Somalia releases AJ reporter detained ahead of elections

Somalia releases AJ reporter detained ahead of elections

Somali security agents have released Al Jazeera journalist Hamza Mohamed, who was arrested Tuesday  in Mogadishu. Radio Shabelle reports that Mohamed and cameraman Nur Mohamed were released from custody in the Somali capital. The Qatari news network had confirmed that Mohamed, a British national, was detained with the cameraman and two others while in Somalia…

Somalia detains AJ reporter in latest media-arrest incident

Somalia detains AJ reporter in latest media-arrest incident

Al Jazeera journalist Hamza Mohamed was arrested Tuesday by Somali security agents in Mogadishu. Radio Shabelle reports that Mohamed and cameraman Nur Mohamed remain in custody in the Somali capital. The Qatari news network confirmed that Mohamed, a British national, was detained with the cameraman and two others while in Somalia on a reporting…

UN report on Somalia piracy highlights illegal fishing link

Somali pirate gangs are holding 39 hostages, five of them from Kenya, according to a United Nations Security Council report that highlights the continued role of illegal fishing and its links to piracy risks. The annual update on piracy and security interventions off the coast of Somalia listed the Kenyan hostages…

Djibouti overwhelmed by migrants from Yemen

Deported migrants arriving from Yemen are swelling the population of Djibouti camps, as officials with the International Organization for Migration warn that 3,000 more may arrive in the next few days. Djibouti has become “the epicenter,” says IOM official Jeffrey Labovitz, for complicated flows of migrant crossings over the Red…

Violent attacks leave Nigerians dead, injured

New waves of violence gripped Nigeria on Wednesday as the death toll rises in clashes in the Katsina State region, while a bomb blast in Maiduguri has claimed up to 18 lives in the nation’s northeast. Boko Haram was believed responsible for the terror attack in Borno state, where a car…

Amnesty report alleges Sudanese forces use chemical weapons

Sudanese forces are suspected of using chemical weapons in attacks against civilians, according to an Amnesty International report released Thursday. The global human rights group said an investigation using satellite imagery to support more than 200 interviews with survivors, combined with expert analysis of images, suggests at least 30 chemical attacks…

AU acts on election unrest in Gabon, DRC

The African Union plans to send observers to Gabon, to assist the Consitutional Court with a recount of votes cast in last month’s disputed presidential election. The Peace and Security Council of the AU has asked for observers from other French-speaking nations to assist, the Mail & Guardian reports. The…

UN investigators sent to Burundi

A team of United Nations investigators have been sent to Burundi to look into abuses and arbitrary killings in the country, reported DW. The three investigators are from Algeria, South Africa and Colombia and reportedly are due to give their preliminary findings at the end of March. Since Pierre Nkurunziza…