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South Africa Plans More Charges Against Terror Suspect

Prosecutors in South Africa have announced plans to file more charges against Henry Okah, the alleged mastermind of a deadly bombing in Nigeria last year. News reports on Tuesday quote prosecutor Shaun Abrahams as saying the additional charges relate to a March 2010 bombing in the southern Nigerian city of Warri. Abrahams says Okah will be charged...

Egypt's Former President to Move to Military Hospital, Jail

An Egyptian prosecutor has announced plans to transfer former President Hosni Mubarak from a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to a military medical facility.State-run media reports on Friday say Mubarak will later be moved from the hospital to prison, as his "health condition improves." The former president was hospitalized with...

NATO Regrets Accidental Strike on Libyan Rebels

NATO has confirmed it was responsible for airstrikes that hit Libyan rebel tanks outside the eastern oil city of Brega.NATO deputy commander Russell Harding told reporters in Brussels on Friday that allied forces had never seen rebels operating tanks before and mistook them for pro-government forces. Rebel leaders say four people died in the...

NATO Admits to Accidental Strike on Libyan Rebels

NATO has confirmed it was responsible for airstrikes that hit Libyan rebel tanks outside the eastern city of Brega Thursday, blaming the confusing situation on the ground.NATO deputy commander Russell Harding told reporters Friday that allied forces had never seen rebels operating tanks before.  Rebel leaders say four people died in the strikes.  ...

Libyan Rebels: Deadly Airstrike Likely Friendly Fire

A Libyan opposition commander says a deadly airstrike on rebel tank positions may be a case of friendly fire.Rebel military commander Abdelfateh Yunis said four people died and 14 were wounded in Thursday's strike near the eastern town of Brega.  Earlier, Libyan medical officials put the death toll at five.Some opposition leaders blamed the strike...

Ivory Coast's Gbagbo Losing Grip on Abidjan

Ivory Coast's incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo is facing calls to resign immediately, as power slips from his grasp in the main city of Abidjan.United Nations peacekeepers haven taken control of the Abidjan airport, while France says French peacekeepers are patrolling parts of Abidjan where looting broke out Thursday. The United States, former...

UN Spokesman Calls For 'Rapid Solution' to Ivorian Crisis

The spokesman for the United Nations mission in Ivory Coast says there is need for a “rapid solution” to the escalating crisis in the West African nation. This came after forces loyal to internationally-recognized President Alassane Ouattara attacked a U.N. reconnaissance helicopter Monday. Amadou Toure condemns the incident warning that any...

Ugandan Police Kill 2 Civilians While Protecting Suspects From Mob

Two are dead in Kampala following an incident in which Ugandan police shot into a mob late Monday. According to reports, police were attempting to break up a crowd of motorcycle taxi drivers which had caught two men trying to steal a motorcycle. The mob converged upon the two men and proceeded to beat them. According to the spokesman for the...

Election Violence Leaves 12 Dead in Nigerian Akwa Ibom State

Nigerian authorities says more than a dozen people have been killed in a fight between supporters of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party [PDP] and the opposition Action Congress [AC] during a political rally in the southern state of Akwa Ibom. Police also reported extensive property damage, including the burning of several gas stations and homes...

Satellite Images Show Build-up of Northern Forces in Sudan’s Abyei Region

New satellite images of Sudan’s Abyei region reportedly show a build-up of forces backed by Khartoum government. Abyei, along with its oil reserves, remains a contested region between the north and the soon-to-be-independent South Sudan. Nathaniel Raymond, director of operations at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative for the Satellite Sentinel...

Benin's President, Opposition Clash Over Election Results

Benin's President Boni Yayi has claimed victory in the first round of presidential elections, but his top rival is disputing the results.A spokesman for Yayi says the president won re-election by a large margin over opposition leader Adrien Houngbedji, based on unofficial results from Sunday's election.But Houngbedji says he is ahead in several...

Kenyan Women’s Groups Call for End to Police Executions

As International Women's Day is observed worldwide, Kenyan women gathered in Nairobi Tuesday to speak out against the police killings of their loved ones. For women around the world, the March 8 is a day to celebrate and advance the progress of gender equality globally.  But in Nairobi, March 8 was a day for mothers, daughters, sisters and wives...

Libyan Soldiers Kill Six Nigerians

Indications emerged, weekend, that no fewer than six Nigerians had been killed in the ongoing political crisis in Libya while more than 12,440 others were trapped in Tripoli and Benghazi. This came as 1,243 Nigerians who had been stranded in Tripoli were evacuated, yesterday, with the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, using three...

3 Libya Evacuees Drown in Greek Waters

The Greek coast guard says at least three Bangladeshis drowned while trying to swim to shore from a ship moored at the island of Crete.Maritime authorities said Sunday the incident happened in the port of Souda. Another 16 people are missing and around 28 men were hospitalized with hypothermia.The men are believed to have jumped from a Greek ferry...

US-Libya Relations Rocky During Gadhafi's Leadership

President Barack Obama has described as “outrageous” the killings of protesters demonstrating against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.Gadhafi came to power on September 1st, 1969, leading a bloodless military coup that toppled Libya’s King Idris, who was out of the country receiving medical treatment. Bruce St John, an author of seven books on Libya...