Lucie Peytermann

UN envoy on migrants criticises ‘blindness’ of EU on Libya

The EU's leadership team must renew pressure on Libyan authorities to come up with an alternative to this system of arbitrary detention

Shots fired as Madagascar’s ex-president denounces ‘coup’

Madagascar police fired shots on Wednesday after supporters of the island's toppled leader clashed with those backing his foe.

Thousands protest at Madagascar ‘coup’

Thousands of Madagascans on Tuesday demonstrated for a second consecutive day against Andry Rajoelina's army-backed removal of Marc Ravalomanana.

Madagascar’s president vows to resist rebels

About 100 soldiers backed by tanks stormed the Madagascan presidential compound on Monday in a show of force by the military.

Ravalomanana concedes to referendum

Embattled Madagascar President Marc Ravalomanana said on Sunday he would submit to a ''referendum'' to settle a deadly stand-off.

DRC rebels pull back as malnutrition soars

DRC rebel fighters pulled back on Wednesday from two key battlefronts as aid workers warned of a massive increase in malnutrition.

Kenya opposition leader snubs coalition talks

Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga refused to meet President Mwai Kibaki for coalition government talks on Monday, deepening a stalemate on the naming of a new Cabinet. The coalition Cabinet is a key part of a February 28 deal that curbed weeks of deadly clashes set off by Kibaki's disputed re-election in December.

Kenya strife keeps world’s oldest pupil from school

Kimani Nganga sat in a classroom for the first time when he was 84. Four years later, the world's oldest person to date to start school is stranded in one of Kenya's camps for the displaced, with no classes to go to. Surrounded by about 300 other people displaced by post-election violence Nganga lives in a large tent packed with mattresses, white metal basins teeming with ants and bundles of clothes.

Kenya sect violence masks deeper threat

Kenya is trying to clamp down on a sect, the Mungiki, accused of occultist rituals and beheadings, but which is also seen as a threat to stability. Analysts say the Mungiki is more of an organised criminal gang with political ties than a sect and they warn that such groups could multiply in the crime-prone country.

UN: Environmental woes a cause of Sudan conflict

Lasting peace in Sudan will not be possible unless the fractious country takes serious steps to address alarming environmental woes, said a United Nations report published on Friday. Decades of war have devastated Africa's largest country and fresh competition for its resources continue to fuel conflict, said the report.

Welcome to ‘Nairobbery’

Once hailed as a ''City in the Sun'', the Kenyan capital is increasingly depicted as reeling under violent crime where crooks with weapons -- some only toys but frighteningly realistic -- roam with impunity. Police statements in early February said at least 50 civilians and security officials were killed in the space of a month.

Ignorance breeds children among Kenyan teens

Margaret Waigumo cuddles her baby in a squalid house in the teeming "Soweto" slum, east of Nairobi, joining a growing number on the list of Kenya's teen parents, victims of taboos that inhibit sex education. Waigumo became pregnant two years ago after being forced into prostitution to help her family when they were evicted from their hovel for non-payment of the monthly rent.

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