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  • US sends more troops, aircraft to search for Kony
    US sends more troops, aircraft to search for Kony Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending military aircraft and more forces to assist in the hunt for fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony, more than doubling the number of American troops and airmen on the ground to 250. More »

  • U.S. airlift support to bolster African hunt for violent warlord Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is deploying four tilt-rotor transport planes to Uganda in response to African Union requests for airlift support in the hunt for the elusive leader of the violent Lord's Resistance Army extremist group, the Pentagon said on Monday. The U.S. Defense Department has deployed the four CV-22 Osprey, which can take off and land vertically, to Uganda from Djibouti along with tanker refuelling airplanes and 150 air crew and support personnel, said Rear Admiral John Kirby, a top Pentagon spokesman. "Airlift has been one of the consistent requirements and requests of the African Union. "This is very much in keeping with the mission goals at large." A 5,000-strong African Union Regional Task Force, supported by 100 U.S. Special Operations troops, has been hunting LRA warlord Joseph Kony and his fighters, most of whom are thought to be hiding in jungles straddling the borders of the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. More »

  • US aircraft to aid hunt for LRA chief Kony
    US aircraft to aid hunt for LRA chief Kony Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    White House says CV-22 Osprey, refuelling aircraft and "support personnel" will help hunt for remaining rebel leaders. More »

  • Expert: Anti-Kony US deployment a 'game changer' Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The U.S. government's decision to deploy military aircraft and additional troops could be "the decisive game changer" in the hunt for fugitive rebel leader Joseph Kony, whose notorious group, the Lord's Resistance Army, appears weaker than ever before amid growing defections and the loss of senior commanders, an expert said Monday. More »

  • US sends more forces to Uganda for Kony hunt
    US sends more forces to Uganda for Kony hunt Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Washington is sending more elite commandos and tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Uganda to help hunt for Joseph Kony, the fugitive warlord accused of rape, murder and the kidnapping of children. More »

  • US Bolsters Forces in Hunt for Ugandan Warlord Joseph Kony
    US Bolsters Forces in Hunt for Ugandan Warlord Joseph Kony Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    US President Barack Obama is set to send 150 additional Special Operations troops and four military aircraft to Uganda to help capture warlord Joseph Kony, who has been eluding an international dragnet since 2008. The first batch of deployment began recently and four CV-22 Osprey aircraft and refuelling planes are expected to arrive in Uganda by the middle of this week, according to the Washington Post. In the latest offensive, US forces are barred from fighting with the warlord's army unless in self-defence, although US personnel are authorised to "provide information, advice and assistance" to African Union forces, who are already hunting for Kony. Kony is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a guerrilla group which formerly operated in Uganda. More »

  • U.S. sending more forces, aircraft to seek Uganda warlord Kony - Pentagon
    U.S. sending more forces, aircraft to seek Uganda warlord Kony - Pentagon Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    The Obama administration is sending about 150 Special Operations troops along with military aircraft to Uganda to help in the search for warlord Joseph Kony, the Pentagon said on Sunday. The decision was first reported by The Washington Post, and later confirmed by the Defence Department. In the first deployment of U.S. military aircraft to Uganda to help locate Kony, at least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft will arrive in the country by midweek, together with refuelling planes and Special Operations forces airmen to fly and maintain them, the Pentagon said. More »

  • Michael Sam in spotlight at Missouri's pro day
    Michael Sam in spotlight at Missouri's pro day Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Michael Sam certainly draws a crowd. More »

  • Kerry likens Uganda anti-gay law to anti-Semitism and apartheid
    Kerry likens Uganda anti-gay law to anti-Semitism and apartheid Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday likened new anti-gay legislation in Uganda that imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality to anti-Semitic laws in Nazi Germany or apartheid South Africa. "You could change the focus of this legislation to black or Jewish and you could be in 1930s Germany or you could be in 1950s-1960s apartheid South Africa," Kerry told a group of reporters. Kerry said the legislation signed by President Yoweri Museveni on Monday was "atrocious" and expressed concern at mounting discrimination against gays in 78 countries around the world. Homosexuality is a taboo in almost all Africa countries and illegal in 37, including in Uganda where it has been criminalized since British colonial rule. More »

  • Ugandan military says senior LRA commander may have been killed
    Ugandan military says senior LRA commander may have been killed Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's military said on Monday a commander believed to be the deputy to Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony may have been killed last year in Central African Republic where an African Union force is hunting the insurgents. Okot Odhiambo is one of the LRA leaders indicted by the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity that the group has perpetrated in the nearly two decades of war against the Ugandan government. More »

  • Uganda: Wanted LRA rebel commander believed dead Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's military said it believes a senior rebel commander with the infamous Lord's Resistance Army was killed last year in Central African Republic following an attack by African Union forces, inflicting a serious setback to the rebel group that is said to be in decline amid an international hunt for its leader, Joseph Kony. More »

