ARTICLES RELATING TO EAST AFRICA

Ethiopia sends 16 to prison for trying to create new state

2017-03-28 18:53

An Ethiopian court has sentenced 16 people to prison after finding them guilty of trying to create a separate state in the tense Oromia region.

Number of Kenyans going hungry doubles to 3m: Red Cross

2017-03-28 15:00

The number of Kenyans needing emergency food aid has doubled in the past three months to three million, says the Red Cross, as the impact of a devastating drought worsens.

Critical Tanzanian rapper freed, advised to 'improve' lyrics

2017-03-27 21:00

Tanzania's government has ordered the release of a popular rapper, jailed over his song lyrics, insisting that President John Magufuli loves his music but advising him to include verses on tax fraud and drug use.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Tanzania, Rwanda

2017-03-27 19:49

A popular Tanzanian rapper has been arrested over a song allegedly insulting President John Magufuli, and cash-strapped Zimbabwe is trying to stop banks importing high-denomination US dollar bills.

Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera

2017-03-27 16:43

Somalia's drought is threatening three million lives, according to the UN In recent months. Aid agencies have been scaling up their efforts but they say more support is urgently needed to prevent the crisis from worsening.

Can Kenya ensure national security while still admitting refugees?

2017-03-27 12:35

Kenya says it will appeal a high court ruling blocking the closure of the Dadaab refugee camp. The country must now weigh national security against its international obligations, writes Juliet Okoth.

6 aid workers killed in South Sudan ambush

2017-03-27 10:00

Six aid workers have been killed in an ambush in South Sudan, the UN says, in another blow to humanitarian efforts a country suffering from war-induced famine.

Tanzanian rapper held for 'insulting' President Magufuli in song

2017-03-27 06:05

A popular Tanzanian rapper says he has been arrested over a song allegedly insulting President John Magufuli, seen as increasingly authoritarian and unwilling to brook any dissent.

Sudan, Saudi to hold first joint air force drill

2017-03-26 20:00

Sudan says it will begin this week a joint air force drill with Saudi Arabia, the first such manoeuvres since Khartoum allied with Riyadh after breaking ties with Tehran in 2015.

HRW urges Jordan to deny entry or arrest Sudan's Bashir

2017-03-26 13:30

Human Rights Watch has urged Jordan to deny entry to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir or arrest him over alleged war crimes in Darfur if he visits this week.

 

Judge orders release of British woman detained in Rwanda

2017-03-28 17:21

The pregnant wife of an exiled Rwandan opposition official, held incommunicado for a fortnight before being charged with treasonous acts, is to be released, her lawyer has said.

Collective land tenure is under threat in Kenya. Why it needs to be protected

2017-03-27 21:00

In Kenya there's increasing individualisation of land tenure in pastoral areas. This will hurt the communities in the long term because it doesn't enhance sustainable productive practices, writes Timothy Njagi Njeru.

Death toll in attack on South Sudan aid workers rises to 7

2017-03-27 19:49

The death toll of an attack on aid workers in South Sudan has risen to seven, with the news that the driver also died

31 militants killed in attack by Kenya's military in Somalia

2017-03-27 18:51

Kenya's military says it has killed 31 al-Shabaab extremists in a raid in Baadhade district in southern Somalia

Kagame hails Rwanda-Israel bond at Washington forum

2017-03-27 13:48

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has become the first African leader to address Washington's biggest pro-Israel forum, hailing the Jewish state as an inspiration for his own country's rebirth after genocide.

Sudan's Bashir to attend Jordan summit despite warrant

2017-03-27 12:35

Sudan's official news agency says President Omar al-Bashir will attend Wednesday's Arab Summit in Jordan, despite a long-standing warrant for his arrest by the ICC on charges of war crimes and genocide.

Sudan searching for French hostage: foreign minister

2017-03-27 08:48

Sudanese security agents have launched a search for an abducted Frenchman after a Chadian minister reported that he was being held in the neighbouring country, Khartoum says.

Somalia's proposed new cabinet challenged by lawmakers

2017-03-26 20:00

Somalia's parliament speaker is urging the new prime minister to review his proposed cabinet after 105 lawmakers presented a petition calling for changes.

East African bloc: Members to allow Somali refugees to work

2017-03-26 18:11

East Africa's regional bloc says it gradually will allow the hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees sheltering in its countries to work and will include them in planning efforts.

General favours more aggressive approach in Somalia

2017-03-25 15:40

The commander of US Africa Command says he would like to be granted more authority to battle al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia.

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