Tag: Africa

Fighting in Mogadishu killed 26, rebels beheaded two

At least 26 civilians have been killed and more than 80 wounded in clashes between government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers and Al-Shabaab terrorists in Mogadishu on Wednesday, officials and witnesses said.

UN: 90 Rwandan rebels killed in eastern Congo

According to UN officials, at least 90 Rwandese Hutu rebels have been killed in the eastern Democratic Republic of  Congo, following a UN-backed offensive launched by the Congolese army late last month. According to Madnodje Mounoubai, spokesman for the UN force MONUC, the Hutu…

Kenya politics: Power struggle

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT A dispute over corruption allegations has rapidly descended into political point-scoring between the members of Kenya’s unity government. Although both sides remain publicly committed to the coalition, further internecine fighting is likely.

More protests erupt across Ivory Coast

Thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets in several cities throughout Ivory Coast on Monday, protesting against President Laurent Gbagbo‘s decision to dissolve the government and the electoral commission (CEI).

LRA rebels kill two and kidnap 40 in raid

Ugandan rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) raided the town of Rafai in the Central African Republicearly on Friday, killing two people and kidnapping 40 others, local residents and unnamed military sources said.

China throws birthday bash for Zimbabwe’s Mugabe

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Monday its embassy in Zimbabwe had thrown a birthday party for President Robert Mugabe, a rare sign of foreign support for a leader reviled by many Zimbabweans and criticized by the United States and Europe.

Nigeria’s North and South Divide

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT The transfer of power to Nigeria’s vice-president has eased immediate concerns about a power vacuum in the country, but there is still plenty of potential for political acrimony–and delays in policymaking.

UK firm wins Ugandan oil contract

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Tullow Oil has won the battle to buy Heritage’s holdings in western Uganda, despite strong competition from Italy’s ENI. Attention will now switch to developing the finds.

Guinea: Three dead in Nzerekore religious clashes

Three days of fierce clashes between Christians and Muslims in the eastern Guinea city of Nzerekore left at least three people dead and dozens wounded, witnesses and officials said on Sunday.

Zimbabwe diamond sale under scrutiny

A proposed sale of Zimbabwean diamonds proved controversial, because of disputes over ownership and whether or not the gems are “blood diamonds”. Although the sale was postponed, the issue is unlikely to go away.