United Kingdom

Katharine Houreld

14 Mar 2017

Somali pirates hijack first commercial ship since 2012

NAIROBI Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, Somali authorities said on Tuesday, the first time a commercial ship has been seized in the region since 2012.

08 Mar 2017

Hungry Somali families face agonizing choice: which child to feed

MOGADISHU/BAIDOA, Somalia Somali mothers are facing an agonizing choice over how to divide their shrinking food supply among hungry children as a devastating drought kills off livestock and leaves the Horn of Africa nation facing the possibility of famine.

07 Mar 2017

U.N. head: drought-stricken Somalia needs help to avoid famine

MOGADISHU Rich countries must do more to stop drought-stricken Somalia from sinking into famine, the head of the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning terrorism would increase without aid.

06 Mar 2017

British father of two shot dead at Kenyan ranch

NAIROBI A British man was shot dead in northern Kenya on Sunday at a private ranch in the Laikipia area, two of the man's neighbours said, and a legislator warned that local politicians were stoking violence as elections approach.

22 Feb 2017

South Sudanese exiles fear kidnap after activists disappear in Kenya

NAIROBI A Kenyan court said on Wednesday that the state did not have custody of two South Sudanese activists missing from Nairobi, stoking suspicions among other opposition supporters that they may be detained by Juba's security agents.

18 Feb 2017

Two top officials in South Sudan's military courts resign, rebuke government

NAIROBI Two top officials overseeing South Sudan's military courts have resigned, saying high-level interference made it impossible to discipline soldiers accused of rape and murder amid the nation's civil war, according to letters seen by Reuters on Saturday.

18 Feb 2017

Head of South Sudan's military courts resigns, rebukes government

NAIROBI The head of South Sudan's military courts has resigned, saying high-level interference made it impossible to discipline soldiers accused of rape and murder amid the nation's civil war, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Saturday.

17 Feb 2017

South Sudan general resigns as minister, joins rebels

NAIROBI/JUBA A South Sudanese minister has defected to the rebels, the second high-level resignation this week from the government, which is locked in a civil war that has displaced more than 3 million people.

15 Feb 2017

Kenya's opposition warns of protests if elections 'rigged'

NAIROBI Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday mass protests were possible if August elections were rigged, comments likely to scare Kenyans fearful of a repeat of the widespread violence that erupted after a disputed poll in 2007.

14 Feb 2017

Cash crunch drives South Sudan's troops and families to the edge

JUBA - Three years into a civil war and with inflation above 800 percent, South Sudan's government is struggling to pay its troops. When delayed wages finally arrive, the cash is so devalued it barely buys food for a week. 

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