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Gbagbo Supporters Attack UN Troops In Cote d'Ivoire

Gbagbo Supporters Attack UN Troops In Cote d'Ivoire A group of youths supporting Côte d'Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday attacked UN peacekeepers providing security for Prime Minister Raila Odinga who is the African Union (AU) mediator to the West African state. Witnesses said the pro-Gbagbo supporters calling themselves "The Youth Patriots" lined up the road leading to Pullman Hotel...

Outside Aid Focuses on Africa's Growing Slums

Activists are increasingly looking to help the growing number of slum residents in Africa through local organizations and economic programs. This reverses previous activism in Africa focused on improving human rights and rural areas. A resident of the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, introduces himself in an activist video on the Internet. "My name...

Rwanda Jails Nyamwasa for 24 Years for Terrorism

A military court in Rwanda has sentenced four exiled former Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) officials to two decades in prison over terrorism. Lt. Kayumba Nyamwasa and Dr Theogene Rudasingwa were on Friday sentenced to 24 years in prison after the court found them guilty of forming a terrorist group, threatening state security, undermining public...

Hijacked Mozambican Fishing Vessel Heading to Somalia

The hijacked Mozambican fishing boat, the "Vega 5", seems to be heading towards a port in Somalia, but there has still been no word, either from the 24 member crew or from the pirates who seized the ship. Cited in Monday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias", the Beira maritime administrator, Martinho Mafumo, said he assumed the main reason for...

Wave of Arrests of Bloggers And Activists Across a Number of Tunisian Cities.

Reporters Without Borders condemned the arrests and disappearances yesterday of bloggers and online activists across a number of Tunisian cities. The worldwide press freedom organization has monitored at least five such cases but the list could well be longer. Police arrested the bloggers to question them about hacking into government websites by...

East African Countries Likely Al Qaeda Targets, Says Report

East Africa remains a fertile ground for terrorism, says a new report. The report by a Maplecroft, a UK-based risk advisory consultancy, finds that Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are all at risk of being targeted by terrorist groups. The group puts Uganda among countries that are top targets of Al Qaeda or other regional extremist groups like Al...

Connection to Cocaine Seized in South Africa

Three Mozambicans are among six people arrested in South Africa after the seizure of 312 kilos of cocaine, with an estimated street value of 316 million rands (47.7 million US dollars). According to reports in the South African press, the cocaine was hidden among bags of rice in a container that was unloaded at the port of Durban. But Durban was...

Jos Blasts - Tension as Reprisal Attacks Engulf City in Nigeria

Jos Blasts - Tension as Reprisal Attacks Engulf City in Nigeria THERE was palpable tension in the Plateau State capital, yesterday, as angry youths carried out reprisal attacks in some parts of Jos setting houses ablaze and molesting people over the Christmas eve blasts in two locations which claimed 32 lives and hospitalisation of 74 others. One of the victims of the Jos blasts receiving treatment at the...

Wikileaks Could Quicken Demise of GNU

THE recent WikiLeaks cable releases could have afforded President Robert Mugabe ammunition to call for elections next year, with his main argument that his coalition partner, Morgan Tsvangirai was in bed with the West. For years now, Mugabe has claimed that Tsvangirai was a pliant tool for Britain and America and revelations that the Prime...

French Judges Lift Arrest Warrants Against Rwandan Military Officials

International arrest warrants against nine Rwandan military and government officials that a French judge issued in 2006 have been dropped. This follows revelations by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks that judge Jean Louis Bruguiere's actions were politically motivated when he indicted the officials on charges that they were responsible for...

Ten Killed in Lagos Pipeline Explosion Nigeria

Lagos witnessed another pipeline explosion on Thursday in which about 10 people were feared dead and about 17 declared missing. The explosion occurred in Idu, a few kilometres from Ijegun, where about 100 died in a previous oil fire on May 16, 2008. The pipeline in the latest incident, which supplies product from Ejigbo through Satellite Town to...

Human Rights Violations the Rule Not Exception in 2010

Human rights violations were the rule rather than the exception in 2010.  The United Nations says crimes such as mass rapes, torture, extra-judicial executions, arbitrary detention, disappearances remain widespread throughout the world.   Even democratic societies are experiencing an erosion of human rights due to the so-called war on terror and...

6 Prominent Kenyans Accused of Crimes Against Humanity

Three Kenyan ministers are among six high-profile figures accused of crimes against humanity by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. At a press conference in The Hague, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he was requesting charges to be brought against six prominent Kenyans who allegedly incited or facilitated ethnic...

Warplanes Have Effectively Bombed South Sudan - UN Confirm

A UN investigation team confirmed Monday that warplanes from the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) had carried out attacks against some locations in Southern Sudan near the joint border this month. UNMIS military talk with local officials after inspecting alleged bombing near Kiir Adem bridge, on November 24, 2010 (ST) "After verification, it was...

South Africa's Frigates and the Somali Pirates

South Africa's Frigates and the Somali Pirates There is increasing pressure on South Africa to join the antipiracy efforts off the coast of East Africa. Some say that modern warships acquired as part of the controversial post-apartheid arms deal could be deployed, but Anton Kruger, writing in www.the-african.org, asks whether South Africa really has the capability or the obligation to get...