Mass panic at Kenya university security drill

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Three Kenyan students were injured as they fled after hearing gunshots fired during a security drill, thinking it was a real attack.

Somali pirates killed as hijacked boat freed: fishermen

2015-11-29 16:06

A boat held by Somali pirates has been freed after a gun battle, fishermen and witnesses say, claiming several of the pirates have been killed.

Pope to honour Ugandan martyrs on Africa tour

2015-11-28 10:00

Vast crowds of Ugandans are expected to greet Pope Francis as he honours Christians martyred for the faith on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa, which he dubbed "the continent of hope".

Pope: Land grabs a serious problem in Kenya

2015-11-27 17:30

Pope Francis has taken aim at the injustice of land grabs by Kenya's powerful and wealthy individuals, acts that government probes have identified as a major source of conflict and ethnic tension in the country.

Burundi risks genocide, US envoy warns

2015-11-27 13:09

Burundi is at risk of genocide, warns Thomas Perriello, US special envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, days after President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on the public security minister and three others.

Nairobi slum residents say they lack services

2015-11-27 10:55

Residents of the Kangemi slum in the Kenya capital, where Pope Francis is set to visit, say they lack some of the most basic services.

Pope: Blood diamonds fuel terrorism

2015-11-26 21:08

Pope Francis has urged global action against illegal trafficking of blood diamonds, ivory and other natural resources, saying it causes political instability and "terrorism".

Christian-Muslim dialogue 'essential' for peace, says pope

2015-11-26 10:09

Pope Francis is telling Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya that they have little choice but to engage in dialogue to prevent the “barbarous” Islamic extremist attacks that have struck Kenya recently.

Pope Francis has called on humanity to reconnect with nature

2015-11-25 21:00

Pope Francis has called on humanity to reconnect with nature in order to fight divisions and poverty, which he described as breeding grounds for terrorism.

Pope takes environmental, social messages to Africa

2015-11-25 07:36

Pope Francis heads to Africa for the first time on a trip aimed at pushing the key themes of his papacy but also fraught with security concerns.


Ugandan rebels 'kill' at least 12 in east DRC

2015-11-30 15:41

At least 12 people have been killed in an attack blamed on Ugandan rebels in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a witness and local NGO.

Rival militia forces battle in central Somalia: UN

2015-11-28 18:05

Rival militia forces have clashed in central Somalia, the United Nations has said, as it called for troops to pull out from contested zones in the town of Galkayo.

Kenya deal sees African nations walk back ICC threat

2015-11-27 20:29

African nations have stepped back from a veiled threat to quit the International Criminal Court after Kenya won a minor concession in a row over the trial of its deputy president.

'Church is for love': Gay Ugandans send message to Pope

2015-11-27 14:34

A member of Uganda's LGBTI community says he hopes the pontiff spreads a message of love and tolerance during his visit.

Pope Francis heads to Nairobi slum

2015-11-27 13:09

After celebrating his first Mass in Africa, Pope Francis is turning his attention to society’s most marginal in a visit to a sprawling slum on the north-western edge of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Pope presses case for adequate, dignified housing in Nairobi

2015-11-27 08:38

Pope Francis is visiting a slum on Nairobi's northwestern edge to press his call for adequate and dignified housing for society's most marginal, especially in burgeoning megacities like the Kenyan capital.

Pope issues strong appeal for traditional family values

2015-11-26 14:07

Pope Francis has issued a strong appeal for traditional family values in his first public Mass in Africa.

Sudan security arrests 3 opposition figures - alliance

2015-11-26 09:09

Sudanese security agents have arrested three opposition figures, despite efforts to persuade them to join national dialogue talks that stated last month, the alliance they are all part of.

Kenya’s president reshuffles cabinet after graft allegations

2015-11-25 08:59

Kenya’s president has reshuffled his cabinet to replace five ministers who are being investigated for graft and one who resigned over the weekend after being accused of corruption.

More UN peacekeepers needed for South Sudan

2015-11-25 05:16

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants 1 100 extra peacekeepers to be sent to South Sudan to help protect civilians.

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