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Clashes in Mogadishu Kill Dozens

At least 25 people have reportedly been killed and dozens others wounded in fresh violence that rocked Somalia's capital in the last two days, Radio Garowe reports. Somali forces getting backings from African Union troops clashed with anti-government fighters in northern districts of Mogadishu. The people, mostly civilians were killed in mortar...

Former Nigerian Governor Arrested in Dubai

Former Nigerian Governor Arrested in Dubai ormer Governor of Delta State Chief James Ibori who was arrested in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday was yesterday granted bail. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), however, said it is working closely with the London Metropolitan Police (Met) and Interpol to ensure the extradition of Ibori. THISDAY gathered that the...

Stampede As Bomb Blast Rocks Warri Niger Delta Development Commission Office

Stampede As Bomb Blast Rocks Warri Niger Delta Development Commission Office AN explosion occurred, yesterday, at the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC's office in Warri, Delta State, causing fresh panic in the oil city. Shortly after, someone who claimed to be a militant kingpin and bomb specialist and identified himself as the "Udemegun of Niger_Delta" said he detonated a bomb at the scene. The explosion occurred...

Ocampo to Meet Hague Suspects in Kenya

Ocampo to Meet Hague Suspects in Kenya Key suspects wanted by the International Criminal Court over the post-election violence will have a chance to meet prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo when he visits on Saturday. Mr Moreno-Ocampo says he will give a hearing, and interview, any of the prominent people who believe they are among the 20 whose names he has presented to the judges at the ICC...

45 Killed in Mogadishu Mosque Bombing

More than 45 people including Al Shabaab insurgents were killed and 100 others wounded in an Iraq-style twin bombing inside a mosque in Somalia's restive capital Mogadishu, witnesses and security officials told Garowe Online. Witnesses said the bombs went off shortly after the afternoon prayers inside the Abdalla Shideye Mosque in Bakara Market, a...

Ibori - Students Protest at EFCC

A group of protesters under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) yesterday staged a protest against what it called "selective justice" by the EFCC. The placard carrying students, who stormed the EFCC headquarters in Abuja, also described the commission's actions against former Gov. James Ibori as "political witch hunt"....

Rwandan Opposition Leader Arrested

Rwandan Opposition Leader Arrested Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire has been arrested and accused of genocide denial and collaborating with a "terrorist organisation," reports Agence France-Presse. The news agency quoted an anonymous government official as saying that Ingabire had been arrested in Kigali on Wednesday. "She is accused of collaborating with a terrorist...

Top Rwanda Army Generals Arrested

Two of Rwanda's most senior army officials were arrested after a major shake-up in the military was announced by President Paul Kagame. Lieutenant-General Charles Muhire and Major-General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake were suspended from duty and arrested, according to the country's military spokesperson, Jill Rutaremara. "Lt-Gen Muhire was suspended...

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie Appeals for Safety in Mogadishu

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and award-winning actress Angelia Jolie is calling for more international attention and assistance for thousands of Somalis trapped in the country's capital of Mogadishu by some of the deadliest violence to date. "I am deeply troubled by the complete and utter disregard for human life in Somalia," said Jolie,...

West Africa Defence Chiefs Reject Military Coup in Sub-Region

West Africa Defence Chiefs Reject Military Coup in Sub-Region The 27th ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS) meeting has ended in Cotonou, Benin Republic with a resolution that "enough is enough with regards to military intervention in the politics of member nations." Towards giving teeth to the resolution, the ECOWAS Defence Chiefs decided to send the Chiefs of Defence Staff of Ghana, Liberia,...

Somali Gunmen Attack Kenyan Border Town

Suspected members of Somalia's Al-Shabaab militias have for the second time this month raided Kenya's border town of Liboi. The heavily armed gunmen barricaded and attacked several positions within the remote settlement, some 18km from Somalia's porous-ragged border, witnesses told Saturday Nation. Northeastern provincial commissioner James ole...

Fighting Starts in Mogadishu, Somalia

Heavy fighting between the African Union troops AMISOM with government troops and Islamist forces has started in Mogadishu early on Friday morning. Locals told Shabelle radio that the war broke out at parts of Mekka Al-mukara Street which connects between Aden Adde international airport and presidential palace in the capital as the Islamist...

Egyptian Court Opens the Door for Female Judges

Egyptian Court Opens the Door for Female Judges There are "no obstacles according to Islamic sharia, the constitution or the law" to women serving as judges, announced one of Egypt's main courts, the State Council, last week. But "there are currently practical obstacles," it affirmed. The court's recent ban on female judges caused a furore and was overturned by the country's Constitutional...

17 Killed in Central Somalia

17 Killed in Central Somalia At least 17 people, mostly fighters have been killed and over 20 others injured on Sunday in heavy clashes that erupted in central Somalia, officials and witnesses said. Heavy fighting erupted on the night of Saturday in Rage Ele area in Middle Shabelle between fighters loyal to Al-Shabaab and archrival Ahlu Sunnah Wal-Jamaa, killing at least 8...

UN Efforts to Improve Refugee Protection in Morocco Bear Fruit

UN Efforts to Improve Refugee Protection in Morocco Bear Fruit Efforts by the United Nations refugee agency to address refugee protection and mixed migration in Morocco have helped to improve protection, but significant challenges remain, the agency said in a new report. The report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) found that innovative approaches have been taken in refugee community outreach,...