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Somalia capital Mogadishu Clashes Kill 15, Injures 30

At least 15, mostly civilians have been killed and over 30 others injured in heavy clashes that erupted between Somali militants and government forces backed by African Union troops in the restive capital Mogadishu, witnesses. The clashes started on late Wednesday in the capital's KM4 and Dabka intersections and Shaqalaha road, where fighters...

French Court Blocks Probe of African Presidents

A French Appeal Court in Paris yesterday rejected the demand of the Transparency International (TI) organization for leave to open a probe in France into the estates of three African heads of state. According to TI, the three leaders – Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo, Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea and the late Omar Bongo...

Kenya Faces Electronic Waste Time Bomb

Kenya is in the league of countries that are headed for an environmental implosion as the take up of electronic gadgets rises among its population without proper mechanisms to dispose of obsolete ones. Environmentalists warn that unregulated disposal of electronic waste - commonly known as e-waste - with toxic elements that can persist for...

Nigeria Calls for Action on Small Arms Trade

There is an urgent need for a rejuvenated fight against trafficking in small arms, a top Nigerian official said at the General Assembly today, stressing the ties between that trade and piracy and oil smuggling in the Niger Delta. "The proliferation of small arms in West Africa is fast turning the region into a major transit point for illicit drugs...

Ten Killed as Pro-Monarchy Rioters Shut Down Capital of Uganda

Ugandan police have used excessive force during clashes with rioting supporters of a local monarch in which at least 10 people died, according to a human rights watchdog. The clashes erupted on 10 September in the capital, Kampala, sparked off by a planned visit by King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi of Buganda kingdom to the central district of Kayunga on...

Countries Take Up Africa are Laws to Fight Spread of Small Arms

Countries from the Great Lakes region and Horn of Africa are to harmonise their laws to fight the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. "In order to address the problem effectively, we have resolved to harmonise our laws so that we can rein in the culprits. Our state arms are being marked to help in tracing them if they fall into the...

Gani, Conscience of Nigeria, is Dead

Renowned lawyer and frontline human rights activist, Chief Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi (SAN), yesterday morning succumbed to a long fought battle with cancer of the lung. He was 71. A statement from the family announcing the passage of the legal icon reads: "Chief Gani Fawehinmi, LLD, D.Litt, SAM, SAN is dead. He died at the early hours of today,...

Hundreds Displaced After Senegal Clashes

At least 600 people have fled their homes on the outskirts of Ziguinchor, the main city of Senegal's Casamance region, after clashes between the Senegalese army and separatist rebels. On 4 September families were seen streaming out of the Diabir neighbourhood - which is just outside of Ziguinchor proper - toting mattresses, televisions, clothing,...

Women and Children Increasingly Targeted in Southern Sudanese Clashes

Women and children are being increasingly targeted in the escalating attacks against communities in Southern Sudanese states, exacerbating the dire humanitarian situation, say officials. "We have seen a drastic escalation in violence across Southern Sudan this year - from the Equatorial States besieged by LRA [rebel Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army...

Heavy Fighting Breaks Out in The Somali Capital Mogadishu

Heavy fighting between government soldiers and Islamist forces has broken out in around Ex-control Afgoi checkpoint in the south of the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses and officials told Shabelle radio on Saturday. Reports said that fighting started early on Saturday morning at Ex-control intersection, a government soldiers' strategic...

Democratic Alliance Wants Arms Control Minutes of South Africa

SA's arms control committee should provide minutes of all meetings it had held in the past five years when it appeared before Parliament, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said yesterday. Evaluation of these documents was the only way to gain insight into alleged "dodgy arms deals" authorised by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC...

Arms Trade Mess in South Africa

The National Conventional Arms Control Committee faces a crisis of credibility with its functioning and conduct apparently in violation of ANC government's own enabling legislation governing arms dealing. These are some of the facts the government has been trying to hide: There are claims that for well over a year the NCACC, the government body...

Mysterious Disease Kills 20 in Tete

An outbreak of a strange disease in the district of Tsangano, in the central Mozambican province of Tete, has killed at least 20 people since it was first reported last May. At present there some 142 infected, reported Mozambique's state television TVM on Saturday. The health authorities in Tete are concerned with the outbreak of this disease,...

30 Killed in Central Somalia Clashes Among Islamists

At least 30 people were killed in central Somalia fighting between rival Islamist groups, Radio Garowe reports. The fighting started on Thursday in El Dher district of Galgadud region, which has been the scene of numerous battles between Al Shabaab and Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamee'a militias. Sheikh Abdullahi Abdirahman "Abu Qadi," spokesman for Ahlu...

Court Jails Six Journalists Gambia

Six Gambian journalists, including the editors of two independent newspapers, have been sentenced to two-year jail terms and each fined about U.S. $10,000 on sedition and criminal defamation charges. If the journalists are unable to pay the fine, they will face an additional two years in jail, according to the Gambia Press Union (GPU). The...