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By fstimes On 23 Sep, 2013 At 03:32 PM | Categorized As Africa | With 0 Comments

Most hostages have been freed, claims Interior Minister Ole Lenku, as the army continues its operation to flush out militants from the Nairobi mall. Powerful explosions sent thick smoke billowing from the Nairobi mall where militants from Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group threatened to kill hostages on the third day of a raid in […]

By fstimes On 13 Sep, 2013 At 08:24 PM | Categorized As Africa | With 0 Comments

UN chief says Congolese and UN troops beat rebel fighters in clashes, lifting threat of attack against city of Goma. Congolese and United Nations troops pushed back the M23 rebel group, forcing it back to the negotiating table and removing a threat to the city of Goma, the UN peacekeeping chief has said. Herve Ladsous on […]

By fstimes On 8 Sep, 2013 At 01:13 PM | Categorized As Africa | With 0 Comments
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Lilongwe MALAWI plans to use the R153 million it gained from selling its presidential jet to feed the more than one million people suffering chronic food shortages, the Treasury has said. Malawi angered Western donors, whose aid typically accounted for about 40 per cent of the budget, when the government of late President Bingu wan […]

By fstimes On 31 Aug, 2013 At 03:41 PM | Categorized As Africa, News | With 0 Comments

As soldiers get wounded in fighting, the M23 rebel group says South Africa has been duped by DRC President Joseph Kabila. Injuries among South African soldiers are increasing in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) war-torn North Kivu region. With the loss of 14 soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) early this year still […]

By fstimes On 17 Aug, 2013 At 06:45 PM | Categorized As Africa, News | With 0 Comments

Cairo WITH astonishing speed, Egypt has moved from a nation in crisis to a nation in real danger of slipping into a prolonged bout of violence Egypt has become increasingly polarised since the Islamists rose to power following the 2011 revolution that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Fault lines touching key and potentially explosive issues like […]

By fstimes On 17 Aug, 2013 At 05:40 PM | Categorized As Africa, Columns | With 0 Comments

IF the recent elections in Zimbabwe had been held elsewhere on the continent, I would have been tempted to give out a guffaw: “Here we go again — another president for life!” But this is no laughing matter. It’s very personal. I am reminded of Julius Kambarage Nyerere of Tanzania. He left office in 1985 […]

By fstimes On 10 Aug, 2013 At 05:21 PM | Categorized As Africa, News | With 0 Comments

As the bloc ‘washes its hands’ of Zimbabwe’s poll, it’s up to Botswana to get it back on the agenda. Next week’s Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in Lilongwe, Malawi, will be dominated by Zimbabwe’s elections. Indications are that the regional bloc will endorse President Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF’s victory. While this may be […]

By fstimes On 5 Aug, 2013 At 12:11 PM | Categorized As Africa, News | With 0 Comments

Jacob Zuma has congratulated Robert Mugabe on his disputed election win, but some say Zimbabwe’s MDC should not have taken part in the polls at all. With gentler assessments from Africa despite noting the flaws, President Jacob Zuma offered his “profound congratulations” to Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Sunday. “President Zuma urges all political parties in Zimbabwe to […]

By fstimes On 2 Aug, 2013 At 04:18 PM | Categorized As Africa | With 0 Comments

Harare   PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s rivals rubbished his claim to election victory yesterday, branding the vote a “sham” and calling for a campaign of resistance to bring Zimbabwe to a standstill. A top member of Mugabe’s Zanu PF party claimed Mugabe had trounced Morgan Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change in Wednesday’s presidential and […]

By fstimes On 2 Aug, 2013 At 09:21 AM | Categorized As Africa | With 1 Comment

The Southern African Development Community’s observer mission has described the election as credible despite “voters’ roll issues”. Zimbabwe is gripped by fear that the country could fall back into 2008-style post-election violence, as citizens anxiously wait for an announcement of Wednesday’s election results amid indications on Thursday that the ruling Zanu-PF was heading for a […]