Al-Shabaab leader quits terror group

2015-01-27 22:23

A leader of Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab with a $3m bounty on his head has quit.

3 000 child soldiers released in South Sudan

2015-01-27 13:59

At least 3 000 children will be gradually released from an armed group in South Sudan, the UN children’s agency says, after a group of 280 children were freed.

Graft: Protest in Kenya's Maasai Mara region turns deadly

2015-01-27 08:42

One person has been killed and several others injured after Kenyan police clashed with Maasais protesting against a local governor they accuse of misappropriating tourism funds from the Maasai Mara game reserve.

Uganda LRA rebel leader Ongwen faces ICC judges

2015-01-26 11:44

Notorious former Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen faces International Criminal Court judges for the first time, charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Man faces charges over child sex abuse

2015-01-24 07:34

A US grand jury has issued new charges against a US man, 20, over allegedly sexually abusing children at a Kenya orphanage.

Killers of Rwandan anti-graft activist jailed for 20 years

2015-01-23 11:16

Two Rwandan police officers have been jailed for 20 years for killing an anti-corruption activist who was investigating mineral smuggling from DRC.

Five killed in Mogadishu car bomb

2015-01-22 18:37

Five people have been killed in a suicide car bombing against a hotel in Mogadishu, on the eve of a visit to the Somali capital by the Turkish President.

At least 23 killed in Somalia clan violence

2015-01-22 10:29

At least 23 people have been killed in Somalia in clan-related violence caused by a land dispute, officials and elders say.

LRA commander arrives at ICC prison

2015-01-22 06:03

A Ugandan commander of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army has arrived at the International Criminal Court detention centre in The Hague.

South Sudan warring rivals in Tanzania for peace talks

2015-01-21 18:04

Warring South Sudanese factions have gathered in Tanzania in the latest peace efforts to end over a year of civil war which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.

Millions register for Ethiopia's May elections

2015-01-21 13:08

Over 12 million Ethiopians have so far registered for key polls in May, officials say, the first national elections since the death of long-time leader Meles Zenawi.

Somali clans clash

2015-01-20 20:16

At least 40 people have been killed in fighting between two clans in central Somalia.

Kenyan cops teargas school kids in demo over playground

2015-01-19 14:50

Kenyan police have teargassed schoolchildren demonstrating against the removal of their school’s playground, which has been allegedly grabbed by a powerful politician, a rights activist says.

Japan lends $270m to Kenya to help expand port

2015-01-17 12:31

Kenya has signed a $270m loan deal with Japan to help expand capacity at Mombasa port, a busy facility that is the main trade gateway to east Africa.

Chinese peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

2015-01-17 11:34

An advanced party of Chinese peacekeepers is in South Sudan and the rest of the 700-strong contingent is due to arrive by early April, a UN official says, part of a surge in a UN mission to protect civilians.

Burundi opposition chief gets 5 years for bribery

2015-01-16 13:53

A top Burundi opposition leader has been sentenced to five years in jail for bribery following a sex scandal he claims was created to block him from running for president.

Kenyan newspaper apologises for Charlie Hebdo cartoon

2015-01-15 22:15

A Kenyan newspaper has apologised for reproducing a caricature of Prophet Muhammad featured in the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo magazine in its first issue since it was attacked by Islamic extremists.

South Sudan war costing billions

2015-01-14 18:03

The war in South Sudan will cost up to $28bn to the country if it continues for five more years, with regional nations risking even more.

Tanzania ready to take on DRC rebels - Kikwete

2015-01-14 16:17

Tanzania is ready to take on Rwandan rebels in eastern DRC, President Jakaya Kikwete says, suggesting a joint offensive with the UN-backed, South African forces is imminent.

Tanzania bans witchdoctors to stem albino murders

2015-01-14 13:22

Tanzania has banned witchdoctors to try and stem a surge in murders of albinos, whose body parts are sold for witchcraft, officials say.

Uganda police officer held for beating journalists

2015-01-13 20:03

A senior Ugandan police officer has been arrested and is accused of beating several journalists, sending two to hospital, as they covered a protest march against high unemployment, police say.

S Sudan civil society groups urge peace before polls

2015-01-13 14:23

Civil society groups in war-torn South Sudan have warned the country needs peace to hold elections, and said the government should extend its mandate rather than vote with conflict raging.

Sudan troops battle rebels in war-torn South Kordofan

2015-01-13 11:43

The Sudanese military has been battling insurgency for control of parts of the conflict-stricken South Kordofan region, both sides say, giving conflicting reports of the situation there.

Talks for action against Hutu rebels in DRC called off

2015-01-12 17:01

A summit of African leaders slated for Luanda this week to decide on action against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the DRC who refuse to disarm has been cancelled, Angola says.


