(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 [...]
(Reuters) – Rebels in Central African Republic seized the riverside capital Bangui in fierce fighting on Sunday, forcing President Francois Bozize to flee and sowing confusion over who rules the mineral-rich heart of Africa
(BBC) – Democratic Republic of Congo war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda has handed himself over to the US embassy in Kigali, the US says.
The state department said he had asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The ICC had issued an arrest warrant for Gen Ntaganda, known as “The Terminator”, in [...]
Country’s health minister says more than quarter of schoolgirls HIV positive, because “sugar daddies” exploiting them.
Al Jazeera, March 14
As many as 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive, because older men are exploiting them, according to the country’s health minister.
Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday that four percent of schoolboys have [...]
(NYT) – Eni, the Italian energy giant, on Thursday sold China National Petroleum Corp. a 20 percent stake in its natural gas project off the coast of Mozambique, its largest gas discovery to date.
The $4.2 billion deal, still subject to approval by the authorities in Mozambique, reduces Eni’s share of the estimated $50 billion [...]
(The Guardian) – A man wanted for crimes against humanity has won the Kenyan presidential election by just over 4,000 votes, according to early figures released by the election commission.
Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of a former president and current deputy prime minister, won 50.03% of the vote, just enough to avoid a second round [...]
The Globe and mail, By Geoffrey York, February 25
Johannesburg – In a ground-breaking move, South African prosecutors will investigate President Robert Mugabe’s political party for crimes against humanity for an alleged campaign of mass rapes in Zimbabwe’s last election.
The decision, following a request by Canadian activist Stephen Lewis and others, marks the [...]
Since 2009 an interesting phenomenon has been happening around the Saharan desert, discarded cellphones have been collected and the music stored on them has been shared via bluetooth and mp3 trades. “Since then, many speculated that internet would wash over the desert rendering the peer to peer transfers of cellphone exchanges inútil. Instead, a more [...]
No-one could have guessed this would happen…
Simmering ethnic tensions boiled over in Mali on Tuesday as the army hunted down suspected Islamist fighters and residents took revenge on shops belonging to the country’s Tuareg and Arab minorities.
Reports from the Saharan town of Timbuktu said that dozens of residents had attacked property owned by [...]