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Photos Show Kenyan Police Allegedly Executing Suspects

Kenyan authorities are investigating three police officers caught on camera apparently executing suspects on a busy Nairobi road.The killings were captured by a passing motorist on Wednesday morning and published by Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper on Thursday.One photo shows a man holding a gun near the heads of two apparent suspects as they lie...

Tunisia: Education Driving Calls for Political Freedom

As the protests in Tunisia continue, one analyst says education may be driving the demand for political freedom there. Cornell University African Studies Professor N’Dri Assie-Lumumba was in Tunisia in December when the turmoil began to surface.  She says considering Tunisia’s educated population, public protest to political repression is not...

Two People Missing, 400 Displaced by Floods in South Africa

Two People Missing, 400 Displaced by Floods in South Africa Two people are missing and some 400 have been evacuated along the flooded Orange River between Upington and Kakamas in the Northern Cape, officials said on Monday. Spokesman for the Siyanda district municipality Gilbert Lategan said police divers and air force personnel were on the look out for two people apparently missing after walking near the...

At least 19 killed in riots in Tunisia

At least 19 killed in riots in Tunisia An unprecedented wave of violence in Tunisia sparked by high food prices and unemployment has killed at least fourteen people and left many more injured. One opposition leader, Ahmend Nejib Chebbi, says the death toll is as high as 20 in violence in the neighbouring towns of Tala and Kasserine some 300 kilometres south of the capital, Tunis. Many...

Two Killed in Clashes Over Rising Food Prices in Algeria

Two men have been killed in the recent wave of violence over unemployment and the rising cost of food in Algeria, according to national media. Youths have clashes with riot police in Algiers and several other towns including Annaba, Oran, Bouira and Bejaia. An 18-year-old man died after he was shot in M'Sila region southeast of the capital,...

Tunisian Blogger Undeterred by Censorship

The youth whose self-immolation triggered the recent protests in Tunisia has died from his burns. Twenty-six year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in mid-December after police confiscated his market stall in the southern city of Sidi Bouzid.  Selling fruit and vegetables had been the sole source of income for the university graduate and...

One Man’s Act Triggers Watershed Events in Tunisia

It has been two weeks since a young man named Mohamed Bouazizi doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire in the southern Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid. This, after police confiscated his market stall, the sole source of income for Bouazizi and his family. The incident sparked anti-government protests and clashes with police across the...

Nigerian President to Name Anti-Terrorism Adviser

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan plans to name a special adviser on terrorism, following a wave of deadly violence around the country.The president's spokesman, Ima Niboro, said Monday that Mr. Jonathan will appoint the adviser in the next week. He said the president will also work with parliament to ensure speedy passage of an anti-terrorism...

Yellow Fever Kills 45 in Northern Uganda‎

The yellow fever death toll in northern Uganda has risen to 48, the director general of Health Services, Dr. Nathan Mugisha, has said. He adds that the number of those infected by the deadly viral disease has also escalated to 190. The epidemic is confined in the 10 northern Uganda districts. Mugisha names the affected districts as Abim, Agago,...

17 Dead in Mogadishu Clashes, Aweys Praises Al Shabaab

At least 17 people were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu during Tuesday clashes, as Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys publicly declared his support for the merger of Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam insurgent factions, Radio Garowe reports. The fighting started overnight Monday and continued into Tuesday, with Somali government forces and...

Two Dead, 41 Injured as Blast Rocks Kenya

Two Dead, 41 Injured as Blast Rocks Kenya Two people were killed and 41 injured in an explosion next to a Kampala-bound bus in downtown Nairobi on Monday night. The blast occurred at 7.40pm as passengers were boarding a Kampala Coach bus in the River Road area. Thirty three were being treated at Kenyatta National Hospital, four at MP Shah and four others at the Nairobi Hospital. One man...

Niger Looks Toward January Elections After Kidnappings

Insecurity brought on by al-Qaida kidnappings in Niger is threatening to compromise the country's elections, set for January, and its  return to civilian rule.  Elections scheduled for January are meant to return Niger to democratic rule following this year's military coup, but recent al-Qaida terrorist acts have raised security concerns in...

UN Confirms Northern Air Raid on South Sudan

The United Nations has confirmed that northern Sudanese warplanes carried out an air raid on a border area of south Sudan last week.Spokesman Kouider Zerrouk says the U.N. mission in Sudan investigated the incident after the south's ruling party complained last Wednesday of aerial bombing along the border.Zerrouk said the air attack took place in...

Kenya Detains Over 300 East African Refugees

Over 300 mainly Somali and Ethiopian refugees were reportedly detained earlier this week in Nairobi’s largely immigrant suburb of Eastleigh, and the arrests are continuing. According to two non-governmental organizations – the International Rescue Committee and Kituo Cha Sheria(Center for Legal Empowerment) - the Kenyan police are raiding homes of...

Wikileaks Cable Suggests Sierra Leone Government Involvement in Cocaine Bust

Among the 250,000 US diplomatic cables published by the Internet site Wikileaks, one cable reveals controversial comments on Sierra Leone's handling of the so-called cocaine plane abandoned at the country's airport in 2008. One of the 250,000 US diplomatic messages published on the website WikiLeaks, has caused a stir in the West African nation of...