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Traders protest violence in S Africa

Cape Town (South Africa): Hundreds of mostly Somali traders marched to the South African parliament on Monday to protest against recent anti-immigrant attacks.   At least 62 people have been killed in attacks over the last three weeks on African immigrants around the country. Poor residents accuse migrants of stealing their jobs, with a large...

Somali insurgents free prisoners assaulting Kenya police

Kenya: Suspected Somali Islamists attacked Kenyan policemen holding three men, including two British nationals of Somali extraction, who had crossed into Kenya illegally, Kenyan police said on Sunday.   One policeman was severely wounded in the attack, which took place on Saturday night in the northeastern frontier town of Dadajabula, where...

S Africa migrants camps lacks the standard-Oxfam

South Africa: The camps where South Africa's government plans to house migrants displaced by xenophobic attacks do not meet humanitarian standards, international aid agency Oxfam said on Sunday.   Some 62 migrants have been killed and tens of thousands forced from their homes around the country. The violence, which has subsided, targeted...

SA Communist party demands Mbeki out, early election

Johannesburg (South Africa): South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki has failed to provide leadership and should be recalled from the presidency to make way for early elections, the South African Communist Party said on Sunday.   The SACP, in coalition government with the ANC since the end of apartheid more than 14 years ago, blamed Mbeki for a...

Police detain a Zimbabwe opposition leader

Harare (Zimbabwe): A senior Zimbabwean opposition politician has been arrested over a written attack on Robert Mugabe. Arthur Mutambara, who recently pledged to work with a rival opposition leader to defeat President Mugabe in run-off elections, was detained in Harare. His lawyer told the the news agency his client had been accused of publishing...

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...

Zimbabwe army chief declares troops 'must back Mugabe or quit'

Zimbabwe: Gen Chedondo said troops were being deployed to help control violence Zimbabwe's army chief has told soldiers they must leave the military if they do not vote for incumbent President Robert Mugabe in next month's run-off poll.   Chief-of-staff Maj Gen Martin Chedondo said soldiers had signed up to protect Mr Mugabe's principles of...

South Sudan officials reject government Abyei plan

Khartoum: Southern Sudanese officials on Saturday dismissed Khartoum's proposal for a joint north-south administration in oil-rich Abyei as a publicity stunt that would not resolve tension in the flashpoint town.   Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Friday his government had suggested shared control over Abyei, where fighting...

Somalia: AL plans to send team during Djibouti talks

Somalia: The Arab League and Egyptian government have discussed the situation in Somalia. The Arab League is expected to send a delegation to the Djibouti peace talks.   The president of Egypt, Muhammad Husni Mubarak and secretary-general of the Arab League, Amir Musa, discussed the situation in Somalia and efforts by the Arab League in...

Somalia: Islamic courts leaders meet secretly with Ethiopia!

Djibouti: Islamic courts leaders Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmad and his group had a secret face-to-face meetings with a two members of Al-shabab in Mogadishu which bragged about multiple attacks on the Ethiopian forces daily in Southern Somalia.   The Sheikh Sharif Group, Islamist insurgents who have bragged of repeated attacks on Ethiopian...

De Klerk believes Apartheid not to blame for SA violence

South Africa: South Africa's former President FW De Klerk has told that the heritage of apartheid cannot be blamed for this month's xenophobic attacks.   "It would be a great over simplification to blame everything which is wrong... on the heritage of the past," he said. The last apartheid-era leader said unemployment and the high...

Opposition leader wish for change in Zimbabwean ruling party

Harare (Zimbabwe): Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party should be reformed, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said on Friday in a speech that may open the door to a national unity government. Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) won the March 29 parliamentary election with a slim majority, handing ZANU-PF its worst defeat since...

Police open fire on angry Somali refugees in S Africa

South Africa: More than 200 displaced Somali nationals went on the rampage at the refugee camp outside Pretoria in South Africa on Wednesday. Police had to intervene and fire rubber bullets at the Somalis after they attacked other foreigners - Angolans, Burundians, Rwandans and Congolese who were seeking medical assistance and food. They are all...

Egypt’s emergency to use against the oppositions

Egypt: Having governed for 27 years under a permanent state of emergency, president Hosni Mubarak (80) is still unable to manage without it. On Sunday Egypt is renewing the state of emergency for antoher two years. Human rights organisations say the measure is aimed primarily at opposition movements and activists. The regime says it needs the...

Somalia: Hijacked ship reach northern coast

Somalia: Somali officials said the hijacked Dutch ship has arrived in a northern Somali port two days after it was boarded by pirates. The foreign minister of the semiautonomous region of Puntland says the MV Amiya Scan has arrived in the coastal town of Bargal on Wednesday. Ali Abdi Aware says coast guards have been sent to the area. Coast guard...