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Muslims Ordered to Pull Out of Catholic Schools of Kenya

Muslims have been ordered to withdraw their children from Catholic-run schools in protest at the church's Hijab ban. Sheikh Mohammed Dor said the church's action was provocative and could spark Muslim anger in the country. "From Monday, I would like all Muslims to withdraw their children from Catholic schools and take them elsewhere," he declared...

A British Warship Saves Yemeni Fishing Boat From Somali Pirates 17 October 2009

A British warship has Saturday managed to save Yemeni fishing boat from Somali pirates who were trying to hijack it as it was traveling through the water according to Yemani officials. The warship which is one of the NATO maritime navels continuing the military operations against the Somali piracy in Gulf of Aden and Somali coast have forcibly...

Deal With Guinea Raises Questions About Chinese Role

Reports of a large infrastructure and minerals agreement between Guinea and Chinese investors this week have turned a harsh spotlight on the human rights and geopolitical stakes of the scramble for Africa's natural wealth. The deals, which the Guinean military junta says are worth over seven billion dollars, come just weeks after soldiers opened...

IDPs Caught Napping as Police Close Camp of Kenya

The police moved into the camp in the wee hours of Tuesday morning and ordered the IDPs to leave or be forcibly evicted. With the element of surprise on their side they pulled down and destroyed tents at Burnt Forest IDP camp. "We pleaded with them to give us time to dismantle our tents but they would not listen," said Joseph Muraya, the chairman...

The Right to Know and Justice in Africa

Ironically, International Right to Know Day, which is celebrated today, has been one of the world’s best-kept secrets. The day was the brainchild of a group of freedom of information campaigners who decided at a meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria seven years ago that it was high time that progress towards greater openness was celebrated so as to provide...

Kenyan Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo Seeks Removal of Judges

Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo has said that he will introduce a motion in Parliament that will seek the removal of some members of the Kenyan Judiciary. Mr Kilonzo told lawyers that he would seek to amend Section 62 of the Constitution that will see judges removed from office on the grounds of incompetency. The minister who was speaking on...

Plans for Malawi Science University Heading to Parliament

Legislation to establish the first University of Science and Technology in Malawi is expected to be presented to parliament this year, in the hope that the project will start in 2010. Documents justifying the need for the university, as well as outlining costs and details of the project have been finalised and a draft bill submitted to the cabinet...

Kenyan Police Lose Vital Files On Al-Qaeda

FOR the second time in six years, Kenyan police officers have lost the files of one of the world's most wanted terrorists, Haroun Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, raising doubts over the integrity of the security services. Fazul is wanted for the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi and the 2002 bombing of Paradise Hotel at Kikambala. It also appears...

10,000 Militants to Get Amnesty, N65,000 Monthly

Up to 10, 000 militants in the troubled Niger Delta could benefit from the amnesty offered by the federal government aimed at ending the crisis in the region, which has almost crippled the oil industry. The chief coordinator of the Amnesty Implemen-tation Committee, Air Vice Marshal Lucky Ararile, announced this yesterday in Abuja at a special...

World Gears Up for Mandela Day in South Africa

People around the globe are gearing up to celebrate Madiba's 91st birthday on Saturday by devoting 67 minutes of their time to local causes as the world sings "Happy birthday" to its favourite person. The great man, who now looks frail and white-haired, has watched and grieved at the deaths of his closest comrades, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu....

President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga Assure on New Constitution

President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have said they will give all the required support to ensure the review process is completed within the stipulated time. The two spoke on Tuesday during a meeting with members of the Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review at Harambee House. President Kibaki commended the committee of...

Al-Qaeda Threat to Peace in East Africa

An Al-Qaeda force fighting alongside Somali extremists against the transitional government has sent ripples through regional capitals. Commanded by a Kenyan, the group, called Al-Muhajirun, has 180 well-trained and battle-hardened fighters, some who have seen action in Afghanistan, Pakistan and possibly Iraq. Al-Shabaab, the Somali militant group...

Nigerian Army Begins Disarmament Talks With Militants

The Nigerian Army yesterday said it had begun direct disarmament talks with militant groups in the Niger Delta, in what is seen as the first public acknowledgement of military-militants talks since President Umar Musa Yar'Adua made an amnesty offer to the militants on April 2. Army officials and militants had previously denied such contact despite...

Zambia Child Labour Still Rife - International Labour Organisation (ILO)

MORE than 1.2 million children in Zambia are victims of child labour, research by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank revealed. Understanding Children's Work (UCW) coordinator, Furio Rosati said the research established that 48 per cent of seven to 14 year-old children across the...

Military Continues Offensive Against Militants of Nigeria

Two new training camps operated by the wanted Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo were yesterday discovered in Delta State and swiftly destroyed by the security Joint Task Force (JTF) in the region. The camps Bulobala and Iroko Camp Annex, allegedly being used to train new recruits and senior fighters of the Movement for the...