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Hague Court Attacks Prosecution Evidence as 'Weak,' 'Unreliable'

 Hague Court Attacks Prosecution Evidence as 'Weak,' 'Unreliable' The International Criminal Court has described evidence against a Darfur rebel leader accused of an attack on African Union peacekeepers variously as "weak", "scant" and "unreliable." A Pre-Trial Chamber of the court made the remarks in a decision in which it refused to sanction the trial of Bahar Idriss Abu Garda on war crimes charges for an...

Somalian Al-Shabaab Declares Jihad On Kenya

Somalian Al-Shabaab Declares Jihad On Kenya The Islamic administration of Al-Shabaab that controls Somalia's southern regions of Jubba has on Sunday declared holy war on Kenya over reports that Nairobi is training Somali troops. Sheikh Hussen Abdi Gedi, Al-Shabaab's second in command in the southern port city of Kismayo said his group has received reports of planned offensives from the...

South African Arms Deal Details Consigned to Dark

South African Arms Deal Details Consigned to Dark THE murky details of SA's multibillion-rand arms deal are unlikely ever to come to light after weapons maker BAE Systems last week cut a deal with UK and US officials to plead guilty and pay fines on some charges in exchange for the dropping of probes on others. Europe's biggest weapons maker pleaded guilty to gross control failures in its...

108 Jos Riot Suspects Arraigned in Abuja

About 108 suspects arrested in the aftermath of the sectarian riot in Jos, Plateau State during which hundreds of people lost their lives and properties worth billions of naira were destroyed, were arraigned yesterday before a Federal High Court in Abuja. One of the accused, one Daniel Gaba was said to have died after taking ill in detention....

Niger Delta Militants Angry at Slow Progress After Amnesty

Niger Delta Militants Angry at Slow Progress After Amnesty Three flow stations in the oil-rich Niger Delta have had to be closed after a pipeline was sabotaged, according to Royal Dutch Shell. The company said the Jan. 30 leak on the Trans Ramos oil pipeline was due to sabotage, but no group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. A representative of the Movement for the Emancipation of the...

Vice-President Jos - Jonathan Deploys Troops Across the North in Nigeria

Vice-President Jos - Jonathan Deploys Troops Across the North in Nigeria The Federal Government has moved to prevent total breakdown of law and order following renewed fighting in Jos, Plateau State. Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday ordered the deployment of troops in the troubled areas, while states in Northern Nigeria have been placed on red alert. This comes as the Governor of Plateau State, David Jonah...

Muslim Clerics Disown Protests in Kenya

Muslim Clerics Disown Protests in Kenya Muslim leaders have asked youths in Mombasa to call of their planned demonstration on Friday. The youths intended to protest in show of solidarity with Jamaican preacher Abdulla al-Faisal who has been in detention pending his deportation after he was linked to terrorism. The leaders also disowned the sheikh -- who served a seven-year jail term in...

138 Killed in Central Somalia Fighting

A Mogadishu-based right group says the death toll from the recent fighting between Somali armed groups in central Somalia has reached 138 with more than 344 others, mostly fighters from both sides injured. Elman Human Right and Peace Group says 63,000 residents have also being displaced in the fighting which was described worst to hit the central...

Witnesses at Kenya's Post-Polls Violence Trials 'At Risk'

Witnesses at Kenya's Post-Polls Violence Trials 'At Risk' There might be no witnesses when the International Criminal Court (ICC) settles down to try suspected perpetrators of the post election violence, a human rights lobby has said. According to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), about 22 potential witnesses who gave evidence during the Waki Commission sittings were living in fear...

East Africa Moves Closer to Having Joint Army

East Africa Moves Closer to Having Joint Army AS different sectors coalesce into the regional co-operation under the ambit of the East African Co-operation, considerations to include defence are on the table. During his address at the East African security meeting at Munyonyo in October 2009, President Yoweri Museveni called for the creation of an East-African defence force to solve conflicts...

Calm Returns, 30 Bodies Found in Somalia's Dusomareb town in Central Region

Calm Returns, 30 Bodies Found in Somalia's Dusomareb town in Central Region At least 30 dead bodies have been found in Dusomareb town where heavy fighting between both rival sides continued on Saturday, just as calm returned to areas where the clashes happened in central Somalia, witnesses said on Sunday. Reports say that calm has returned to Dusomareb town, just a day after deadly fighting between forces loyal to the...

Ugandan Army Kills Kony's Third in Command

Ugandan Army Kills Kony's Third in Command THE first day of the new year started on a high note for the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) with the killing of senior LRA commander 'Brigadier' Bok Abudema. "Abudema's killing is a high target harvest. We are now looking at the tail end of the LRA. The remaining target is Joseph Kony," said army spokesman Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye. Abudema,...

Somali Gov't Sayst From Yemen

Somali Gov't Sayst From Yemen Somalia's State Minister for Defense, Sheikh Yusuf Mohamed Siad aka Indha Adde says Yemeni rebels have sent arms to Somalia's Islamist Al Shabaab insurgents to help fuel the insurgence. Indha Adde said the boats carrying weapons from Yemen had docked in the southern port city of Kismayo, which is under Al Shabaab's control. "Yemeni rebels sent two...

2 Soldiers, 6 Others Die in Fresh Bauchi Violence of Nigeria

At least eight people were killed in Bauchi today as another Islamic religious sect, Kalo-Kato struck in Zango area throwing the state capital into pandemonium. The sect was demanding the release of its leader said to have been arrested by security agents. Among those reported killed were two soldiers and two security operatives who were among...

Umaru Mutallab's Son Identified As Delta Airline Attempted Bomber

The young man, who yesterday night attempted to ignite an explosive device aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan in the United States has been identified as Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old son of Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, former First Bank chairman. Mutallab, a former minister and prominent banker...