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AU summit likely to focus on water, food crisis in Zimbabwe

Egypt: Water and sanitation, soaring food prices and Zimbabwe's political situation are likely to top the agenda of the upcoming 11th African Union (AU) summit, which will open Monday in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.   Holding under the theme of "Meeting the Millennium Development Goals on Water and Sanitation,"...

Somalia: UN urges foreign navy to escort food vessels

Kenya: Somalia faces a serious food crisis if no nation steps forward with naval ships to escort relief shipments through pirate-infested waters, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned Thursday.    A Dutch frigate is now in its last days shepherding two WFP-chartered vessels which shuttle between the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Somalia...

Somalia: UN threats to cut food aid

Somalia: The UN World Food Programme has warned it may have to cut food aid to Somalia if it does not receive new naval protection against pirates. French, Danish and Dutch frigates have protected deliveries for more than seven months during a surge in piracy, the WFP said. But a Dutch frigate was scheduled to finish escort duties on Wednesday....

Africa to suffer from 'AIDS disaster' indicate Red Cross

Geneva: Africa's AIDS epidemic is so severe that it should be classed as a disaster comparable to floods or famine, the Red Cross said Thursday. In its annual "World Disasters Report", the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said that there was "no doubt" that HIV/AIDS matches the UN...

Somalia: Fighting continues, Hungry men loot aid truck

Somalia: Somali rebels launched an organized attack on a government position Tuesday in the capital Mogadishu, as a group of hungry people stormed a UN food aid truck and looted all its contents.   The fighting started after heavily armed insurgents attacked Somali police officers manning a checkpoint where tax is collected from commercial...

Somalia: Abduction hampers aid works

Somalia: Aid distribution to about 40 thousand people is being delayed in Somalia as a result of Saturday's abduction of a prominent staffer of the UN refugee agency.     The UNHCR says Hassan Mohamed Ali is the longest-serving agency staff member in Somalia. It describes him as a humanitarian and human rights activist. Catherine Weibel...

UN cautions conflict left Darfur in food crisis

Khartoum (Sudan): Darfur faces a food crisis this year as a result of a "perfect storm" of growing violence, overcrowding in refugee camps and a bad harvest, the United Nations said on Sunday.    The conflict in Darfur has prompted the world's largest humanitarian operation, which helps two-thirds of the region's 6 million...

S African prisoners observes hunger strike

Johannesburg: Some 45 awaiting trial prisoners at the Kroonstad prison in South Africa were on Friday continuing with their hunger strike, the South Africa Department of Correctional Services said.    Departmental spokeswoman Puleng Mokhoane said the commissioner of correctional services in the Free state and Northern Cape, Zacharia...

Rice warns about fair Zimbabwe poll, presses the UN to act

United Nations: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pressed the U.N. Thursday to take stronger action against rising violence in Zimbabwe, and warned that President Robert Mugabe's regime doesn't appear capable of holding an impartial election.    Rice told reporters — after summoning foreign ministers, Security Council diplomats...

African nations calls for land and water management for food security

Nairobi: African countries have adopted a document calling for a consistent approach aimed at alleviating the alarming food crisis in the continent. Nearly 140 delegates from 37 African countries, who met June 16-18 in Nairobi ahead of the high level meeting of UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conference for Africa, resolved...

Africa faces $40bn aid shortage-Kofi Annan

South Africa: Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said Africa faces an aid shortfall of $40bn (£26bn). Speaking at the launch of a new report by the Africa Commission, he said African leaders had to live up to their promises on good governance. Mr Annan also chastised the industrialised world for failing to meet the pledges they gave...

S Africa heads for tough time after spiraling food cost

Johannesburg: South Africa, the continent's economic powerhouse, is braced for a slowdown after a stretch of solid growth, as higher interest rates coupled with rising food and fuel costs are set to bite. Growth in the first quarter measured 2.1 percent on a 12-monthbasis, down sharply from 5.3 percent in the last quarter of 2007, government...

Africa' s food crisis worsen, UN sets plans

Nairobi: Watching images of Pokot tribesmen of Kenya eating roasted rats in a bid to avoid starvation, one is left wondering where the east African nation is headed. Also images of rioters in Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Mozambique among others clashing with police in protest against soaring food prices and Kenya's abandoned...

Court bans Aids vitamin trials in S Africa

South Africa: A South African court has banned unauthorised trials of vitamin therapies for Aids, which some say are a health risk. The High Court in Cape Town ruled against German physician Matthias Rath and US doctor David Rasnick, a former adviser to President Thabo Mbeki. The case was brought by the pressure group the Treatment Action...

Zimbabweans in cry of aid

Zimbabwe: One third of the population of violence torn Zimbabwe are in food crisis, says UN agency spokesmen. UN officials observed that a very worrying and very serious and deteriorating humanitarian situation are prevalling in Zimbabwe, with up to four million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Briefing the security Council, John Holmes...