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Nov 17, 2013

Clashes stoke tension before Mozambique local election

MAPUTO (Reuters) – Clashes in Mozambique’s second city of Beira between rival party supporters and riot police injured more than 20 people and stoked tension ahead of local elections this week that will test opposition to the Frelimo government.

In the municipal elections on Wednesday, the Frelimo party which has ruled the southern African state since independence in 1975 faces an emerging challenge from the smaller Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), after the main opposition party and former rebel group Renamo decided to boycott the vote.

Nov 4, 2013

African leaders call for Congo peace as army, rebels clash

MBUZI, Democratic Republic of Congo/PRETORIA (Reuters) – African leaders and international envoys appealed to Congo’s government and M23 rebels on Monday to stop fighting and embrace a peace deal after the two sides bombarded each other near the Ugandan border.

The appeals were made as United Nations and U.S. envoys said the elements of an accord to end the 20-month insurgency in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo were broadly agreed and only required public commitments to end the hostilities.

Oct 24, 2013

Back to the bush: Dhlakama’s high-risk gamble in Mozambique

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – At the age of 60, Mozambique’s former rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama is hiding out in the bush again, not backing down in a struggle between old foes that has donors and investors fretting about stability in the budding energy producer.

A year ago, the leader of the country’s biggest opposition party Renamo quit his life in the city and returned to the remote Gorongosa forest from where he once directed a 16-year civil war fought by his guerrillas which ended in 1992. Dhlakama says he does not want another war.

Oct 22, 2013

Mozambique’s Renamo chief risks isolation after ending peace pact

MAPUTO/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Mozambique’s opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, who is fleeing government forces in a remote jungle region, may have also exiled himself to the political wilderness by abandoning a 1992 peace pact that ended the country’s civil war.

His Renamo former rebel group, which embraced multi-party politics after the deal, said on Monday it was annulling the accord with the government after the army overran Dhlakama’s base in the Gorongosa forest of central Sofala province.

Oct 22, 2013

Analysis – Mozambique’s Renamo chief risks isolation after ending peace pact

MAPUTO/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Mozambique’s opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, who is fleeing government forces in a remote jungle region, may have also exiled himself to the political wilderness by abandoning a 1992 peace pact that ended the country’s civil war.

His Renamo former rebel group, which embraced multi-party politics after the deal, said on Monday it was annulling the accord with the government after the army overran Dhlakama’s base in the Gorongosa forest of central Sofala province.

Sep 29, 2013

Kenya raps U.S. over ‘unfriendly’ travel warning after attack

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya rebuked the United States on Sunday for warning its citizens over travel to the east African country after the September 21 Nairobi mall attack, calling the alert “unfriendly” and asking Washington to lift it.

Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku delivered the diplomatic slap when he updated reporters on a government investigation into the assault carried out eight days ago by Islamist militants on the crowded upmarket Westgate centre.

Sep 26, 2013

Mall raid rallies foreign support for ICC-indictee Kenyatta

NAIROBI (Reuters) – While it hurts Kenya’s tourism and investment, the bloody Nairobi mall assault by Islamist militants will help President Uhuru Kenyatta bolster international support as he confronts charges of crimes against humanity at The Hague.

Accused by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court of fomenting post-election bloodletting in 2007/2008, Kenyatta leads a nation that is now in the spotlight as a victim of crimes punishable under international law.

Sep 26, 2013

Analysis: Mall raid rallies foreign support for ICC-indictee Kenyatta

NAIROBI (Reuters) – While it hurts Kenya’s tourism and investment, the bloody Nairobi mall assault by Islamist militants will help President Uhuru Kenyatta bolster international support as he confronts charges of crimes against humanity at The Hague.

Accused by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court of fomenting post-election bloodletting in 2007/2008, Kenyatta leads a nation that is now in the spotlight as a victim of crimes punishable under international law.

Sep 24, 2013

Nairobi mall attack strikes at Africa’s boom image

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – When Islamist fighters from Somalia’s al-Shabaab group stormed a Nairobi mall at the weekend, they knew they were hitting a high-profile symbol of Kenya’s economic power in booming Africa.

The Israeli-built Westgate mall offering multiple levels of shops, cafes and restaurants epitomised the African consumer bonanza that is drawing foreign investment – from West and East – to one of the world’s fastest growing continents.

Sep 23, 2013

Analysis: Nairobi mall attack strikes at Africa’s boom image

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – When Islamist fighters from Somalia’s al-Shabaab group stormed a Nairobi mall at the weekend, they knew they were hitting a high-profile symbol of Kenya’s economic power in booming Africa.

The Israeli-built Westgate mall offering multiple levels of shops, cafes and restaurants epitomized the African consumer bonanza that is drawing foreign investment – from West and East – to one of the world’s fastest growing continents.

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      "I am based in Miami, heading the editorial reporting team covering the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. This includes Cuba and Haiti and we are also in charge of covering the annual Atlantic hurricane season and Space missions from Cape Canaveral. Previously, I was Chief Correspondent for West and Central Africa, and chief correspondent, Venezuela, following earlier postings in Cuba, Brazil, southern Africa, Portugal and Spain."
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