September 27, 2013 |
KHARTOUM, Sudan — Security forces opened fire on Sudanese protesters Friday, witnesses said, as thousands marched through the streets of the capital in an opposition push to turn a wave of popular anger over fuel price hikes into an outright uprising against the 24-year rule of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. At least 50 people have been killed this week in the security forces' crackdown on a startling burst of protests, sparked by cuts on fuel and gas subsidies. The marches are turning into the...
September 24, 2013 |
NAIROBI — The bloody siege of an upscale mall by Islamist militants ended Tuesday with five of the attackers dead and 11 taken into custody, amid fears that the death toll of more than 60 civilians could substantially rise when authorities begin searching through the wreckage. "As a nation, our head is bloodied but unbowed," Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a televised address, declaring three days of mourning. "We have ashamed and defeated our...
September 23, 2013 |
NAIROBI — One of the Islamist militants who stormed an upscale shopping mall here on Saturday wore a white turban, witnesses said, while others wore black head scarves. Most were in civilian clothes, but a few donned camouflage fatigues. Some carried sophisticated machine guns, and others wielded the AK-47 rifles widely used by African insurgents. Most of the extremists who seized the mall were young and barked orders in English. On Tuesday, the bloody standoff...
September 22, 2013 |
PAKISTAN'S RELEASE this month of eight long-imprisoned Taliban commanders raised hopes that Afghanistan's moribund peace talks could be restarted. In fact, the gesture, made at the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said more about the attempt by Pakistan's new government to improve relations with Afghanistan than it did about the prospects for peace. While there is a chance for a breakthrough toward stability in Kabul in the coming months, it relies on two entirely different matters: the presidential election...
September 18, 2013 |
KABUL — The Taliban killed a top election official in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, in an attack that many here saw as an early effort to disrupt the country's looming presidential elections. Two gunmen on a motorbike shot Amanullah Aman, the head of the Independent Election Commission in Kunduz province, as he walked to his office, according to local police officials. The Taliban announced in a Dari-language post on Twitter shortly after the attack that Aman "was killed by our Mujahideen.
September 9, 2013
PHILIPPINES Relels hold hundreds hostage after fighting About 200 Muslim rebels were holding nearly 300 people hostage Monday after clashing with government troops and rampaging through coastal communities in the southern Philippines, leaving at least eight people dead, officials said. The fighting occurred after troops backed by tanks blocked the Moro National Liberation Front guerrillas — armed with assault rifles and grenade launchers — from marching into Zamboanga city, a major port city, to raise their flag...