Uganda ivory stolen from impound vault

2015-01-27 20:54

A huge haul of elephant ivory seized in Uganda probably includes tusks stolen from government strongrooms last year.

Uganda sued in landmark ‘brain drain’ case

2015-01-27 10:55

A research institute is suing the Ugandan government for medical ‘brain drain’ after a 22-year-old woman died from internal bleeding, in what could become a landmark public interest litigation case.

South Sudan finds hope in honey

2015-01-26 16:32

A harvest of honey from the equatorial forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and, through the pollination of bees, improve the nation's crop yields, those involved say.

Tanzanian minister resigns over graft

2015-01-24 14:22

Tanzania's Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo has resigned amid a graft scandal that has rocked the gas-rich country.

Turkish leader delays Somalia trip

2015-01-23 11:16

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says he has postponed his planned trip to Somalia to attend the funeral of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, a day after a bomb targeted a Turkish delegation in the capital Mogadishu.

Eritrea frees 6 journalists – right group

2015-01-23 09:54

Six Eritrean journalists have been released from jail after six years, Reporters Without Borders says, calling it “exceptional” news in a country ranked worst in the world for press freedom.

Shabaab say responsible for Mogadishu hotel bombing

2015-01-22 20:17

The Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish delegates were meeting.

Car bomb hits hotel in Mogadishu

2015-01-22 16:39

A suspected suicide car bomb attack has hit a hotel near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, causing casualties, police and witnesses say.

Ethiopia decimates free press - rights group

2015-01-22 07:48

The Ethiopian government is stepping up oppression of independent journalists ahead of national elections due in May, a leading rights group says.

South Sudan ruling party, rivals sign peace deal

2015-01-21 22:21

South Sudan's warring factions have signed a deal in Tanzania meant to serve as a roadmap toward ending a conflict that has killed thousands of people in the world's newest state.

Shabaab urge more jihadi attacks in Europe

2015-01-21 14:44

Somalia’s Shabaab militants, al-Qaeda’s main affiliate in Africa, has urged supporters in Europe to follow the example of Islamist gunmen who carried out attacks in Paris.

US ambassador: Ugandan rebel commander arrives at ICC

2015-01-21 10:08

A commander from a fearsome Ugandan rebel group known for abducting and torturing children has been taken into custody at the ICC, where he faces charges including murder and enslavement.

Kenya: Disputed playground belongs to school

2015-01-20 17:37

Kenya’s internal security minister says a disputed playground, where police tear gassed school children who were protesting the take-over by a private developer, belongs to the school.

Somali premier dissolves new cabinet

2015-01-17 13:24

Somalia's new Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke has dissolved his cabinet less than a week after appointing it, a government spokesperson says.

Ugandan victims have 'shot at justice' at the ICC

2015-01-17 11:35

Ugandan militia leader Dominic Ongwen's transfer to the International Criminal Court is a welcome development, advocates for global human rights prosecutions say.

Ugandan rebels kidnap 10 in DRC

2015-01-17 09:28

A Ugandan rebel group has kidnapped about 10 people in northern Congo, witnesses say.

Most of Kenya hit by power outage

2015-01-16 13:03

More than half of Kenya, including the capital Nairobi, have suffered a power outage after a major transmission line failed, distributor Kenya Power says.

AU troops take Uganda rebel chief for ICC transfer

2015-01-14 17:50

Captured Lord’s Resistance Army rebel chief Dominic Ongwen has been handed over to African Union troops to be sent to trial at the ICC for crimes against humanity, Uganda’s army says.

US gives LRA chief Dominic Ongwen to Ugandans

2015-01-14 13:22

The US embassy in Uganda says US Special Forces in Obo, Central African Republic, have handed over a Lord’s Resistance Army commander who is charged with war crimes to Ugandan troops.

Ugandan rebel commander to face ICC

2015-01-14 09:02

A top commander in a rebel group that has terrorised east and central Africa for decades is to face justice at the International Criminal Court, the US says.

Rebel LRA commander to be handed to ICC – Uganda

2015-01-13 16:16

A senior LRA commander who surrendered last week to the US military in the CAR will be handed over to the ICC in The Hague for trial, a Ugandan army spokesperson says.

UN wants release of AU-led South Sudan inquiry

2015-01-13 13:12

A senior UN rights official have voiced concern that an AU commission of inquiry report on the bloodshed in South Sudan won’t come up for discussion at an upcoming AU summit.

Burundi govt boycotts UN election mission launch

2015-01-12 20:09

Burundi’s government has boycotted the launch of the UN observer mission for elections in May and June, as concern mounts of the risk of violence in the key polls.

Tanzanian girls return after escaping genital mutilation

2015-01-12 13:02

Hundreds of Tanzanian schoolgirls have returned home after spending three months hiding in safe houses to escape genital mutilation, a report says.

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