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New Governor Announced in Ondo State of Nigeria

Akure, the Ondo State capital, and some neighbouring towns erupted in jubilation yesterday as the news filtered in that hard-fighting Labour Party (LP) gubernatorial candidate in the April 14, 2007 election in the state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, had been pronounced the governor of the state. The atmosphere, however, became electrifying when Mimiko...

11 African Union Peacekeepers Killed in Somalia

The African Union says eleven peacekeepers from Burundi were killed in Somalia Sunday in an "unprecedented" attack, Radio Garowe reports. Witnesses near the compound of Somalia's old National University in the capital Mogadishu said two huge explosions occurred midday today, sending plumes of smoke into the air and terrifying residents...

LRA chief Joseph Kony with 250 Rebels Trapped in Swamp

LRA chief Joseph Kony and about 250 rebels are trapped in a swamp in the Garamba jungle in north-eastern DR Congo, a Congolese government spokesman said on Saturday. "We think that Joseph Kony is with them. The hardcore of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is in a swampy forest in the Garamba national park," spokesman Lambert Mende told...

Mandela Joins Zuma on ANC Campaign Trail

IN A coup for the African National Congress (ANC), former president Nelson Mandela yesterday came out in defence of the party and joined party president Jacob Zuma on stage as he campaigned in Eastern Cape. Mandela's unexpected appearance in Dutywa was the first overtly political act he has performed since retiring from public life in 2004. "...

Liberian President Sirleaf Testifies to Truth Commission

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf testified before the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Thursday, where she denied being part of any rebel group during the 14-year civil war. Sirleaf's appearance came as a surprise to many as it was not previously announced by the commission. Local radio stations reported that the hearing...

Military Tensions are Growing in Southwest Somalia Between Govt Forces, Al Shabaab

Military tensions are growing in a town in southwestern Somalia after Islamist guerrillas reportedly reached the outskirts of a provincial capital, Radio Garowe reports. The Al Shabaab fighters were dispatched from Baidoa, the capital of Bay region that served as the seat of parliament in recent years. Government officials who fled Baidoa under...

UN Helicopter Draws Fire in North, Displacement Continues in South

The United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said that unknown assailants fired today on one of its helicopters near its headquarters in El Fasher, which late last month experienced several days of renewed clashed between Government and rebel forces. The Mi-8 helicopter, which was fired upon while on a food supply mission...

Eight Abducted MDC Supporters and Human Rights Activists Denied Treatment

Eight MDC supporters and human rights activists abducted by state security agents last year were on Friday denied access to treatment at a Harare private clinic despite recommendations by doctors that they needed urgent hospitalisation. The prisoners, who include opposition activists and civil rights leaders, are being held at Chikurubi Maximum...

Nigerian Military Personnel to Face Court Martial

The Nigeria military authority has ordered for immediate court martial of military personnel who were on duty when militants struck at the ALSCON township in Ikot Abasi on December 20, 2008 Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Abdulraham Dambazau, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ishaya Ibrahim and the GOC, 82 Division, Enugu Major General...

Fight Continues in South Darfur

Weapons fire, aerial bombing and armed patrols were observed throughout the day near a major camp of the African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID), as civilians fled fighting in the southern part of the violence-torn region of Sudan. UNAMID's personnel said that in addition to ongoing fire that could be heard, Sudanese Government...

Rajoelina of Madagascar Is Down But Not Out

Anti-government protesters gathered on 4 February in Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, in support of the former mayor of the city, Andry Rajeolina, following his dismissal in the aftermath of demonstrations in which 68 people have been killed. The government replaced Rajoelina on 3 February with an interim official, but Rajoelina has contested...

Madagascar's Leader Are Being Urged To Settle Their Differences Face To Face

After a week of rioting that has left over 80 people dead, Madagascar's President, Marc Ravalomanana, and his rival, Andre Rajoelina, opposition leader and mayor of the capital, Antananarivo, are being urged to settle their differences face to face. "It is up to the Malagasy parties to settle their disagreements through peaceful means and an...

Top FDLR Commander Killed in DRC Ambush

One of the senior commanders of the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) was Wednesday morning shot and killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Rwanda's military spokesman, Major Jill Rutaremara told The New Times that Lt. Colonel Anaclet Hitimana, also known as Kabuyoya Gasarasi, fell into an ambush mounted by...

New Navy Task Force Takes Aim At Pirates

A new multinational naval task force is patrolling the waters off the coast of Africa to scare off pirates who have been regularly attacking commercial shipping vessels laden with oil, fertilizer and iron ore. For now, Combined Task Force 151 comprises three U.S. ships, but other nations, including the United Kingdom, are expected to join the...

Women 'Keep Life Going' in Violent Streets of Mogadishu

On the fifth day of every month a group of women entrepreneurs gather to share their experiences and discuss matters of trade. What makes this exceptional is that the women are from south-central Somalia and they meet in Mogadishu, one of the world's most devastated and dangerous cities. With 780 registered members, most of them from the Banadir...