Burundi most corrupt in E.Africa again: survey

Burundi is East Africa's most corrupt country for the second year in a row, with the region's police, revenue authorities and the judiciary rated as the worst offenders, a Transparency International (TI)survey showed on Friday.

At least 10 peacekeepers killed in Somalia battle

The African force protecting Somalia's government acknowledged on Friday at least 10 of its troops had been killed in battle in Mogadishu and said the true toll could still climb, after rebels showed dozens of bodies.

Eni Mozambique find fuels East Africa gas buzz

Italian oil group Eni said on Thursday it had made a giant natural gas discovery off Mozambique, the biggest in its history, confirming expectations that East Africa is set to emerge as a major gas exporter after recent finds.

Shabaab-Somali pirate links growing: UN adviser

Cooperation between Somalia's al Qaeda linked militants and pirate gangs is growing as the al Shabaab group becomes more desperate for funding, the head of the U.N.'s counter-piracy unit said on Thursday.

Kenya operation in Somalia must not be drawn out: Annan

Kenya must take care not to let its cross-border incursion into Somalia to secure its border from al Qaeda-linked militants turn into a drawn-out campaign, former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan said on Thursday.

Kenyan, Somali troops advance on rebels

Kenyan and Somali troops advanced on an Islamist-held town in southern Somalia on Thursday and African Union peacekeepers moved on one of the last pockets under militant control in the capital Mogadishu.

Somali rebels dig in defences in Afmadow

Somali militants linked to al Qaeda prepared to defend a town in southern Somalia on Tuesday from advancing Kenyan and government troops, while a suicide car bomb killed six people in the capital during a visit by a Kenyan minister.

Kenya shilling extends gains vs dollar, stocks inch up

The Kenyan shilling reversed earlier losses to close firmer against the dollar on Monday for the fourth straight session, helped by new limits on the amount of foreign exchange banks can hold, while stocks edged up on bets the recent sell-off was overdone.

Heavy rains disrupt Kenya port's operations

Intense rains have disrupted operations at Kenya's only port, delaying the delivery of grain, sugar and coal, while a queue of vessels waiting to offload cargo is building up, its operator said on Monday.

Kenya tax collection up 15 pct yr/yr in Jul-Sept

Kenya's tax revenues for first quarter of fiscal 2011/12 (July-June) year rose 15 percent to 161 billion shillings compared with the same period a year ago, lifted by a jump in trade and domestic taxes, and was seen higher in he second quarter, its revenue body said.


A Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

UNHCR freezes some ops after Kenya Kidnapping

The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday it had suspended non-critical operations at Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp as security forces scoured the region for two Spanish aid workers kidnapped from there a day earlier.

Malawi to allow Sudan's Bashir in for summit

Malawi will allow Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir into the country for a regional trade summit starting on Friday and has no plans to arrest him under an International Criminal Court warrant, a senior government official said on Thursday.
X-ray of patient with TB

WHO Says World TB Cases Decline For First Time

The number of people getting sick with tuberculosis has dropped for the first time, while the death toll from the disease reached its lowest level in a decade, helped by progress in countries like China, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.