African Union to send 5000 peacekeepers to tackle Burundi crisis

Addis Ababa: The African Union says it is preparing to send 5000 peacekeepers to Burundi to protect civilians caught up in a growing crisis, for the first time using powers to deploy troops to a member country against its will.

Burundi dismissed Friday’s announcement, saying no foreign force would get in without permission. But its neighbours have grown increasingly alarmed about the violence in the central African state, which the United Nations says is on the brink of civil war. Continue reading

Russia under Vladimir Putin ‘like Nazi Germany or Rwanda’, warns daughter of Boris Nemtsov

The daughter of murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has compared the Russian state under Vladimir Putin to “Nazi Germany or Rwanda” and announced she has left the country for the West.

Zhanna Nemtsova, a TV journalist with a Moscow news station, said she had quit her job to go into exile after the fatal shooting of her father outside the walls of the Kremlin in February.

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German leader urges E. Africa to copy EU integration

German President Joachim Gauck on Thursday urged East African countries not to be discouraged by setbacks and criticisms in their ongoing East African Community (EAC) integration process.

“EAC partner states should borrow a leaf from the European Union’s book,” President Gauck told members of the EAC secretariat and the East African Legislative Assembly, the EAC’s legislative arm. Continue reading

Risk of war as new Nile treaty delays

Countries that share the Nile waters on Monday warned that the region could go to war unless a new treaty on the use of the Nile waters is drawn up.

Nile Basin countries have increased pressure on Egypt to get back to the negotiating table for discussions on how the waters of the world’s longest river can be used.

On Monday, participants gathered at Nairobi’s InterContinental Hotel for the Fourth Nile Basin Development Forum warned the region might face conflicts over water in future if a new agreement is not reached.

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