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Warlord Thomas Lubanga slapped with Shs36b for recruiting child soldiers


Warlord Thomas Lubanga, 56, was jailed for 14 years after being convicted in 2012 at the ICC of abducting boys and girls and press-ganging them into his Union of Congolese Patriots

Rwanda becomes second country in Africa to ban shisha smoking


Other countries with similar bans are Pakistan, Jordan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia

US House Speaker Ryan eyeing exit from Congress


Ryan's fellow lawmakers, congressional aides, conservative intellectuals and party lobbyists, say they do not expect him to remain in Congress beyond 2018

Anti-apartheid heroes slam Zuma as ANC elects new chief


As delegates prepare to elect a new leader to succeed Jacob Zuma, the ANC faces falling public support, a reputation for corruption and the threat of a damaging split between rival factions

Murdoch's leaner Fox machine post-Disney deal


The decision to sell off Hollywood film and television studios, cable entertainment networks and international TV assets effectively takes Fox out of the business of producing entertainment content

Tanzania calls for probe into UN peacekeeper killings


Tanzanian army chief General Venance Mabeyo said one soldier was still missing and 44 wounded troops were being treated in hospital

UN warns of cost if South Sudan blocks 'last chance' peace plan


The so-called high-level revitalization forum will open in Addis Ababa on Monday, although it remains unclear who will attend

Kenyan police accused of rape in election violence


The violence, documented during Kenya's election in August by HRW and other rights groups, recorded police use of excessive force against protesters, killings, beatings and maiming of individuals

Zimbabwe orders illegal farm invaders off land


Zimbabwe's new agriculture minister has ordered people illegally occupying formerly white-owned commercial farms to vacate, nearly two decades after violent land grabs led by ousted ex-president Robert Mugabe

Tanzania calls for probe into UN peacekeeper killings


Tanzania called on Thursday for an investigation into the killing of 14 soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo by suspected Ugandan rebels

Mugabe in Singapore for medical check-up


Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe, 93, who was ousted from power last month, has flown to Singapore for a medical check-up

Kenyan police accused of rape in election violence


Kenyan security forces raped, beat and assaulted civilians during violence in recent elections, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday

Casualties as bomber attacks Somalia police academy


A suicide bomber blew himself up inside the main police academy in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday with several people feared dead, police said

US sanctions two Lord's Resistance Army ivory traders


The United States has imposed economic sanctions on two Africans accused of using the illegal ivory trade to funnel weapons and money to Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army

Liberia presidential runoff set for Dec 26


The runoff in Liberia's presidential elections will be held on December 26, the country's electoral overseer has announced, clearing a last hurdle in a protracted saga

Four drown fleeing militia attack in DR Congo


Four people drowned while fleeing an attack by a militia group on a mining area in the violence-ridden northeast of DR Congo, local sources said on Wednesday

Burundi president launches campaign to extend rule


Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has launched a campaign to promote a referendum to change the constitution that could see him rule until 2034

Kenya in shock as road crashes kill over 39


The horrific Jamhuri Day accident on the Sachang’wan-Salgaa stretch brought to 40 the number of lives lost on the killer 15-kilometre stretch in the last 42 days. More than 64 survivors were rushed to various hospitals.

Sudan papers go online for freedom from censors


About a dozen internet papers have been launched in the past year alone as agents of the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) continue to confiscate entire print-runs of newspapers over articles opposed to President Omar al-Bashir's regime

South Sudan clashes leave more than 170 dead, says MP


It more than doubles a previous toll issued late last week, since fighting between rival factions of the Dinka people, the Rup and Pakam clans, broke out on December 6

Jordan referred to UN for not detaining Sudan leader


Jordan is a member of the Rome Statute, which underpins the tribunal -- established in 2002 to try the world's worst atrocities -- and as such has agreed to comply with the court's orders

US Army deserter who spent decades in N.Korea dies at 77


According to the Asahi Shimbun daily, his daughter found him collapsed outside their house on Monday and called the emergency services

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital makes peace possible - Netanyahu


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital "makes peace possible", after widespread international criticism of the US decision to do so

6,000 IS jihadists could return to Africa, AU warns


Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home thus posing a serious threat to our national security and stability

Kenyan opposition postpones parallel presidential 'inauguration'


The National Super Alliance (NASA) had planned to inaugurate Odinga on Tuesday -- Kenya's independence day. The veteran politician had pulled out of the national election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta