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Kenya alert as Terrorists Bomb Kampala

Kenya alert as Terrorists Bomb Kampala Kenya was on Monday under heightened security after terrorist bombs killed 74 people in Kampala. Somali militant group al-Shabaab, on Monday claimed responsibility for Sunday's twin- bomb attacks in the Ugandan capital on Sunday night and slaughtered people watching the World Cup final at a restaurant and a sports club, authorities said. One...

Uganda Explosions Kill 23 Watching World Cup‎

Uganda Explosions Kill 23 Watching World Cup‎ Explosions ripped through a restaurant and a sports club in Uganda's capital, Kampala, on Sunday night, killing more than 20 people who had gathered to watch the World Cup final. News reports quoted Kale Kayihura, inspector general of police, as saying the blasts hit the Ethiopian Village restaurant in the south of Kampala and a rugby sports club...

ICC suspended proceedings in the case of a Congolese Trial of Warlord Accused of Recruiting Child Soldiers

ICC suspended proceedings in the case of a Congolese Trial of Warlord Accused of Recruiting Child Soldiers The International Criminal Court (ICC) today suspended proceedings in the case of a Congolese warlord accused of recruiting child soldiers, saying that prosecutors have refused orders to disclose information to his defence. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, the founder and leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots in the Ituri region of the eastern Democratic...

Five Independent Outreach Monitors Arrested in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) report that 5 independent monitors of the constitutional outreach programme were arrested Thursday evening in Chirumanzi and detained at Charandura Police Station. Karikoga Ernest Mudzingwa, Farai Agnes Tete, Rev. Clever Valemi, Isaac Makoni, and Torevei Munhangu were part of a monitoring team deployed...

Deadly Clashes Rock in Somali Capital Mogadishu

Deadly Clashes Rock in Somali Capital Mogadishu At least 16 people have been killed in fighting between government forces and Islamist insurgents. On Monday east African heads of state pledged 2,000 troops to protect the Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. Most of the victims were insurgents who died in attacks on the shrinking territory controlled by the Somali government in north-eastern...

Gunmen Seize 12 Sailors in Ship Attack Off Nigerian Coast

Gunmen have kidnapped 12 foreign sailors after attacking a cargo ship in the waters off the coast of Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region. The attack according to Navy spokesman David Nabaida left one of the crew members injured from gunshots while 12 were taken hostage. Nabaida said information he has is that the attacked vessel, the BBC Polonia...

Six Arrested Over Kayumba Shooting of Rwandan in South Africa

Six Arrested Over Kayumba Shooting of Rwandan in South Africa The South African police have arrested half a dozen people in connection with the weekend shooting of renegade Rwandan General, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, which the official says was an assassination attempt. South Africa Police spokesman Govindsamy Mariemuthoo declined to give particulars of the suspects or where they are being held. However,...

Bafana Hope to Avoid Shame in World Cup Clash With France

South Africa's last chance of avoiding the ignominy of being the first World Cup hosts in history to go out in the first round is against France in Bloemfontein on Tuesday. But even if Bafana achieve the unlikely and handsomely beat the splintered French, there is still no guarantee of progress to the knockout phase. They must also hope that the...

20 People Killed in Latest Somali capital Mogadishu Clashes

At least 20 people were killed and dozens others injured in heavy shelling and gunfire exchanged between Somali government forces and insurgents in south and northern Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses said. The clashes broke out early Friday when heavily armed rebel fighters carried out attacks on government troops' bases in the southern...

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Clash as Korean Deal Cancelled

A fresh turf war has emerged between Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai after the veteran ruler reversed a bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (BIPPA) signed by his former rival. Mr Tsvangirai who joined President Mugabe in a unity government in February last year ending a long and bitter...

Mogadishu Clashes Kill Dozens

At least 23 people, mostly civilians have been killed and over 60 others injured in heavy clashes that rocked Somalia's capital Mogadishu in the last two days. Civilians caught in the cross fire started vacating their homes in northern districts of Shibis and Abdiasis. According to Ali Muse of Mogadishu Ambulance Services, the dead include six...

Think Tank Attacks West as 'Out of Touch' on Africa

An influential British think tank has warned the West that it will lose out to emerging nations unless it replaces its "humanitarian" approach to Africa with a more strategic focus on diplomatic and trade relations. In a major report published on Thursday, the London-based Chatham House says the emerging economies of Asia, Latin America and Africa...

Egyptian Opposition Protests Renewal of Emergency Law

The government's decision to renew Egypt's longstanding Emergency Law has drawn furious reactions from opposition figures and rights advocates. While government spokesmen say the law will only be used against terrorism and drug trafficking, critics say it is aimed primarily at stifling political dissent. Egypt voted in elections to the upper house...

Malawi Gay Couple Found Guilty of Love

On May 18, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the two men arrested in December after their traditional engagement party, were convicted of "unnatural acts" and "gross indecency" under colonial-era laws that remain in Malawi's penal code. Sentencing is scheduled for May 20; the pair face as much as 14 years in prison. Monjeza and Chimbalanga...

Govt Arrests Top Bashir Critic in Sudan

The government of President Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum has again arrested Bashir's former ally, the Islamist leader, Hassan al-Turabi. The Sudan Tribune reports from Khartoum that the government accused Turabi of "stirring up hatred, disseminating malicious lies and abuse of Sudan’s foreign relations." The online news service said the arrest, on...