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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.
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 [...]
(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 [...]
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 [...]
(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.
(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 [...]
(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.
(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.
(Reuters) – African heads of state on Wednesday refused to recognize rebel leader Michel Djotodia’s self-appointment as president of Central African Republic, calling instead for the creation of a new transitional body to guide the country to elections.
The decision, taken at a summit of leaders from the central African region, further isolates Djotodia, who [...]
** UK: – British troops recount human rights abuses at US detention facility in Iraq, British soldiers and airmen tell of prisoners brought in by SAS and SBS snatch squads being hooded and given electric shocks ** US: Judge rules Stockton, Calif., to enter bankruptcy, A judge accepted the California city of Stockton’s bankruptcy application [...]
(Xinhua) — The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved an unprecedented offensive ” intervention brigade” with a mandate to operate in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
However, while the enabling resolution authorizes the first- ever offensive unit, of 2,500 troops, to go after rebels by itself or with government troops in [...]