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Sudan Blames SPLA for Attack

Sudanese armed forces say rival southern forces were behind Friday's attack on U.N. peacekeepers and Sudanese soldiers in the oil rich Abyei region.But a spokesman for the Sudan People's Liberation Army, or SPLA, tells Reuters news agency that his forces were not invovled in the attack.U.N. officials say two people were wounded in the incident....

Ethiopia, Rebels Trade Charges in Fatal Attack on UN Workers

Ethiopia’s government and rebels in the troubled Ogaden region are blaming each other for an attack that killed one United Nations employee, wounded another, and left two more missing.  Authorities say their investigation of the case has led to arrests, but no word on the whereabouts of the missing workers.Ethiopian government spokesman Shimelis...

Ethiopia, UN Mount Joint Search Operation for Kidnapped Aid Workers

Ethiopia and U.N. security agencies have launched a search for two aid workers apparently kidnapped in an ambush in the insurgency-wracked Ogaden region. One other worker was killed in the incident and a fourth was wounded.Details of the incident are sketchy. Officials of the U.N. World Food Program say two of their vehicles were ambushed by...

Egyptian Muslims, Copts Dampen Religious Feuds

Tensions between Christians and Muslims in Egypt have boiled over into sporadic violence for many years, but the dramatic changes in the country have brought the issue once again to the fore.  Eye for eyeThe murder of a parish priest proved the most recent tipping point here.   Anba Daoud Boutros was found stabbed to death in February in his home...

Libyan Opposition to Meet With US Officials

A delegation from Libya's Transitional National Councilsits down for talks with U.S. officials in Washington on Friday, a day after getting a major political boost from Britain.The opposition group members will meet with national security adviser Tom Donilon and other senior U.S. officials. Council head Mustafa Abdul-Jalil says the group is...

Refugees Fleeing Libya Face Perils at Sea; Dozens Die

Refugees trying to flee the violence in Libya are facing perils at sea, with official reports indicating dozens of people - and possibly very many more - have died aboard refugee ships that lost their way or sank in rough Mediterranean waters.The United Nations said Monday that a ship carrying 600 refugees from Libya sank off the country's coast...

Violence Claims Nearly Two Dozen Lives in Nigeria’s Bauchi State

At least 19 people have reportedly been killed near the town of Tafawa Balewa, in the Nigerian state of Bauchi. The violence took place in Borogo, a mostly Christian village where unidentified assailants also burned down a church and a number of houses. Bauchi is in Nigeria's middle belt, where the predominantly Muslim north meets the mainly...

Uganda Protests Against High Prices Continues, Despite Government’s Use of Force

Protests against soaring fuel and food prices in Uganda are entering their fourth week. Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets across the country in a “walk to work” campaign that began small but gained momentum when Ugandan security forces responded with violence. What began as a series of peaceful demonstrations have turned...

ICC to Seek Arrests for Crimes Against Humanity in Libya

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced Wednesday that the ICC will seek the arrest of three individuals for crimes against humanity in Libya.International Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told the U.N. Security Council that he will present a case on Libyan war crimes to the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal...

Journalists: Ethiopia Hijacked Press Freedom Day Conference

An Ethiopian observance of World Press Freedom Day was marred Tuesday by a walkout of independent journalists after a dispute with a rival group of state-run media employees.  It was organized as a conference on critical topics of interest to Ethiopian journalists.  But before the meeting began, staff members of Addis Ababa’s private newspapers...

Ugandan President Defiant as Opposition Promises More Protests

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has refused to back down or apologize for the government's response to the "Walk to Work" protests, or the beatings received by opposition leader Kizza Besigye.  In the face of mounting international criticism, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has remained defiant over his government’s use of force in quelling...

Libya: NATO Strike Kills Son of Gadhafi

A Libyan official says a NATO airstrike has killed one of the sons of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and three of his grandsons. The report on Libyan television says Saif al-Arab Gadhafi was killed at his house. The official calls the incident an attempt to assassinate Mr.Gadhafi, who was not injured. Earlier Saturday, NATO rejected an offer from...

Ugandan Capital Tense After Friday’s Riots

Uganda’s capital Kampala is reportedly calm but tense after Friday’s riots that according to a police statement, has claimed the lives of at least five people and left over a hundred injured. Uganda security forces fought running battles with protesters following what many describe as the inhumane and brutal arrest of the main opposition leader Dr...

NATO Rejects Gadhafi's Offer For Talks

NATO has rejected an offer from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for negotiations to end the conflict in Libya. A NATO official said Saturday NATO wants to see actions not words. He said NATO operations will continue as long as civilians in Libya are threatened. Libyan rebels also rejected Gadhafi's call for talks saying the time for compromise has...

Pirates Hijack Italian Ship

Pirates have hijacked an Italian cargo ship with 21 crewmembers in pirate-infested waters near Somalia.The European Union's anti-piracy force says pirates seized the bulk carrier MV Rosalia D'amato early Thursday in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Oman.It says the ship's crew includes six Italians and 15 Filipinos.  Italian officials say the...