ARTICLES RELATING TO EAST AFRICA

Uganda overseas baby adoptions boom

2014-09-02 22:54

Authorities in Uganda have raised fears that the east African nation's children are being left vulnerable to abuse and exploitation by a staggering increase in overseas adoptions.

Shabaab tight-lipped on leader's fate after US air strike

2014-09-02 18:01

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels are tight-lipped over the fate of their leader, a day after a US air strike against senior members of the Islamist militia.

Somalia: Extremists attack high security prison

2014-08-31 15:41

Heavily armed suspected Islamic militants have attacked a high security prison in Mogadishu, in an apparent attempt to free militants held there, police say.

Gunmen hijack Uhuru Kenyatta's official vehicle

2014-08-29 14:32

Kenyan media reports that one of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s official vehicles, a high-end bulletproof BMW limousine, was stolen from his police driver in Nairobi.

South Sudan faces possible famine

2014-08-28 16:02

War-torn South Sudan faces possible famine next year, the UN chief in the country warns, as aid workers say the shooting down of a UN helicopter threatens efforts to save lives.

Gunfight near Kenya UN leaves 3 dead

2014-08-27 19:06

A daytime gunfight outside an upmarket cafe near the UN headquarters in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has left three people dead.

Bound, bagged bodies found floating in Burundi lake

2014-08-26 16:06

Fishermen in Burundi have found several corpses with limbs bound or stuffed in sacks, floating in a lake bordering Rwanda, government officials say.

East Africa to co-operate to close borders to criminals

2014-08-26 09:11

East African countries need to work together on tightening porous borders to help halt the movement of militants and other criminals, the region’s senior intelligence officers have been told.

South Sudan rivals sign another ceasefire

2014-08-25 19:39

South Sudan's warring leaders have signed a fresh ceasefire vowing to end more than eight months of conflict.

Kenya recycles global e-waste

2014-08-22 22:34

Dead floppy drive: Kenyan company recycles global e-waste; lawmakers debate new e-waste law

Kenyan businessman claims US 'owns' Ebola

2014-08-22 14:08
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A Kenyan businessman has reportedly made claims that the United States government owns the Ebola virus that is affecting West African countries.

Somali journos face trial as govt denies torture

2014-08-21 16:09

Three senior Somali journalist are set to face trial for broadcasts allegedly inciting violence, the government says, dismissing reports they had been tortured in jail as "pure fabrication".

Somali pirate kingpin finally arrested

2014-08-20 08:29

Somali security forces have arrested one of the country's most powerful pirate chiefs, who once hijacked giant vessels earning him multi-million dollar ransoms, security sources say.

Celebrating South Sudan troops fire on UN base

2014-08-19 16:37

South Sudanese soldiers opened fire on a UN peacekeeping base sheltering 40 000 civilians, wounding a child and spraying bullets across the camp.

Somali journos urge fair trial for colleagues

2014-08-18 10:33

Somalia's journalist union has urged the government to ensure a fair trial of three colleagues arrested when security forces stormed a major radio station for 'negative' broadcasts.

Somali security forces shut radio station

2014-08-15 22:22

Somali security forces have stormed one of Mogadishu's main radio stations arresting 20 staff members and seizing equipment.

Heavy fighting in S Sudan amid sanctions warnings

2014-08-15 11:57

South Sudan's civil war has entered its ninth month with rebels and government troops engaged in heavy battles, diplomats say, days after UN warnings of sanctions in the conflict continues.

Kenya 'White Widow' trail cold

2014-08-14 21:37

Kenyan detectives have told a court they had lost the trail of British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the 'White Widow'.

UN threatens S Sudan leaders with sanctions

2014-08-13 10:15

The UN has warned South Sudan's warring leaders they would face sanctions if a civil war that has pushed the young nation to the brink of famine does not stop.

US gives $180m for food in South Sudan

2014-08-12 19:50

The United States will provide approximately $180m to help feed the people of South Sudan due to a risk of famine there.

Forests for the future: Kenya's carbon credit scheme

2014-08-10 21:52

When 61-year old Mercy Joshua was young, the vast forests of southeastern Kenya teemed with wildlife, but decades of unchecked deforestation by locals have devastated the land.

Somali Shebab say 18 dead in attack on govt troops

2014-08-09 17:08

Somalia's hardline Islamists have reported heavy fighting in battles against government and African Union troops in the central Hiran region.

