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Somali Pirates Stage Daring New Attacks

Somali pirates hijacked a Belgian-owned ship off Somalia on Saturday but a Dutch naval frigate foiled an attack on a Greek-owned chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden. The European Union's Maritime Security Centre reported that the 1,850-ton dredger, the Pompei, and its crew of 11 were en route to Durban, South Africa, when the ship was seized. "The...

14 Militants Killed in Nigeria

A confrontation on Sunday night between militants and soldiers of the Joint Task Force (JTF) along the Okilo Creek near Igbomotoru River, Tebideba Route, Bayelsa State, has left 14 suspected militants dead. The casualty figure on the side of the military was unknown as at press time. THISDAY gathered that at the end of the battle, the militant...

Many Die in Soccer World Cup Qualifying Match Between Côte D'Ivoire and Malawi

More than 20 people died in a crush at Abidjan's Houphouet-Boigny Stadium ahead of the soccer World Cup qualifying match between Côte d'Ivoire and Malawi on Sunday. The BBC reported that at least 22 were killed and more than 130 injured in a stampede when thousands of Ivoriens tried to get into the game to see Didier Drogba, who plays for Chelsea...

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Flew Back to Zimbabwe

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai flew back to Zimbabwe on Tuesday, after a week in South Africa following the death of his wife, Susan, in a car accident. Soon after the burial of his wife, the Prime Minister flew to Durban, together with his six children to rest and recuperate in the wake of the tragic accident that also left him with head and...

Army Threatens to Intervene in Madagascar

Ahead of a planned three-day National Consultative Conference to resolve Madagascar's deep political turmoil, the country's senior military commander warned on 10 March that the army will step in and impose order if a solution is not found within 72 hours. Chief-of-staff General Edmond Rasolofomahandry said the armed forces would remain neutral...

PM Tsvangirai Recovers From Car Crash, Mourns Wife

Doctors attending to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai are satisfied with his recovery process after the car crash on Friday which killed his wife, Susan. MDC officials said Tsvangirai might be released from hospital this weekend. It has emerged that Susan was flung out of the car as it rolled over and it's suspected the vehicle landed on top of...

FORMER Republican president's Wife Regina Chiluba Jailed in Zambia

FORMER Republican president, Frederick Chiluba's wife, Regina, was yesterday sentenced to three-and-a-half years imprisonment. Chief resident magistrate, Charles Kafunda, jailed Regina after he found her guilty on five counts of failing to account for properties suspected to have been stolen. Regina was acquitted on one count of failing to account...

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) to Approve 10-Year Ban On Violent Politicians in Nigeria

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) is expected today to approve a ban of 10 years for politicians guilty of violence. A maximum period of six months' trial of election petitions is also anticipated in the final White Paper on the report of the Electoral Reform Committee (ERC) chaired by former Chief Justice Muhammadu Uwais. Last Wednesday, a...

Soldiers of Guinea Bissau Kill President Vieira

Renegade soldiers yesterday shot President Joao Bernardo Vieira of Guinea Bissau dead following the death of the country's Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Batiste Tagme Na Waie, who was last Sunday killed in a bomb explosion. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported that the soldiers killed Vieira when he was planning to flee his private house...

Sierra Leone Court Convicted Three Former Leaders of the RUF Issuing Pioneering War Crimes Ruling

The Special Court for Sierra Leone on 25 February convicted three former leaders of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), marking the first time a court has convicted on the charge of "forced marriage". After a four-year trial, the tribunal found former RUF interim leader Issa Hassan Sesay and RUF commander Morris Kallon guilty on 16 of 18 counts...

Tensions High In Malawi As Ex-President, Bakili Muluzi Arrested

The arrest of Malawi's ex-president, Bakili Muluzi, by the country's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for allegedly stealing US$11 million in donor money has turned up the political heat ahead of general elections due in May. Muluzi, who wants to run in the 19 May poll, was charged on 87 counts for allegedly diverting money meant for development...

Nigerian Army Invaded the Camp of Woki Godswill Ibralayu on Thursday

Men of the Nigerian Army on Thursday invaded the camp of Woki Godswill Ibralayu alias Kitikata who last week attacked the multi-billion dollar Brass Oil Terminal belonging to Italian oil giant, Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC). Six militants were reportedly killed during the invasion, but KItikata himself escaped with gun wounds. Joint Task Force (...

Kenyan Police Reform Key to Ending Impunity Says UN Expert

Radical surgery of Kenya's police force is necessary to end "systematic, widespread and carefully planned" extrajudicial killings in the country, a UN expert said on 25 February. The reforms should include sacking the police commissioner and the resignation of the attorney-general. "The Kenyan police are a law unto themselves and...

Madagascar's President Marc Ravalomanana and Opposition Leader Andry Rajoelina Have Met for the Second Time

Madagascar's President Marc Ravalomanana and opposition leader Andry Rajoelina have met for the second time since violent political unrest erupted in late January, but observers say a solution to the crisis that has claimed over 100 lives is not yet at hand. The content of the talks between the two political rivals has been a closely guarded...

Lack of Aid Funds for Amputees, Rape Victims, War Widows in Sierra Leone

With just a quarter of the funding required to compensate victims of human rights violations in Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war, the government now faces tough decisions as to who will receive what kind of assistance. Assistance to victims, among the recommendations of Sierra Leone's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), is expected to begin...