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Over 20 killed in northeastern Kenya clashes: governor NAIROBI: At least 20 people have been killed in Kenya in ethnic clashes in the restive northeast, the latest in a series of revenge attacks, government officials said on Monday.Fighting broke out Sunday between rival ethnic Somali clans in the Tarbaj district of Wajir, along the border with war-torn Somalia.Tarbaj deputy county commissioner David Rotich said 20 of the gunmen from both the Degodia and Garre clans died in the clashes.The rural and remote region, one of Kenya's most volatile areas, is awash with guns and armed bandits.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Eight miners shot dead at South African gold mine JOHANNESBURG: Eight suspected illegal gold miners were found shot dead at a disused mine near Johannesburg at the weekend, police said Monday."There are eight bodies which were shot execution style," Paul Ramaloko of an elite police unit told AFP.The bodies were discovered by mine security between Saturday and Sunday.Two of them were found underground and six on the surface at an abandoned gold mine in Benoni, east of Johannesburg.Police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said the eight ...
Mauritanian leader wins new term in disputed polls NOUAKCHOTT: Mauritania's incumbent leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has won presidential polls with an overwhelming 81.89 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed on Sunday, after his main rivals boycotted a process they rejected as a sham.The former general, who seized power in the northwest African nation in an August 2008 coup, campaigned strongly on his success in fighting armed groups linked to Al-Qaeda at home and in neighbouring Sahel nations.Preliminary results released by the ...
Egypt faces 'critical moment in transition': Kerry CAIRO: Egypt is facing a "critical moment" in its transition to democracy, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday as he arrived in Cairo on a surprise trip."Obviously this is a critical moment of transition in Egypt, enormous challenges," Kerry said as he met new Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri. He was also due to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and vowed "the US is very interested in working closely" with the new government ...
Somali journalist killed in bomb attack MOGADISHU: A Somali journalist died in Mogadishu Saturday after a bomb believed to have been attached to his car was remotely detonated, police and witnesses said.The victim, prominent local journalist Yusuf Keynan, was working with Mustaqbal radio, a private Mogadishu FM station, and also contributed to the Nairobi, Kenya-based UN humanitarian radio Ergo."It was a local journalist who was targeted in the attack. The bomb attached under the seat of his car went off, leaving ...
Malawi's new leader Mutharika names key ministers BLANTYRE: Malawi's newly-elected President Peter Mutharika on Thursday named half of his 20-member cabinet, nearly a month after the chaotic elections that brought him to office.Mutharika, who two weeks ago tapped former finance minister Goodall Gondwe to resume his position, has brought back several other old faces, including Henry Mussa as labour minister and Jean Kalilani to take care of health.In a pre-dawn announcement, the president picked another former minister, George Chaponda, to man the ...
UN calls for immediate dialogue on Mali UNITED NATIONS: The UN peacekeeping chief on Wednesday urged Bamako and armed groups in Mali's north to engage in political dialogue immediately, emphasizing that the country's "status quo" was no longer acceptable."The time for peace talks is now," Herve Ladsous told the UN Security Council, as it met to consider renewal of the mandate for the UN mission in Mali.Since a preliminary agreement was reached between Mali and Tuareg rebels a year ago, Ladsous said, ...


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