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Kenyan officials upbeat about direct flights to US

BY Peter Kiragu Standard Digital-(Nairobi)-The Government has maintained that it has almost concluded most of the negotiations with Delta Airlines for them to launch direct flights between Kenya and the United States. Foreign Affairs and International Trade CS Amina Mohamed, Read more ›

UN human rights expert visits Sudan

An independent United Nations human rights expert, Mashood Banderin, has arrived in Sudan for a ten-day visit to assess the country’s credential’s against the organization’s standards. Mr. Banderin has revealed that during this visit he will focus on the situation Read more ›

Sudanese woman appeals against death sentence for apostasy

The hearing of the case of a Sudanese woman charged with adultery and renouncing Islam commenced this week in an Appeals Court in Khartoum. Meriam Ibrahim Yahya, 27, who has been in custody since the beginning of the year, was Read more ›

South Sudan: Government and rebels to pen final ceasefire agreement

President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar will meet in Addis Ababa on Monday to discuss the way forward for young, war-torn South Sudan. Rebel spokesman, Yohanis Musa, told the press in Khartoum last week that both sides will begin to Read more ›

South Sudan: Cholera infections drop

The number of people diagnosed daily with cholera in Juba has dropped significantly since the outbreak of this deadly communicable disease was officially announced in the middle of last month. According to the Minister of Health, Riek Gai Kuk, the 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 ›

South Sudan marks SPLA Day

The government and people of South Sudan have commemorated the formation of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) on Friday, May 16th. Local sources indicate that a large crowd have convened at the Dr. John Garang Memorial Park to mark Read more ›

UN: Kony is hiding in South Sudan

The United Nations (UN) has revealed that the wanted leader of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony, is currently hiding in a small community in Western Bahr al-Ghazal State, South Sudan. According to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebel leader agrees to meet President Kiir

The former Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, has agreed to meet with President Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa on Friday for discussions aimed at ending the ongoing insurgency that has led to the deaths of more than a Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebels reclaim Bentiu

Opposition forces in South Sudan have reclaimed a key oil-rich city on Monday, less than 24-hours after the military announced they had wrestled control from the rebels. Spokesman for Riek Machar, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune that the rebels Read more ›

South Sudan: President Kiir to meet with rebel leader for peace talks

The President of South Sudan, Salva Kirr, has agreed to meet with his former deputy, now rebel-leader, Riek Machar, in Addis Ababa next week to find a solution to the four-month-long armed conflict in South Sudan. According to the U.S. Read more ›

South Sudan: Peace talks to resume in Addis Ababa today

Representatives of President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar have reportedly made their way to the capital of Ethiopia ahead of the resumption of their negotiations today. The peace talks, being mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has been Read more ›

Terrorists assassinate another Somali MP

Unknown gunmen linked to the Islamic militant group, al Shabab, have shot and killed a member of the federal parliament on Monday at Madina district. Abdiaziz Isaq Mursal was shot several times as he emerged from his home in Dherkenlay Read more ›

South Sudan: Angry mob attack UN base in Bor

A group of Dinka youths have laid siege to a United Nations compound in Bor on Thursday, killing an unknown number of people and injuring many others, including two peacekeepers. Reports indicate that the group had embarked on a peaceful demonstration to Read more ›

IGAD team officially commences monitoring of ceasefire agreement in South Sudan

The Intergovernmental Authority for Development’s (IGAD) monitoring and verification teams have kicked off their operations in South Sudan. According to the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, the teams will be supervised by a joint technical committee made up of the warring parties 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 ›

Controversial Muslim cleric killed in Kenya

A renowned radical Muslim cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Sharif, also known as ‘Makaburi’, was shot dead on Tuesday evening outside a court building some miles from Mombasa. Reports indicate that the cleric was waiting for a vehicle outside Shanzu court building Read more ›

South Sudan: Rivals resume Discussions in Addis Ababa

Representatives from both sides of the divide in South Sudan are set to resume negotiations to end the almost 3-month long insurrection in the world’s youngest nation on Tuesday, March 25th. According to a statement by the Inter-governmental Authority for Read more ›

