partisan pressure group to champion a non-violent campaign against the spiraling cost of basic needs, government opulence and hunger in the country. The high prices of commodities, including food and fuel, in the country have seen a rise in inflation since...

Economic Problems Fuel Ivory Coast Conflict, says Analyst

Ivory Coast’s electoral stand-off has cost hundreds of lives. Independent monitors and the international community say Alassane Ouattara won the recent presidential poll, and incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo refuses to step down. But some observers say the real cause of the conflict is cocoa, the commodity that has boosted living standards in...

Nile River Countries Consider Cooperative Framework Agreement

The Nile is the world’s longest river, spanning a distance of almost 6,600 kilometers. It is formed from the White Nile, which originates in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, and the Blue Nile, which begins at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The two rivers meet in Sudan and travel northwards, flowing through Egypt and seven upstream countries...

Nile Debate Emphasizes Conservation, Water Sharing

The Nile is the world’s longest river, spanning a distance of almost 6,600 kilometers. <!--IMAGE--> It is formed from the White Nile, which originates in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, and the Blue Nile, which begins at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. The two rivers meet in Sudan and travel northwards, flowing through Egypt and seven...

Uganda, Burundi Pledge Additional 4,000 Troops in Somalia

As pro-government troops continue their push to oust Islamist insurgents from southern and central Somalia, Uganda and Burundi have pledged additional troops to reinforce the African Union peacekeeping mission.It has been slightly more than a month since the Somali government launched an offensive against the al-Qaida-linked insurgent group al-...

Results Unclear as Somali Offensive Continues

The Somali government is claiming victory in a month-long offensive to retake pieces of southern Somalia from the insurgent group al-Shabab. But as fighting continues and the death toll rises, the impact of the recent clashes remains unclear.There has been relative calm in Somalia’s border regions over the past week as fighting between government...

Somalia Clashes Leaves at Least 13 Dead

Authorities in Somalia say 13 people were killed during fighting between insurgents and government troops in the capital, Mogadishu. The Associated Press says the majority were victims of mortar attacks near the Bakara market and the presidential palace.An additional 21 people were wounded in the attacks.There have been several weeks of intense...

U.N. Adviser: Somalia Violence Threatens Horn of Africa

An adviser to the United Nations on the conflict in Somalia warns the country’s ongoing crisis is encouraging terrorism activities in Kenya and other neighboring countries, which he says could destabilize the entire Horn of Africa region. Mustapha Ali, who is also the Secretary General of the African Council of Religious Leaders, says Kenyans are...

UNICEF Launches Annual Aid Appeal

The United Nations children's agency is launching its global annual appeal for funding for women and children caught in various crises.  Within that appeal, the agency called for donors to contribute $303 million to projects in eight countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, with the bulk going to Ethiopia, Somalia, and Zimbabwe.   UNICEF’s...