Suspected Al Shabaab militants kill at least 12 in Kenya

By Noor Ali ISIOLO Kenya (Reuters) – Suspected Somali al Shabaab militants killed at least 12 people in an ambush in northern Kenya on Monday, a day after Kenyan jets pounded the Islamists’ bases over the border, disaster and police officials said. The east African nation, which sent its troops into Somalia in October 2011 … Read more

Gunmen kill three policemen at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University

(Reuters) – Gunmen killed three policemen on Monday night at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, security sources said, a week before a presidential election former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win. The assailants stepped out of two cars and opened fire on a security checkpoint just outside the university, also wounding 11 people, the … Read more

UK spy plane to help search for Nigerian schoolgirls breaks down

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Monday that a military surveillance aircraft it had despatched to help search for more than 200 missing schoolgirls in Nigeria had broken down en route. The plane, an RAF Sentinel, was deployed on Sunday after Nigeria accepted an offer of help from British Prime Minister David Cameron. It was … Read more

Egyptian Brotherhood split on using force as Sisi poised to rule

By Michael Georgy ALEXANDRIA Egypt (Reuters) – While the Muslim Brotherhood’s old guard doggedly call for peaceful resistance from their Egyptian courtroom cages, some youth members are seriously considering forceful retaliation against a state crackdown on their movement. Young activists – many of whom are on the run and rarely sleep in one place for … Read more

Ugandan nurse jailed for spreading HIV

A court in Uganda has sentenced a nurse to three years in jail after finding her guilty of criminal negligence in a case stemming from allegations she intentionally tried to infect her patient with HIV. The nurse, Rosemary Namubiru, maintained her innocence throughout the trial. Namubiru, who is 64 and is HIV positive, was accused … Read more

Mali “at war” after Tuareg separatists abduct 30 civil servants – PM

By Adama Diarra KIDAL Mali (Reuters) – Mali’s prime minister said his country was at war with Tuareg separatists after the rebels attacked a northern town he was visiting, killing eight soldiers and abducting around 30 civil servants. Some shooting had already broken out before Prime Minister Moussa Mara’s arrival in Kidal early on Saturday … Read more

Suicide car bomb kills 5 in bar district of north Nigeria’s Kano

By Ibrahim Shuaibu KANO (Reuters) – A suicide car bomber killed five people on a street of popular bars and restaurants in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Sunday evening, in an area mostly inhabited by southern Christians, police said. Kano police spokesman Musa Majiya said the bomber struck Gold Coast Street in the … Read more

Twin blasts kill four in Kenyan Capital

NAIROBI¬†(Reuters) – At least four people were killed on Friday in two explosions in the Kenyan capital¬†Nairobi, the¬†National Disaster Operations Centre¬†(NDOC) said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. In the past such attacks have been widely blamed on the Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab, which wants Kenyan troops out of¬†Somalia¬†and in September killed … Read more

U.S. criticizes Nigeria over kidnapping response

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top¬†U.S. Defense Department¬†official on Thursday said¬†Nigeria¬†had been too slow to respond to the threat of Boko Haram but Washington is committed to helping fight the Islamist militants and rescue over 200 girls seized from their school a month ago. U.S. officials have said the effort to retrieve the … Read more

Kenya fumes as Western security warnings drive tourists out

By James Macharia NAIROBI¬†(Reuters) –¬†Kenya¬†rebuked Britain, the¬†United States,¬†France¬†and¬†Australia¬†on Thursday for issuing warnings about travel to the east African country, while hoteliers said at least 400 tourists had checked out of hotels along the¬†Indian Ocean¬†coast. Kenya¬†called the alerts “unfriendly”, saying they would increase panic and play into the hands of those behind the gun and grenade … Read more