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8th Jun 2013

South Africa: Mandela hospitalized for lung infection

South African President Jacob Zuma (L) visits former President Nelson Mandela to congratulate his 93rd birthday in his home village of Qunu in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, July 18, 2011. (Xinhua/Ntswe Mokoena)   JOHANNESBURG, (Xinhua): The 94-year-old former South … Continued

4th Jun 2013

Egypt jails activist for six months over Mursi insult

An Egyptian opposition youth activist was sentenced to six months in prison on Monday for insulting President Mohammed Mursi. Ahmed Duma, who was also ordered to pay a fine of 200 Egyptian pounds ($29), could be released on bail of … Continued

3rd Jun 2013

Sudan: 15 people killed in vehicle overturn near Sudan-Libyan border

KHARTOUM, (Xinhua): A total of 15 people were killed and 5 others injured on the Sudanese-Libyan border when their vehicle overturned in a border guard chase, said Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sunday. In a statement, the ministry said 12 … Continued

3rd Jun 2013

Egypt Shura Council ruled unconstitutional by supreme court

Egypt’s highest court on Sunday invalidated the country’s Islamist-dominated Senate and a panel that drafted the country’s constitution, state media reported. The Supreme Constitutional Court said the law governing the elections of the Shura Council was unconstitutional, as were the … Continued

2nd Jun 2013

Niger: Unidentified gunmen attack prison in Niamey

Local witnesses have reported gun fire and explosions at a prison in Niger’s capital. It was not immediately clear whether the assault was linked to unprecedented twin bombings which left over 20 dead last week. Gunmen launched a raid on … Continued

1st Jun 2013

Nigerian troops arrest 56 insurgents in northeast region

ABUJA, (Xinhua): Authorities with the Defense Headquarters of Nigeria on Friday confirmed arrests of 56 rebels in the western African country’s northeastern region. The authorities said in a statement that the rebels were caught Thursday by the military who were … Continued

1st Jun 2013

ICC rejects Libya bid to try Qaddafi’s son

The International Criminal Court has rejected Libya’s efforts to try the son of late leader Moammar Gadhafi. The decision marks an ongoing dispute between The Hague and the Libyan government. The ICC said Friday it had concerns over the new … Continued

31st May 2013

Sudan: 64 killed in fresh tribal clashes in Sudan’s South Darfur state

KHARTOUM, (Xinhua): At least 64 people were killed and dozens injured in renewed clashes between Al-Gimir and Bani Halba tribes in Sudan’s South Darfur State, Khartoum’s Alahram Alyoum daily reported Thursday. The paper said South Darfur State has affirmed that … Continued

30th May 2013

Tunisia: Three topless Femen members arrested in Tunisia

Three young European women with topless protest group Femen were arrested on Wednesday after baring their breasts in central Tunis, a first in the Arab world, an AFP journalist reported. Standing outside the main courthouse, the women, two French and … Continued

29th May 2013

Libyan parliament chief ousted by ban on Qaddafi-era officials

The president of Libya’s parliament, Mohammed al-Megarif, has resigned his post in compliance with a law banning Gadhafi-era officials from holding office. Megarif led an opposition-in-exile group for decades. As the first official to be ousted by the ban, Megarif … Continued

28th May 2013

Ethiopia: African Union accuses ICC prosecutors of ‘racial hunt’

The African Union has called for international war crimes prosecutors to drop proceedings against the Kenyan president and his deputy. The bloc’s chairman claims African leaders are being targeted on a racial basis. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, on Monday … Continued

27th May 2013

Kenya: Suspected terrorist was freed after UK request

  Michael Adebolajo By Willis Oketch and David Ochami Mombasa, (Standard): One of the two men held for butchering a soldier on a London street last week was freed from Kenyan custody at the request of UK officials, it emerged … Continued

25th May 2013

African Union: 50 years on

Kirubel Tadesse   This week marks the 50th year since the founding of a continent-wide organisation that spearheaded efforts to liberate Africa from colonial masters.   The 53-member African Union, which began in 2002, has been trying to emerge as … Continued

24th May 2013

Niger: Militants revenge attack hits military, uranium mine

Islamist groups have carried out suicide bombings at a Niger military base and a French-owned mine. The assault came in response to a French-led military operation this year which ousted Islamists from northern Mali. Islamist militants detonated car bombs within … Continued

22nd May 2013

Morocco: Five migrants die off Moroccan coast on way to Spain

RABAT, (Xinhua): Five migrants died overnight after their boat capsized off Nador coast of northern Morocco on their way to Spain, Moroccan interior ministry said Tuesday in a statement .   Seven other migrants in the boat, including four women, … Continued

21st May 2013

Ugandan police close 2 newspapers, 2 radio stations over sensitive letter

KAMPALA, (Xinhua): The Ugandan police on Monday closed two local newspapers and two radio stations in a bid to retrieve a sensitive letter and other documents alleging planned assassination plots of key government officials and military officers. Judith Nabakooba, police … Continued

20th May 2013

Tunisia: One killed, 14 injured in clashes between Salafists, police in Tunis

TUNIS, (Xinhua): A protester was killed on Sunday in Tunisian capital during clashes between police and a hardline Salafist group that was banned from holding their congress, official TAP news agency said. The protester, 27, who engaged in the pro-Islamist … Continued

19th May 2013

Nigerian troops arrest 65 rebels in northeast state

ABUJA, (Xinhua): Nigerian troops operating in northeast Borno State said on Saturday that 65 rebels had been apprehended so far by officers of the Special Task Force (STF). Spokesperson for the defense headquarters Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, disclosed this in a … Continued

18th May 2013

Nigeria: Military blocks link roads in northern Nigeria to fish out terrorists

MAIDUGURI, (Xinhua): Residents on Friday said the special military force deployed to the restive Nigeria northeast states of Yobe and Borno cordoned off border roads linking the two states and Adamawa to prevent the Boko Haram militants from fleeing to … Continued

16th May 2013

Belgium: Billions pledged to Mali at Brussels conference

International donors have pledged more than 3.25 billion euros in aid to help convert the West African state of Mali into a viable nation rather than a terrorist haven. International donors meeting in Brussels have raised a higher-than-expected 3.25-billion-euros ($4.1 … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013

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