Monthly Archives: April 2014

Senegal’s Casamance MFDC rebels declare a ceasefire

The army has been battling the rebels for more than 30 years A top Senegalese rebel leader has declared a unilateral ceasefire, raising hopes of ending one of West Africa’s longest-running conflicts. Salif Sadio said he wanted to give the peace process initiated by President Macky Sall a chance. Mr Sadio leads a rebel MFDC […]

Libya: Gunmen Storm Libya’s General National Congress in Tripoli

A crowd of demonstrators protest the ongoing use of weapons by rebel militias inside of Tripoli (file photo). Gunmen have stormed the seat of Libya’s General National Congress in Tripoli. The attack came as parliamentarians were preparing to elect a new prime minister. On Tuesday, gunmen stormed Libya’s parliament and started shooting, forcing lawmakers to […]

Somali mother’s shock over ‘lost’ plane stowaway

A Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman said the teenager was “exceptionally lucky” to have survived the flight The mother of a Somali teenager who survived a US flight in a wheel well has told the BBC of her shock and relief to discover he is alive. Ubah Mohamed Abdullahi, who lives in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, […]

Half of a Yellow Sun film delayed by Nigeria censors

Director Biyi Bandele (l) and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently attended the premiere in Lagos Nigeria’s film board has delayed the release of Half of a Yellow Sun, a film about the Biafran war. The film, by Nigerian-born British director Biyi Bandele, was set to open in Nigerian cinemas on Friday. A film board spokesman […]

Mozambique: Renamo Military Presence Accepted to Permit 9 Registration Posts to Open and Dhlakama to Register

Nine registration posts are opening in Gorongosa district under the protection of the Renamo military, with no Mozambican police presence, the National Elections Commission confirmed at a press conference this morning (Thursday 24). This follows an agreement last night between Renamo and the government, which will also permit the registration of Renamo president Afonso Dhlakama […]

Nigeria: Boko Haram Threatens to Kill Abducted Schoolgirls If Search Is Not Stopped

Hundreds of girls kidnapped from school (file photo). NOBEL Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to ensure the release of 230 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, who were abducted by members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram. Professor Soyinka made the call on a day a coalition […]

Mali militants say French hostage Gilberto Rodrigues Leal ‘is dead’

This image of Gilberto Rodrigues Leal was provided by Mujao shortly after his kidnap Islamist militants in Mali say a French hostage who has been held captive since 2012 is dead. The group, linked to al-Qaeda, told the French AFP news agency that Gilberto Rodrigues Leal “is dead, because France is our enemy”. So far […]