South Sudan Agrees to Ceasefire to End Violence

VOA -  South Sudan's government on Friday has agreed to a ceasefire in a bid to end fighting that swept across Africa's newest nation that has left at least 1,000 people dead and led more than 60,000 civilians to seek refuge at U.N. bases. A spokesman for South Sudan's foreign ministry, Mawien … [Read more...]

South Sudan rebel leader says ready for talks with president

JUBA (Reuters) - The leader of a rebellion against South Sudan's government told Reuters on Monday he was ready for dialogue to end the conflict but said President Salva Kiir must first release his detained political allies. Former Vice President Riek Machar said he had spoken on Monday to … [Read more...]

Uganda outlaws wearing miniskirts

Parliament of Uganda yesterday passed the Anti-pornography Bill, 2011, a new piece of legislation that seeks among others to ban wearing of miniskirts and further clarify the offence of pornography in Uganda’s laws. The government rode on its view that pornography has become such an “insidious … [Read more...]

U.N. told up to 500 killed in South Sudan clashes

(Reuters) - The United Nations received reports from local sources in South Sudan on Tuesday that between 400 and 500 people had been killed and up to 800 wounded in the latest violence, and the government said it had arrested 10 politicians in connection with a "foiled coup". "Two hospitals have … [Read more...]

South Sudan imposes curfew after “attempted coup”

JUBA, Dec 16 (Reuters) - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir declared a curfew in the capital Juba on Monday after overnight clashes between rival factions of soldiers that he said were triggered by an "attempted coup". Kiir blamed soldiers loyal to Riek Machar, who he dismissed as vice-president … [Read more...]

Eritrea’s botched kick-off – Football players defect

Once more it is not going well for the oppressive regime of Eritrean’s President Isaias Afewerki. Desperately trying to find some honour abroad, at least in the field of sports, something keeps going awfully wrong. Sunday evening nine members of the Eritrean national football team, currently in … [Read more...]

High-ranking Eritrean officials orchestrate abduction of children

A fresh report presented before the European Commission has published first-hand testimonies of victims of human trafficking from Eritrea to the Sinai, pointing the finger directly at Eritrean high officials. The mastermind behind the cross-border smuggling of people and weapons is a shadowy … [Read more...]

Two Eritrean players vanish from camp

Supersport - Just as the GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup is a known annual fixture, Eritrean players going missing at the tournament is fast becoming a yearly date. Nairobi woke up to news of yet another case of two missing Eritrea players, the fifth year running the team is being embroiled in … [Read more...]

Missing Mozambique plane wreck found in Namibia, 33 dead

Windhoek (AFP) - Police on Saturday found the burned wreckage of a Mozambican Airlines plane the day after it went missing in northeastern Namibia, saying none of the 33 people aboard had survived. The crash in the remote, swampy terrain of Namibia's Bwabwata National Park killed victims from … [Read more...]

Murder-suicide leaves three dead, including an infant

NEW MARKET, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Frederick County Sheriff's Office have identified the three people, including an infant, who died after a shooting Wednesday night. Officials say they are 40-year-old Benyam Asefa, 42-year-old Barbara Giomarelli, and 3-month-old Samuel Asefa. Authorities say that … [Read more...]