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26th Oct 2013

Nigeria: Army claims responsibility for 74 deaths in attack on rebel group

Nigeria’s army has said it killed scored of members of Boko Haram in a two-pronged assault on two of the rebels group’s camps. The latest attack continues the campaign to crush the Islamist sect. A statement released on Friday by … Continued

26th Oct 2013

Tunisia PM reiterates vow to resign amid doubts on crisis talks

Tunisia’s Islamist premier Ali Larayedh made a written pledge to step down in a last-ditch bid to rescue crisis talks on Friday that the opposition was threatening to boycott. The national dialogue aims to end months of political deadlock between … Continued

25th Oct 2013

Mali: France in ‘major’ operation against Mali militants

By Sam Ball A “large-scale” military operation against jihadist forces in Mali has been launched by French, Malian and UN troops, a spokesman for the French armed forces said Thursday. The operation aims to “avoid [a] resurgence” of “terrorist organisations” in … Continued

25th Oct 2013

Madagascar presidential election kicks off, voters turn out massively

ANTANANARIVO, (Xinhua): Voters in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, turn out massively Friday to choose among 33 candidates a new president expected to lead them out of a political crisis of nearly five years. A total of 7,823,305 registered voters … Continued

25th Oct 2013

Egypt: Mursi followers call for action as Egypt considers “draconian” law on protests

An Islamist alliance backing Mohammed Mursi on Thursday urged its supporters to protest on November 4 when the ousted president will be put on trial. Mursi – held at an unknown location since the military ousted him on July 3 … Continued

25th Oct 2013

Libya indicts Seif al-Islam and dozens of Qaddafi aides

A Libyan court indicted Thursday around 30 Muammar Gaddafi aides, including the slain dictator’s son Seif al-Islam, for a raft of alleged offenses during the 2011 revolt, prosecutors said. The indictments clear the way for what will be the most … Continued

24th Oct 2013

Tunisia: Ahead of dialogue, Tunisian protesters call for resignation of government

Thousands of opposition activists protested in central Tunis on Wednesday demanding the resignation of Tunisia’s Islamist-led government, ahead of a national dialogue aimed at ending months of political deadlock. The protesters gathered on central Habib Bourguiba Avenue, waving Tunisian flags … Continued

21st Oct 2013

South Sudan: 41 killed in rebel attack in South Sudan

(Xinhua): Rebels raided three cattle camps in a remote part of South Sudan’s restive Jonglei state on Sunday, killing at least 41 people and wounding dozens of others, authorities said. The attackers, armed with automatic weapons and suspected to be … Continued

21st Oct 2013

Egypt gunmen attack church killing eight-year-old girl

Gunmen on a motorbike have fired on wedding guests outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo, killing three people, including an eight-year-old girl. Coptic Christians have been increasingly targeted in recent months. Three people were shot dead and several others … Continued

20th Oct 2013

Egypt: Explosion near Egyptian intelligence building injures 6

CAIRO, (Xinhua): At least six people were injured by an explosion near the military intelligence building in Egypt’s Suez Canal city of Ismailia on Saturday, the army spokesman said. A terrorist car bombing attacked the military intelligence headquarters in Ismailia, … Continued

16th Oct 2013

Nigeria: 40 Boko Haram fighters killed by Nigerian military

MAIDUGURI, (Xinhua): The Nigerian military on Tuesday confirmed it killed 40 Boko Haram in the northeastern Borno state. Military spokesman Aliyu Danja said the military repelled the insurgents’ attempt to launch coordinated attacks at three remote towns — Bama, Gwoza … Continued

14th Oct 2013

Sudan: Senegalese UNAMID peacekeepers killed in West Darfur

Three Senegalese peacekeepers, part of the combined African Union-UN operation UNAMID, have been killed in West Darfur. They were escorting a water convoy. The peacekeepers were escorting the water convoy from the town of El Geneina to the UN mission’s … Continued

Mali: 20 dead, mostly children, 23 missing in boat accident
13th Oct 2013

Mali: 20 dead, mostly children, 23 missing in boat accident

  BAMAKO, (Xinhua, Agencies): Twenty people died, mostly children, and 23 others were missing after a boat capsized on the Niger river near the central Malian city of Mopti, a local official said Saturday. The official from the regional civil protection … Continued

13th Oct 2013

Ethiopia: More harsh words for The Hague at African Union

The head of the 54-member African Union has said Kenya cannot afford distractions from The Hague. AU leaders are meeting in Ethiopia to discuss the perceived neocolonial biases of the International Criminal Court. Disillusionment has grown within Africa over the … Continued

12th Oct 2013

As Kenya prosecutions continue, African leaders accuse The Hague of discrimination

African leaders have accused The Hague of targeting the continent in prosecutions. A summit comes as tensions mount between the International Criminal Court and the African Union. Leaders of several nations in the 54-member AU have accused The Hague of … Continued

12th Oct 2013

Egypt: Morsi supporters protest in Cairo but avoid Tahrir Square

About 2,000 Islamists have rallied in Cairo. In Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria police fired tear gas to disperse Muslim Brotherhood supporters when they clashed with counterprotesters, a security official said. Some 2,000 supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi … Continued

12th Oct 2013

Libya: Swedish embassy targeted by car bomb

A car bomb exploded outside the Swedish consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, damaging the front of the building and nearby houses, but no casualties were immediately reported. The bomb exploded a day after Libya’s Prime … Continued

11th Oct 2013

Malawi president dissolves cabinet over corruption scandal

Malawi’s president Joyce Banda has dissolved her cabinet amid claims that officials in her government had misappropriated state funds. A statement from Banda’s office said a new Cabinet would be announced in due course. President Joyce Banda (pictured above) opted … Continued

11th Oct 2013

Egypt: Suicide bomber kills four in Sinai

A suicide bomber rammed his car into an army checkpoint in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, killing four soldiers, security officials told AFP. Another three soldiers were wounded in the attack on the al-Reesa checkpoint just south of North … Continued

8th Oct 2013

Libya’s parliamentary bloc condemns US raid in Tripoli

TRIPOLI, (Xinhua): The biggest bloc in the Libyan parliament, National Forces Alliance (NFA), strongly condemned the raid carried out by the U.S. forces in Tripoli to capture Abu Anas al-Liby who was allegedly involved in the bombings against U.S. embassies … Continued

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