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High Turnout in Mozambique Vote
A big turnout is being reported in Mozambique as people queue to vote in an election for a new president, parliament and regional assemblies. The BBC’s Jose Tembe in Maputo says there is an air of excitement – a marked difference to 2004 when only 34% of those eligible cast their vote. The campaign has been dominated by the emergence of a new political party. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8329125.stm

Somalia President Escapes Surprise Attack
Somalia’s president escaped an opportunistic attack by Islamic militants Wednesday as deadly fighting erupted in the center of Mogadishu, officials said. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was returning from a trip to Yemen when insurgents began firing mortars, resulted in a clash with African Union peacekeepers, the president’s director of communications told CNN. “The Islamic insurgents were just guessing the arrival of the president so they started firing mortars, just to send a kind of their regular violent message that they are around,” said Abdulkadir Barnamij. http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa/10/28/somalia.shelling.president/index.html

Guinea Forces ‘Planned Crackdown’
A deadly crackdown on protesters in Guinea in September was “premeditated and pre-planned at the highest level”, Human Rights Watch has told the BBC. Soldiers deployed at the sports stadium where protesters had gathered blocked the exits before systematically killing and raping protesters, the group says. Activists say 157 people were killed but officials say far fewer died and claim most were trampled to eath.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8329321.stm

Jail Terms for ‘Angola-Gate’ Guilty
Arkadi Gaydamak, a Russian-born Israeli businessman and Pierre Falcone, his French associate, have been sentenced to six-year jail terms for organising the illegal trafficking of weapons to Angola. Gaydamak, who fled France before the trial, and Falcone were among 42 politicians, businessmen and members of the Paris elite accused of defying a UN embargo to arm the Angolan government during a civil war in the 1990s. Charles Pasqua, France’s former interior minister, was handed a one-year jail term on Tuesday for his involvement in the case dubbed “Angola-gate”. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2009/10/20091027144327509993.html

High Turnout in Mozambique Vote
A big turnout is being reported in Mozambique as people queue to vote in an election for a new president, parliament and regional assemblies. The BBC’s Jose Tembe in Maputo says there is an air of excitement – a marked difference to 2004 when only 34% of those eligible cast their vote. The campaign has been dominated by the emergence of a new political party. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8329125.stm

Somalia President Escapes Surprise Attack
Somalia’s president escaped an opportunistic attack by Islamic militants Wednesday as deadly fighting erupted in the center of Mogadishu, officials said. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was returning from a trip to Yemen when insurgents began firing mortars, resulted in a clash with African Union peacekeepers, the president’s director of communications told CNN. “The Islamic insurgents were just guessing the arrival of the president so they started firing mortars, just to send a kind of their regular violent message that they are around,” said Abdulkadir Barnamij. http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa/10/28/somalia.shelling.president/index.html

Guinea Forces ‘Planned Crackdown’
A deadly crackdown on protesters in Guinea in September was “premeditated and pre-planned at the highest level”, Human Rights Watch has told the BBC. Soldiers deployed at the sports stadium where protesters had gathered blocked the exits before systematically killing and raping protesters, the group says. Activists say 157 people were killed but officials say far fewer died and claim most were trampled to eath.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8329321.stm

Jail Terms for ‘Angola-Gate’ Guilty
Arkadi Gaydamak, a Russian-born Israeli businessman and Pierre Falcone, his French associate, have been sentenced to six-year jail terms for organising the illegal trafficking of weapons to Angola. Gaydamak, who fled France before the trial, and Falcone were among 42 politicians, businessmen and members of the Paris elite accused of defying a UN embargo to arm the Angolan government during a civil war in the 1990s. Charles Pasqua, France’s former interior minister, was handed a one-year jail term on Tuesday for his involvement in the case dubbed “Angola-gate”. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2009/10/20091027144327509993.html

Ethiopia Asks for Urgent Food Aid

The Ethiopian government has asked the international community for emergency food aid for 6.2 million people.
The request came at a meeting of donors to discuss the impact of a prolonged drought affecting parts of East Africa.
The UN’s World Food Programme says $285m (

