African News

Egypt arrests 26 suspected of plotting terrorism

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Egypt has arrested 26 suspects who the prosecutor said belonged to a cell of militant group Islamic Jihad and were plotting "terrorist...

Six reported killed in Somali capital fighting

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Islamist insurgents fired mortar bombs at the presidential palace in the Somali capital overnight, prompting return fire by troops that killed at...

Nigeria pipeline attack forces Shell to cut output

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Royal Dutch Shell says it has shut down three pumping stations in Nigeria's Niger Delta after a key crude oil pipeline was...

African summit hears world ignoring Somalia crisis

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The worsening crisis in Somalia is as big a threat to global security as Afghanistan but is being ignored by the world....

African Union to consider “land for Haitians” plan

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The African Union (AU) has agreed to consider a Senegalese proposal to resettle Haiti's earthquake homeless and possibly create a state for...

UN council extends short force renewal in Ivory Coast

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The Security Council sought to nudge Ivory Coast into holding much-delayed elections soon by extending the mandate of UN peacekeepers there by...

Djibouti planning to sending 450 troops to Somalia

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Djibouti said it is planning to send 450 soldiers to Somalia possibly next month to boost the African Union (AU) peace mission...

Chad wants timetable for UN withdrawal: diplomats

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Chad has told the United Nations peacekeeping mission to withdraw its soldiers and civilians, and wants a timetable for ending a deployment...

IMF agreement eases G Bissau debt relief

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Guinea-Bissau has reached a preliminary agreement with the International Monetary Fund to secure financing and a support programme that could lead to...

Eritrean economy untouched by UN sanctions

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Eritrea said that its economy will be unaffected by the UN sanctions imposed on the nation, which were an international response to...

Egypt’s role in Gaza “cannot be denied”

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Human Rights Watch has criticized Egypt for its role in cutting off people in the Gaza Strip from the rest of the...

Sierra Leone youth need jobs for peace: World Bank

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Sierra Leone needs donors' help to create jobs for disarmed but unemployed youth if the West African nation is to maintain the...

Morocco taps devolution to break Sahara deadlock: analysis

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Plans by Morocco to devolve some power to its regions appear unlikely to convince independence campaigners in Western Sahara to accept Moroccan...

Bashir to back ex-rebel for Sudan president

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Sudan's ruling National Congress Party said yesterday it would support former foe Salva Kiir for president of the semi-autonomous south in April...

US Military to participate in Morocco’s Aeroexpo

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Approximately 50 US service members and four aircrafts from bases in the United States and Europe will participate in the Aeroexpo Marrackech...

al-Qaeda: Taking credit for failure

On Jan. 24, a voice purported to be that of Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the botched attempt to bring down...

Arms flowing to South Sudan a major concern

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The United States is worried about the flow of arms into semi-autonomous southern Sudan, some of it heavy weapons, ahead of a...

Nigeria’s corruption “unbelievable”: Clinton

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Describing corruption in Nigeria as "unbelievable," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested. The government's failure to deliver basic services helped foster...

Libya and Russia in arms talks

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Libya's defence minister arrived in Moscow yesterday for talks that Russian media said could result in a $2 billion defence contract including...

Prosecutor seeks death penalty in Egypt plot trial

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Prosecutors sought the death penalty yesterday in the trial of 26 men suspected of planning attacks in Egypt and said a foreign...

Angola and Iraq finalize “dangerous” oil deal

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Iraq signed final contracts with Angolan state oil company Sonangol today to develop the Qayara and Najmah oilfields. Qayara has reserves of some...

Tribal fighting kills 15 in south Sudan

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Tribal fighters killed at least 15 people in clashes with a rival group in south Sudan's troubled Jonglei state, one of the...

Egypt and S Korea strengthen defense cooperation

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Egypt and South Korea recently signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the defense industry, signed by DAPA Commissioner Byun Moo-keun...

EU agrees on mission to train Somali forces

The European Union today agreed to set up a military mission in Uganda to train Somali government forces who are fighting an...

Kenyan economy seen growing at 4.2 pct in 2010

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Kenya's economy is seen growing by 4.2 % in 2010 and accelerating to 5.0 % in 2011, compared with an estimate of...

