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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

Sudan, Egypt deny differences over borders, vow to enhance cooperation
6th Apr 2013

Sudan, Egypt deny differences over borders, vow to enhance cooperation

KHARTOUM, (Xinhua): Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi on Friday denied reports of differences between the two countries on their common borders, and vowed to work together to promote cooperation. “There is no problem between us … Continued

Nigeria: 60 killed in southern Nigeria road accident
6th Apr 2013

Nigeria: 60 killed in southern Nigeria road accident

BENIN, (Xinhua): At least 60 people lost their lives on Friday in a road accident which occurred on Benin-Ore road located in southern Nigeria, according to rescue officials and officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC). A truck, luxury … Continued

5th Apr 2013

Egypt: Al-Azhar dorm manager detained for role in food poisoning case

Al-Masry Al-Youm: Prosecutors ordered a four-day detention for the head of the Al-Azhar University student dormitories, Mohamed Reda, pending investigations into his role in the food poisoning of 561 students, who became ill after eating a meal in the student … Continued

5th Apr 2013

Sudan and Egypt: Islamist partners or reluctant allies?

By May Ali Khartoum, (Al-Akhbar): After more than a dozen trips to Arab and other countries, Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will visit Sudan on Thursday. His 24-hour stay will include discussions with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, but observers say that … Continued

4th Apr 2013

Somalia: Sierra Leone peacekeeping troops arrive in Somalia

MOGADISHU, (Xinhua): Sierra Leone’s peacekeeping troops on Wednesday arrived in Somalia to join the African Union peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). “An advance team from the Sierra Leonean contingent arrived today in Somalia… They will operate alongside the Kenyan contingent,” … Continued

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