Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pressure builds on Algeria over Mali military intervention

France and the United States are stepping pressure on Algeria to back a military intervention in Mali, where Islamist fighters have taken control off the northern region.”An intervention in northern Mali is possible without the military backing of Algeria but not without its green light,” Pierre Boilley, the head of the Centre of African Studies, a French think-tank, said on Sunday. Algeria is the region’s biggest military power by some margin and has been dealing with northern Mali’s top Islamist leaders – most of them are Algerian – for years. US officials on Sunday also called on greater regional involvement. “We encourage greater cooperation with the regional states in dealing … Continue reading

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Two militant suspects killed in police raid on Kenyan coast

Kenyan police shot dead a Muslim cleric suspected of ties to Somalia’s al Shabaab militants in the city of Mombasa on Sunday, the latest in a string of raids against alleged sympathisers of the Islamist militants along the east African coast. Local residents said gunfire erupted in the early hours when police broke into Omar Faraj’s house in the city’s rundown Majengo district, the same area where the radical preacher Aboud Rogo, shot dead in August by unknown gunmen, held sermons. Riot police patrolled Majengo’s garbage-clogged streets and tensions ran high in the morning, raising fears of a repeat of the deadly rioting that broke out after Rogo’s killing. Police … Continue reading

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Kaduna church hit in Nigeria suicide bomb attack

At least seven people have been killed and dozens injured in a suicide bombing during Mass at a Catholic church in northern Nigeria, officials say. An explosive-laden vehicle drove into the church and detonated its load, ripping a hole in the wall and roof. The attack happened in Kaduna, which has been targeted by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the recent past. President Goodluck Jonathan promised to “redouble” his government’s efforts to tackle terrorism and violence. He called the attack part of an “unfortunate and unacceptable trend that threatens the peace and stability of our nation”. A spokesman for the local governor has called for calm, pleading with people … Continue reading

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Guinea-Bissau arrests ‘counter-coup leader’

Guinea-Bissau’s military has arrested the alleged leader of a failed attack last week that the government says was an attempted counter-coup. Captain Pansao Ntchama and at least two other suspects were detained on an island near the West African country’s capital Bissau on Saturday, officials said. Officials say Captain Ntchama led an attack aimed at reinstating former Prime Minister Gomes Junior, ousted in April. The October 21 attack on elite army barracks left at least seven people dead, including six of the attackers. Transition authorities in the country have accused its former colonial ruler Portugal of instigating the attack in a bid to reinstate former Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior who was ousted in an April 12 … Continue reading

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Satellite images suggest Sudan arms factory was bombed: group

  Analysis of satellite imagery of a Sudanese munitions factory that Khartoum accused Israel of bombing earlier this week suggests the site may have been hit with aerial bombardment as Sudan claims, a monitoring group said on Saturday. The Satellite Sentinel Project, whose founders include Hollywood actor George Clooney and the Enough Project, said it conducted a comparative analysis of DigitalGlobe imagery of the arms factory in Khartoum, where a huge explosion on Tuesday killed two people and caused a large fire. “The imagery shows six large craters, each approximately 16 meters across and consistent with impact craters created by air-delivered munitions, centered in a location where, until recently, some … Continue reading

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DR Congo rangers killed in Virunga National Park:

Two rangers and a soldier have been killed by rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo’s famous Virunga National Park, officials say. Five rebels were also killed in the attack in the park, which is one of the world’s last refuges for mountain gorillas. Some of eastern DR Congo’s numerous armed groups are based in the park, where they often poach animals. More than 130 park rangers have been killed in the park since 1996. According to Reuters news agency, the M23 rebel group which has bases in the park, recently allowed tourist visits to resume. This year’s rebellion by the M23 has caused some 500,000 people to flee their homes. … Continue reading

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Malawi arrests regional governor over student death

Malawi opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Regional Governor for Southern Region, Noel Masingwa, is among six prime suspects held for the murder of student activist Robert Chasowa. These also include  prominent Malawian boxing promoter Mike Chitenje. Six other suspects, all DPP members, have also been arrested, bringing the number of those held so far to 12 men. Mr Chasowa, the 25-year-old chairman of a student activist group, Youth for Democracy (YFD), was found dead at a polytechnic campus in the commercial capital, Blantyre, in September 2011. All those arrested in the pre-dawn raids on Wednesday were implicated by the commission. The arrested also include a police officer, Stanford Horea. Others are … Continue reading

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South Sudan to mediate between Ethiopia and Eritrea

  Newly independent South Sudan plans to help resolve the long-running border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea, a senior official said on Wednesday. South Sudan’s minister for cabinet affairs, Deng Alor, said Addis Ababa and Asmara had given the green light for mediation talks on the border, which could start as early as November. “We have close ties with both countries so we are planning to mediate and solve the problems that they have between them,” Deng Alor said. Ethiopian and Eritrean officials were not available to comment. Ethiopia has said its conflict with Asmara over the demarcation of their shared border following a 1998-2000 war would be solved only … Continue reading

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Mauritania president discharged from Paris hospital

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has been discharged from the Paris hospital where he was being treated for a gunshot wound, a presidency official said on Wednesday. Abdel Aziz, an ally of the West in its fight against al Qaeda in Africa, was flown to France on October 14 after his government said a military patrol had fired on his convoy accidentally.  “The president has indeed left [Percy Hospital]  and has gone to Mauritania’s embassy in Paris,” spokesman Rassoul Ould Khal told Reuters, adding Abdel Aziz was in good health. He did not say when Abdel Aziz would return to Mauritania, a coup-prone West African state that is fighting … Continue reading

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Over 70,000 children in Karamoja suffering from malnutrition

From Steven Ariong in Nakapiripirit Nakapiripirit District in Karamoja Sub region in north-eastern Uganda is currently facing a challenge of fighting high level of severe malnutrition which is affecting children in the district. The district health officials say. Addressing journalists at his office in Nakapiripirit on Tuesday, the Nakapiripirit district health director Dr John Anguzu said the disease had affected over 70,101 children in the whole district. He said the most affected sub-counties are Kakomogole, Moruita, and Nakapiripirit Town Council, Nabilatuk, Lolachat and Namalu. Dr. Anguzu said the number of the affected children could have risen up because the figure of 70,101 of children affected by malnutrition in the district … Continue reading

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