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Clashes Kill 10 People in Mogadishu

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. Several people -- mostly soldiers -- lost their lives late on Wednesday night when al-Shabab fighters launched an attack against Somali soldiers in...

Nigerian Militants Give Conditions to End Hostilities

Nigerian Militants Give Conditions to End Hostilities Delta Liberation Force, NDLF, John Togo, Friday, gave four conditions for the cessation of hostilities by his group. The group in a statement by its spokesman, "Captain" Mark Anthony said: *The first condition was for President Goodluck Jonathan to "immediately convene a proper conference of all aggrieved ex-militants who have accepted amnesty...

Violence Kills 11 People in Mogadishu, Somalia

Fierce clashes between Somali government troops, backed by African Union (AU) forces, and al-Shabab fighters have left at least 11 people dead and 25 others injured in Mogadishu. Seven people -- mostly Soldiers -- lost their lives on late Wednesday fighting in Mogadishu's northern district of Boondheere. "In the morning, I witnessed 5 dead bodies...

Somali Militants Al-Shabaab Warn of Fresh Terror Attacks Abroad

SOMALI militants Al-Shabaab have issued a fresh warning to attack Kampala and Bujumbura if Uganda and Burundi do not immediately withdraw their troops from the capital Mogadishu. A senior commander, Fuad Shongole, told a gathering in Mogadishu on Thursday that the fresh attacks were intended to "avenge" the recent actions of the Ugandan and...

Illegal Miner Killed, 426 Arrested in Free State Police Operation at South Africa

An illegal miner was killed, two injured and some 426 arrested during a police and mine security operation at the St Helena mine near Welkom, police said on Friday. Free State police spokesman Captain Stephen Thakeng said police and mine security in a joint operation visited a problematic illegal mining area at the St. Helena mine at 8am on...

Kenyan Suspended Higher Education minister William Ruto Strikes Evidence Deal With ICC Chief

Kenyan Suspended Higher Education minister William Ruto Strikes Evidence Deal With ICC Chief Suspended Higher Education minister William Ruto on Thursday agreed with International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on rules by which he will give evidence on Friday. His lawyer, Dr Kithure Kindiki, on Thursday evening told the Daily Nation that they had agreed on the rules and procedure that will enable Mr Ruto to tell what he...

Northern and Southern Sudan Armies Trade Accusations Over Fresh Clashes in Border Area

Northern and southern Sudan armies are trading accusations over the responsibility for fighting between the two sides occurred last Saturday on the border between Sennar and Upper Nile states. The two parties agreed that their troops clashed in the morning of Saturday but the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) says that Sudan Armed Forces (SAF...

10 Civilians Killed by Amisom Troops in Southern Somalia

At least 10 people were killed and more than 25 others wounded after pro-government forces fired mortars in two days fighting in Somali capital Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports. Most of those killed and wounded were civilians after AMISOM troops fired several mortars to Hodan, H/wadag, Yaaqshiid, Wardhiigley, and Boondheere, northern part of...

Attorney-General Amos Wako to Advise Kibaki, Raila On Ruto's Fate in Kenya

Attorney-General Amos Wako on Sunday appeared to shoulder the burden of the government's next move on the criminal charges facing Higher Education minister William Ruto. The government chief legal advisor said he would advise President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga on the action to take against the minister but would not reveal what that...

Federal Government Beefs Up Airport Security -Tougher Legislation Against Terrorism Coming, Says Nigerin President Goodluck Jonathan.

Federal Government Beefs Up Airport Security -Tougher Legislation Against Terrorism Coming, Says Nigerin President Goodluck Jonathan. The Federal Government yesterday tightened security at the busy Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, a day after the militant group, the Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) threatened an imminent attack in the nation's capital, travellers said. Also while addressing the people of Imo State yesterday in Owerri, during his...

10 People Killed, 25 Others Injured Fighting in Somalia

At least 10 people have been killed and 25 other wounded fighting between Somali government backed by African Union Troops at the main Bakara Market in Somali Capital Mogadishu, Radio Garowe Reports. "I saw at least 6 dead bodies after mortars erupted in the busy market of Bakara, dozen others injured were taken to the Hospital," told a witness...

Madagascar's Former President Sentenced to Jail

Madagascar's Former President Sentenced to Jail A court in the capital, Antanarivo, has sentenced former president Marc Ravalomanana and two officers to life imprisonment with hard labour for the part they played in the deaths of about 30 protesters before he was forced from office in 2009. Ravalomanana, who has lived in exile in South Africa since being deposed by the country's current leader...

Goodluck Jonathan's Campaign Group Chairman Kidnapped in Nigeria

A gang of four armed men last Friday night kidnapped the son of first Republic Prime Minister, Dr Jhailil Tafawa Balewa in Abuja. Dr. Jhailil is also the leader of one of the Goodluck Jonathan 2011 campaign groups. The Kidnappers who are still keeping the medical doctor turned politician in their hideout as at the time of filing this report are...

115 Killed, 200 Wounded in 4-Day Somalia's anarchic capital Mogadishu Clashes

Fighting in Somalia's anarchic capital Mogadishu entered a fourth day Thursday, as African Union-backed Somali interim government forces continued street clashes and artillery exchanges with Islamist insurgents, Radio Garowe reports. Various sources, including medical workers and government officials, have confirmed a death toll of at least 115...

Militant Leader Feared Killed in Nigeria

A major blow was yesterday evening dealt on the federal government amnesty programme when the leader of "Outlaws" and major urban guerrilla, Mr. Soboma George, was killed by four men while two of his close aides were injured. Conflicting reports said two girls who were in his company also lost their lives though it is not yet clear what led to the...