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Russia against Zimbabwe sanctions, may veto UN decision

Russia: Russia has said it could veto proposed UN sanctions against Zimbabwe's president and his allies, despite agreeing a G8 statement backing them. Russia has the power to veto any measures at the UN Security Council, which could take a vote this week. The US and the UK are pushing for a travel ban and assets freeze on Zimbabwe's...

Somalia: US condemns killing of UN official

Washington: The United States said Monday it condemns the killing of a top United Nations official in Somalia and urged parties in the country to work together through dialogue. "The United States condemns the murder of Osman Ali Ahmed," the State Department said in a statement, referring to the head of the U.N. Development Program who...

UN to vote for sanctions on Zimbabwe this week

United Nations: The UN Security Council could vote for sanctions against Zimbabwe as soon as this week, France said on Tuesday, despite pressure from African states to give their mediation efforts a chance first. France's U.N. ambassador, Jean-Maurice Ripert, told reporters before a council meeting on Zimbabwe that while council members would...

G8 reaffirm fulfilling Africa aid pledge

Japan: Leaders from the Group of Eight rich nations reassured skeptics on Tuesday that they were "firmly committed" to the aid target for Africa that was pledged at Gleneagles in 2005. In 2005, G8 nations vowed to raise annual aid levels by $50 billion by 2010, $25 billion of which was to go to Africa. This pledge was reiterated at last...

Nigeria seeks international effort to end oil smuggling

Japan: An international cartel of oil smugglers steals billions of dollars in "blood oil" from Nigeria, trading it for guns, the president has said. Speaking at the G8 summit in Japan, President Umaru Yar'Adua drew comparisons between oil "bunkering" and the trade in "blood diamonds". He said an international...

Egypt summons Iranian envoy over a film

Cairo (Egypt): The Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned a senior Iranian diplomat in Cairo over an Iranian film on the assassination of late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the official MENA news agency reported. Egypt's Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs Tamer Khalil called in Seyyed Hossein Rajabi, head of the Iranian...

G8 plans sanctions against Zimbabwe govt

Japan: G8 leaders meeting in Japan have said they will seek targeted sanctions against members of the Zimbabwean government over last month's polls. Their call for financial and other measures against individuals "responsible for violence" in Zimbabwe marks a change of stance for Russia. The G8 also called for a special UN Security...

UN top Official shot dead in Somalia

Somalia: The head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Somalia, Osman Ali Ahmed, was killed by suspected militants on Sunday in the capital city, U.N. official said. Ahmed was shot after leaving a mosque near his house in Bolohube district, south of Mogadishu. He later died because of his wounds in the Africa Union peacekeeping...

Somali PM calls for immediate UN troops

Addis Ababa: The international community must deploy U.N. peacekeepers in Somalia without delay or risk worsening insecurity in the Horn of Africa, the country's prime minister warned on Monday during a visit to Ethiopia. Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein said the U.N. troops wereneeded to replace Ethiopian forces under the terms of a...

British FM begins South Africa

Johannesburg (S Africa): The crisis in Zimbabwe is on the agenda of talks between visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and his South African counterpart, Nkosazan Dlamini Zuma, a statement said Sunday. Miliband arrived on Sunday in the African country for the 8th session of the SA-UK Bilateral Forum, scheduled on July 8 in Pretoria,...

UK plans to review Somalia aid support

Somalia: The foreign aid Somalia gets to rebuild the country and keep the peace in the Horn of Africa is often siphoned off to clan militias. Now the UK - one of its key donors - is reviewing how it can continue its support of the East African nation. The money that is supposed to be used to strengthen security and democracy in Somalia seems not...

Somalia: German hostage is sick

Somalia: A couple from Germany who were kidnapped in the Gulf of Aden by Somali pirates last month are being treated well, but the husband has diabetes and is running low on medicines, a human rights defender who visited the hostages said. Yusuf Ahmed Jama, an official with a Puntland-based human rights agency, was allowed to visit the German...

Nigeria demand mining compensation from UK, Europe

Nigeria: Nigeria's Plateau State wants $100bn (£50bn) in compensation from the UK and Europe for environmental damage caused, it says, by mining in colonial times. The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Agency has discovered radioactive materials buried under the soil, officials say. Radioactive waste occurs in the material that remains when...

Nigeria, Sierra Leone fight over UN seat

Lagos (Nigeria): Nigeria and Sierra Leone are currently locked in a diplomatic stalemate over who gets one of the seats reserved for West Africa as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. According to local media report on Thursday, Nigeria's expectation to be honored by other African countries with an unopposed election is being...

Somalia, Pakistan safe haven of Al Qaeda training

Somalia: Al Qaeda is re-emerging in strength in three different safe havens to conduct training, operational planning and recruiting – Pakistan, Somalia and Algeria – The Times quoted Western intelligence and defence sources in its recent report. The core Qaeda headquarters in the Pakistan’s Tribal Areas “pose the gravest...