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NIGERIA: 600 CHRISTIANS KILLED IN JOS CRISIS – PFN (NIGERIAN TRIBUNE)
The Plateau State chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has declared that about 600 Christians were killed in the recent crisis in the state.
NIGERIA: HILLARY CLINTON BLAMES NIGERIA LEADERS FOR EXTREMISM (BBC)
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has blamed failings by Nigerian leaders for increasing “radicalisation” among young Nigerians.
NIGERIA: TRANSFER POWER TO JONATHAN – SENATE TELLS YAR’ADUA (NIGERIAN TRIBUNE)
The Senate, on Wednesday, passed a motion asking President Umaru Yar’Adua to transmit a letter of vacation to the National Assembly in line with the provisions of Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution.
NIGERIA: NARCOTIC AGENTS UNCOVER NEW TRICKS BY DRUG TRAFFICKERS (Daily Sun)
the suspect, who was based in South Africa, tried to play smart by using Turkish Airline, as against South African Airlines, all in an attempt to deceive officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
NIGERIA: CUSTOMS ARRESTS 40 CLEARING AGENTS (Daily independent)
Customs officers from the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Abuja, on Wednesday invaded Port Terminal Multiservice Limited (PTML) at Tin-Can Port, Apapa, Lagos, and arrested about 40 clearing and forwarding agents suspected to be operating at the terminal with fake documents.
KENYA: WOMAN HELD WITH ‘JACKETS OF HEROIN’ SHIPMENT ORIGINATING FROM TEHRAN (THE STANDARD)
Nairobi – A woman was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as she allegedly collected a consignment of heroin packaged as leather jackets.
SUDAN: THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT ARMS FLOW IN SUDAN (enough PROJECT)
Washington, D.C. – The Enough Project today released statements concerning the Obama administration’s apparent concern about the flow of illegal arms to South Sudan.
SUDAN: BASHIR TO BACK EX-REBEL FOR SOUTH SUDAN PRESIDENT (reuters)
Khartoum – Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party said on Wednesday it would support former foe Salva Kiir for president of the semi-autonomous south in April elections in an attempt to revive a faltering partnership.
(FYI: SUDAN’S MAIN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
YASIR ARMAN – SUDAN PEOPLE’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT: Arman is a northern Muslim who joined the former southern rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) 24 years ago.
OMAR HASSAN AL-BASHIR – NATIONAL CONGRESS PART: Sudan’s 74-year-old president is also a wanted man, with an arrest warrant hanging over his head from the International Criminal Court (ICC) over alleged war crimes in Darfur.
SADEQ AL-MAHDI – UMMA PARTY: The head of the Umma party is revered by a large part of Sudan’s northern population as a spiritual leader and a descendent of the self-proclaimed Mahdi, a visionary figure who fought the British in the 19th century.
ABDALLAH DENG NHIAL – POPULAR CONGRESS PARTY: Nhial is a south Sudanese Muslim who was part of Bashir’s government before Islamist ideologue Hassan al-Turabi lost a bitter leadership battle in 1999/2000 and split to form his opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP).
HATIM AL-SIR – DEMOCRATIC UNIONIST PARTY: The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is a sectarian party, considered to be one of the largest parties in north Sudan enjoying mass support from Muslims affiliated with the religious Khatmiyya sect.)
SOMALIA: CRISIS IN SOMALIA “MOST ACUTE” IN 2009 (xinhua)
Geneva – A United Nations representative said Wednesday the crisis in Somalia reached a high point in 2009.
SOMALIA: VIOLENT CLASHES CONTINUE IN SOMALIA (press tv)
Witnesses and officials said on Wednesday, that al-Shabaab fighters carried out an attack on Warhole village, which is under the control of pro-government forces of Ahlu Sunnah.
SOMALIA: AL-SHABAB ORDERS SCHOOLS TO RAISE GROUP’S FLAG (asharq al-awsat)
Mogadishu – Another indicator as to al-Shabab dominance in the ground, Al-Shabab authorities in the city on Marca which is located about 90 km south of Mogadishu had issued strict orders to residents to raise the group’s black flag over all the schools instead of the Somali national flag and to separate classes according to students’ gender starting on Feb 1, 2009 said Sheikh Nur Abu-Mus’ab al-Shabab’s administrator in the city.
SOMALIA: SOMALI LEGISLATORS APPEAL FOR MORE PEACEKEEPERS (The Monitor)
Kampala — Members of Parliament from the war-torn Somalia yesterday appealed to colleagues to lobby their governments to send more troops to the country.
KENYA: U.S. TRAVEL ADVISORY TO STAY (daily nation)
Nairobi — The US will not lift the travel advisory against Kenya issued to its citizens last July, the US ambassador to Kenya said Tuesday.
GUINEA MUST HOLD ELECTIONS WITHIN SIX MONTHS – AU (Reuters)
Addis Ababa – Guinea’s military junta must hold elections within six months, the African Union (AU) said on Wednesday.
MOROCCO TAPS DEVOLUTION TO BREAK SAHARA DEADLOCK (Mail & Guardian)
Plans by Morocco to devolve some power to its regions appear unlikely to convince independence campaigners in Western Sahara to accept Moroccan sovereignty over the desert territory.
Yemen’s security and stability are facing several internal and external threats which require combined international efforts, said Kuwait’s chief diplomat late last night.
AFRICA FACING MULTIPLE CRITICAL CHALLENGES, BAN SAYS AHEAD OF THIS WEEKEND AU SUMMIT (UN NEWS CENTER)
UN – As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares to attend the African Union (AU) summit this weekend in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, he stressed today that the gathering comes at a crucial time for the continent with national polls looming in Sudan and both climate change and under-development posing serious threats to progress.
LIBERIA: GOV’T ACTIVATES COAST GUARD (Daily Observer)
Monrovia – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced that the Government of Liberia will activate the Liberian Coast Guard Unit with an initial strength of 40 persons who have already been trained in the United States.
KENYA: ADDRESS GRAFT FOR REFORMS TO SUCCEED – U.S. ENVOY (Daily Nation)
Nairobi – US envoy Michael Ranneberger makes a case for the need for political leaders to agree ahead of referendum on the proposed constitution.
NIGERIA: NIGERIA ADOPTS TWO-PRONGED APPROACH ON U.S. RISK LISTING (Xinhua)
Lagos – At a joint news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Nigeria’s minister of aviation and minister of information and communications, insisted that the United States erred in classifying Nigeria as a risk state.
U.S.: DRC REBEL GROUP DEMANDS PROMISED GOVERNMENT MINISTERIAL POSITIONS (Voice of America)
Washington, DC – A spokesman for the Mai Mai armed group says President Joseph Kabila’s government has failed to meet their demands for ministerial positions after integrating into the national army.
LIBERIA: CORRUPTION: A SOCIETAL PROBLEM (Daily Observer)
Monrovia – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has outlined three cardinal issues defining the future of the country, pointing out that transparency and accountability remain a societal problem that every Liberian must work to address.
Kigali – Senior Chinese official Zhai Jun told Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame in talks here that Beijing is ready to play a wider role in regional security, Radio Rwanda reported Wednesday.
AFRICA: NEWS BY REGION (UN News Centre)
- Africa facing multiple critical challenges, Ban says ahead of summit
- South Africa: UN agency hails mining giant for committing to generate jobs