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Swedish, South African Clerics Say Arms Deal Weakens New Democracy

South African and Swedish church leaders have reiterated grave concerns that a 10-year-old arms deal that involved Sweden with South Africa threatens the fledgling African democracy. The deal to sell armaments to South Africa also involved other European and Western nations such as Britain, France and Germany. It was signed a decade ago, estimated...

UN Shows Kenya Links to Both Sides in Somalia

UN Shows Kenya Links to Both Sides in Somalia Kenya serves as "a major base" for Islamist groups battling Somalia's Transitional Federal Government, the United Nations says in a recent report that also details the Kenyan government's training of TFG forces -- in apparent violation of a UN embargo. Kenyan nationals account for about half of all foreigners fighting in Somalia under the banner...

Landmine Blast Kills High Tfg Official in Mogadishu

The district commissioner of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia for Hamar Jajab district in Mogadishu has been killed another officials injured after land mine blast targeted to the officials' vehicle traveling around Afisyone the airport, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Saturday. The transitional government authorities ordered the...

Heavy Clashes Restarts, Kills 3, Injuries 4 in Mogadishu

At least 3 people have been killed and 4 others wounded in Mogadishu after heavy clashes between the transitional government troops backing by AMISOM and Islamist fighters restarted in parts of Hodan district in Mogadishu, witnesses and officials told Shabelle radio on Tuesday. The fighting which follows another war that broke out in the area on...

Plateau Women Storm Abuja, Protest Killings in Nigeria

Plateau Women Storm Abuja, Protest Killings in Nigeria HUNDREDS of Plateau women, yesterday, staged peaceful demonstrations in Jos and Abuja against Sunday's mayhem at Dogon Nahawa where hundreds, mostly women and children, were murdered. This is just as the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 3 Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Saleh Maina, yesterday, defended himself against...

Cleric Defends Mandela from Winnie Attack in South Africa

A visiting South African archbishop on Friday defended the leadership record of former President Nelson Mandela against accusations of betrayal by his estranged wife Winnie Mandela. The Most Reverend Njongo Ndungane said Mr Mandela brought the country to a democratic dispensation and averted bloodshed which could have torn the country apart....

Jang Indicts Army Over Jos Massacre

Plateau State Governor Jonah John Jang has blamed the army for last Sunday's killings in the Jos South Local Government Area of the state. He said if the military had acted on the intelligence he provided, the dastardly attacks in which over 300 persons mostly women and children were massacred would have been avoided. But another round of attack...

Nigeria extradites Al-Qaeda suspect‎

A TERRORIST suspected to belong to the Al-Qaeda network, Ibrahim Haman Ahmed, who was extradited to the United States of America by Nigerian government officials had been on the wanted list of the United States Central Intelligence Agency for more than two years, security and diplomatic sources in Abuja told Vanguard, yesterday. The man who was...

Nigeria Places Troops on Red Alert over Jos Crisis

Nigeria Places Troops on Red Alert over Jos Crisis Over 200 people, mostly women and children, were murdered in the early hours of yesterday following attacks on Dogo-Na-Hawa, Ratsat and Jeji villages in Foron district, Jos South Local Government Area, Plateau State. The attacks were visited on the Berom villages by men suspected to be Hausa-Fulani fighters who had descended from the hills from...

Grenade Attacks Leave 16 Injured in Rwanda

At least 16 people were yesterday evening wounded in two simultaneous grenade attacks in the city. One of the attacks took place in Kimironko close to the taxi park, while the other occurred at Kinamba on the way to Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre. The grenades exploded during the heavy rain Thursday evening at around 19 hrs. It was not clear by...

Hague Judges to Get Poll Chaos List in Kenya

Hague Judges to Get Poll Chaos List in Kenya Names of key post-election violence suspects will be tabled before the Pre-Trial Chamber at The Hague Wednesday. An International Criminal Court (ICC) official on Tuesday said prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo will go before the judges to provide the names and the role they played in the chaos as requested two weeks ago. The names, said Information...

Nigerian 17 Police Officers Detained over Boko Haram Shooting

Soldiers patrol a street in Bauchi during the Boko Haram crisis last year. Nigerian Police spokesman Yemi Ajayi Monday says 17 officers have been detained for questioning after a video supposedly showed officers executing people after religious rioting. Ajayi said the 17 officers were taken to Abuja for questioning over the videotape, which aired...

Envoy Leads Call for All Darfur Militia to Join Peace Process in Sudan

A gathering of high-level international officials to Sudan, led by the head of the joint United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping operation in the country's war-torn Darfur region, on Saturday urged all armed groups involved in the conflict to join the peace process initiated earlier this week by Khartoum and a major rebel militia. Ibrahim...

Militias Turn Into Criminal Gangs in Kenya

Militias which perpetrated some of the worst violence in the last general election have transformed into criminal gangs and pose a grave threat to the nation's security. Most of them are taking advantage of the community policing project to claim legitimacy as community-based vigilante groups, according to the latest monitoring report commissioned...

Fourth Defense Witness Appears In Thomas Lubanga Trial

Fourth Defense Witness Appears In Thomas Lubanga Trial The fourth witness called by the defense in the Thomas Lubanga trial appeared in court today but did not give any evidence in public session. The witness testified with protective measures including face and voice recognition. The start of today's hearing was delayed by an hour and a half, due to what Judge Adrian Fulford said were "difficulties"...