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Five Sudanese appear court over US aid worker murder

Khartoum: Five Sudanese men, including a former army officer, made their first appearance in court on Sunday to face charges over the New Year's Day killing in Khartoum of a U.S. aid worker and his driver. The five men, wearing traditional skull caps and white robes, were greeted outside the heavily guarded Khartoum court buildings by a group of...

Botswana president not to attend SADC summit

Johannesburg: South Africa confirmed here on Friday that Botswana's President Seretse Khama Ian Khama will skip the 28th summit of the Southern African Development Community(SADC) to be held here on Saturday and Sunday. Speaking at a briefing later in the day, South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the Botswana's president will...

SADC summit begins in S Africa

Johannesburg: A two-day summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) opened here on Saturday, with the review of political situation in the region and launch of the Free Trade Area (FTA) being top on the agenda. Botswana's President Seretse Ian Khama did not come to the summit in protest against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's...

German hostages freed by militants in Nigeria

Nigeria: A militant group in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region has handed over two German hostages kidnapped last month. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) said they rescued the two men from another militant group who had kidnapped them. They are being treated for injuries they suffered during their kidnapping, the...

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...

UN peacekeeping force trains more DR Congo troops

United Nations: Two more battalions of national troops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have completed military training provided by the UN peacekeeping force, the UN said in a press release Thursday. About 1,800 soldiers of the national armed forces, known as FARDC, received three-month military training from members of the Pakistani...

Libya agrees to compensate US and bombing victims

Egypt: Libya and the United States agreed on Thursday a comprehensive deal that Tripoli would compensate U.S. and Libyan victims in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, said reports reaching here from Tripoli. The deal was signed by visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Welch, top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East, and Libya...

Finally Nigeria hands over disputed Bakassi to Cameroon

Nigeria: Nigeria on Thursday concluded its handover of the Bakassi peninsula to neighboring Cameroon, completing the implementation of the 2002 International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment, after 15 years of dispute over the peninsula that is located on the Gulf of Guinea. The final handover ceremony, which held in the Cross River state's capital...

Zimbabwe talks focused in the meeting between S Africa and Angola

Luanda: Zimbabwe issue topped a meeting here between presidents of Angola and South Africa, visiting South African President Thabo Mbeki has said. After the meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Mbeki told reporters that he informed his Angolan counterpart Jose Eduardo dos Santos of the talks he mediated between Zimbabwe's rival parties. The talks are...

EU agrees to action against piracy off Somali coasts

Brussels: The Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the European Union (EU) has approved the principle of a co-ordinated action in terms of fighting against maritime piracy at the Somalian coasts, with the purpose of applying resolution 1816 of UN Security Council. In a press release issued on Wednesday, the EU stated that the said action...

Britain warns nationals in Nigeria to stay away from Bakassi

Lagos: The British government Monday issued a stern warning to its nationals living in Nigeria against embarking on any trip to the Bakassi Peninsular due to be handed over to Cameroon by Nigeria on Thursday, reported the This Day newspaper. The British government warned its nationals in Nigeria to be wary of militants operating under the platform...

Somali abductors freed two Germans

Somalia: Two Germans kidnapped by pirates off Somalia more than six weeks ago have been released unharmed and are on their way home, officials said Saturday. Officials in Puntland said the freed hostages, a middle-aged man and woman, had been taken to Bossaso, the semi-autonomous region's de-facto capital, where they had caught a plane for the...

More EU aid for Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia

Brussels: The European Union says it is giving €21 million (US$32.5 million) in aid to Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea to help their people survive a drought that has lasted several years. The United Nations says 14 million people in the region are living off emergency food aid as world food prices climb and the drought cut farmers' output. The...

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...

Canada plans to send ship at Somali coast

Canada: Canada is making plans to send a Halifax-based frigate to waters off the horn of Africa to stop pirates from attacking food shipments bound for Somalia. This would involve diverting HMCS Ville de Quebec, which left Halifax last month for a NATO mission to the Mediterranean and Black seas. Defence Minister Peter MacKay had hinted Monday...