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Kenya biofuel project creates anger

Kenya: Kenyan environmentalists have told that the government should revoke a decision to allow a controversial biofuels project to go ahead. The project involves growing sugarcane for biofuels in coastal wetlands. The project's backers argue the development in the Tana River Delta will produce ethanol and generate power, providing thousands...

Somalia: A tale of a displaced woman

Kismayo: In June, Asha Mohamed, 35, fled the fighting between Ethiopian-backed government troops and insurgents in the Somali capital of Mogadishu to seek shelter in a camp in the port city of Kismayo, 500 km south of Mogadishu. Kismayo is currently home to thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled Mogadishu or who were turned...

150 immigrants feared dead in Libya boat capsize

Cairo: About 150 illegal immigrants drowned after their boat sank off the Libyan shore while en route to Italy. Most of the illegal immigrants, including at least 50 Egyptians, died after the boat capsized in the Mediterranean on June 7,  the Egyptian MENA news agency reported on Monday quoting Egyptian Consul in Tripoli Adham Hilal was...

Somali migrants missing in Mediterranean Sea

Somalia: At least two hundread Somali migrants are missing at sea between Libya and Italy. The boat on which they were travelling sank at sea after leaving Libya on 5 June and heading for Italy. The missing migrants are reported to have come from Somalia, mainly Mogadishu, and from South Africa where there has been trouble in recent days. Thse...

Sudan plane crash kills 28

Sudan: At least 28 people are known to have died when a passenger plane burst into flames after landing at Khartoum airport in Sudan on Wednesday, officials say. Another 53 people are also missing following the accident in the Sudanese capital, although 123 people survived. The Airbus A310 with more than 200 people on board landed in bad weather...

Migrant Somalis 'threaten suicide' in South Africa

South Africa: Somalis displaced by attacks against foreigners in South Africa have been threatening to drown themselves, according to local media. The migrants were reportedly seeking to be resettled from a camp outside Cape Town that had been set up after the recent violence. A police spokesman said rumours several people had drowned were untrue...

Somali boat missing, 60 feared drowned in Libya

Libya: Reports from Libya say that up to 60 Somali people are missing following they traveled with rickety boat from coast of Libya to Italia sources said. The boat has left from Libya on the fifth of May where waves of winds were thrashing the tides of the full shark sea. Its yet unknown where the missed boat about. One of the immigrant’s...

Troops gathering in central Sudan

Sudan: Rival troops from north and south are converging on central Sudan, a UN official has told the BBC.   The country was "on the brink" of a resumption of the 20-year civil war, said UN regional co-ordinator for South Sudan David Gressley. The warning follows recent clashes in the oil-rich region of Abyei, which is claimed by...

Road accident kills 12 in Egypt

Cairo (Egypt): A bus collided head-on with a minibus in central Egypt on Sunday, killing 12 people and injuring 12, police said.   The driver of the bus, travelling between the Nile River provinces of Beni Suef and Minya, lost control after a truck crossed into his path, a police official said. Bad driving, lax traffic rules and poor road...

Passenger bus plunged into river in SA

South Africa: About 30 passengers have been trapped inside a bus that has plunged into a river and 26 more died in South Africa, officials say. Police say at least 26 people were killed when the bus drove off a cliff in Eastern Cape Province near Lesotho. It landed upside down in the river and rescue services are attempting to reach the...

Oil pipeline explosion killed 100 people

LAGOS (AFP) — Nigerian firefighters battled Friday to put out flames pouring from a burst oil pipeline a day after a huge explosion that Red Cross officials said killed 100 people. Crime, corruption and poverty have continued to kill Nigeria's famished people. Like the others before it in the last 10 years, the 19th reported case of oil-...

Kenyan teacher abducted in Mogadishu

Somalia: Three gunmen abducted a Kenyan teaching staff at the Mogadishu University campus in the latest seizure of a foreigner in the lawless Horn of Africa country, witnesses said on Tuesday.   Yasin Abdi, a student at the Taleh campus in the bombed-out Somali capital, said the armed men abducted Moses Nyandusi Matundura, a public...

Somalia: 30 Ehiopians killed a mine blast

Somalia: A landmine explosion has reportedly claimed the lives of some 30 Ethiopian soldiers, injuring 76 others in central Somalia's Hiiran region.   The troops were killed after their three vehicles hit the landmine in the Lego town. Some 76 soldiers were also injured in the incident. In a similar blast in Towfiikh district, 12 Ethiopian...

Somalia: 18 migrants drown off Yemen coast

Somalia, Apr 15: At least 18 Somali migrants have drowned off the coast of Yemen while trying to cross from Somalia to the Arabian Peninsula country.   Yemeni officials said on Sunday that the crew of the vessel carrying about 120 migrants forced them to jump into the sea off Yemen's coastline to swim ashore. "Yemen coastguard boats...

Somalia: Drought force hundreds desert villages in Puntland

Somalia, Apr 11: Squatting in the scorching sun, Adan Hassan Mahamud pointed to the parched landscape around Hamure village, 280km east of Bosasso in the self-declared autonomous Somali republic of Puntland.   Like most of Puntland, Hamure village is experiencing what locals describe as one of the worst droughts in decades. The last rains...