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IAEA head to visit Nigeria

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New UN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano will visit Nigeria next week for his first official trip, a choice aimed at wooing...

Djibouti gets TETRA

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EADS Defence & Security has been awarded a contract by Germany's Federal Office for Information Management and Information Technology of the Bundeswehr...

Angolan president signals 3-year election delay

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Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos signalled the oil-producing nation's first post-war presidential election, scheduled for 2009, would have to wait at...

Nigeria oil reform must benefit communities: governor

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Nigeria's plans to overhaul its energy sector must result in a fairer deal for communities in the Niger Delta if there is...

Nigeria seeks arrest of ex-minister over corruption

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A Nigerian court has issued an arrest warrant for a senior member of former President Olusegun Obasanjo's administration charged with abuse of...

Angolan president re-elected as ruling party head

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President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was re-elected head of Angola's ruling MPLA party yesterday, a move that signals the 67-year old leader...

Nine suspected Al-Shaabab members charged in Kenya

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Nine suspects arrested last week on suspicion of being members of Somali terror group Al-Shabaab were arraigned before Mombasa court this afternoon. The...

Southern Sudan launches anti-corruption strategy

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Commemorating International Anti-Corruption Day at the Nyakuron Cultural Center in Juba yesterday, Southern Sudan launched a five-year anti-corruption strategy for 2010-2014. The strategy...

Spanish and French hostages well: Al Qaeda web

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Al Qaeda's wing in North Africa said three Spanish hostages and a Frenchman they are holding were in good health and being...

Uganda beefs up security amid al-Shabab terrorist threats

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Security in Uganda has been tightened up due to fear of Somali's al-Shabab militia attacks. More guards have been placed at security...

The day Venezuela taught Nigeria a hard lesson

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The Nigerian minister of information and communication, Professor Dora Akunyili, was given a good lecture by the Venezuelan ambassador to Nigeria, Enerique...

Almost 75 pct sign up for Sudan elections

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Almost three quarters of adults in Sudan have registered to take part in the country's first multi-party elections in 24 years, officials...

UN council urges swift election in Ivory Coast

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The UN Security Council urged Ivory Coast to reschedule its long-delayed presidential election as soon as possible and to ensure that the...

Somalia faces humanitarian crisis in 2010

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War-torn and drought-ravaged Somalia is facing a humanitarian crisis with no funding so far raised or pledged for next year for food,...

Kenyan leaders stoking ethnic division: Annan

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Former UN chief Kofi Annan warned yesterday that some Kenyan politicians were reverting to the dangerous ethnic campaigning that fuelled the country's...

UN launches 2010 appeal for aid to Zimbabwe

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The United Nations has launched its 2010 Consolidated Appeal Process for humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe. Speaking at the launch, UN Assistant Secretary...

Uganda’s logistic capabilities enhanced

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Thirteen troops from the Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) earned entry-level certification in aircraft load planning following a recent US Army Africa-led...

Rebel attacks swell Nigeria-to-Ghana pipeline cost

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Rebel attacks in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta have boosted the cost of a natural gas pipeline to Ghana in which US oil...

Al Qaeda group claims Africa kidnappings: Al Jazeera

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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said today it was responsible for the kidnapping in November of three Spanish aid workers in...

Eastern Africa standby force exercise reaches a conclusion

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A closing ceremony in Grand Bara, Djibouti capped off a four-day field training exercise conducted by the newly forged Eastern African Standby...

Kenya denies hiding Rwanda genocide suspect

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Kenya said yesterday that threats to refer it to the UN Security Council for harbouring a leading Rwandan genocide suspect would not...

Sudanese who deny Darfur crimes may be charged: ICC

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Sudanese officials who deny and deceive the world about crimes committed in Sudan's western Darfur region might face criminal charges, the chief...

No more guns by mid 2010: Southern Sudan

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Sudan People's Liberation Army, (SPLA), has said that South Sudan will be 'free of illegal arms' by mid 2010. SPLA Spokesperson, Kuol...

US, DTI conduct WMD training

The South African Department of Trade and Industry and the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have hosted the first ever bilateral...

ElBaradei sets conditions for Egypt presidency run

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Former nuclear watchdog head Mohamed ElBaradei, tipped as a possible opposition Egyptian presidential contender and said a decision on entering the 2011...

