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Leaders calls for more invest in Africa's infrastructure

Kampala: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni urged member countries of the Organization of the Islamic onference (OIC) to invest in Africa's infrastructure, a sector economic which is stalling the continent's economic growth. Museveni, who was opening the OIC Business Forum here on Monday, said while there are efforts to construct a railway...

UN envoy calls big nations to help Somali people

London: Somalis should not be punished for past mistakes of their leaders, the UN special envoy for Somalia said Sunday as he urged the big powers to help the east African country's rival factions implement a UN-brokered truce. "The people of Somalia should not continue to be punished for past mistakes made by their leaders," said...

Saudi King & UN chief hails Somali peace deal

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah regards a Somalia truce deal reached last week as a "breakthough" and will invite rival factions to an official signing ceremony as soon as possible, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday. Ban said after talks with the monarch in the Red Sea city of Jeddah that the June 9 accord aimed at restoring...

Egypt refrain 92-year-old's marriage

Egypt: The Egyptian authorities have banned a 92-year-old man from marrying a 17-year-old girl, the Egyptian al-Akhbar newspaper has reported. The ministry of justice invoked a law which says the age gap between spouses should not exceed 25 years. Egypt brought in the law prohibiting the marriage of elderly men to very young girls during the Gulf...

Somalia: BBC journalist shot dead

Somalia: Nasteh Dahir Farah, a prominent Somali journalist, was killed by unknown gunmen the southern Somali town of Kismanyu, an official in a Mogadishu based Somali journalists union confirmed Saturday. Nasteh Dahir, who worked for both the BBC and Associated Press news agency, was shot in the chest and stomach outside his home. Islamist...

Zimbabwe president attacks West at food summit

Rome: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday accused the West of trying to cripple his country through economic sanctions.   He, however, defended his agricultural policies against widespread accusations he was pushing a country once known as the breadbasket of Africa into starvation. "My country's primary agriculture policy...

Briton, Australia criticize Mugabe's presence at Rome summit

Rome: The Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's joining a United Nations food crisis summit has raised criticism from Britain and Australia.   Britain criticised the presence of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at this week's global food summit in Rome, as obscene. "We think it's particularly unfortunate that he has decided to attend...

Kenyan President says 'no amnesty for post-election unrest'

Kenya: Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Sunday ruled out general amnesty to perpetrators of the post-election violence which rocked the east African nation due to disputed presidential elections.   President Kibaki said the government would not allow the amnesty noting that those responsible for the deadly unrest must face the full force of...

Red Cross assist 25,000 after SA unrest spreads

Johannesburg: The Red Cross in South Africa said Saturday it was caring for 25,000 displaced people following nearly two weeks of anti-immigrant violence amid emerging evidence of a humanitarian crisis. The new figures came as the army said it had shot dead a man in a Johannesburg township during joint operations with the police aimed at quelling...

Tsvangirai vows to return Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwean opposition presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai has said he plans to return home on Saturday to begin his run-off campaign.   His return last weekend was delayed amid allegations the army planned to assassinate Mr Tsvangirai with snipers. The ruling party rejected opposition claims of a plot as a fantasy. The...

Somali elders told the pirates face action or release the ship

Somalia: Somali Islamist insurgents will attack pirates holding a Jordan-flagged vessel if calls to release the ship and its crew are ignored, local elders involved in mediation efforts said Tuesday.   The elders said the MV Victoria, seized last week off the Somali coast, was being held near a coastal village, around 500 kilometres (310...

somalia: Arab League to mediate between rivals

Somalia: A delegation from the Arab League is heading  to Somalia Monday under the leadership of the recently appointed envoy to Somalia. The delegation is led by Ibrahim Shuweym, who is the newly appointed envoy to Somalia. The aim of the delegation is said to mediate between the government and the Asmara-based opposition group. The Arab...

Somali elders criticize Ethiopian's relief action

Somalia: Somali elders on Thursday sneered at Ethiopian troops for doling relief food to hungry Mogadishu residents, saying the exercise was just a gimmick to cover their blood-soaked hands.   "Somalis are aware the hostility of the Ethiopians towards the Somali people, the whole exercise was a gimmick to show the world that they are...

Somalia: France and US will jointly work to combate piracy

United Nations: France and the United States are currently working on a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to combat maritime piracy, notably off the coast of lawless Somalia, diplomats said Tuesday.   "We are working on a text to combat piracy. The time has come to deal with this issue," France's UN Ambassador Jean-Maurice...

War torn Somalia: Situation worsen than 1991

Somalia: Bodies continued to litter the streets of Mogadishu on Monday after two days of intense fighting described by one human rights representative as "the worst" since 1991.   The chaotic situation has made it difficult to ascertain an accurate death toll. Mogadishu-based Elman Human Rights Group reported at least 81 civilians...