Category: Africa

Algeria crisis: Hostage death toll ‘rises to 48’

Ref : At least 48 hostages are now thought to have died in a four-day siege at an Algerian gas plant, as reports say that 25 bodies found at the complex on Sunday were all those of captives.

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It had initially been unclear whether the bodies found were those of hostage-takers or staff at the facility.  A search is continuing at the In Amenas gas plant, where as many as 20 hostages remain unaccounted for. Read more →

Algeria crisis: Captors and hostages die in assault

REF: A four-day siege at a gas facility in the Sahara desert has ended, with militants and some hostages killed.
Seven hostages were killed by their captors during a final raid by Algerian troops – at least 23 hostages and 32 hostage-takers died in the four-day stand-off, Algerian officials say.

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French hostage and soldiers die in raid in Somalia


Two French soldiers and a French hostage have been killed during a failed operation to free him in Somalia, the defence ministry says.

Somalia: Failed State

Somalia: Failed State

Commandos backed by helicopters reportedly swooped on the southern town of Bulo Marer during the night, targeting an Islamist base there.

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South Africa farmers strike for higher wages


Even if striking farmers get the wage they demand, it is not enough to provide for a family [AFP]

Even if striking farmers get the wage they demand, it is not enough to provide for a family [AFP]


The year 2013 has started much the same as 2012 ended in South Africa, with illegal labour strikes.

Farm workers, who were convinced to go back to work in December after striking since November, have decided to down tools again after negotiations to meet their demands (or a compromise) failed.

Currently the minimum daily wage for part time farm workers is about $8 – they want it increased to about $17.50. It’s a huge pay increase, much like the big pay rise demands we saw in the miners’ strikes last year. Read more →

Central African Republic crisis: Bozize promises coalition

Ref: Central African Republic leader Francois Bozize has said he is ready to form a national unity government with rebels, as they continue their advance towards the capital Bangui.

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Mr Bozize`s remarks came after a meeting with African Union chairman Thomas Boni Yayi.He said he would hold peace talks with rebels in Gabon, and would step down when his term ended in 2016.
The rebels told the BBC they would consider the president`s offer.

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Egyptian Islamists plan big rally as referendum looms

Ref: Egyptian Islamists are planning a mass protest in Alexandria on Friday in a move likely to raise tensions on the eve of a divisive referendum that will determine the political future of the Arab world’s biggest nation.

The Muslim Brotherhood called for the rally after a violent confrontation between Islamists and the liberal, secular opposition in Egypt’s second city last week ended with a Muslim preacher besieged inside his mosque for 14 hours. Rival factions were armed with clubs, knives and swords.

The run-up to the referendum on a new draft constitution has been marked by often violent protests in which at least eight people have died. Read more →

Egypt set to vote on constitution

Ref: Egyptians are due to go to the vote in a referendum on a draft constitution that has divided the country and sparked deadly unrest.

Egypt set to vote on constitution

Egypt set to vote on constitution

President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood have campaigned heavily in favour of the constitution.

Opponents say it is poorly drafted and too Islamist. Read more →

Somali Islamists maintain aid ban and deny famine

Ref: Somalia`s al-Shabab Islamists have denied lifting their 2009 ban on Western aid agencies and say UN reports of famine are “sheer propaganda”.

The UN on Wednesday said that parts of Somalia were suffering a famine after the worst drought in 60 years.A spokesman for al-Shabab, which has ties to al-Qaeda and controls much of the country, accused aid groups of being political.

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Egypt`s Mubarak out of coma, hospital says

Ref: Hosni Mubarak, the onetime Egyptian strongman who was toppled by a popular uprising in February, has regained consciousness after lapsing into a coma Sunday, a top hospital official said.

The 83-year-old ex-ruler fell into a coma around noon (6 a.m. ET), Mubarak lawyer Farid El Deeb told CNN. Hospital officials later confirmed the report.

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Gaddafi`s Son: `We Will Never Surrender`

Ref: Colonel Gaddafi`s son has issued a defiant response to suggestions his father should resign as Libyan leader, branding them a “joke”.

Saif al-Islam responded after the country`s rebel chief said Gaddafi was welcome to retire on Libyan soil, as long as he formally stepped down from his role and agreed to international supervision of his movements.
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