Ethiopia Asks for Urgent Food Aid

The Ethiopian government has asked the international community for emergency food aid for 6.2 million people.
The request came at a meeting of donors to discuss the impact of a prolonged drought affecting parts of East Africa.
The UN’s World Food Programme says $285m (

On Friday October 5, The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa paid tribute to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, of the Republic of Angola at the

On Friday October 5, The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa paid tribute to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, of the Republic of Angola at the

ICC Investigates Guinea ‘Abuses’

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has opened an investigation into the Guinean military’s brutal suppression of an anti-government protest.
The Hague court says it is deciding whether the events of 28 September amount to crimes against humanity.
The prosecutors say there is evidence that women were “abused or otherwise brutalized” during the crackdown.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8308420.stm

Tsvangirai Aide Back in Jail

A Zimbabwean court has ordered a senior official in the party of Morgan Tsvangirai, the Zimbabwean prime minister, back to jail to await trial on terrorism charges.
Authorities detained Roy Bennett, the treasurer of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), on Wednesday following orders from magistrate Lucy Mungwari.
“I commit the accused person to prison. If there is any defect in the process, the accused should raise it before the High Court,” Mungwari said.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/10/2009101420304911779.html

Africa: Foreign Aid May Dry Up

ICC Investigates Guinea ‘Abuses’

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has opened an investigation into the Guinean military’s brutal suppression of an anti-government protest.
The Hague court says it is deciding whether the events of 28 September amount to crimes against humanity.
The prosecutors say there is evidence that women were “abused or otherwise brutalized” during the crackdown.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8308420.stm

Tsvangirai Aide Back in Jail

A Zimbabwean court has ordered a senior official in the party of Morgan Tsvangirai, the Zimbabwean prime minister, back to jail to await trial on terrorism charges.
Authorities detained Roy Bennett, the treasurer of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), on Wednesday following orders from magistrate Lucy Mungwari.
“I commit the accused person to prison. If there is any defect in the process, the accused should raise it before the High Court,” Mungwari said.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/10/2009101420304911779.html

Africa: Foreign Aid May Dry Up

Uganda Releases Somali Minister
Somalia’s junior minister for defence who was briefly held in Uganda has been released, Uganda’s army spokesman says. Sheikh Yusuf Mohamed Siad, a former Islamist warlord, was detained by Ugandan security forces during a trip to the capital Kampala on Tuesday. Army spokesman Lt Col Felix Kulayigye said he was arrested following a tip-off that a Somali dissident had entered the country. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8294131.stm

5 Held After Pirates Attack French Vessel
Five people were detained off Somalia’s coast Wednesday after pirates mistook a French ship involved in an anti-piracy operation for a commercial vessel, the French Defense Ministry said. There were no injuries as a result of the attack on the BCR Somme, the ministry said. The pirates opened fire at midnight local time, about 250 nautical miles (463 kilometers) off Somalia’s coast, officials added. An hour after the attack, the French command and supply ship chased down one of the pirates’ skiffs, and detained five suspected pirates, it said. A second skiff involved in the attack got away.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa/10/07/somalia.pirate.attack/index.html

Kenyans ‘Rearming for 2012 Poll’
Rival ethnic groups in Kenya who fought after the 2007 election are rearming in readiness for violence at the 2012 poll, a BBC investigation has found. It is feared villagers in Rift Valley province are moving from traditional weapons such as spears to machine guns. Government officials insist they are tackling the influx of illegal arms.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8293745.stm

Annan: Kenya Must Prevent Chaos
Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, has said Kenyans want their coalition government to take action on impunity and political reforms before the next general election in 2012. Annan, who chaired negotiations between the opposition and Mwai Kibaki, the president, after a disputed election triggered violence, said on Sunday that dealing with the issues would avoid a repeat of last year’s unrest.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/10/200910510350194310.html