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Sudan's Bashir Attends Djibouti President's Inauguration

Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh has been sworn in for a third term, in a ceremony attended by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes.The International Criminal Court indicted Bashir in 2009 for alleged war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region. An ICC arrest warrant calls for any member country he visits to arrest him....

Cost of Living Rising in Kenya

Shortages of food and fuel in Kenya are sending the cost of living upwards, threatening political and social crises.One mango and three bananas at Nairobi's City Market costs 50 shillings, or about $.60. While such prices would certainly attract shoppers in the developed world, many of Kenya's residents live on less than $1 per day, keeping these...

Uganda Protests Against High Prices Continues, Despite Government’s Use of Force

Protests against soaring fuel and food prices in Uganda are entering their fourth week. Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets across the country in a “walk to work” campaign that began small but gained momentum when Ugandan security forces responded with violence. What began as a series of peaceful demonstrations have turned...

Africans React to Death of Osama bin Laden

There is mixed reaction in Africa to the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.Osama bin Laden's deadliest strike in Africa was the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that together killed 224 people.Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki said the al-Qaida leader's death is an "act of justice" for the victims of the Nairobi bombing...

African Observers say Death of Terrorist Leader Brings Opportunities and Challenges

In Nigeria, reaction to death of Osama Bin Laden, who was killed Sunday by U.S. forces in Pakistan, was mixed. While some expressed support for the U.S. action, others warned it could lead to more violence. Bin Laden’s death offers an opportunity for improved relations between the United States and the Muslim world, said Mallam Auwal Rafsanjani,...

Global Press Freedom at Lowest Level in More Than Decade

A U.S.-based group that monitors human rights says the number of people with access to free and independent media has declined to its lowest level in more than a decade. In its newly released annual survey of 193 countries and territories, Freedom House says it rated 68 as "free," 65 "partly free" and 63 as "not free.”The group says during the...

Kenya Unions Demand Wage Increase, Threaten Protests

As the country celebrates International Worker's Day, Kenya's unions are demanding higher wages and threatening Egypt-style protests if their demands are not met.On Monday, Kenyans around the country relaxed with family and friends thanks to the public holiday to celebrate the international labor movement. But as the day wound down, a storm was...

Shipping Company Says Pirates Hijack Tanker

A shipping firm says Somali pirates have likely hijacked a chemical tanker with 25 crew members off the coast of Kenya.Singapore-based Glory Ship Management says it believes the MT Gemini was seized by pirates on Saturday, as the ship sailed toward the Kenyan port city of Mombasa.A company statement says the vessel is now headed toward Somalia.The...

Uganda's President Vows to 'Defeat' Protests

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni says he will "defeat" a series of deadly opposition protests, originally triggered by high food and fuel prices.Museveni spoke Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya, a day after riots in Uganda's capital left at least two people dead and 120 others wounded.Rioters burned tires and set up blockades in parts of Kampala Friday...

Ugandan Capital Tense After Friday’s Riots

Uganda’s capital Kampala is reportedly calm but tense after Friday’s riots that according to a police statement, has claimed the lives of at least five people and left over a hundred injured. Uganda security forces fought running battles with protesters following what many describe as the inhumane and brutal arrest of the main opposition leader Dr...

Injection Drug Use Helps Drive HIV/AIDS in Africa

Injection drug use has long been a driving factor in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. But now, there are signs it’s a growing problem in sub-Saharan Africa, as well. The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS, sent a team to Kenya and Tanzania to study the relationship between injection drugs...

IRC Africa Denies Ethiopia's Ogaden Permission to Resume Operation

Ethiopia has denied the International Committee of the Red Cross permission to resume humanitarian operations in the restive Ogaden region. ICRC workers were expelled from the Ogaden nearly four years ago for allegedly aiding members of a separatist group, a charge they strongly deny.  ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger says talks with Ethiopian...

Kenya PM Reveals Upcoming Cabinet 'Reshuffle'

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has held talks with coalition partner President Mwai Kibaki over what many believe to be a possible reshuffling of the Kenyan cabinet. Returning from a two-week trip to the United States and France Tuesday night, Mr. Odinga was asked by journalists about the fate of suspended higher education minister and ICC...

Kenya Debates Electoral Reform Ahead of 2012 Poll

Kenya's parliament has begun debate on a critical law that will govern the country's next presidential elections in 2012.  Kenya’s parliament is in the midst of reading a reform bill that could lay the final groundwork for violence-free elections next year. The body is currently reviewing the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission Bill,...

Kenyan Prayer Meetings Spark Criticism, Controversy

In Kenya, debate has been sparked about countrywide prayer meetings held before and after six high-profile suspects traveled to The Hague in connection with post-election violence charges.  Organizers say the prayer meetings were attempts to sow peace among Kenyans, while critics contend they were thinly-disguised political rallies that will grow...