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Central African Republic: Soldiers Kill 30 civilians

AP, March 30

Bangui – Officials say Chadian soldiers killed more than 30 civilians in Central African Republic’s strife-torn capital city.

Jean-Pierre Sadou, a gendarmerie official with the regional peacekeeping force, could not confirm the death toll from Saturday’s violence but said the Chadian soldiers’ actions were a “legitimate defense” after their convoy was attacked [...]

From Mwanga to Museveni – Sex, Politics and Religion in Uganda

A different perspective on matters from the 1880′s that have influenced recent anti-gay legislation in Uganda.

Ebola alert grips Guinea and Sierra Leone

Highly contagious virus kills 59 people in Guinea, with fears the disease may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone.

Al Jazeera, March 23

Ebola has killed at least 59 people in Guinea and there are fears the virus may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone, world health officials have said.

Cases of the disease, which [...]

Uganda president signs anti-gay law

AP/The Guardian, February 24

Entebbe – Uganda’s president has signed a controversial anti-gay bill that has harsh penalties for homosexual sex, saying the bill is necessary because “arrogant and careless western groups” had tried to “recruit” Ugandan children into homosexuality.

President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill at his official residence in an event witnessed by [...]

Deadly religious violence rocks Central African Republic

At least nine killed as mobs target Bangui’s Muslims and properties owned by them despite presence of foreign troops.

Al Jazeera, February 10

New violence and looting in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, has left at least nine people dead, including two more lynchings of minority Muslims.

The latest assaults in the former French [...]

South Sudan sees ‘mass ethnic killings’

BBC, December 24

New evidence is emerging of alleged ethnic killings committed during more than a week of fighting in South Sudan.

The violence follows a power struggle between President Salva Kiir, a Dinka, and his Nuer ex-deputy Riek Machar.

A reporter in the capital, Juba, quoted witnesses as saying more than 200 people, mostly [...]

The Next Great War

You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.


U.S. forces carry out raids in Somalia and Libya targeting terror suspects

Los Angeles Times, By David S. Cloud, October 5

Washington – Navy SEALs carried out a predawn raid Saturday against a suspected Shabab leader in Somalia who is believed to have planned the group’s deadly attack last month on a shopping mall in Kenya, two U.S. officials said.

Also Saturday, a Libyan Al Qaeda leader [...]

U.S. moves drone fleet from Camp Lemonnier to ease Djibouti’s safety concerns

(WaPo) -The U.S. military has been forced to relocate a large fleet of drones from a key counterterrorism base on the Horn of Africa after a string of crashes fanned local fears that the unmanned aircraft were at risk of colliding with passenger planes, according to documents and interviews.

Air Force drones ceased flying this [...]

Keita wins Mali election after Cisse concedes

No official results have yet been released following Sunday’s runoff, however, reports had put former PM well ahead.

Al Jazeera, August 13

Mali’s presidential election has been won by Ibrahim Boubacar Keita after his rival conceded defeat in the second round runoff.

Ex-Finance Minister Soumaila Cisse said he had congratulated his rival Keita on winning [...]

Somalia UN office attack by al-Shabab ‘kills 12′

(BBC) – At least 12 people, including three foreigners, have been killed in an assault by militant Islamists on a UN office in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a government minister says.

Zimbabwe elections ‘must be held by 31 July’

(BBC) – Zimbabwe’s highest court has ruled that presidential and parliamentary elections must be held by 31 July.

The Constitutional Court said President Robert Mugabe should set a date “as soon as possible”.

Mr Mugabe, of the Zanu-PF party, is likely to face MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the presidential poll.

Mr Tsvangirai has been [...]

Suspected US drone crashes in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle

(BBC) – A suspected US drone has crashed the southern Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, according to reports.


U.S. policy seen as factor in Somalia famine deaths

U.S. counter-terrorism measures and Islamist militants contributed to the nearly 260,000 deaths in Somalia’s 2010-12 food crisis, analysts say.

100 dead, rescuers trapped in Darfur disaster: miner

(AFP) – Around 100 miners are estimated to have died inside a collapsed gold mine in Sudan’s Darfur region and nine rescuers trying to free them are now trapped, a miner said on Friday.