Sudan steps up pressure on UN

2014-12-27 18:51

Sudan's government is stepping up pressure on the United Nations on the future of a joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in the country's violence-wracked Darfur region.

Shabaab attack on Somalia AU base condemned

2014-12-27 14:02

The United States "strongly condemns" a al-Shabaab attack that killed three soldiers and a civilian at African Union headquarters in Somalia, the State Department said Friday.

Sudan orders senior UN officials to leave

2014-12-26 08:19

Sudan has ordered two senior United Nations officials to leave, a UN spokesperson says, after a recent spike in tensions between Khartoum and the peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

Somali parliament endorses new PM

2014-12-25 07:58

Somalia's parliament has endorsed a new prime minister, appointed after the war-torn country's president fell out with the previous premier amid bitter infighting.

Tanzanian housing minister sacked over scandal

2014-12-23 22:01

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has sacked his housing minister in connection with a corruption scandal that has prompted donors to cut aid to the country.

China sends 700 peacekeepers to South Sudan

2014-12-22 11:07

Chinese state media have reported that China will send 700 troops to South Sudan as part of the country's first infantry battalion to participate in a United Nations peacekeeping mission.

Militants attack bus on Kenyan coast

2014-12-21 10:35

Islamist gunmen have opened fire on a passenger bus along the Kenyan coast but fled without injuring anyone, witnesses and officials say.

Kenyan security law approved despite disruptions

2014-12-18 19:12

Kenya's parliament has approved new anti-terrorism laws in the face of vocal protests by some opposition lawmakers who said the measures threatened civil liberties and free speech.

Kenya urged to respect human rights

2014-12-18 09:31

Nine Western governments have welcomed proposed changes to Kenya's security laws, but say that they should respect human rights.

Congolese M23 rebels flee Uganda camp

2014-12-17 08:41

A Ugandan military spokesperson says scores of Congo's M23 rebels have fled the camp where they were being held ahead of repatriation to Congo.

UN: South Sudan war fuelled by personal ambitions

2014-12-15 21:43

The UN secretary general has said that the personal ambitions of South Sudan's leaders are jeopardising the nation's future.

South Sudan activists release first war victims list

2014-12-15 12:55

The first names of some of the tens of thousands killed in South Sudan have been released, which includes a 14-month old toddler and a 105-year old grandmother.

South Sudan's civil war worsening, enters 2nd year

2014-12-15 08:38

War in South Sudan is worsening with 'extreme violence' and growing hunger, rights groups warn one year since the start of conflict in which tens of thousands have died.

Kenyan security laws threaten freedoms - rights groups

2014-12-14 17:59

Kenyan proposals to boost security laws risk returning the country to a 'police state', rights groups say, but the government says they are vital to the nation's protection.

Kenya president wants tougher security law

2014-12-12 22:29

Citing a dangerous enemy, Kenya's president has made a case for a tougher security law.

Opposition: Kenya govt wants to take away rights

2014-12-12 08:29

Kenya’s main opposition party and human rights groups say proposed charges to Kenya’s security laws - a new law proposed by government to tackle terrorism — will curb fundamental civil liberties.

7 Somali women killed in 'barbaric' attacks

2014-12-11 09:43

At least seven women have been killed in "barbaric" attacks in Somalia after Shabaab insurgents beheaded a soldier’s wife prompting revenge executions of women close to the Islamists, elders say.

Kenya to probe Jazeera on death squad story

2014-12-10 09:43

The Kenyan government says it has ordered an investigation with a view to prosecuting the makers of an Al-Jazeera documentary on death squads.

Ugandans won't let me retire, says Museveni

2014-12-08 15:25

Uganda’s veteran President Yoweri Museveni says people don’t want him to retire but that he doesn’t "need power", ahead of a highly anticipated ruling party conference next week.

Kenya needs to win war of ideas to stop Shabaab

2014-12-08 11:56

Kenya must win a battle against militant ideology that is seeping it from its northern neighbour and spreading to Muslim youths at home if it is to stop Somali Islamists extending their reach in east Africa.

Somali PM voted out of office

2014-12-06 15:46

Somali lawmakers voted Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed out of office, after a row with the president over a cabinet reshuffle that Western donors said threatened the war-torn nation's fragile recovery.

9 killed in twin bomb attack in Somalia

2014-12-06 09:02

At least nine people have been killed in a twin bomb attack in the central Somali town of Baidoa, in the latest in a string of attacks.

Kenyatta says 'excited' after ICC charges dropped

2014-12-05 15:54

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says he is “excited” after hearing news that charges against him at the ICC have been withdrawn and says he wants a case against his deputy, William Ruto, dropped too.

Crashed Kenyan fighter pilot missing in Shabaab-held Somalia

2014-12-05 12:45

A Kenyan fighter pilot whose jet crashed in an area controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab fighters in southern Somalia is missing, the army says.

Sudan puts tighter controls on UN peacekeepers

2014-12-05 10:52

Sudan has imposed tighter controls on a massive, troubled UN peacekeeping force while trying to pressure it to leave the country, and it claims allegations of a mass rape in Darfur have been found to be not true.


