What’s Going On in Africa?

“Seizures Show Somalia Rebels Need Money” (The New York Times)

-The recent kidnappings in Somalia (three in the past week) may signal that rebel extremist group al-Shabab is running low on funds.


“Kenya: Waki List Out” (AllAfrica)

-Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has given an envelope containing a list of names of suspected sponsors of the post-election violence in Kenya to Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.


“Mauritania’s Coup Leader Elected President” (AllAfrica)
-General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, leader of the military junta that has ruled Mauritania since he overthrew the elected government in a coup 11 months ago, won the country’s election for president over the weekend.


“South Africa Tests AIDS Vaccine” (The Washington Post)
-A vaccine designed to prevent infection from HIV subtype C (the strain most commonly found in southern Africa) has been administered to 36 healthy volunteers in South Africa.
-This vaccine was developed by the University of Cape Town (with support from the National Institute of Health) and launched in the United States earlier this year in a clinical trial of 12 healthy volunteers.