 

Airstrike may have hit Somali Shabaab leader

2014-09-02 21:40

The Pentagon is assessing whether an airstrike on an encampment in Somalia killed al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane,

US military targets extremists in Somalia

2014-09-02 10:28

The Pentagon says US military forces have targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabaab network in an operation in Somalia.

Rwanda delays verdict in 'attack plot' officer trial

2014-08-29 16:04

A Rwandan court says it would consider potential fresh evidence in the trial of an ex-army officer accused of plotting attacks on the state, delaying expected verdict.

9 killed in clashes between rivals in Somalia

2014-08-29 08:52

At least nine people have been killed in fighting between rival areas in Somalia's Somaliland region, residents say, highlighting the fragility of security improvements in the nation.

S Sudan army, rebels trade blame for downing UN helicopter

2014-08-28 08:59

South Sudan’s rebels and army have traded blame for shooting down a UN helicopter killing three crew and scuppering a day-old ceasefire deal, the fourth in eight months of war.

Experts: Torture common in E Africa, DRC

2014-08-26 19:29

Human rights experts from five East African countries and DRC say despite progress in their countries in ratifying the UN Convention against Torture, human rights abuse is still prevalent.

Rwanda genocide appeal trial opens in Norway

2014-08-26 17:47

A Rwandan man sentenced to a 21-year prison term in Norway over involvement in the 1994 genocide in the east African country has maintained his innocence.

Djibouti presidential guard wounds 2 in airport shooting

2014-08-26 16:05

A Djiboutian presidential guard has opened fire at the capital's airport, wounding two people, a government spokesperson says, adding that President Ismael Omar Guelleh was not present during the shooting.

UN: Children with albinism segregated in Tanzania

2014-08-26 07:58

The UN's human rights office says the Tanzanian government's system of rounding up children with albinism in education centres isn't adequately protecting them from widespread superstitious beliefs.

South Sudan warring sides face sanctions

2014-08-25 13:06

Warring sides in South Sudan face "punitive sanctions", the rebels for killings a ceasefire and the government for violating a truce, the top mediator of the stalled peace talks has warned.

Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect

2014-08-22 20:10

A Somali man in Kenyan police custody has admitted that he is Hassan Hanafi, who is wanted in Somalia for the killing of journalists, a senior Kenya police official says.

S Sudan rebels accept presence of Ugandan troops

2014-08-22 12:46

South Sudan rebels have agreed to let Uganda maintain its forces on South Sudanese soil until a regional body deploys a peacekeeping force, a spokesperson says.

Kenyan president picks new intelligence boss

2014-08-21 21:26

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated a new intelligence chief with experience in the war on al Qaeda-linked insurgents in neighbouring Somalia.

China presses South Sudan over new violence

2014-08-20 12:39

China's foreign minister has pressed his South Sudan counterpart over renewed violence in the state, demanding an immediate ceasefire and dialogue in the country which is reliant on Chinese investment.

South Sudan shuts key radio station

2014-08-18 14:15

Security forces in South Sudan have shut one of the country's main independent radio stations and arrested its news editor after it broadcast rebel views, the station says.

Ebola: Kenya bans west African travellers

2014-08-17 11:40

Kenya has become the latest country to ban travellers from parts of Ebola-hit west Africa as Nigeria scrambled to stop the deadly disease spreading through the continent's most populous nation.

Kenyan intelligence boss quits

2014-08-15 11:57

The head of the Kenyan intelligence service, which has been criticised in recent months for failing to stop a spate of attacks blamed on Islamist militants from neighbouring Somalia has resigned.

Mogadishu: Warlord's house raided by troops

2014-08-15 10:29

The sounds of warfare have rattled Mogadishu residents from their beds as government troops launched an attack on a house belonging to a former warlord.

Government trying to disarm Mogadishu

2014-08-14 20:31

Somalia's government has launched a new disarmament campaign that has netted some 500 guns during four raids.

Threat of famine, fighting loom over South Sudan

2014-08-13 07:21

The risk of famine and reports of growing arms imports could bring fresh woe to South Sudan, a delegation from the UN Security Council has warned.

Kerry slams failed South Sudan peace deal

2014-08-12 10:45

The United States has lambasted South Sudan's warring factions after they missed a key deadline to forge a unity government.

South Sudan rebel chief meets Sudan's Bashir

2014-08-10 21:50

South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar has held talks with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir as a deadline passed to end months of civil war in the South.

Uganda gays holding pride parade

2014-08-09 15:01

Ugandan homosexuals are holding a pride parade on a beach after a court nullified the harsh anti-gay law.

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