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South Africa: Police kill more than 30 miners

Speaking on local radio today, Mthethwa confirmed more than 30 had died at the Lonmin PLC mine near Marikana, a dusty town about 70km northwest of Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG — More than 30 people were killed when police broke up a crowd of armed miners waging an illegal strike at a South African platinum mine, police minister Nathi Mthethwa says. Speaking on local radio today, Mthethwa confirmed more than 30 had died at the Lonmin PLC mine near Marikana, a dusty town about […]


Guinea security forces clash with protesters

CONAKRY — Guinea security forces used guns, teargas and truncheons on Thursday to scatter protesters angered by the government’s handling of upcoming parliamentary elections, witnesses said. The government said later in the day that 17 members of the security forces had been injured and, amid rumors of further protests planned for Friday, banned all demonstrations. […]


Syria: Baath party officials ‘quit in protest’


DUBAI — Some 200 members of Syria’s ruling Baath party are reported to have resigned over the violent crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrations. The resignations were centred on the southern city of Deraa, a focal point of violence that has allegedly killed 450 people in six weeks. [ad#Google Adsense 160x600r] Shooting was heard in Deraa overnight, […]


YEMEN: Military leaders defect Ali Saleh camp

Female antigovernment demonstrators attended noon prayers yesterday at a rally seeking the resignation of Yemen’s leader. (Muhammed Muheisen/ Associated Press)

SANA — A top military officer and at least 18 other senior commanders defected yesterday to the opposition movement demanding the immediate ouster of Yemen’s embattled president, depriving the US-allied ruler of most of his fast-dwindling power base. The looming collapse of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime throws into doubt the American campaign against a […]


YEMEN: President Saleh declares nationwide emergency

demonstrators burn a picture of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh (AP)

DJIBOUTI — President Ali Abdullah Saleh declared a state of emergency across the Arab Republic of Yemen on Friday, after troops and snipers shot dead over 50 protesters in the capital alone. Eyewitnesses in Sana’a told Somalilandpress armed men opened fire from rooftops during an anti-regime rally in central Sana’a against Mr. Saleh after Friday […]


Anti-Shia Forces Invade Bahrain To Protect Sunni Rulers

Anti-government protesters have denounced the move as "an invasion"

DUBAI — Bahrain is at a tipping point. By inviting in 1,500 Saudi and Emirati troops to help restore order the ruling al-Khalifa family have dramatically raised the stakes in the tiny Gulf kingdom. It is a controversial and somewhat desperate measure as Bahrain’s own police and security forces have shown themselves patently incapable of […]


Police, army forces fill Djibouti’s streets to prevent anti-government protest, witnesses say

Daher Ahmed Farah

NAIROBI — Soldiers and police filled the streets of Djibouti on Friday to prevent a planned demonstration against the president by opposition parties, officials said. Djibouti — a tiny East African nation that hosts a U.S. military base — saw thousands turn out at an anti-government demonstration two weeks ago. Protesters said they planned to […]


Omanis Protest for 3rd Day in Key Industrial Town

Omani nationals watch smoke rise from Lulu hypermarket in Sohar, February 28, 2011

DUBAI — Hundreds of Omanis have joined a third day of anti-government protests in a key industrial town where security forces engaged in a deadly street battle with demonstrators a day earlier. The anti-government protesters gathered at a major traffic circle in the northwestern coastal town of Sohar Monday, blocking roads and setting fire to […]


Why Ethiopia could invade Djibouti

Djibouti is bordered by Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somaliland

Djibouti’s troubles Wee but worrisome Foreigners fear for influence and access in a tiny African country NAIROBI — WITH only 860,000 souls, Djibouti is a miniature state in a big, bad neighbourhood. Yet the country is vital for the arid region around the Horn of Africa. Its port is a lifeline for its giant neighbour, […]


Djibouti government condemns ‘violent’ protestors

President Ismael Omar Guelleh

DJIBOUTI – Djibouti’s interior ministry on Saturday accused opposition demonstrators of violence and vandalism, a day after an unprecedented anti-regime protest ended in clashes with the police. Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives. Thousands of youths in the tiny Horn of Africa nation took to the streets Friday to demand President Ismael Omar […]


Bahrain Turmoil Poses Fresh Test for White House


MANAMA — A brutal government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters here on Thursday not only killed at least five people but, once again, placed the Obama administration in the uncomfortable position of dealing with a strategic Arab ally locked in a showdown with its people. As the army patrolled with tanks and heavily armed soldiers, the […]


Djiboutian Opposition to Protest Against President


NEW YORK — Opposition parties in Djibouti, the Horn of Africa nation that hosts the only U.S. military base on the continent, plan to demand the resignation of President Ismail Guelleh in a protest scheduled for Feb. 18. At least 1,000 people are expected to attend the “peaceful” demonstration that may continue through the weekend, […]


Yemeni Youth Square Off With Forces


SANA, Yemen — Young protesters in Yemen squared off against security forces on Sunday, and some marched on the presidential palace here, witnesses said, as a third day of demonstrations sought to emulate the revolution in Egypt. The protests, organized largely via text message, were the largest yet by young Yemenis, with more than 1,000 […]


Anti-government Protests Begin in Somaliland

HARGEISA, 20 August 2009 (Somalilandpress) – Hundreds of people have taken part in an anti-government demonstration in Hargeisa, the capital city of Somaliland as part of what opposition parties say will be a day of protest across the country. The protesters are waving anti-government slogans and chanting “Down Rayaale Down” in all the streets in […]