Xan Rice

Somalia ‘invasion’ rattles Islamists

Somali Islamist rebels warned they would bring the "flames of war" to Nairobi after Kenyan forces mounted a cross-border land and air assault.

Swedish journalists on trial for terrorism in Ethiopia

Two Swedish journalists charged with terrorism in Ethiopia after being arrested in a battle between state troops and rebels will go on trial today.

Early warning drowned in policy stasis

Kenya isn't a lush country. Rain falls steadily and often heavily in Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu, the three main cities and the best known to tourists

Libyans fear the scorpion sting of Gaddafi’s informers

Locals call them pimps or snitches. They wear plain clothes, drive unmarked cars and are as numerous as scorpions in the Libyan desert.

The city where you ‘wait to die’

The residents of Misrata in Libya have been under siege from government forces for seven weeks.

Ugandans pay price for protest

Ugandan police have arrested the country's two main opposition leaders after they attempted to lead a protest over rising prices.

Côte d’Ivoire: rebuilding begins

While a call goes out for all fighters to lay down their arms and the UN flies in aid, analysts warn that peace will be difficult to secure.

Far from home, Chinese investors find rewards

A million Chinese people, from engineers to chefs, are leading a trade boom in Africa. <b>Xan Rice</b> hears how their lives changed after they moved.

Kato’s killing ‘not related to gay rights’

Ugandan police say the killing of activist David Kato was not related to his campaign for gay rights.

South Sudanese vote en masse for secession

Nearly 99% of Southern Sudanese voters chose secession in last month's independence referendum, clearing the way for Sudan to split in two.

‘Wikiplane’ a flight of fancy

Gabriel Nderitu's collapsible two-seater propeller plane has been built using instructions downloaded from Wikipedia.

After decades of war, a new nation is born

The referendum was put on the table only at the end of a two-decade civil war, in which an estimated two million people lost their lives.

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