East Africa

Kenyan Presidential Candidate Uhuru Kenyatta’s Vote Share Falls Below 50%

March 8, 2013

“Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s independence leader Jomo Kenyatta, has been indicted for crimes against humanity over the ethnic violence that followed the last election, posing a dilemma for Western allies if he wins.”

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Kenyan Politician Accused of Crimes Against Humanity Leads in the Country’s Presidential Election

March 5, 2013

“Mr. Kenyatta, who … has been accused of bankrolling death squads that killed women and children during the chaos of Kenya’s election five years ago, was leading 54 percent to 42 percent over the second-place candidate, Raila Odinga, Kenya’s prime minister.”

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Arab Tribal Violence in Sudan’s Darfur Region Kills 51 People

February 24, 2013

“Fighting broke out in January between the Bani Hussein and Rizeigat tribes over the mine in Jebel Amer in North Darfur, displacing 100,000 people, according to the United Nations.”

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Sudan Frees 5 Captured South Sudan Soldiers

February 7, 2013

“Both countries agreed in September to defuse hostilities but have failed to implement several agreements brokered by the African Union to set up a buffer zone to secure the border and restart oil exports from the South through Sudan.”

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Analysis: Terrorist Group al-Qaeda Shifting to Syria, Iraq, Algeria, and Mali

February 4, 2013

“U.S. officials said the terrorist network’s core in Pakistan and its ability to carry out large-scale attacks in the United States have been all but demolished, leading to a shift in focus to emerging threats elsewhere.”

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United Nations: Fighting in Sudan’s Darfur Region Displaces Over 100,000 People

January 31, 2013

“This month heavy fighting broke out between two Arab tribes over gold in the Jebel Amer area in North Darfur, displacing or severely affecting 100,000 people, the United Nations said.”

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U.S. Envoy: China’s “Narrow Focus” on Oil in South Sudan “Won’t Work”

January 31, 2013

“China needs to move beyond a narrow focus on oil issues in South Sudan and help tackle that country’s larger political disputes with Sudan, the outgoing U.S. special envoy to the two African states said on Wednesday.”

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Suicide Bomber Detonates Explosion Near the Presidential Palace in Somalia, Killing a Soldier and Injuring 2 Others

January 29, 2013

“A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Somali presidential palace on Tuesday, killing at least one soldier and wounding two, a palace guard at the scene said.”

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British Government Warns Citizens to Leave Somaliland After Terrorists Threaten Foreigners

January 27, 2013

“A person who has been briefed on the new British warning said that a terrorist organization, most likely the Shabab, had threatened to kidnap foreigners in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland.”

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Lawyers: Former British Man and Terror Suspect Accuses the CIA of Torture

January 25, 2013

“Although secret police in Djibouti were responsible for much of the torture, he says they worked in collaboration with US interrogators from the CIA and FBI.”

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Kenyan Officials: Won’t Negotiate With al Shabaab Over Hostages

January 24, 2013

“Colonel Cyrus Oguna, spokesman for the Kenyan military which has been battling al Shabaab in Somalia since October 2011, said the hostages shown in the video were not prisoners of war because they were non-combatants.”

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Amnesty International Urges Somalia to Free Detained Journalists

January 24, 2013

“Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a joint statement on Tuesday describing the detentions as a violation of international law.”

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Sudan and South Sudan Fail to Agree on Troop Withdrawal From Disputed Border Region

January 19, 2013

“The African neighbours came close to war in April in the worst border clashes since South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 under a 2005 deal which ended decades of civil war.”

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South Sudan Begins Withdrawing its Army from the Sudan-South Sudan Border

January 17, 2013

“The withdrawal would be completed by Feb 4, the government in Juba said in a statement, adding that it expected Sudan to do the same in what would be a step forward in efforts to cool tensions between the neighbors.”

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Official: African Union Troops Mistakenly Shoot At a School in Somalia, Killing 7 Civilians Including 5 Children

January 17, 2013

“A Somali official says African Union troops mistakenly opened fire on a religious school while pursuing militants, killing five children and two adults.”

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