Zambia-Zimbabwe border post to save $486 mln: official

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Zambia and Zimbabwe's new one-stop border post will help to facilitate trade between the two countries and save about $486 million a...

SITA signs $26.7m pax self-service deal in Kenya

Aviation information technology specialist SITA has a won a ten year, US$26.7 million agreement with the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) for a...

Ex-AU official calls for a special summit on Somalia

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Former African Union (AU) official is calling for an extraordinary summit of African heads of state and government to address the escalating...

Eastern African forces practice emergency response

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During the Eastern Africa Standby Brigade Field Training Exercise, approximately 1500 participants from 10 countries of East Africa worked together on various...

General Ward discusses cooperation with Algeria

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The United States is committed to working with Algeria in addressing security and counterterrorism issues that affect the Maghreb and the Sahel...

Nigerian C.bank chief laments “culture of corruption”

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Nigeria's "culture of corruption" contributed to the crisis which led to a $4 billion bank bailout earlier this year, with bank chiefs...

SA spends R4.3bn on peacekeeping

South Africa has spent R4.304 billion securing peace and security in Africa since April 2004.     That has emerged from the answer to a...

Technology to combat High Seas piracy

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Engineers at BAE Systems have developed an electronic early warning system aimed at combating soaring levels of piracy on the high seas and plan...

Eastern African forces work together in historical field exercise

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The multinational historical Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) Field Training Exercise recently began with an opening ceremony in Djibouti. The exercise brought...

Zimbabwe’s economy slowly gaining track

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Zimbabwe's battered economy is on track to expand for the first time in a decade this year and to grow by 7%...

Nigerian to head Darfur peacekeeping mission: UN

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Nigerian diplomat Ibrahim Gambari will become the new head of the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Sudan's conflict-torn western Darfur region,...

Nigerian cabinet backs Yar’Adua amid calls to quit

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Nigeria's cabinet unanimously agreed yesterday there were no grounds on which to seek the resignation of President Umaru Yar'Adua, rejecting calls for...

Ivory Coast leader urges peaceful, not rushed vote

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Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has urged patience with the country's long-delayed elections, saying he was more concerned about avoiding a new...

Eritrea denies aiding Somalia’s Islamist rebels

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Eritrea's UN envoy denied that his country has been supporting Islamist rebel’s intent on toppling neighbouring Somalia's fragile government and said there...

Millions could miss Sudan elections: observers

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Millions of voters could be left out of Sudan's first elections in 24 years because of a failure of authorities to persuade...

Two Tunisians from Guantanamo sent to Italy for trial

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Two Tunisians held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent to Italy where they will face prosecution,...

Spanish aid workers not found-Mauritania

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Mauritania has denied reports that it has located three Spanish aid workers abducted at the weekend, the Spanish government said.   "The Mauritanian authorities...

Illegal Malagasy timber trade worth up to $460 000 a day

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Global Witness and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) say illegal logging in the National Parks and protected areas of the SAVA region of Madagascar...

Gabonese give Bongo son a chance, for now

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Gabon's new President Ali Ben Bongo has won over some doubters with early policy shifts, but many in the central African nation...

Fighting pushes Somalis, Islamist rebels, into Kenya

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Hundreds of Somali refugees have fled to Kenya after rebels suspected of links to al Qaeda seized a Somali town near the...

CAR military recapture rebel-held town

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Military officials in the Central African Republic say they have retaken a key northern town that was captured by rebels last week....

Algerian Guantanamo detainee transferred to France

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An Algerian man who had been detained at the US prison camp at Guantanamo in Cuba since 2002 has been transferred to...

Al Qaeda may have kidnapped Spaniards: minister

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Three Spanish aid workers who disappeared in Mauritania appear to have been kidnapped by a group linked to al Qaeda, Spain's Interior...

Global Witness wants action on UN Congo minerals report

UN member states should take strong action in response to new information about companies and individuals who trade in minerals from areas of the...

Somali pirates seize Greek tanker near Seychelles

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Somali pirates have seized a Greek-flagged oil tanker near the Seychelles, more than 700 miles off the coast of Somalia, Greece's coastguard...