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al-Shabaab Features Donald Trump in Terror Recruitment Video

Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab has released a 51-minute recruitment video featuring controversial statements by US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The video, which was reportedly released online on Saturday, targets Muslims and African-American youths. The recruitment documentary focuses on Read more ›

U.S. Calls for Dialogue to Address ‘Legitimate’ Oromo Grievances Following Violent Protests

The United States has called for dialogue in Ethiopia’s Oromia region after student protests against a government expansion plan turned fatal. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), at least 75 protesters have been killed in clashes with Ethiopian security forces. Read more ›

AU General Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Cash into US from Ethiopia

An African Union (AU) general, who also served as the transitional president of Guinea, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to charges of smuggling over $50,000 in cash into the United States. Sekouba Konate was indicted in May on charges of smuggling Read more ›

African leaders in Kenya for AU Security Summit

BERNAMA-NNN-PANA (Nairobi)  – Today six Presidents are  meeting in Kenya for the one-day African Union (AU) Peace and Security summit on terrorism. The Presidents of Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda, Burundi’s Vice President as well as the Prime Read more ›

Kenyan authorities crusade against the UK’s ban on miraa

Several top Kenyan officials have criticized the impending ban on miraa in the United Kingdom and have vowed to press for its reversal. The plant, which is widely used in East Africa and by Africans in the diaspora, has been Read more ›

U.S. condemns attacks on civilians in Sudan

The United States has issued a stinging condemnation of alleged attacks by Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on civilians in Blue Nile and North Kordofan States. According to Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, in a statement Read more ›

Kenya: Opposition coalition and other groups threaten to protest over growing insecurity

Several groups have vowed to take to the streets if the Kenyan government continues to ignore their calls to immediately address the country’s security problems. Since the beginning of this year, terrorists have carried out a series of deadly attacks Read more ›

Tanzania to train 1,000 soldiers from the Somali National Army

The Government of Tanzania is set to train 1,000 soldiers from the Somali National Army in a bid to boost the capacity of the local forces to consolidate security in the war-torn nation. A report by Sabahi quotes the director Read more ›

South Sudan: Warring rivals agree to finalize peace talks in 60 days

President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar on Tuesday reached an agreement to finalize their discussion on a transitional government in the coming months. The two men, who met on the sidelines of the 26th extraordinary meeting of the Read more ›

Outspoken cleric assassinated in Mombasa

The chairman of the Council of Imam and Preachers of Kenya, Sheikh Mohammed Idris, has been shot and killed in Mombasa on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen. Local sources say the vocal Muslim leader was attacked as he exited a mosque Read more ›

Ethiopian authorities thwart terrorist attack in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian security officials have reportedly prevented a terrorist attack in the country’s capital Addis Ababa, after a suspected al Shabab suicide bomber was arrested on Tuesday. According to local reports, the terrorists had intended to detonate explosives at several locations Read more ›

Uganda police warn of impending terrorist attack on Martyrs’ Day

Uganda Police Force have issued a public alert concerning a planned terrorist attack next month during the commemoration of an important milestone for the country’s Christian community. Deputy Police spokesperson, Polly Namaye, who briefed the press in Kampala on Friday, Read more ›

Somalia: Botched terrorist attack on federal parliament reveals security lapses

A failed attack by al Shabab terrorists on the Somali federal parliament this weekend has triggered the resignation of the security minister and may eventually lead to an overhaul of the country’s security organs, according to local sources. Reports indicate Read more ›

Djibouti: Suicide attack on popular restaurant kills 3

An explosion at a highly patronized restaurant in the capital of Djibouti on Saturday evening has killed 3 people and injured up to 15 others, according to local sources. The Interior Ministry has revealed that the attack was carried out Read more ›

al Shabab kills 12 in ambush at Kenya-Somalia border

Members of the Islamic militant group, al Shabab, have murdered about 12 people, including 5 police officers, in an attack on an army convoy early on Monday in north-eastern Kenya. The attack, which occurred about 5 kilometres from the volatile Read more ›

Ethiopia’s textile industry booms

Ethiopia’s clothing sector is experiencing a spate of rapid growth which is set to transform it into one of the most important industries in the country. Driven by a conducive regulatory climate, cheap labour and the availability of high quality Read more ›

Kenyan banks implement U.S. foreign account law

Kenyan banks involved in money transfers from the U.S. have officially began enforcing an international tax compliance law this week. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA), created by the U.S. Congress in the beginning of last year, is reportedly Read more ›

Uganda: security tightened after warnings over terrorist plot

Ugandan police have drastically increased their surveillance in the country after reports emerged last week of impending terrorist attacks. Police spokesman, Fred Enanga, has announced that all public places without adequate security provisions will be shut down. He has also Read more ›

U.S. government imposes sanctions on two South Sudanese commanders

The Government of the United States has announced sanctions against two commanders accused of human rights violations in the six-month long conflict in South Sudan. Peter Gatdet, a Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) commander, and Major General Marial Chanuong, head Read more ›

Somali government, humanitarian groups voice concerns over Kenya’s crackdown on illegal Somali migrants

Somali authorities and several humanitarian groups (including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch) have called on Kenya’s security agencies to review their handling of the ‘Uslama Watch’ operation aimed at curbing the growth of terrorism in the country’s migrant communities. Read more ›

US presses Burundi to abandon controversial constitutional changes

The United States has appealed to the Burundian government to drop its planned constitutional amendments which has been the source of political tension in the deeply divided nation. On Tuesday, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, Read more ›

Ugandan government makes concessions to anti-homosexuality stance

The Ugandan government has agreed to some compromises to appease its western partners after the country’s enactment of a contentious law against homosexuality in February led to aid cuts. According to a report by The East African, the government has Read more ›

Ethiopia accused of Monitoring Dissidents

A rights group has accused the Ethiopian government of listening to and recording the phone calls of opposition journalists and activists. According to a report released on Friday by Human Rights Watch, the government monitors perceived political opponents outside and Read more ›

Police clash with opposition leaves 15 injured in Burundi

Fifteen members of Burundi’s opposition party have been reportedly injured following clashes with the police late on Saturday. The Police also apprehended many other suspects at the headquarters of the MSD party. Pundits say the political wrangling in the East African Read more ›

Uganda Accuses World Bank of Blackmail

Uganda has accused the World Bank of blackmail after the institution postponed its issuance of a $90 million loan over the country’s adoption of a controversial anti-gay law. Reports indicate that  the World Bank suspended healthcare funding as a direct Read more ›

Al-Shabaab Reportedly bans Mobile Internet in Somalia

In recent years, al-Shabaab, a rebel militant group in Somalia, has reportedly banned smoking, watching movies, and playing soccer because they are seemingly Western. Now, the al-Qaeda-linked group has supposedly targeted another thing people have in common with the rest Read more ›

Coastal MP Proposes Reduction of Visa Fees to Boost Kenya’s Tourism

Malindi’s Member of Parliament, Dan Kazungu recently proposed a reduction of visa fees to boost Kenya’s tourism.  During a homecoming party on Sunday, he stated that coastal unemployment is exacerbated by the declining tourism industry. He further added that measures Read more ›

Uganda’s President Publicly Tests for HIV

In a rare move, Uganda’s President has publicly tested for HIV as a demonstration of his dedication towards fighting against HIV/AIDS in the east African country. The leader’s act was considered a spectacle by many, in a country where leaders Read more ›