  • Uganda says wanted top LRA rebel 'may be dead'
    Uganda says wanted top LRA rebel 'may be dead' Sat, Feb 15, 2014

    The wanted deputy of Uganda's murderous Lord's Resistance Army rebels, Okot Odhiambo, may have been killed in recent fighting, the Ugandan defence minister told AFP. More »

  • Warlord Kony benefits from chaos in central Africa Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A new report says the fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony may be getting a "lifeline" from chaos in Central African Republic, where sectarian violence has displaced nearly one million people. More »

  • UN Security Council declares war on ivory poachers, traffickers
    UN Security Council declares war on ivory poachers, traffickers Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    The United Nations Security Council is cracking down on ivory hunters and traffickers who finance armed groups in Africa in a new initiative that has been welcomed by conservationists. More »

  • Lord's Resistance Army Warlord Joseph Kony Asks for Mercy
    Lord's Resistance Army Warlord Joseph Kony Asks for Mercy Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader and fugitive warlord Joseph Kony has asked for mercy in a letter to Ugandans. The self-proclaimed mystic, whose infamous army is accused of abducting and enslaving thousands of children across eastern Africa, has also called for a resumption of peace talks to end the insurgency. "I want to assure the people of Uganda that we [the LRA] are committed to a sustainable peaceful political settlement of our long war with the government of [President] Museveni," reads the letter. The previous peace talks between the Ugandan government and the LRA, in 2008, failed over Kony's fears that he would be transferred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). More »

  • Catherine Samba-Panza: New hope for Central African Republic?
    Catherine Samba-Panza: New hope for Central African Republic? Wed, Jan 22, 2014

    A new leader promises change in a country ravaged by conflict and mired in a humanitarian crisis. More »

  • AT&T promises sponsored data services in coming months
    AT&T promises sponsored data services in coming months Mon, Jan 6, 2014

    By Sinead Carew NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc plans to give cash-strapped consumers options to save money on mobile data fees as soon as this quarter while offering sponsors a new way to entice consumers to use their services. The company said it will announce details on Monday at AT&T's developer conference at the Consumer Electronics Show. The offering will let sponsors subsidize consumer's data fees, which have gradually gotten more expensive in recent years as phone companies charge for mobile web-surfing based on how much data their customers download. AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. mobile operator, compared the offering to 1-800 telephone services where businesses such as florists pay for inbound calls with a view to attracting more consumers. More »

  • Nelson Mandela, comrade
    Nelson Mandela, comrade Sun, Dec 15, 2013

    Official mourning ceremonies have left a feeling of incompleteness, writes the author. More »

  • U.S. to keep 1,500 troops in Jordan for time being Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    The United States has about 1,500 U.S. troops in Jordan and they will remain there until the security situation improves, the White House told Congress on Friday. The U.S. contingent in Jordan, which includes Patriot missile systems and fighter aircraft, is there to help the Jordanian government as it grapples with strains from the civil war in neighbouring Syria. A flood of refugees from Syria into Jordan has tested the Jordanian government of King Hussein, a close U.S. ally. "These forces will remain in Jordan, in full coordination with the government of Jordan, until the security situation becomes such that they are no longer needed," a White House report said. More »

  • Uganda captures LRA rebels
    Uganda captures LRA rebels Wed, Dec 11, 2013

    Group of 19 Lord's Resistance Army fighters surrender to Uganda troops in the Central African Republic, AU reports. More »

  • African troops kill senior LRA commander, Uganda says Tue, Dec 3, 2013

    By Elias Biryabarema and Ilya Gridneff KAMPALA/EZO, South Sudan (Reuters) - U.S.-backed African Union troops have killed a senior commander in the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a Ugandan army spokesman said on Tuesday, part of efforts to track down the guerrilla group and send its leader to the Hague. U.S. Special Forces have supported a Regional Task Force (RTF) of African troops since 2011 to try to track down LRA leader Joseph Kony, wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in a guerrilla war in Uganda and neighbouring states. More »

  • CAR chaos brings terror
    CAR chaos brings terror Wed, Nov 27, 2013

    Warnings that armed groups are moving into Central African Republic amid security vacuum. More »

  • C.Africa president claims to be negotiating Kony surrender
    C.Africa president claims to be negotiating Kony surrender Thu, Nov 21, 2013

    The Central African Republic's president said Thursday he was negotiating the surrender of wanted Ugandan militia boss Joseph Kony but Washington dismissed the claims. More »

  • France says Central African Republic on verge of genocide Thu, Nov 21, 2013

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Thursday that Central African Republic was "on the verge of genocide" and it expected the United Nations to give Paris and the African Union permission to intervene. Central African Republic, a landlocked nation of 4.6 million people, has descended into violence and chaos since Seleka rebels, many of them from neighbouring Chad and Sudan, ousted President Francois Bozize in March. The U.S. State Department estimates that nearly 400,000 people have been displaced and 68,000 have fled to neighbouring countries since Seleka leader and interim president Michel Djotodia has lost control of his loose coalition of warlords. "The country is on the verge of genocide," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told French television station France 2. More »