Senior Shebaab leader surrenders in Somalia

2014-12-27 16:21

A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab, who had a $3m bounty on his head, has surrendered in Somalia.

UK tourist accidentally shot in Ethiopia

2014-12-26 09:18

An Ethiopian official says a British tourist was shot dead by accident in Ethiopia's northern city of Bahir Dar.

Kenya refuses to suspend tough anti-terrorism law

2014-12-25 12:08

The High Court of Kenya has declined to suspend a tough new anti-terrorism law that the opposition says violates human rights, local media report.

American charged in Uganda for counterfeit dollars

2014-12-24 06:58

A US man was charged in a Ugandan court for forging currency of more than $190 000 found in his Ugandan home, according to a charge sheet by a magistrate court in Kampala.

Africa should do more to fight Ebola - Ethiopia PM

2014-12-23 10:18

African nations need to be more engaged in the fight against the Ebola virus and stop relying on aid from Western governments, Ethiopia's prime minister says.

Sudan rights group's office raided

2014-12-21 19:04

Sudanese security agents have raided the headquarters of a human rights monitor and seized computers, a member of the group says.

American accused of counterfeiting $2m in Uganda

2014-12-19 07:51

An American man has been arrested in Uganda and accused by US prosecutors of counterfeiting more than $2m in fake dollars, some of which were to be mailed to the US.

DRC ex-rebels found in Uganda refugee camp

2014-12-18 11:02

Around 1 000 ex-fighters from a DRC rebel group have been found in a Ugandan refugee camp, a day after fleeing moves to repatriate them, the Ugandan army says.

Tanzanian attorney general resigns over graft

2014-12-17 11:40

Tanzania's attorney general has resigned, becoming the first political casualty in an energy corruption scandal in the east African country that has led Western donors to delay aid.

Tens of thousands dead in South Sudan conflict: UN

2014-12-16 09:10

Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan during one year of warfare and the country's leaders are putting their 'personal ambitions' ahead of the young nation's future, the UN says.

Islamist kill 10 Somali soldiers in attack on base

2014-12-15 13:38

Rebels from the Islamist al-Shabaab group have attacked a military base in southern Somalia, killing at least 10 soldiers and burning two military vehicles, officials say.

Uganda nanny gets 4 years for violent child abuse

2014-12-15 11:42

A Ugandan maid has been jailed for four years for abusing a toddler in a case that shocked the country after a graphic video of the assault was made public.

South Sudan: War and misery continue

2014-12-14 21:03

One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebels continue, and aid officials say international assistance is needed to help residents stave off mass hunger.

Sudan's Bashir claims victory over ICC

2014-12-13 20:33

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has claimed victory over the International Criminal Court after it shelved further investigation of war crimes in Darfur, and reaffirmed his hard line on the rebel region.

Concern over Sudan arrests

2014-12-12 18:32

The UN human rights office has expressed deep concern about the arrests of opposition figures and rights activists in Sudan.

2 Kenyans charged for violently stripping woman

2014-12-11 12:04

Two Kenyans accused of stripping a woman have been charged with sexual assault, reports say, a case that sparked angry protests after a video of the attack was made public.

Shabaab killings: Kenya eyes tougher security laws

2014-12-10 13:47

Kenya's government wants to beef up its security laws after a string of attacks by Somalia’s al-Shabaab insurgents, reports say.

Sudan ceasefire talks bomb

2014-12-10 05:10

The Sudanese government and rebels say they have failed to agree on a ceasefire after three weeks of negotiations.

Number of Somalis in crisis surges 20%

2014-12-08 14:15

More than three million people in war-torn Somalia – 20% more than last year – need urgent help because of malnutrition, war and other crises, the UN says.

70 Ethiopian migrants drown after boat sinks

2014-12-08 06:40

At least 70 Ethiopians have drowned after a boat used by smugglers to transport illegal migrants to Yemen sank in the Red Sea in rough weather, security authorities say.

Shabaab claims responsibility for Somalia bombing

2014-12-06 14:50

The death toll has risen to 20 after twin suicide bombings in the Somali town of Baidabo. They added that up to 40 people had been injured.

In Kenya, police kill suspects with near-impunity

2014-12-06 07:09

Kenyan officers are killing unarmed terror suspects, shakedown victims and even children – spreading fear, breeding corruption and complicating efforts to deal with terrorism, a report says.

ICC drops case against Kenya's leader Kenyatta

2014-12-05 14:41

The ICC's chief prosecutor has dropped a case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta alleging crimes against humanity, saying there is no sufficient evidence to take him to trial.

Uganda MPs ready new anti-gay bill as 'Christmas gift'

2014-12-05 12:45

Ugandan lawmakers drafting new anti-gay legislation say they will submit it to parliament as a "Christmas gift" to the people.

Fighting flares up in South Sudan

2014-12-05 07:49

Government troops and South Sudanese rebels have been fighting for more than a week in a remote northern region of the country.

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