Ivory Coast economy to grow 4 pct in 2010: finance minister

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Ivory Coast's economy is expected to grow by 4% this year, picking up to a 5% clip in 2011, according to a...

Zimbabwe new constitution suspended over bickering

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Zimbabwe has suspended moves to draw up a new constitution due to political bickering over funding, dealing a blow to hopes for...

Somali hardline rebels threaten Kenya

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Somalia's hardline al Shabaab rebels threatened to attack neighbouring Kenya following a crackdown on Somalis in the capital Nairobi, according to a...

Unrest risk clouds Cameroon’s “bright future”

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A nagging risk of unrest clouds the bright future Cameroon's veteran president, Paul Biya, promised his central African nation with the launch...

Genocide suspect in Malawi slips out to US

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Rwandan officials have pursued their Malawian counterparts on the whereabouts of a 1994 Rwandese genocide suspect, Vincent Nzigiyimfura who was last freely...

Sudan’s Bashir ready to help an independent south

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Sudan's president said he would support the country's oil-producing south if it chose independence in a looming referendum, in his closest acknowledgement...

Israel, Turkey and insult

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Last week a small crisis with potentially serious implications blew up between Israel and Turkey. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon summoned Turkish...

Zambia, Rwanda to jointly pursue genocide suspects

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Zambia and Rwanda have agreed to jointly identify and arrest 1994 genocide suspects who may be living in Zambia as refugees, the...

Senegal proposes African state for Haitians

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Senegal's leader proposed the creation of a new African state to resettle Haitians left homeless by an earthquake, comparing the idea to...

Somali MPs arrested in Kenya

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The Somali embassy in Kenya has confirmed the arrest of 12 Somali Members of Parliament who are among about 400 people arrested...

Shooting highlights Egypt’s sectarian tensions

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Church towers standing in the shadow of mosques symbolise how Christians in the southern town of Nagaa Hamady feel about their relationship...

Gunmen kill 14 villagers on Tanzanian Lake Island

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Armed robbers killed 14 villagers on a Lake Victoria island after the residents tried to stop them leaving by boat with goods...

Zimbabwe seeks HIPC status for debt relief: minister

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Zimbabwe will seek highly indebted poor country status to have its $6 billion international debt cancelled to help spur economic growth, Finance...

Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Rwanda

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Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will make his maiden official visit to the Commonwealth's newest member, Rwanda, this week. He will be in...

State Security looking at Somali threat

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South Africa's intelligence agencies have reportedly stepped up their surveillance of possible terrorist threats to the country and June's World Cup, with...

Sudan highest court refutes southern party ban

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Sudan's constitutional court ruled yesterday that the south's semi-autonomous government cannot prohibit the activities of a Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) splinter...

France to investigate FLEC leader after Togo attack

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France's public prosecutor yesterday ordered an investigation into Rodrigues Mingas, leader of a faction of a Cabinda separatist group that attacked the...

Somalia, neighbours prepare for assault on al Shabaab

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Countries bordering Somalia are planning to coordinate a major assault against positions held by al- Shabaab militia in Somalia, using ethnic Somali...

End of Cameroon-Nigeria boundary dispute in sight

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Some 3000 pillars are being planted to demarcate the border between Cameroon and Nigeria. The UN-sponsored project will end next year. The representative...

Sudan needs more funds for referendum: report

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Sudan needs more cash and support from donor countries if its national elections and a southern referendum on independence are to take...

Sudan hangs 6 men for killing 13 policemen

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Sudan yesterday hanged six men convicted in the murder of 13 policemen five years ago during a forced eviction operation in the...

Egypt to build anchorage to secure Gaza sea border

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Egypt is building an anchorage for patrol boats on its Gaza sea border, further bolstering its defences against suspected weapons smuggling by...

Nigeria’s VP can perform president’s duties: court

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Nigerian Vice President Goodluck Jonathan can perform the executive duties of ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua, who is in hospital overseas, without a...

Rwanda grenade attacks show need to disarm: police

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A string of unrelated grenade attacks that killed four people and wounded several others across Rwanda showed the need to reduce the...

SCSL faces financial constraints

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Prosecutors at the Special Court for Sierra Leone resumed their cross-examination of former Liberian president Charles Taylor earlier this week. Taylor has...