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16th Apr 2013

UN Security Council calls for efforts to address root causes of conflicts in Africa

UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua): The UN Security Council on Monday called for greater efforts to tackle underlying root causes of conflicts so as to support efforts in preventing clashes and in peace-building across Africa. Rwanda, who holds the monthly presidency of … Continued

16th Apr 2013

Ghana: 17 illegal Ghanaian miners killed in pit collapse

ACCRA, (Xinhua): Sixteen illegal Ghanaian miners including two women were killed in a mine pit collapse and another one died at hospital Monday near the gold mining town Dunkwa in Ghana’s central region. Ghana’s state media Ghana News Agency reported … Continued

16th Apr 2013

Chad begins withdrawing troops from Mali

Chad’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly to begin withdrawing the country’s 2,250 troops from Mali. Soldiers from Chad have played an instrumental role in rooting out Islamists in Mali’s mountainous northern region. Chadian President Idriss Deby told French journalists on Monday … Continued

16th Apr 2013

Egypt: Tracing sectarian violence in Egypt

By Mohammed Kheir Cairo, (Al-Akhbar): Al-Akhbar examines how the Egyptian constitution’s sponsoring of Sunni Islam as the official state religion is just one among many of the country’s sectarian benchmarks. “Dozens of female students living on the al-Azhar University campus … Continued

15th Apr 2013

Egypt has 5 million unlicensed buildings nationwide

Al-Masry Al-Youm: Egypt has 5 million unlicensed buildings nationwide, officials at the Housing and Local Development ministries said, adding that members of the now-dissolved National Democratic Party agreed to provide water and electricity to these buildings so their owners would … Continued

Somalia: Two-hour Mogadishu court raid ends with fatalities
15th Apr 2013

Somalia: Two-hour Mogadishu court raid ends with fatalities

An assault on Somalia’s top court has claimed many lives, including those of the militants, according to country’s interior ministry. The two-hour attack was the worst violence in months in the capital Mogadishu. All nine attackers died during the raid … Continued

14th Apr 2013

Nigeria: Oil spill reported in southern Nigerian state

BAYELSA, (Xinhua): The people of Ewellesuo in Nigeria’s southern Bayelsa State on Saturday reported an oil spill from Oil Well 62, operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). Chairman of Oil and Gas Committee of Nembe Kingdom Nengi James, who … Continued

14th Apr 2013

Sudanese President’s visit to Juba new hope for normal ties

KHARTOUM, (Xinhua): Sudanese President Omar al- Bashir’s visit to Juba on Friday means a glimmer of new hope for the establishment of normal relations between his country and South Sudan, local observers said Saturday. The two sides have expressed their … Continued

13th Apr 2013

Egypt: Mubarak arrives in court for retrial

CAIRO, (Xinhua): Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak arrived in the Police Academy in Cairo’s outskirts for his retrial Saturday morning, state TV reported. His two sons, Alaa and Gamal, as well as ex-Interior Minister Habib al-Adly also appeared in the … Continued

13th Apr 2013

Sudan, South Sudan to normalize relations

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has said he would normalize ties with South Sudan, after the two countries nearly went to war last spring. But clashes remain common along the long- time enemies’ disputed border area. In his first visit to … Continued

12th Apr 2013

Egypt: Death toll rises to 9 in Egypt sectarian clashes

CAIRO, (Xinhua): The death toll in Egypt’s recent sectarian clashes rose to nine on Thursday after another person died of his wounds from fights between Muslims and Copts, a health ministry spokesman told Xinhua. A 21-year-old Muslim died of severe … Continued

Kenya: Flash floods kill 32, displace 18,600 people
11th Apr 2013

Kenya: Flash floods kill 32, displace 18,600 people

NAIROBI, (Xinhua): At least 32 people were killed and 18,633 others displaced by flash floods caused by heavy rains in Kenya, the East African nation’s Red Cross Society (KRCS) said Wednesday. The KRCS also reported 14 people were injured and … Continued

10th Apr 2013

Egypt: Bassem Youssef faces new probe for ‘insulting Pakistan’

Cairo, (Al-Masry Al-Youm): The Public Prosecution is probing new complaints against popular satirist Bassem Youssef, this time for “insulting Pakistan” and “spreading atheism,” judicial sources told AFP on Tuesday. The wildly popular Youssef — whose weekly political satire program Al-Bernameg … Continued

Kenya’s new president prioritizes national unity, ties with world
10th Apr 2013

Kenya’s new president prioritizes national unity, ties with world

Photo: REUTERS By Christine Lagat and Chris Mgidu NAIROBI, (Xinhua): Kenya’s new President Uhuru Kenyatta took office on Tuesday. He immediately pledged to work towards uniting Kenyans who have been divided along ethnic lines and promote ties with the international … Continued

S. Sudan ambush leaves UN peacekeepers among 13 dead
10th Apr 2013

S. Sudan ambush leaves UN peacekeepers among 13 dead

At least 13 people have been killed by unidentified attackers in an ambush on a UN convoy in South Sudan. The UN has warned of an investigation into the deaths of the five Indian peacekeepers and seven civilians. United Nations … Continued

Qatar: International donors pledge $3.6 billion to rebuild Darfur
9th Apr 2013

Qatar: International donors pledge $3.6 billion to rebuild Darfur

Donor countries have pledged $3.6 billion (2.77 billion euros) to finance the development of war-torn Darfur at a fundraising conference in Qatar. The hosts were among the biggest contributors, offering $500 million. Sudan’s Darfur region is to receive the multi-billion … Continued

Angola: Rain kills at least nine in Luanda
8th Apr 2013

Angola: Rain kills at least nine in Luanda

LUANDA, (Xinhua): At least nine people were killed and four others went missing in floods caused by heavy rains that hit the Angolan capital of Luanda and its outskirts Saturday, the state news agency Angop reported Sunday. Citing vice governor … Continued

7th Apr 2013

Nigeria: Gunmen kill 11 in Midlu village attack

YOLA, (Xinhua): Police in Nigeria’s Adamawa State on Saturday confirmed reports that a total of 11 people were killed when an uncertain number of gunmen invaded a village in the country’s northeastern state State police spokesperson Mohammed Ibrahim disclosed this … Continued

7th Apr 2013

Egypt: 8 injured in protests across Egypt

CAIRO, (Xinhua): Eight people were injured across Egypt on Saturday as revolutionary April 6 Youth Movement marked its 5th anniversary with nationwide anti-government protests. “Seven people were injured in Cairo in protests outside the Supreme Courthouse while one was injured … Continued

Egypt: Christian-Muslim gunfight kills five
7th Apr 2013

Egypt: Christian-Muslim gunfight kills five

Christian-Muslim violence that erupted north of Cairo killed five people and left six other people wounded, Egyptian sources said on Saturday. “Five people were killed in the clashes, including four Christians. In addition to this, six others were wounded, at … Continued

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