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Women Organizations Call for Sex Boycott

A coalition of women activists has called for a seven day sex boycott to protest recent political happenings in the country. The women want women all over the country to deny their men their conjugal rights to press political leaders to act in the interest of kenyans.

Mount Kenya Leaders decry Killings

A cross-section of MP's from the Mount Kenya region has decried the Mungiki related killings that occurred last week in Mathira. Led by Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, the leaders say it is regrettable that youths from the area are killing each other.

Kenyan forces accused of abusing refugees

The Kenyan government has said it is investigating allegations of abuse by its security forces against Somali refugees, fleeing to Kenya to escape violence in their own country.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow visited one refugee camp near the Kenyan town of Dadaab.

Out of the ghetto: the South African dream

Almost 20 years after the end of apartheid, townships are still reminders of the segregation in South Africa. But society is slowly changing, and some township residents are now escaping to achieve their dreams of success.

Cape Town votes!

Take a look at footage from a range of polling stations around Cape Town and hear how people felt about voting in the 2009 elections.

S Africa opposition aims to gain on ruling ANC

Millions of South Africans head to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new parliament.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is expected to maintain its majority.

But opposition parties are hoping reduce that, by capitalising on voter frustration over corruption, poverty
and rampant crime.

Mike Hanna reports from Johannesburg.

Police Arrest 62 Suspected Mungiki members

Following the killing of 29 residents of Shehe village in Karatina, police have arrested 62 suspected Mungiki members. The Mungiki adherents are said to have carried out the attacks at night using crude weapons such as pangas and axes. The suspects are now helping the police with useful information about the killings. Internal Security Minister Prof George
Saitoti is expected to visit the area 22nd April 2009 to assess the situation.

Why you MUST vote

Prominent party leaders implore each and every South African to vote in these elections. Hear their reasons why YOUR vote counts.

Lack of services a problem for South Africans

In less than a week, voters across South Africa will head to the polls in the country's general election.

The opposition party, Congress of the People, claims it will win despite huge support for the ruling African

National Congress (ANC).

Before the vote, Al Jazeera is travelling across the country to find out which issues matter most - among is a

lack of basic services.

Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa travelled to the town of Klerksdorp to see how people are coping.

Struggle for survival for Kenya's cattle owners

Scientists are saying "mega-droughts" in Africa could kill millions of people.

A drought that lasted for decades in Africa's Sahel region led to the deaths of an estimated 100,000 people.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports from eastern Kenya, where the prospects look very grim.

Chad refugee camps foster Darfur rebels

Thousands of people who fled violence in Sudan's Darfur province live in refugee camps in neighbouring Chad.

Al Jazeera's May Welsh reports exclusively from the Oure Cassoni camp, which has become a stronghold for fighters opposed to the Sudanese government.

Their presence is inspiring a new generations of recruits.

Sudan rebels fight to forge a new country - 15 Apr 09

The Justice and Equality Movement rebel group is a powerful force in Sudan, with a large array of weaponry and trucks.

The group says it wants to create a new country - the United Regions of Sudan (URS) - and redistribute local wealth more fairly.

Al Jazeera's May Welsh reports exclusively from the Chad-Sudan border.

Seven Die in a Road Accident

In yet another worrying trend that manifested itself rather heavily over the Easter weekend, seven people were killed along the Nakuru Naivasha highway after the driver of a vehicle in which they were traveling lost control and plunged into a ditch. The seven were part of a group of fifteen mourners who were on their way to Subukia for a burial ceremony.

Door to Door testing of AIDS

A 4.3 billion shillings program to conduct door to door HIV testing in western Kenya starts this Friday. This comes as government signed a new deal with an international drug firm that will see the price of malarial drugs- Cortem fall from 300 shillings to 40 shillings. The deal will ensure that the drug is subsidized to make it accessible to the majority of Kenyans, most of whom can not afford the 300 shillings price.

Egypt's youth 'lack local role models'

A lack of good role models in Egypt could be one of the reasons why disillusionment has been growing among Egyptian youth.

In their search, unlikely candidates have come forward to fill in the void.

Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh has more from Cairo.

TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai | Film Clip #3

How does the simple act of planting trees lead to winning the Nobel Peace Prize? Ask Wangari Maathai of Kenya. In 1977, she suggested rural women plant trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment. Under her leadership, their tree-planting grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, defend human rights and promote democracy, earning Maathai the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

Algeria's president eases to third term

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika hailed his landslide re-election for a third term as a "lesson in democracy" on Friday, but opposition politicians and independent media alleged fraud at the polls, and the U.S. government expressed concern.

DR Congo's poor gold diggers

At times of economic and political turmoil, investors buy gold since it is considered a safe investment.

And during the current recession, gold has lived up to its reputation. Its price peaked at more than a thousand dollars an ounce.

But for those at the bottom of the gold industry ladder, there is little reward.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Egypt: donating organs, an Egyptian taboo

In Egypt, donating organs is still a taboo: Egyptians are culturally against donating organs after their death. But as there is no legal framework on the issue, obtaining an organ can be subject to various forms of illegal trafficking.

Raw video--Elections in Algeria

Several people are feared to have died after a building under construction came tumbling down at Spaki in Mombasa. Eye witnesses say the four storey building collapsed at 10 AM, Thursday 9th April. By 5PM, several people were still trapped under the building and it was not clear whether they had survived. At least seven workers were rescued from the collapsed building and were rushed to Hospital.

Deaths In Mombasa as Building Collapses.

Several people are feared to have died after a building under construction came tumbling down at Spaki in Mombasa. Eye witnesses say the four storey building collapsed at 10 AM, Thursday 9th April. By 5PM, several people were still trapped under the building and it was not clear whether they had survived. At least seven workers were rescued from the collapsed building and were rushed to Hospital.

Somali Pirates Arrested

In other news seven Somali pirates have been handed to the Kenyan police by the German navy. The seven were handed over to the Kenyan Police at the port of Mombasa on board a German naval ship. They were arrested at sea, 645 Kilometres off Mogadishu, Somalia. Elsewhere in Nairobi police battled hawkers along the Kirinyaga road for close to half an hour.

Shell in Court Over Nigeria Executions

Ken Saro-Wiwa swore that one day the oil giant Shell would answer for his death in a court of law. Next month, 14 years after his execution, the Nigerian environmental activist's dying wish is to be fulfilled.

Rwandans seek local justice

Rwandans have been struggling to put the pieces of their lives together 15 years after the gencoide that killed at least one million people, most of them were ethnic Tutsis.

The UN set up an International Criminal Tribunal to prosecute those behind the genocide, but it's been heavily criticised for being expensive and ineffective

Yvonne Ndege reports from Murama in central Rwanda.

Algeria: a generation eager to move on

In Algeria's Annaba region, two out of three young people are unemployed. Many dream of getting away, while others say it is up to them to build a better country after the dark years. FRANCE 24's reporters went to meet this generation.

Of Maize and Malaria

Doing fieldwork in Ethiopia, Professor James McCann learned that a move away from traditional crops like barley and sorghum to maize coincided with an explosion in cases of malaria......

Kenyan-made TV Shows a Hit

Kenyan television viewers are witnessing more and more home-grown dramas, situation comedies, talk shows and other entertainment on their stations. Once the domain of mostly American and Mexican producers, TV shows are becoming increasingly Kenyan. Viewers say they identify strongly with the themes and characters portrayed in the new programming.

Zimbabwe's jail likened to death camp

Secretly recorded footage has emerged showing horrific conditions inside a Zimbabwean prison, where inmates are deprived of food and medical care.

Roy Bennett, an official in Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, has likened conditions in Zimbabwe's prisons to Nazi death camps.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports.

MP Breaks Arm In Confrontation

Mumias Member of Parliament Ben Washiali suffered a broken arm during confrontation with police officers who had stormed a cane farmers meeting declaring it illegal. Washiali, who was accompanied by mps Wakoli Bifwoli, bonny Khalwale and Alfred Odhiambo, protested the cancellation of the meeting, leading to the fracas. Washiali was rushed to the Mumias missionary hospital for treatment.