  • Central Africa leader says Kony may surrender
    Central Africa leader says Kony may surrender Thu, Nov 21, 2013

    Michel Djotodia reveals Ugandan rebel leader wanted by ICC for war crimes is looking to come out of the bush. More »

  • Central African Republic held surrender talks with warlord Kony - U.N., A.U …
    Central African Republic held surrender talks with warlord Kony - U.N., A.U … Wed, Nov 20, 2013

    The Central African Republic has been in contact with warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army fighters to urge them to surrender, but Kony's whereabouts are still unknown, the United Nations and the African Union said on Wednesday. Kony, who has been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, waged a brutal guerrilla war against Ugandan government in the north of the country for nearly two decades, before fleeing with his fighters into the jungles of central Africa around 2005. A 5,000-strong African Union Regional Task Force, supported by about 100 U.S. Special Forces, has been hunting Kony and his fighters. Most of them are thought to be hiding in jungles straddling the borders of Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. More »

  • Warlord Kony negotiated with Central Africa president
    Warlord Kony negotiated with Central Africa president Wed, Nov 20, 2013

    Notorious warlord Joseph Kony tried to negotiate food and a safe haven with the president of Central African Republic even as an African force hunted him, a UN envoy told AFP on Wednesday. More »

  • Insight - Boko Haram, taking to hills, seize slave 'brides'
    Insight - Boko Haram, taking to hills, seize slave 'brides' Mon, Nov 18, 2013

    By Joe Brock ABUJA (Reuters) - In the gloom of a hilltop cave in Nigeria where she was held captive, Hajja had a knife pressed to her throat by a man who gave her a choice - convert to Islam or die. Two gunmen from Boko Haram had seized the Christian teenager in July as she picked corn near her village in the Gwoza hills, a remote part of northeastern Nigeria where a six-month-old government offensive is struggling to contain an insurgency by the al Qaeda-linked Islamist group. In a new development, Boko Haram is abducting Christian women whom it converts to Islam on pain of death and then forces into "marriage" with fighters - a tactic that recalls Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in the jungles of Uganda. Nigerian security officials say the Islamists have pulled back after army assaults since May on their bases on the semi-desert plain and are now sheltering in the Mandara mountains, along the Cameroon border around the city of Gwoza. More »

  • U.S. military faces Africa cuts, sees Somalia, Mali successes
    U.S. military faces Africa cuts, sees Somalia, Mali successes Thu, Nov 14, 2013

    By Peter Apps LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces in Africa may lose well over a tenth - or some $40 million - from their 2014 budget, the U.S. Africa Command said on Thursday, although it saw success against militants in Somalia and Mali. The bulk of such cuts will fall on headquarters and training programmes, AFRICOM commander General David Rodriguez said, most likely forcing smaller exercises. The size of AFRICOM headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, is to be reduced by some 20 percent. The planned cuts are part of broader across-the-board U.S. ... More »

  • Bill to spare U.S. economy from debt crisis also delivers favors Thu, Oct 17, 2013

    By Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The last-minute bill to avert a potentially catastrophic U.S. default and reopen the government came in at a relatively skimpy 35 pages, but ... More »

  • Bill to spare U.S. economy from debt crisis also delivers favours Thu, Oct 17, 2013

    By Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The last-minute bill to avert a potentially catastrophic U.S. default and reopen the government came in at a relatively skimpy 35 pages, but lawmakers still managed to pack in some special favours. Such stop-gap funding measures often include so-called "anomalies" to address special needs that would otherwise be handled in normal spending bills. This time, they range from flood relief to funds to speed claims for veterans benefits to money for a dam project. ... More »

  • Kony's LRA has killed more than 100,000: UN
    Kony's LRA has killed more than 100,000: UN Mon, May 20, 2013

    The Lord's Resistance Army has killed more than 100,000 people during a reign of terror in Central Africa over the past 25 years, UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Monday. More »

  • UN Council calls for stronger force in Central African Rep
    UN Council calls for stronger force in Central African Rep Tue, Apr 30, 2013

    The UN Security Council called on African states to strengthen their peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic as mounting chaos grips the country. More »

  • Psy's 'Gentleman' hits 200mn YouTube views
    Psy's 'Gentleman' hits 200mn YouTube views Tue, Apr 23, 2013

    "Gangnam Style" star Psy's new music video has garnered 200 million views on YouTube in the nine days since its release and smashed the video-sharing site's record for single-day hits. More »

  • Joseph Kony: US Offers \$5m Bounty For Warlord
    Joseph Kony: US Offers \$5m Bounty For Warlord Wed, Apr 3, 2013

    The US has offered a \$5m (£3.3m) reward for information leading to the arrest, transfer or conviction of fugitive warlord Joseph Kony and three of his top lieutenants. More »