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UN Troops in Ivory Coast under Increasing Pressure

The United Nations says attacks against its peacekeepers in Ivory Coast may constitute war crimes.  The 9,000 U.N. peacekeepers currently deployed in Ivory Coast are there, according to the U.N. mandate, to prevent a repeat of the 2002 civil war that divided this country between its mostly Muslim north and Christian south.But increasingly, those...

Kadhafi losing his grip on Libya's oil industry

Moamer Kadhafi's regime has lost control of the majority of Libya's oil and gas installations, the European Union's energy commissioner said on Monday. Meanwhile China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), Libya's largest oil and gas producer, said it had stopped production in the country and evacuated all of its employees. "There is reason to believe...

UN Says Illegal Helicopter Deliveries Going to Ivory Coast

A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says three attack helicopters are reportedly being delivered to forces supporting incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo.In a statement issued Sunday in New York, the spokesman called the deliveries "a serious violation of the embargo against Ivory Coast" in place since 2004.  The...

Suicide Car Bomb Kills 20 in Somalia's Capital Mogadishu

At least twenty people including policemen were killed and dozens others wounded Monday in a suicide car bomb attack on a police post in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, reports say. Witnesses told Garowe Online that an explosive-laden Toyota van exploded inside Hamar jajab district police post in Mogadishu's southern district of Hamar Jajab, near...

24 Killed in Libya Protests, Says Rights Group

24 Killed in Libya Protests, Says Rights Group Security forces have killed at least 24 people in a violent crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations in Libya, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. The New York-based rights group, citing witnesses, said 24 protesters were killed and scores injured during assaults on Thursday's Day of Anger protests in two Libyan cities. A local medical...

Sierra Leone Police Official: Security Improving

Sierra Leone’s Inspector General of Police has told VOA the current security situation in the country is significantly improving following the country’s 11-year civil war that left at least 50,000 dead. Francis Munu said the country’s police administration has been able to curb the previously high crime rate, as well as nationwide insecurity,...

It’s Lesbians vs Police in South African Township

A group of women sing and gyrate outside a police station in Vosloorus, an impoverished township to the east of Johannesburg.  Perspiration pastes the T-shirts they’re wearing to their ebony skins.  The fiery sun reflects off the placards they’re waving, some of which read, “END POLICE HOMOPHOBIA” and “LESBIANS ARE PEOPLE, TOO.” Phumzile Nkosi, a...

Technology Catches Up With Rhino Poachers in South Africa

A rhino DNA sample kit is expected to help prosecutors be even tougher on those caught with rhino horns. If DNA tests positively link a horn to a specific rhino carcass, suspects will no longer get away with only a charge of possession, they will also be charged with the illegal hunting of rhino and theft. "DNA evidence can now be used to link...

19 Suspects Arrested Over Borno Killings in Nigeria

Nineteen suspects, who police said have direct connection with the killing of Alhaji Modu Fannami Gubio, the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) gubernatorial candidate in Borno State and six others, on Friday were yesterday arrested by the joint military/police task force and the State Security Service (SSS) in Maiduguri. "We have strongly...

4 Killed, 9 Wounded in Somali Capital Mogadishu Battles

At least 4 people were slain and 9 others wounded in Mogadishu battles that was between Somali transitional government forces joined by Africa Union peacekeepers and Al shabaab fighters, witnesses said The combats which erupted on Friday night lasted since this morning as most of confrontations took place in the districts of Hodan, Howlwadag and...

Anniversary of Somalia Coup Marks 20 Years of War

Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of Somali dictator Mohammed Siad Barre. It is now 20 years that Somalia has been at war with itself. Since 1991, the Horn of African nation has been synonymous with violent coups, cruel warlords, Islamic insurgents and civilian death. On January 26, 1991, the socialist dictator Mohammed Siad Barre...

UN Report Urges New Anti-Piracy Measures

A new United Nations report urges a number of new measures to combat piracy, including the establishment of special courts. Jack Lang, appointed last year as a special United Nations adviser on legal issues related to Somali piracy, told the U.N. Security Council the piracy situation is serious, even worsening, with an increase of violence. The...

South African Lesbians Targeted for Rape and Violence

In South Africa, lesbians are often targeted for rape and violence in a phenomenon some perpetrators call corrective rape – indicating they believe a lesbian’s sexual orientation can be changed through rape and violence.In April 2008, Eudy Simelane, star of Banyana Banyana, South Africa’s female national soccer squad, was gang raped, beaten and...

Ugandan Judge Laments Lack Of Electoral Reforms

A retired Ugandan Supreme Court Judge has decried the excessive use of money in the ongoing campaigns and warned that the country cannot have free and fair elections when votes are for sell.Prof George Kanyeihamba told VOA that the election might go to the highest bidder unless the voters take the money but vote for the right candidate.Uganda will...

South Korean Navy Kills Somali Pirates

The South Korean navy on Friday stormed a ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, rescuing all 21 crew members and killing eight pirates, military officials said. The rescue took place about 1,300 kilometres off northeast Somalia and was supported by an Oman naval vessel. "Our special forces stormed the hijacked Samho Jewelry earlier...