ARTICLES RELATING TO EAST AFRICA

South Sudan bans foreign aid workers

2014-09-16 23:41

Authorities in war-torn South Sudan have announced a ban on foreign workers, including staff with foreign aid agencies.

Somalia's al-Shabaab denies Uganda claim

2014-09-16 05:00

Somalia's al-Shabaab militants have denied that Ugandan authorities had foiled an attack by the group.

Uganda holds 6 terror suspects, seizes explosives

2014-09-15 15:55

At least six terror suspects have been arrested in a raid on an al-Shabaab cell that was apparently plotting an attack in this East African country, a spokesperson says.

Kenyan police kill suspect in tourist deaths

2014-09-14 14:05

A Kenyan suspected of killing tourists in the coastal city of Mombasa in July has been shot and killed by police in a raid at his home, police say.

Rwanda arrests prompt purge speculation

2014-09-11 11:33

A string of arrests of prominent Rwandan military figures, some of them close to the east African nation’s inner circle of power, have prompted speculation of a major political crisis.

Attackers of Rwandan exile jailed for eight years

2014-09-10 18:21

Four men convicted of trying to kill an exiled critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame in South Africa were each jailed for eight years.

Burundi cops arrest killer of nuns

2014-09-09 21:44

Police in Burundi have arrested a man for killing and raping three elderly Italian nuns murdered in twin attacks in their convent.

Senior Sudan opposition figure freed

2014-09-09 16:15

Sudanese authorities have released a senior member of the opposition Umma Party who was detained last month after the party reached a deal to co-operate with rebels.

Pope Francis mourns nuns murdered in Burundi

2014-09-08 20:34

Pope Francis has led the Catholic Church's mourning of three elderly Italian nuns, killed in Burundi following two separate attacks on the convent where they were serving as missionaries.<

Twelve killed in Somalia attack

2014-09-08 18:21

Twelve civilians have been killed in a Somalia suicide bombing targeting African Union troops.

HRW: Amisom raped vulnerable Somalis

2014-09-08 14:43

Internationally-funded AU troops in war-torn Somalia have raped women and traded food aid for sex, Human rights Watch says in a damning report.

2 Italian nuns killed in Burundi

2014-09-08 10:51

Two elderly Italian nuns have been murdered in their convent in the capital of Burundi, with police hunting their suspected killer, government officials say.

Two Australians dead in Kenya bus crash

2014-09-08 06:25

A bus plunged into a river killing two Australians and injuring several other tourists in Kenya, officials and reports say.

Shabaab's new leader a ruthless hardliner - sources

2014-09-07 15:43

The new leader of Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels is said to be a devout and ruthless hardliner and one of the most trusted lieutenants of the group's late chief.

Kenya thanks US for killing shabaab leader

2014-09-06 13:17

Kenya's president has offered his 'heartfelt thanks' to the US for killing the leader of Somalia's al-Shabaab militants, responsible for the massacre at Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall.

Ethiopia refugee camp flooded - DWB

2014-09-06 07:43

Doctors Without Borders says a camp in Ethiopia hosting 40 000 refugees from South Sudan is flooded from heavy rains and that it must be abandoned.

ICC asked to delay Kenyatta trial

2014-09-05 19:35

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor asked judges to indefinitely postpone the start of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's crimes against humanities trial, saying Nairobi was refusing to co-operate.

Rights groups call for South Sudan arms embargo

2014-09-04 14:44

South Sudanese rights groups have demanded an international arms embargo for their conflict-wracked nation, as millions of dollars worth of newly-bought weapons fuel an almost nine-month long civil war.

Zimbabwe says Uganda's JLOS is Africa's best

2014-09-04 12:17

Zimbabwe has reportedly hailed Uganda's Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) saying the east African country runs one of the best JLOS on the continent.

Shabaab boss probably died in Somalia strike

2014-09-03 17:01

The death of the leader of Somalia's Shabaab rebels in a US airstrike is a “very strong probability” but still unconfirmed, security sources say.

African leaders may create fund to fight militants

2014-09-03 13:05

African leaders have proposed creating a special fund to combat Islamist militant groups growing in strength from Kenya to Nigeria.

