East Africa

Somali Islamist Terrorist Group al-Shabab Attacks Restaurant in Kenya, Killing 5 People

January 17, 2013

“Al-Shabab has threatened revenge for Kenyan military involvement in Somalia in support of the UN-backed government.”

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Former Kenyan Minister Acquitted on Charges of Inciting Tribal Violence

January 17, 2013

“A Kenyan court acquitted a former junior minister of inciting violence for lack of evidence following the killing of over 100 people in politically-instigated fighting in the Tana River coastal region, his lawyer said on Wednesday.”

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Somali Islamist group al-Shabab: French Intelligence Agent Denis Allex Has Been Killed

January 17, 2013

“The French government has said it believes Mr Allex was killed during last week’s raid, in which two French commandos also died.”

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United Nations: Violence in Sudan’s Darfur Region Has Killed 100 People and Displaced 100,000

January 17, 2013

“More than 100 people had died and around 70,000 people had been displaced by the fighting between rival Arab tribes that broke out in the Jebel Amer area last week, he added.”

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Kenyans Burn Coffins in Protest of the Members of Parliament Tripling Their Own Salary Bonuses

January 17, 2013

“Hundreds of demonstrators torched 221 coffins outside Kenya’s parliament on Wednesday in protest at legislators who voted last week to triple their end-of-term bonuses and award themselves state funerals.”

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President Obama’s Half-Brother Malik Obama Running for Governor of Siaya, a County in Kenya

January 16, 2013

“Bloomberg reports Malik Obama made the announcement Sunday, telling a crowd he would use his relationship with the U.S. president to address poverty and unemployment.”

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After 20 Years, the United States Government Will Formally Recognize the Government of Somalia

January 16, 2013

“U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce the shift during a meeting with visiting Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, whose election last year marked the first vote of its kind since warlords toppled military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.”

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Somali Islamist Militant Group Al-Shabab Announces Decision to Kill French Hostage Denis Allex

January 16, 2013

“Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked militants say they will kill a French hostage they have held for more than three years in the wake of a botched rescue operation by the French military.”

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Leaders from Sudan and South Sudan to Hold Their Second Summit in the Last Month on January 24th

January 16, 2013

“After mediation from the African Union, both agreed in September to resume oil exports from the landlocked South through Sudan, a lifeline for both struggling economies.”

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Somalian Islamist Militants: Second French Soldier Dies After Hostage Rescue Attempt; Fate of Hostage Dennis Allex To Be Revealed Soon

January 14, 2013

“Paris has said evidence suggests both both commandos and Mr Allex died during the operation near Mogadishu.”

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Armed Men Kidnap Four Chinese Workers in Sudan’s Darfur Region

January 14, 2013

“The assailants abducted the Chinese — one engineer and three drivers — together with five Sudanese colleagues late on Saturday near al-Fasher in North Darfur, SUNA said, adding that all had been working for a Chinese road company.”

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President Obama Admits U.S. Role in France’s Failed Rescue Attempt in Somalia

January 14, 2013

“”United States combat aircraft briefly entered Somali airspace to support the rescue operation, if needed. These aircraft did not employ weapons during the operation,” Obama said in his letter to U.S. lawmakers.”

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Retired Marines and Navy Sailors Create Britain’s First Private Navy in Almost 200 Years to Combat Somalian Piracy

January 7, 2013

“They will sail under a British flag, which would give them the legal right to carry their weapons into harbor rather than keep them on platforms in international waters.”

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United States Planning to Deploy Troops to 35 African Countries in 2013

December 25, 2012

“Citing a growing threat from extremist groups, including those with ties to al-Qaeda, the Department of Defense is hoping to install American soldiers overseas in order to prepare local troops there for any future crises as tensions escalate.”

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Islamists Destroying Mausoleums in Northern Mali, Implementing Strict Islamic Sharia Law

December 24, 2012

“The vandalism of the Muslim saints’ tombs in the UNESCO World Heritage site came a day after other Islamists in the northern city of Gao announced they had amputated two people’s hands.”

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