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Civilian death toll rises to 60 in Somalia

Somalia: More bodies have been discovered in Somalia, near the scene of an attack on two minibuses outside Mogadishu. Local people returning to their farms after the attack said they had found a further 16 bodies, bringing to nearly 60 the number of civilians killed. The Ethiopian forces started shooting after their military convoy was hit by a...

UN calls for food aid in Zimbabwe

United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on the Zimbabwean government to lift restrictions on aid deliveries, to stop "a catastrophic humanitarian crisis". He said curbs on aid agencies imposed in June meant that less than 20% of 1.5m people in need had received help. His comments came as Botswana warned it would boycott this...

Somali pirates abduct Thai Ship in Gulf of Aden

Bloomberg: Somali pirates hijacked a Thai cargo ship off the coast of the country on the Horn of Africa on Aug. 12, Agence France-Presse reported, citing the International Maritime Bureau. The ship was seized in the Gulf of Aden, the news agency said. The bureau's Piracy Reporting Center was unable to provide more information on the attack...

Somalia rebels attack Ethiopian forces, fierce fighting begin

Baidoa: Fierce fighting erupted in parts of southern Somalia on Tuesday, as Ethiopian forces traveling along a key road were ambushed different times by Islamist guerrillas, Radio Garowe reported. The fighting was concentrated in Lower Shabelle region, with locals near the Baledogle airstrip reporting of "heavy bombardment" and "...

Kenyan plane crashes near Somali Capital, 3 dies

Somalia: Three people died when a Fokker F27- 500 cargo aircraft crashed near the Somali capital Mogadishu, Fly540 Logistics Ltd., the plane's operator, said. A team including Fly540's chief pilot and security manager flew to the country to recover the bodies of the deceased and assess the cause of the accident, the Nairobi-based airline said in...

Holiday school tuition banned in Kenya

Kenya: The Kenyan government has banned extra holiday tuition for students in private and public schools. Education Permanent Secretary Karega said children need to rest during holidays and not do extra work. Concerns were raised about the strain students are under after more than 300 secondary schools experienced riots. A parliamentary committee...

Bird flu spreads in Nigeria

Lagos: A new strain of avian flu never before reported in Africa has been identified in Nigeria, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced, local media reported Tuesday. Tests conducted by Nigeria and by the FAO show that the new virus strain which is similar to strains identified last year in Italy, Afghanistan and Iran...

Kenya reject foreign forces to nab terrorists

Nairobi: Kenyan authorities on Tuesday denied foreign security forces are in the country to hunt for terror suspect Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who evaded police dragnet early this month in the coastal town of Malindi. Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe also denied that the U.S. intelligence agency Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has been...

S Africa camp clouser get nods from court

South Africa: South Africa's high court has ruled that camps in Gauteng province housing foreigners displaced by xenophobic violence in May can be closed. The judge said the authorities had no obligation to reintegrate more than 4,000 African immigrants living in the camps around Johannesburg. The government plans to close the Gauteng shelters on...

Somalia heavy fighting kills 68

Somalia: At least 68 people have lost their lives in fresh clashes across Somalia in the last 24 hours as violence continues to sweep across the East African nation. In south Mogadishu, anti-Ethiopian groups detonated a landmine -- as a 2,800-strong Ethiopian battalion left its base for Afgoy -- killing at least 48 Ethiopian soldiers and injuring...

S Africa celebrates women's day

Johannesburg: South Africa's Women's Day on Saturday is marked by a mixture of activities that celebrated womanhood and at the same time urged further strides in protecting and advancing women's rights, South African Press Association reported. Women's Day is celebrated internationally in March, but in South Africa, Aug. 9 marks the day in 1956...

Mine collapse kills over 30 in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou: More than 30 illegal gold miners were killed and more were missing after a mine collapsed in Burkina Faso after heavy rain, authorities in the West African country said on Sunday. The miners were working at a site near the village of Boussoukoula, when the mine walls collapsed on Saturday, Maximin Savadogo, state environmental...

African migrants rescued off Italy coast

Italy: Italian vessels have rescued at least 250 would-be migrants from boats and vessels off the coast of Italy. The navy rescued at least 175 people, believed to be from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia from three vessels, 190km (120 miles) south of Lampedusa island. A further 72 people - including seven women and a child - were rescued from a...

Somali abductors free Italian aid workers after a month

Somalia: Two Italian aid workers kidnapped in Somalia in May have been freed and are in good health, Italy`s foreign minister said. Iolanda Occhipinti and Giuliano Paganini were being flown to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The pair were seized by armed gunmen during an attack on the offices of Italian aid agency Cooperazione Italiana Nord Sud in...

Ethiopian commander suicides in Somalia

Somalia: An Ethiopian commander has committed suicide in Somalia after finding out about the UIC fighters' destroying a long-awaited food convoy. The commander, who used to serve in the Somali military in the central region of Hiiran, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he learned that the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) fighters had...