South Sudan rebel leader in Juba for talks as peace deal falters

By AGGREY MUTAMBOMore by this Author By AFPMore by this Author South Sudan’s exiled rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Juba on Saturday in a bid to salvage a peace deal with less than a month to go until he is to form a government with President Salva Kiir. The foes, whose falling out in

Djibouti playing wrong card in its pursuit for UN seat

By LETTERMore by this Author As Djibouti goes against the African Union (AU) endorsement of Kenya for the United Nations Security Council seat, one thing that it is playing out very strongly is to portray itself as a victim of an intimidating Big Brother in an East African region where Kenya is a powerful political

UPDATE 1-Japan to give Kenya about $860 mln in loans, grants for bridge, economic zone

(Adds details, background) By George Obulutsa NAIROBI, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Japan will give Kenya nearly $860 million in concessional loans and grants for the construction of a bridge in the port city of Mombasa and other infrastructure projects to support an economic zone there, Kenyan and Japanese officials said on Friday. Katsutoshi Komori, Japan’s

Soccer-Penalty save sees Liberia through in World Cup qualifier

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Liberia needed a last-gasp penalty save, Ethiopia an own goal, Tanzania shoot-out penalties and Equatorial Guinea a late strike to all win their World Cup first round ties on Sunday and advance to the group phase of the qualifiers for Qatar 2022. The quartet are the first nations through from

Sudan’s new PM to preside over Kiir, Machar meeting

By JOHN ADUKATAMore by this Author Sudan’s newly appointed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is expected to officiate a one-on-one meeting between South Sudan rival leaders, an official has said. Agok Makur, a member of main opposition leader Dr Riek Machar’s group SPLM-IO on Monday evening said that Khartoum was planning a face-to-face talks between Machar

UPDATE 3-Ebola death toll in east Congo outbreak climbs above 2,000

* Death toll tops 2,000; confirmed & probable cases above 3,000 * Teams struggling to curb virus in remote, conflict-hit areas * Congo girl dies in neighbouring Uganda * Community mistrust also a problem for health workers * here (Adds data on infection rate, quote, background) By Djaffar Al Katanty and Aaron Ross GOMA, Democratic

More people, less water? Scientists see risks on upper Nile

LONDON, Aug 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rapid population growth, combined with a hike in hot and dry years, is likely to dramatically increase the number of people suffering water scarcity on the upper River Nile, climate change scientists said on Wednesday. By 2030, demand for Nile water will exceed supply, and by 2080, almost

South Sudan journalist freed after six weeks in detention

By AFPMore by this Author A prominent South Sudanese journalist said Monday he had been released after almost six weeks in detention without charge, in a case which prompted alarm from rights groups over press freedom. “I stayed inside for 39 days and there were no charges put against me… that is why, they decided

Congo has given over 200,000 people Merck Ebola vaccine-gov’t

GOMA, Congo, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Congolese authorities and health workers vaccinated more than 200,000 people against Ebola in August, the government said on Sunday, using a Merck vaccine they hope will help rein in the world’s second worst epidemic. Figures released by the government’s Ebola committee showed that 204,044 people had been inoculated since

Ebola appears contained in Goma, but flares in other parts of Congo – WHO

* Currently no Ebola cases in Goma * Mystery over infection of elderly woman in remote area * Outbreak claims second biggest toll in disease’s history By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Ebola appears to be under control in the city of Goma in Congo but it has flared in other parts of