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Opposition campaign banned in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's authorities have stopped the opposition presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai from campaigning ahead of the 27 June elections. The order banning "several future rallies" came after police briefly detained Mr Tsvangirai ahead of a rally in the second largest city of Bulawayo. The length or extent of the ban,...

Nigeria ousts oil giant Shell, many hails

Nigera: The planned removal of oil giant Shell from southern Nigeria's Ogoniland will finally give the impoverished region a chance to develop, the son of executed activist Ken Saro-Wiwa said on Thursday. Saro-Wiwa was hanged in 1995 by Nigeria's then-military government for leading protests against Royal Dutch Shell over pollution and a...

Zimbabwe suspends aid agencies

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's government has indefinitely suspended all field work by aid groups and non-governmental organisations. Social Welfare Minister Nicholas Goche accused several of "breaching the terms and conditions of their registration", in a written notice sent to the groups. Earlier, police detained a group of US and UK...

Sudanese blamed for Darfur crisis

Sudan: The International Criminal Court prosecutor said on Thursday he would seek new indictments next month against top officials, accusing Sudan's "entire state apparatus" of involvement in crimes in Darfur. Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo's address to the U.N. Security Council coincided with a visit by envoys to Darfur, scene...

US, UK diplomats detained in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Police in Zimbabwe detained US and UK diplomats for several hours as they investigated political violence there, US ambassador James McGee has said. Mr McGee told the news agency there had earlier been a bid to force their convoy off the road in the town of Bindura when they refused to go to a police station. He said their tyres were...

Zimbabwe opposition leader freed

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been released by police after being detained for about eight hours, his spokesman has said. He was freed without charge. Police had accused Mr Tsvangirai of violating public security for addressing a rally without authorisation. Mr Tsvangirai was detained as his convoy was going through a...

Somalia: Puntland govt lacks fund to pay soldiers

Somalia: The leader of Somalia's self-governing Puntland authority told soldiers Tuesday that his government cannot afford to pay for the soldiers' salaries.   President Mohamud "Adde" Muse told Puntland soldiers stationed at the 54th Military Base in the outskirts of the regional capital Garowe that the local government lacks...

Somalia: Opposition demand time frame before talks

Somalia: The main Islamist opposition group in Somalia told a delegation from the United Nations Security Council that it would not participate in direct talks with Somalia’s government unless a timetable was created for the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from the country.   The opposition alliance on Monday ruled out direct peace talks...

Zimbabwe bans an Int aid agency for reported political link

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's government has banned at least one international aid group from operating in the country for allegedly campaigning for the opposition.   All operations of Care International are now suspended, pending an inquiry into the claims. Care denies that it "has encouraged or tolerated any political activity". The ban...

Nigeria praises S African effort to calm violence

Cape Town: Nigeria's president praised South Africa on Tuesday for ending attacks on African migrants and made no mention of his government's suggestion it would seek compensation for losses suffered by Nigerians.   The comments from President Umaru Yar'Adua, during a visit to Cape Town, contrasted with Nigeria's earlier vocal condemnation of...

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...

Somalia: UN Security Council to meet govt, opposition

Kenya: The U.N. Security Council meets the key players in the Somalia conflict on Monday to try to persuade the disparate factions to cooperate and restore order to the desperately poor and lawless Horn of Africa country. The Somalia talks mark the start of a 10-day tour of regional hot-spots that will bring diplomats from the 15-nation council...

Egypt deports 30 Sudanese refugees

Egypt: Human Rights Watch has called on Egypt to investigate the forced return of Sudanese who had been given official refugee status in the country.   The Washington-based rights organization said that forcible return of refugees is a violation of Egypt's obligations under international law. According to relatives' accounts of five of the...

Zimbabwe Opposition slam Mutambara arrest

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has condemned as a slap in the face of democracy the arrest Sunday of opposition stalwart Arthur Mutambara.   The police arrested Mutambara on charges of writing an article highly critical of incumbent President Robert Mugabe on the just ended March 29 elections...

Nigeria president in S Africa for compensation

South Africa: Nigeria's President Umaru Yar-Adua starts a four-day visit to South Africa, in an attempt to seek compensation for victims of violence.   "The president will leave Abuja on Monday and return on Thursday," for a visit aimed at forging closer ties between Africa's most populous country and its biggest economy,...