Members of Burundian Opposition Party sentenced to Life Imprisonment

21 members of the Movement for Solidarity and Democracy (MSD) have been sentenced to lifelong incarceration after a court in Bujumbura found them guilty of armed revolt on Friday. The group of about 70 MSD members and supporters, who have Read more ›

Sudan, South Sudan to re-activate Joint Border Patrol

The defense ministers of Sudan and South Sudan on Wednesday agreed to resume joint patrol of their disputed 6-mile long border. According to a report by Daily Nation, the South Sudanese Defense Minister, Kuol Manyang, who was in Khartoum this Read more ›

Eritrean Authorities deny links with South Sudanese Rebels

Eritrean officials have disclosed that the embattled country has no ties with the rebels behind the insurgency in South Sudan – headed by Riek Machar – contrary to the claims of numerous critics. A statement from the office of President Read more ›

United Nations accuses South Sudanese Security Agencies of Harassment

United Nations officials have charged the South Sudanese government of undermining the organization’s mandate through frequent “systematic and organized” harassment and violations of the rights of its staff. Herve Ladsous, the UN peacekeeping chief, told the Security Council in New Read more ›

Burundian Politician survives Assassination attempt

Gaston Sindimwo, the Secretary General of the Union for National Progress (UPRONA) – the main ally of the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) – has escaped a close call on his Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebels condemn Regional Leaders’ decision to deploy Forces

Rebels in South Sudan have criticized the decision of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) to send troops to the deeply desolated nation. Last week, east African leaders met in Addis Ababa and voted to deploy a regional stabilisation and Read more ›

UN Secretary General calls for Dialogue between Government and Opposition Groups in Burundi

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, has voiced his concerns over the strained state of the relationship between the Burundian government and opposition parties, which has resulted in several violent clashes this year. In a statement released by Mr. Read more ›

South Sudanese High Court Summons Acquitted Political Detainees from Kenya

A High Court in South Sudan, on Wednesday, ordered the repatriation of seven political detainees released to Kenya back to Juba to stand trial. According to a report by Eye Radio Juba, the ex-state employees were summoned after the head Read more ›

Tanzania and Kenya to Deploy Troops to South Sudan

Top ranking government officials from Tanzania and Kenya have confirmed reports that both nations are set to deploy troops to war-torn South Sudan. Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Bernard Membe, told reporters on Thursday that the a single Read more ›

African Cabinet Secretaries form Network

Cabinet secretaries from over 10 countries across the continent formed the African Cabinet Government Network last week in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The network was reportedly “established to provide formal and informal opportunities for collaboration and mutual support between Read more ›

South Sudanese Official Criticizes IGAD’s Ceasefire Monitoring and Verification Procedure

The Minister of Information of South Sudan, Michael Makuei Lueth, has censured the Inter-governmental Agency for Development’s (IGAD) decision to dispatch an advance team of its Joint Technical Committee to the destabilised nation on Sunday. According to him, the team Read more ›

South Sudanese Government Postpones Regional Leaders’ Meeting in Juba

South Sudanese authorities have confirmed that an Inter-governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) summit, scheduled for Juba today, has been cancelled. Mawien Makol, spokesperson for South Sudan’s Foreign Ministry told reporters that “The reason [the summit has been cancelled] is because Read more ›

Ethiopia to Host Regional International Astronomical Union office

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has signed an agreement with Ethiopian partners to host a regional office in Addis Ababa. The facility that will result from the agreement signed on Friday, January 10th, represents the first regional astronomy node to Read more ›

Uganda Opens New Camps to House South Sudanese Refugees

The Ugandan Red Cross Society (URCS) says almost 25,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in neighboring Uganda since violence erupted last month in the young nation,  forcing Uganda to open new refugee camps. It is estimated that around 2,500 South Read more ›

Uproar over Uganda’s impending Anti-Pornography Media Bill

The Ugandan parliament, last month, adopted a contentious anti-gay bill that plans to enact life-imprisonment for “offenders”, according to reports. This controversial bill recently has sparked an international outcry with the likes of Richard Branson, a business tycoon reportedly calling Read more ›