Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee

 

US moves to declare Eritrea 'state sponsor of terrorism'

Matthew Lee

The Bush administration is preparing a case to designate the Horn of Africa nation of Eritrea a "state sponsor of terrorism" for its alleged support of al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in Somalia, the top United States diplomat for Africa said on Friday. Officials are compiling evidence of Eritrean backing for the extremists to support the designation.

Darfur tops US list for abuse of human rights

Matthew Lee

The continuing genocide in Sudan's troubled Darfur region was the world's worst human rights abuse last year, the United States said on Tuesday in a global report that found freedoms were eroding in numerous other nations, including US allies Afghanistan and Iraq. The State Department also criticised Russia for a "further erosion of government accountability".

On brink of war, Somalia faces severe flooding

Matthew Lee

Unusually heavy seasonal rains are threatening Somalia with its worst floods in 50 years while the impoverished Horn of Africa country teeters on the brink of all-out war. As forces loyal to the government and the Islamist movement gird for full-scale conflict that many fear could engulf the wider region, about 50000 Somalis have been displaced by devastating and deadly floods.