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US envoy interfering in Zimbabwe politics-Mugabe

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has threatened to expel the US ambassador, accusing him of meddling in the country's political process. "I am just waiting to see if he makes one more step wrong. He will get out," Mr Mugabe told a rally in Harare. Earlier this month ambassador James McGee warned post-election violence in...

Zuma to visit townships in SA

Somalia: The leader of South Africa's governing ANC is to visit some of the townships around Johannesburg hit by a wave of violence against foreigners. Jacob Zuma's move is part of attempts to stop the violence, in which at least 50 have been killed and 25,000 forced from their homes across the country. Correspondents say this will be the...

Uganda, Ethiopia deny arms smuggling in Somalia

Kampala: Uganda and Ethiopia denied Saturday that their troops in Somalia were selling arms to local insurgents fighting government and Ethiopian troops in the shattered north-east African country. United Nations monitors this week accused Ugandan officers in the African Union peacekeeping force -- which also groups Ethiopian and Somali...

Thousands take to streets protesting violence in SA

South Africa: Thousands of people in the South African city of Johannesburg have demonstrated against the recent violence against immigrants. They carried banners comparing the current xenophobia to apartheid. Demonstrators carrying placards saying "Xenophobia hurts like apartheid" and "We stand against xenophobia" brought...

ANC urge to combat violence in SA

South Africa: The secretary general of South Africa's governing ANC has called on party members to form local committees to combat violence against foreigners. Gwede Mantashe says that they should work to "take the streets back from criminals", whilst giving support to the police and help to the victims. The unrest has now spread to...

Zimbabwe opposition leader 'confident of victory'

Zimbabwe: Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said he will win Zimbabwe's 27 June run-off presidential poll, as he returned to Harare after weeks abroad. The Movement for Democratic Change leader accused the ruling Zanu-PF party of seeking to "decimate" opposition structures ahead of the vote. His first engagement was to visit...

Abductors release Kenyan lecturer in Somalia

Somalia: Somali gunmen released a Kenyan university lecturer on Friday after abducting him in the capital Mogadishu last week, a university staff member said. "Moses (Nyandusi Matundura) is in a Mogadishu hotel then on his way to Kenya," the staff member, who did not wish to be named, the news agency. "He was treated well and is...

Somalia: Puntland President questioned in cabinet meeting

Somalia: A disagreement has erupted within the government of Puntland, in Somalia's northeast, during Thursday's regular weekly Cabinet meeting, inside sources said. Gen. Adde Muse, the Puntland leader, chaired the meeting in the port city of Bossaso, where issues including security, finances, exploration agreements and an extradition...

SA alleged apartheid foes behind the violence

Cape Town (South Africa): South Africa's security chief on Friday accused rightwingers linked to the former apartheid government of fanning xenophobic violence that has spread to Cape Town, the second largest city and tourist centre. At least 42 people have been killed and more than 25,000 driven from their homes in 12 days of attacks by mobs...

Somali rebels attack parliament building as UN delegates arrive

Somalia: Somali rebels attack the parliament building in the southwestern town of Baidoa, killing five guards amid more blasts in the town. Gunfire has been  heard in the vicinity of Somali parliament’s headquarter in Baidoa town the temporary base of the government on Wednesday night as delegates from the United Nation and the prime...

Darfur rebel commander detained in Sudan

Khartoum: Sudan has arrested a senior commander of the Darfur rebel force that launched an attack on Khartoum in which at least 200 people were killed this month, state media said on Thursday.   State media said Abdel Aziz el-Nur Ashr was the half brother of Khalil Ibrahim, the leader of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). A...

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...

Army takes the streets in S Africa

South Africa: South African troops have been deployed for the first time in an effort to stop attacks on foreigners that have left 42 dead and forced thousands to flee.   Soldiers backed police in early morning raids at three hostels in Johannesburg, arresting 28 people and seizing drugs, arms and ammunition. This is the first time soldiers...

Immigrants leave South Africa over violence

Johannesburg (South Africa): More than 10,000 Mozambicans have fled home from South Africa to escape xenophobic attacks that have killed at least 42 people, officials in the neighbouring country said on Wednesday. Soldiers backed police in early morning raids in Johannesburg and air force helicopters patrolled Alexandra township after President...

Somali army's training delayed due to confilt within

Somalia: Plans to train 1,000 Somali soldiers in Tanzania have hit a snag because of power struggles in the transitional Somali government. According to The Citizen lack of funds to pay for transportation and allowances for the soldiers has also been identified as another reason behind the one-year delay. Sources in the diplomatic cycles...