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14th Sep 2013

Central African Republic new president dissolves rebel alliance

The Central African Republic rebel alliance which brought the country’s new president to power, has been disbanded by decree. The move follows looting and killings by the Seleka rebels. Former Seleka leader Michel Djotodia, installed by the alliance as the … Continued

14th Sep 2013

Egypt: How the army demonised the Brotherhood

By Rania Rabih al-Abd Cairo, (Al-Akhbar): Excluding the Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt’s political scene will only increase the steadfastness of the group’s supporters. Yet, the campaign against them persists. While the army believes it is confronting terrorism, the Brotherhood see … Continued

14th Sep 2013

Egypt: Mursi followers stage new protests against army-backed government

Thousands of supporters of ousted president Mohammed Mursi rallied in Cairo after Friday prayers chanting angry slogans against the military, with clashes reported elsewhere in Egypt. “Either we recover their rights, or we die like them!” the protesters shouted as … Continued

12th Sep 2013

Libya: Car bomb explodes outside former US consulate in Benghazi

A car bomb exploded Wednesday outside a building that once housed the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi in what an official said was a warning that diplomats are not safe. The blast seriously damaged the foreign ministry … Continued

11th Sep 2013

ICC: Kenyan Deputy President Ruto pleads not guilty to ICC charges

Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto has pleaded not guilty to charges of crimes against humanity. His trial in the International Criminal Court began on Tuesday, with his lawyer calling for the case to be thrown out. . Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta … Continued

11th Sep 2013

Egypt cracks down on unlicensed preachers

Egyptian authorities will bar 55,000 unlicensed clerics from preaching in mosques in the latest move against sympathisers of deposed Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, the minister of religious endowments said on Tuesday. Egyptian authorities have been cracking down on Mursi’s Muslim … Continued

10th Sep 2013

Kenyan Deputy President Ruto departs for looming ICC conflict

  Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto has left for The Hague to face the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity. His trial begins Tuesday amid doubt over Kenya’s cooperation with the ICC. Ruto is charged with playing a … Continued

Somalia: Death toll rises to 18 in twin blasts in Mogadishu
8th Sep 2013

Somalia: Death toll rises to 18 in twin blasts in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, (Xinhua): The death toll from the twin explosions against a popular restaurant in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has risen to 18, police said Saturday. “So far the death toll from the explosion has reached 18 and many more were injured … Continued

Egypt: Clashes between pro-and anti-Morsi demonstrators kill two, raising int’l concerns
7th Sep 2013

Egypt: Clashes between pro-and anti-Morsi demonstrators kill two, raising int’l concerns

[Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans during a march in Nasr City in Cairo, on Sept. 6. Several thousands of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi staged protests across Egypt on Friday to demands his reinstatement as … Continued

7th Sep 2013

Nigeria military claims to have killed 50 Boko Haram fighters

The Nigerian military has said it has killed around 50 Boko Haram Islamists during a raid in the northeast of the country. The operation was carried out in response to an attack earlier this week. The military sent troops backed … Continued

7th Sep 2013

Egypt army demolishes homes in Rafah, threatens to expel residents

By Ismail Iskndarani Sinai, (Al-Akhbar): The Egyptian armed forces are conducting a military operation in Sinai along the border in Rafah. While the operation’s stated objectives include pursuing “terrorists” and armed Islamic groups, the assault is threatening to drive residents … Continued

6th Sep 2013

Uganda: Mufti of Uganda urges Saudi Arabia to become peace maker

By Ahmed Wetaka   Saudi Arabia should be at the forefront of reconciling warring parties in Middle East countries, instead of taking sides, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, the Mufti of Uganda has said. While delivering the Friday sermon at the … Continued

6th Sep 2013

Kenya’s parliament votes to withdraw from the International Criminal Court

Kenya’s parliament has voted to tell the government to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. The vote comes before the country’s president and deputy president face trial in The Hague. The parliament in Nairobi, which is dominated by the alliance … Continued

6th Sep 2013

Saudi-Egyptian relations: fault lines of a future conflict

By Ibrahim Alloush Al-Akhbar: The new Egyptian government is politely asserting its differences with Saudi Arabia over a military strike on Syria, disrupting what appears to be a convergence of interests between the two in getting rid of the Muslim … Continued

5th Sep 2013

Tanzania: Elephant kills American tourist in national park

ARUSHA, (Xinhua): A 58-year-old American tourist was killed by an elephant in the Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania, police said on Wednesday. Police confirmed the death of the tourist and identified him as Thomas Vardon McAfee. The acting police … Continued

5th Sep 2013

Mali: New president Keita takes office

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has begun his five-year term as Mali’s next president. The new leader faces the task of reaching a peaceful resolution with separatist groups and maintaining stability after over a year of unrest. The presidential inauguration of Ibrahim … Continued

4th Sep 2013

Zimbabwe suffers worst food shortages in 4 years: UN agency

HARARE, (Xinhua): Zimbabwe is bracing for the worst food shortages in four years that one in every four Zimbabweans in rural areas are expected to need food support, a UN agency said Tuesday. Citing a new study, the UN World … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

South Africa: Eight dead, 62 hurt in South Africa bus crash

JOHANNESBURG, (Xinhua): Eight people were killed and 62 others were injured in a bus crash on Sunday night in east South Africa, local media reported. The bus overturned, slid down the road and smashed into steel barriers, when travelling on … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

Egypt: Former President Morsi to be put on trial

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is to stand trial on charges of inciting deadly violence. Meanwhile, the country’s interim government has named a panel to draw up a revised constitution. Egypt’s public prosecutor on Sunday ordered former President Morsi to … Continued

1st Sep 2013

South Africa: Mandela still ‘critical’ but is discharged from hospital

Sapa: Former president Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital, the presidency said on Sunday. “Former president Nelson Mandela has this morning, 1 September 2013, been discharged from the Pretoria hospital where he has been receiving treatment,” said presidential spokesperson … Continued

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