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15 Killed in Somali Capital Mogadishu Clashes Over Weekend

At least 15 people were killed over the weekend in the Somali capital Mogadishu, as fighting continued between Somali government forces backed by African Union peacekeepers and Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabaab insurgents on the other side, Radio Garowe reports. The sectors in the city where these clashes are taking place are Hodan and partly of...

WikiLeaks Concern for South African Freedom of Information Activists

As WikiLeaks continues to release heaps of United States government secrets, freedom of information advocates in South Africa are concerned the controversy will spur the country’s parliament on to pass a controversial “Secrecy Bill” into law. “We’re concerned that the issues around WikiLeaks may drive the Ministry (of State Security) to suggest...

MV Panama Pirated in the Far South of the Somali Basin

On the afternoon of 10 December, the MV PANAMA was pirated by 2 armed skiffs with a total of 5 pirates on board. A Rocket Propelled Grenade was used during the attack which occurred approximately 80 nautical miles east of the Tanzanian/Mozambique border. This extreme southerly attack in the Somali Basin is a further example of the constantly...

United Nations-African Union Mission Concerned Over Sudan’s Military Attack on Armed Group

The head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today voiced concern over an attack reportedly carried out by the Sudanese armed forces against fighters of one of the armed opposition groups in the strife-torn region. The attack on Khor Abeche village in South Darfur against the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA...

Hundreds of Eritreans Held Hostage in Sinai

The U.N. refugee agency is urging Egypt to intervene to secure the release of about 250 Eritreans who have been held hostage for about a month by human traffickers in the Sinai.The United Nations refugee agency says it does not have much information about  the group of Eritreans nor the hostage takers.   It says media reports note the traffickers...

22 Killed, 35 Wounded in Two Days of Mogadishu Clashes

At least 22 people have been killed and more than 35 others wounded in two days of fighting between African Union (AU) forces and al-Shabab fighters in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports. On Saturday, the fighting caused 12 deaths and 20 wounded, while at least 10 people were killed and 15 others wounded during Sunday's heavy...

International Pressure Mounts for Sudanese President's Arrest

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir did not appear at independence day celebrations in the Central African Republic, where he faced the possibility of arrest and transfer to the International Criminal Court. Amnesty International says it is only a matter of time before he is brought to justice.  Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the...

Somali capital Mogadishu Death Toll Hits 40 On Third Day of Fighting

At least 15 people were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu during the third consecutive day of fighting Tuesday, Radio Garowe reports. The fighting was between Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam insurgent factions on one side, and troops from the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and African Union (AMISOM) peacekeepers deployed in Mogadishu....

Odinga Remarks Spark Persecution Fears for Kenya's Gay Community

Kenya's gay and lesbian communities say they are confused and worried after the country's prime minister called for the arrest of homosexuals.Recent statements made by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga have many gay and lesbian activists concerned that the country's gains in civil rights could be erased. Speaking Sunday at a rally in Kenya's...

Rights Group Demands Fair Trials for Guinea's Post-Election Detainees

Human Rights Watch is calling for fair trials for the 125 men detained after post-election violence in Guinea. Corinne Dufka, HRW's Director for West Africa, says there are concerns that some of those detained in post-presidential election violence in Guinea were arrested for ethnic or political reasons."We understand that the vast majority of...

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga Orders Arrest of Gay Couples

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga  Orders Arrest of Gay Couples Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Sunday ordered for the arrest of gay couples. Addressing a rally at Kamukunji grounds in his Langata Constituency, the PM said their behaviour was unnatural. "If found the homosexuals should be arrested and taken to relevant authorities," Mr Odinga said. The PM thrilled the crowd when he asserted that the recent...

10 People Killed in Mogadishu Clashes

Heavy clashes between Somali government troops backed by African Union forces and al-Shabab fighters have left at least 10 people dead and 20 others wounded in Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports. Seven people -- mostly soldiers -- lost their lives on Saturday when al-Shabab fighters launched an attack against Somali soldiers in Mogadishu's northern...

US Issues Travel Warning for DR Congo

The United States government has repeated its travel warning for parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The warning issued Wednesday advises against non-essential travel to eastern and northeastern parts of the central African country, where it says armed groups kill, rape and pillage and carry out military operations in which civilians are...

Kaduna Refinery Shut After Pipeline Attack in Nigeria

Kaduna Refining and Petochemical Company (KRPC) has been shut following a damage to the crude oil pipeline feeding it. This comes as the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) again threatened to completely cripple Nigeria's oil export after the military said it had arrested dozens of militants believed to have recently kidnapped...

Former Gambian Diplomat Says break with Iran Presidential Cover-Up

A former Gambian ambassador to the United States said President Yayah Jammeh might have severed relations with Iran to cover up his reported involvement with an arms shipment confiscated last week by Nigerian authorities. Gambia Monday night gave Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the country. A statement issued by the Gambian foreign ministry...