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23rd Dec 2013

Egypt court jails three prominent anti-Mubarak activists

An Egyptian court has jailed three prominent anti-Mubarak activists for three years for organizing a protest without authorization. They were the first to be sentenced under a new law banning unlicensed rallies. The three leading figures of the 2011 uprising … Continued

23rd Dec 2013

South Sudan army loses control of Unity State capital as refugees flee fighting

    South Sudan’s army has admitted to losing control of the capital of the country’s oil-rich Unity State to the armed opposition. More than 60,000 people have fled their homes to escape the spreading unrest.  Forces loyal to former … Continued

22nd Dec 2013

Libya: Car bomb kills seven near Libya’s Benghazi

TRIPOLI, (Xinhua): A suicide car bomb killed at least seven people at an army base near the Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday. The suicide bomber drove an explosives-packed car into the base, in Barsis, some 50 km (30 … Continued

22nd Dec 2013

South Sudan fighting kills over 500 in six days

Fighting escalated on Saturday in South Sudan, with a top commander in the country’s key oil-producing region defecting to the rebels and foreign governments scrambling to evacuate their nationals after hundreds were killed in six days of fighting. A US … Continued

22nd Dec 2013

Egypt charges Mursi, Hizbullah in prison break case

Egypt’s deposed president Mohammed Mursi and 132 others, including alleged members of Hamas and Hezbollah, will stand trial for a prison break and the murder of officers during the 2011 uprising, the prosecution said on Saturday. Almost 70 of the … Continued

21st Dec 2013

South Sudan: Three US servicemen wounded in aircraft shooting incident

KAMPALA, (Xinhua): Three military personnel were wounded when the incoming fire hit two U. S. aircraft flying to a rebel-held town in South Sudan, the Ugandan military disclosed on Saturday. The aircraft turned to the Ugandan capital Kampala after shot … Continued

21st Dec 2013

South Sudan: Kerry urges end to South Sudan violence as US sends envoy

The US has said it will dispatch a special envoy to South Sudan as a wave of ethnic violence sweeps the country. The UN, meanwhile, has expressed “grave alarm” as the number of fatalities rises. The US Secretary of State, … Continued

21st Dec 2013

Egypt: Clashes between militants and army turn deadly in Sinai

Militants killed two Egyptian soldiers in a gunfight in the Sinai peninsula Friday, as police in Cairo clashed with protesters demanding the reinstatement of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Mursi, security officials said. The two soldiers, both conscripts, died when a … Continued

20th Dec 2013

The Hague: ICC prosecutor seeks to delay Kenyatta war crimes trial

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has requested judges delay the war crimes trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing inadequate evidence against the former leader.  ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Thursday that one of the prosecution’s key witnesses … Continued

20th Dec 2013

South Sudan: UN peacekeepers killed in South Sudan as fears of a civil war grow

Three United Nations peacekeepers have reportedly been killed in an attack on their base in South Sudan. Amid fears the country may be sliding into civil war, Western countries have been evacuating their nationals. India’s ambassador to the United Nations … Continued

20th Dec 2013

Egypt: Mubarak’s sons, former PM acquitted of corruption charges

  Egyptian courts acquitted Ahmed Shafiq, a former premier and presidential candidate, of corruption charges on Thursday, paving the way for his return more than a year after he fled abroad. The courts also acquitted the two sons of ousted … Continued

19th Dec 2013

Egypt: Mursi to stand trial on terrorism charges

Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered deposed President Mohammed Mursi and 34 other Islamists to stand trial on charges including conspiring with foreign organizations to commit terrorist acts in Egypt and divulging military secrets to a foreign state. In a statement, the … Continued

18th Dec 2013

South Sudan: Hundreds dead in South Sudan following ‘attempted coup’

Clashes between rival factions in South Sudan have reportedly killed 400-500 people, UN diplomats have said. The latest clashes follow an apparent coup attempt by soldiers loyal to former vice president Riek Machar. UN officials said Tuesday they had received … Continued

17th Dec 2013

Democratic Republic of Congo: Children among the victims in violent rampage in eastern DR Congo

More than 20 people, including children, are reported to have been killed in a series of brutal attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The UN mission in the country has launched an investigation. The United Nations peacekeeping mission … Continued

16th Dec 2013

Mali: Low turnout in second-round election

  Mali’s second round parliamentary election has ended with low voter turnout possibly due to attacks earlier in the week. Jihadists claimed responsibility for the killings in Kidal of two UN peacekeepers from Senegal.   Polling began slowly in Mali’s … Continued

15th Dec 2013

South Africa: Farewell Tata Madiba

  This was a time of love, celebration and mourning, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said at the funeral of Nelson Mandela on Sunday. South Africa held a state funeral for Nelson Mandela on Sunday, closing one chapter in its … Continued

15th Dec 2013

Mali: Two UN peacekeepers killed in northern Mali ahead of Sunday polls

BAMAKO, (Xinhua): Two UN peacekeepers were killed and several others injured in a suicide bomb attack in Mali’s northern town of Kidal on Saturday, one day ahead of the second round of legislative elections in the West African country. UN … Continued

Kenya: Six killed, 30 injured in Nairobi bus blast
15th Dec 2013

Kenya: Six killed, 30 injured in Nairobi bus blast

  By Cyrus Ombati Nairobi, (Standard): At least six people were last evening killed and 30 injured in an explosion in a matatu near Pangani Girls High School, in Nairobi. The 32-seater matatu was headed for the city centre from Eastleigh … Continued

15th Dec 2013

Tunisia: New interim prime minister named, Mehdi Jomaa

Tunisia has a new prime minister after the ruling Islamist party and its opponents agreed an interim appointment ahead of elections in 2014. The new premier is former Industry Minister Mehdi Jomaa. Jomaa is to lead the country as part … Continued

14th Dec 2013

South Africa: Eyebrows raised as Tutu excluded from Mandela funeral

By David Smith, Daniel Howden   Mail & Guardian: The ANC has been accused of pettiness for excluding retired archbishop Desmond Tutu from Nelson Mandela’s funeral in the Eastern Cape.                    Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the most prominent figures … Continued

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