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12 Feb 2016
GROUPS of Islamic State (IS) fighters are quitting their bases in Libya fearing Western air strikes and heading south, posing a new threat to countries in Africa’s Sahel region including Niger and Chad, officials and intelligence sources said. The ultra-hardline movement that has seized large areas of Syria and neighbouring Iraq has also amassed thousands…
12 Feb 2016
THE United States (U.S.) has raised concerns with Rwandan officials over reports suggesting it is involved in “destabilising activities” in neighbouring Burundi, officials have said. Rwanda is reported to have armed and trained refugees to fight on behalf of the Burundian opposition. Rwanda’s government has denied similar allegations in the past. Burundi has been hit…
10 Feb 2016
The UN Security Council has increased, from 40 to 108, the number of corrections officers at the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) . In a unanimously adopted resolution on Tuesday in New York, the council decided to beef up the number because the situation in the strife-torn nation remained…
9 Feb 2016
Zambia has scrapped nearly 73 per cent hike in electricity tariffs for industrial and commercial users following an outcry from consumers, a spokesman for state power firm Zesco said on Tuesday. The move comes a month after President Edgar Lungu, who plans to stand in an August national election, reversed a move to nearly double…
8 Feb 2016
United Nation agencies on Monday warned that South Sudan faces unprecedented levels of food insecurity, with 2.8 million people, in urgent need of aid. This is contained in a joint statement issued by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) in New York. The warning is coming at…
8 Feb 2016
Egypt's central bank has received 900 million dollars from the China Development Bank under a one billion dollars financing agreement signed last month, Central Bank Governor Tarek Amer said. The 900 million dollars will raise Egypt's dollar reserves to around 17.4 billion dollars, Amer said on Monday. Egypt, which relies heavily on imports, has been…
8 Feb 2016
Amnesty International has criticised the UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR), saying that "gaps in the force's capacity to respond have been evident" since its deployment in September 2014. The group said in its report on Monday in Johannesburg, that to arrive at the conclusion it interviewed 85 people for the report,…
6 Feb 2016
UN Independent Expert in Sudan has warned that in the last two weeks, a new escalation of violence has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur. NAN reports that Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the UN Security Council to examine and report…
5 Feb 2016
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has welcomed the Zimbabwe Supreme Constitutional Court striking out of the country's criminal defamation laws. A statement issued in Dakar by CPJ’s Deputy Executive Director, Robert Mahoney, said the Supreme Constitutional Court made the ruling on Wednesday, Feb. 3. ``The move is a welcome step toward safeguarding press freedom.…
5 Feb 2016
RANGERS in a major South African wildlife park recently darted a rhino to install a tracking device on the threatened animal as part of efforts to stop poaching. Journalists witnessed the operation in Kruger National Park, where poachers have killed rhinos in record numbers to meet consumer demand for their horns in parts of Asia,…
5 Feb 2016
POLICE in the southern Indian city of Bangalore say they have arrested five people in connection with an attack on a Tanzanian student. A mob assaulted and partially stripped the 21-year-old woman after a Sudanese student’s car ran over and killed a local woman on Sunday night. The woman and her three friends - all…
5 Feb 2016
A PASSENGER on the flight forced to land at Somalia’s Mogadishu airport after a large hole appeared in the fuselage has been confirmed missing by the airline. Daallo Airlines had previously said that all the passengers had been accounted for. It is thought that the man fell out of the hole, which appeared shortly after…

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