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Showing posts from November, 2008

African National Congress spars with new rival

Supporters of South Africa's ruling ANC party have lashed out at former members who broke away to form a rival party. They say that members of the 'Congress of the People' party are "cockroaches that must be stamped out." Mike Hanna reports on the growing war of words between the long-established ANC and its new challenger.

Warders Of Naivasha Prison Attacked By Inmates

Drama unfolded at the Naivasha maximum prison when warders on an operation to confiscate mobile phones from condemned prisoners took to their heels after being splashed with human waste by the inmates. The inmates, who had earlier gone on a hunger strike to forestall the operation, attacked the warders with bowls and buckets full of human waste.

Taxi Driver Murdered In Naivasha

Naivasha town which has been the center of bizarre incidents is once again in the news. Residents of the town woke up to a shocking incident today morning after a taxi driver was found murdered and his mutilated nude body damped in a pit latrine in their neighborhood.

Rwanda accused of involvement in Congo fighting

The Congolese army says that Rwanda is deeply involved in the recent fighting in DR Congo. Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege investigates the claim. She meets a prisoner of the Congolese, who say he is a former Rwandan soldier. He is accused of being a spy for his country, and paraded as alleged proof of Rwandas involvement in the recent fighting.

Ships leaving Kenyan port at risk from pirates

Sailors attacked by Somali pirates normally seek haven in the port of Mombasa, Kenya. Kenya's government says Somali pirates have received more than $150m in ransom over the past year, and this is encouraging the pirates to extend their area of attack. Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports.

Raila Asks Media To Be Positive

Prime Minister Raila Odinga is calling on the African media to broadcast news that portrays the continents development agenda instead of too much concentration on negativity. He told the press to market Africa positively so as to attract economic investment. The prime minister was speaking during the launch of the congress of the federation of African journalists in Nairobi.

Zimbabwe Negotiations for a Unity Government are Deadlocked

Talks in Zimbabwe aimed at salvaging a power-sharing deal between the country's main political parties have been stalled for weeks. The framework agreement calls for President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party to share power with the main opposition, The Movement for Democratic Change, and its leader Morgan Tsvangirai. With the talks deadlocked, more countries have been pressuring President Mugabe to quickly install a unity government.

DR Congo rebel chief justifies his fight

As the UN agrees to deploys more forces to halt the DR Congo conflict, Laurent Nkunda, the rebel chief, acknowledges partial responsibility for the upheaval in an interview to Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege at a secret location in eastern Congo. But insisting that there is "no life, no economy, no administration, no justice", he says "you cannot destroy what is not there".

Piracy on Somali waters

Pirates are increasingly active along the coast of Somalia and Kenya. Mohammed Adow took the waters off Mombasa to see how maritime authorities are coping.

High Seas Piracy

In 2008 alone over 70 ships have been hijacked off the coast of Africa and their newest hostage is a Saudi oil tanker and its crew. Mark Phillips reports.

South Africa mourns Miriam Makeba

South Africans have been honouring one of their country's most famous daughters. A memorial service has been held in Johannesburg for the singer Miriam Makeba, who died in Italy on Monday, aged 76. The singer helped bring South African music to world attention, and fought tirelessly against the injustices of the apartheid regime. Al Jazeera's Zeina Awad has met some of those, whose lives she touched.

Tragadies of war in DR Congo's east

Almost 250,000 people have fled their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where mainly Tutsi fighters are battling government forces, to live in squalid refugee camps Al Jazeera's Rory Challands reports on the tragedies of the conflict in the country's east.

South African legend Miriam Makeba dies

Miriam Makeba, or 'Mama Africa', the South African singer who wooed the world with her sultry voice, has died at the age of 76, leaving a great legacy behind. Al Jazeera's Dorsa Jabbari looks back at her life of struggle and achievement.

Zimbabwe Facing Critical Food Shortages

Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank has repaid more than seven million dollars to an international aid organization that fights AIDS and other communicable diseases following the organization's complaints that the money was misused. The repayment comes as other international aid organizations appeal for more money to help avert another humanitaritan crisis in Zimbabwe. VOA's Chris Simkins reports millions of hungry Zimbabweans are facing massive food shortages in the coming months

The controversial sale of ivory in southern Africa

Tonnes of ivory stockpiles have gone on sale in the first officially sanctioned auction since 1999. The proceeds of the government sponsored sale will go towards elephant conservation projects. But many conservationists say it just serves to encourage illegal poachers. Al Jazeera's Rosie Garthwaite reports.

Malta offers immigrants money to leave

Illegal immigrants arriving in Malta are now being offered cash incentives to voluntarily return home. The joint initiative with the EU aims to help the small Mediterranean island cope with record numbers of illegal African immigrants. From Valletta in Malta, Al Jazeera's Karl Stagno-Navarra reports.

Aid Workers Warn Of Humanitarian Crisis In Democratic Republic of Congo A Foreign Office minister has warned British troops may need to be sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo as a last resort. Lord Malloch-Brown's comments came as the Foreign Secretary David Miliband holds talks in the region to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Aid agencies are warning of a humanitarian disaster with more than 250,000 people forced to flee their homes. Sky's Africa Correspondent Emma Hurd reports.