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.

 

Sudan frees opposition party leader

2014-09-16 10:25

Sudan has released an opposition leader who was detained for three months after accusing counter-insurgency paramilitaries of abuses against civilians in the Darfur region, his party says.

Sick Burundi activist kept in jail

2014-09-15 19:48

A Burundi court has rejected pleas to release on bail a sick human rights activist on trial for endangering national security.

Shebaab bombers held, Uganda attacks foiled

2014-09-14 16:26

Ugandan police say suspected Islamist al-Shebaab insurgents arrested in weekend raids had planned to carry out bomb attacks.

US: Uganda foils imminent Shebaab attack

2014-09-13 20:20

Ugandan security forces have stopped a cell of Somalia's al-Qaeda linked al-Shebaab insurgents apparently "planning for an imminent attack", the US embassy says.

Mbeki sees big step to end Sudan wars

2014-09-10 22:04

Efforts to end Sudan's wars and other crises have made a major advance, the African Union's chief mediator Thabo Mbeki said after talks in Khartoum.

Thousands mourn Italian nuns killed in Burundi

2014-09-10 18:21

Thousands of mourners in Burundi have celebrated the lives of three Italian nuns who were brutally murdered before their bodies were taken to the DRC for burial.

UN: Chopper which crashed in South Sudan shot down

2014-09-09 20:38

The UN mission in South Sudan says a preliminary investigation shows its helicopter that crashed in the country last month was shot down.

Protests, gunfire at Darfur displaced camp

2014-09-09 10:32

Tensions have escalated at a camp for disabled people in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, peacekeepers say after demonstrations and gunfire.

SA mercenary dies in Shabaab attack - report

2014-09-08 20:31

A South African mercenary reportedly is among the victims of twin bombings by Shabaab militants in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Nun decapitated in Burundi

2014-09-08 15:59

Three elderly Italian nuns were raped and murdered in twin attacks in their convent in the capital of Burundi, with one being decapitated.

Shabaab pledge allegiance to new leader

2014-09-08 11:23

Rebels of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab have pledged allegiance to their new leader after his predecessor was killed.

Shells hit Mogadishu after Shabaab leader's death

2014-09-08 08:04

A Somali police officer says mortar shells struck a Mogadishu neighbourhood a day after the al-al-Shabaab named a new leader and vowed to avenge the death of the previous leader killed by a US airstrike.

Libya accuses Sudan of arming 'terror' groups

2014-09-08 05:00

Libya has accused Sudan of flying weapons to "terrorist" groups on its territory and declared Khartoum's military attache persona non grata, a government statement says.

Somalia's Shebaab rebels appoint new leader

2014-09-06 22:31

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shebaab militants have announced the appointment of a successor to their former leader who was killed in a US air strike.

Somalia on high alert after Shabaab leader's death

2014-09-06 10:36

Somalia's government has warned that the country's al-Shabaab rebels were planning a wave of retaliatory attacks after it was confirmed their leader was killed.

Ugandan jobless in court over piglet protest

2014-09-06 06:00

Two jobless Ugandan men appeared in court on Friday on charges of infiltrating piglets into the east African nation's parliament in a protest over corruption and unemployment.

Al-Shabaab leader Godane death confirmed

2014-09-05 18:07

The Pentagon has confirmed that Ahmed Godane, a founder of the al-Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a US air strike in Somalia this week.

Attack on Shabaab boss may trigger power struggle

2014-09-04 12:59

A hail of US missiles aimed at the leader of Somalia’s al-Shabaab militants may have left a gaping hole in the group’s leadership, potentially the biggest challenge to its unity.

Ugandan MPs working to reintroduce anti-gay law

2014-09-03 14:35

Ugandan MPs have begun work on reintroducing tough anti-gay legislation, a month after the east African nation’s constitutional court declared a previous law “null and void”, a report says.

Somalia: Shabaab leader's fate remains unclear

2014-09-03 08:53

US forces have carried out airstrikes against senior members of Somalia’s Shabaab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the group’s leader, officials say.

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.

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