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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

Somalia: Bitter Fighting Continues in Kismayu Town
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Somalia: Bitter Fighting Continues in Kismayu Town
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On Friday, September 18 The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa held the third Ambassador Andrew Young Lecture Series of 2009. Bernadette Paolo, President and CEO of The Africa Society, served as the Mistress of Ceremony while His Excellency Amadou Ba, Ambassador to the U.S. from Senegal provided the welcome remarks. Africa Society Board Member, Timothy Bork, introduced the featured speaker, The Honorable Dr. Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of Senegal. Minister Gadio delivered a dynamic lecture entitled, “A United Africa Becomes a Global Player.” The audience of over 300 diplomats, policymakers, academics, and students listened intently as Minister Gadio spoke with passion about his belief in the power of a United States of Africa. The Minister described Africa as a place of hope and opportunity, noting that while many places worldwide have aging populations, the population of Africa is growing younger. Ambassador Ayalew Mandefro , Africa Society Board Member and former Ambassador to the U.S. from Ethiopia, concluded the program by presenting Minister Gadio with a gift.
The transcript of Minister Gadio

On Friday, September 18 The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa held the third Ambassador Andrew Young Lecture Series of 2009. Bernadette Paolo, President and CEO of The Africa Society, served as the Mistress of Ceremony while His Excellency Amadou Ba, Ambassador to the U.S. from Senegal provided the welcome remarks. Africa Society Board Member, Timothy Bork, introduced the featured speaker, The Honorable Dr. Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of Senegal. Minister Gadio delivered a dynamic lecture entitled, “A United Africa Becomes a Global Player.” The audience of over 300 diplomats, policymakers, academics, and students listened intently as Minister Gadio spoke with passion about his belief in the power of a United States of Africa. The Minister described Africa as a place of hope and opportunity, noting that while many places worldwide have aging populations, the population of Africa is growing younger. Ambassador Ayalew Mandefro , Africa Society Board Member and former Ambassador to the U.S. from Ethiopia, concluded the program by presenting Minister Gadio with a gift.
The transcript of Minister Gadio

Ethiopian Rebels Deny Helping Somali Islamists
An Ethiopian rebel group denied on Tuesday it is helping Islamist militants in neighboring Somalia who are waging a violent rebellion against the country’s U.N.-backed government.
http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSLM709146

IMF Unveils $21.5 Million Comoros Package to Support Growth
The International Monetary Fund has unveiled a three-year $21.5 million package for the Comoros to help consolidate economic gains as the archipelago implements far reaching reforms.
http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE58L06P20090922

UNESCO Split Over Egyptian’s Leadership Bid
The United Nations agency for culture and education was divided on Monday over the leadership bid of Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni, who said last year he would burn Israeli books. Half the members of UNESCO’s 58-strong executive board voted for Hosni, who is backed by the African Union and the League of Arab States, while the other 29 chose Bulgaria’s Irina Gueorguieva Bokova in a fourth round of voting.
http://af.reuters.com/article/idAFLL7629820090921

Congo-Kinshasa: End Resource War, Urge Congolese Activists
One hundred years ago, a global outrage surrounding the death of an estimated ten million Congolese resulted in the end the rule of King Leopold II of Belgium over the Congo. Ordinary people around the world from all walks of life stood at the side of the Congolese and demanded the end of the first recorded Congolese holocaust. A century later, the world finds itself facing the same issue where the Congolese people are subjected to unimaginable suffering.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200909220115.html

Ethiopian Rebels Deny Helping Somali Islamists
An Ethiopian rebel group denied on Tuesday it is helping Islamist militants in neighboring Somalia who are waging a violent rebellion against the country’s U.N.-backed government.
http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSLM709146

IMF Unveils $21.5 Million Comoros Package to Support Growth
The International Monetary Fund has unveiled a three-year $21.5 million package for the Comoros to help consolidate economic gains as the archipelago implements far reaching reforms.
http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE58L06P20090922

UNESCO Split Over Egyptian’s Leadership Bid
The United Nations agency for culture and education was divided on Monday over the leadership bid of Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni, who said last year he would burn Israeli books. Half the members of UNESCO’s 58-strong executive board voted for Hosni, who is backed by the African Union and the League of Arab States, while the other 29 chose Bulgaria’s Irina Gueorguieva Bokova in a fourth round of voting.
http://af.reuters.com/article/idAFLL7629820090921

Congo-Kinshasa: End Resource War, Urge Congolese Activists
One hundred years ago, a global outrage surrounding the death of an estimated ten million Congolese resulted in the end the rule of King Leopold II of Belgium over the Congo. Ordinary people around the world from all walks of life stood at the side of the Congolese and demanded the end of the first recorded Congolese holocaust. A century later, the world finds itself facing the same issue where the Congolese people are subjected to unimaginable suffering.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200909220115.html

U.S. Kills Top Qaeda Leader in Southern Somalia (NY Times)
American commandos killed one of the most wanted Islamic militants in Africa in a daylight raid in southern Somalia on Monday, according to American and Somali officials, an indication of the Obama administration