David Lewis

Thousands flee clashes in Sudan oil town

Thousands of civilians fled clashes between Sudan's former north-south civil war foes in the oil-rich central town of Abyei on Thursday. The clashes, sparked by a local dispute, highlight the tension in an area claimed by both Khartoum and South Sudan. More than three years after a 2005 peace deal, they have not agreed on borders or a local government for the region.

Waiting for Kony

It was meant to be a day of celebration and festivities, marking the end of one of Africa's longest and most brutal wars. In the end, amid allegations of stolen wads of cash, after an undelivered letter from a president to the rebels and the sacking of the main negotiator, it collapsed into farce.

A return to the village

After several years of tortuous talks Ugandan rebel negotiators have returned to their jungle base to consult their mystic leader days before they are due to sign a peace deal that will put an end to one of Africa's longest conflicts. The Lord's Resistance Army rebels and government negotiators signed a flurry of accords recently and are expected to conclude a final peace deal at UN-backed talks in Southern Sudan early in March.

Kenya’s Rift Valley burns, death toll soars

Protests erupted in western Kenya and machete-wielding mobs faced off in the Rift Valley on Monday after scores died in ethnic violence, complicating mediation efforts by former United Nations boss Kofi Annan. In the normally peaceful Rift Valley town of Nakuru, a mortuary worker said on Monday that 64 corpses were lying in the morgue.

Kenya’s crisis deepens

One of the churchmen was lucky; the bullet only ripped through his shirtsleeve, leaving him with little more than a graze. The other, seated by his side, was less fortunate; the same bullet tore into his back. ''We were just chatting and then these guys [the police] came and started shooting,'' said Pastor Isaac Mujete as he comforted colleague Francis Ivayo, who lay writhing in pain in Masaba hospital.

Niger’s uranium rebellion

Before the protest march, leaflets were scattered around town claiming Libyan troops had entered Niger to annex the country's oil and land while French business people were busy looting the country of its meagre wealth. And when hundreds of Nigeriens took to the streets of their capital recently, they did more than accuse neighbouring Libya of backing rebels and call for Areva, a French nuclear firm mining uranium in the north of the country, to leave.

Congo-Brazza president tightens grip

The Republic of Congo heads into a second round of voting on Sunday, but many there are wary of electoral chaos and the fact that their lives aren't improving much, despite their country pumping out billions of ­dollars from oil every year. The remaining 84 seats in Congo's 137-seat Parliament will be fought over after a first round of voting in late June gave President Denis Sassou-Nguesso's Congolese Labour Party a huge victory and a further stranglehold on his rule.

White mischief

Failed state. Coup-prone. Basket case. Guinea-Bissau now has another description: it is fast becoming Africa's cocaine capital. It is a key storage and transportation hub in the onward journey of the white powder to new markets in South Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Law enforcement is minimal and corruption acute.

Africa’s cocaine route

The police ambush was a success, but only just. Fuel for the police vehicles to get to the location outside of town was hard to come by. Then the first car sped through the roadblock, as some officers were busy picking mangoes. After the fourth was caught, some of the cocaine was pocketed before it could be destroyed.

Relief, fears meet DRC loser’s pledge

A pledge by the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) defeated presidential candidate to enter the opposition peacefully came as a relief to many on Wednesday, but concerns lingered that President Joseph Kabila may deny his party a meaningful role. Fears of a violent backlash were allayed on Tuesday.

First Bemba troops moved from tense Kinshasa

Around 50 soldiers loyal to Congolese former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba were withdrawn from Kinshasa on Thursday after President Joseph Kabila gave an ultimatum for Bemba's forces to be removed from the city. Diplomats intensified efforts to head off another confrontation between soldiers and supporters of the two rivals, who faced off in a historic presidential run-off vote.

DRC: Provisional results point to Kabila

Provisional results published on Wednesday from Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) historic presidential election gave President Joseph Kabila 58% of votes, against 42% for his rival Jean-Pierre Bemba, with all votes counted. DRC's Independent Electoral Commission has said it must deal with challenges to the figures before declaring a winner.

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