The killing of pro-democracy demonstrators by Guinean troops in September appears to have been premeditated, then covered up in organized fashion, and was not the work of rogue soldiers, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday.

The killings and rapes likely amount to crimes against humanity, the watchdog group concluded after an on-the-ground investigation.

 

A student who was injured in a suicide attack during a university graduation ceremony at a local hotel in Mogadishu is taken to hospital. A suicide bomber killed 19 people including three Somali government ministers and injured scores more at a graduation ceremony for medical students in Mogadishu Thursday, officials said. (AFP/Mohamed Dahir)

A suicide bomber killed 19 people including three Somali government ministers and injured more than 60 at a graduation ceremony for medical students in Mogadishu Thursday, officials said. The blast which ripped through a hotel is the most serious attack on the transitional federal government since the launch of an Al-Qaeda inspired Islamist insurgency that has brought new strife to the Horn of Africa nation.

Equatorial Guinea President - Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

The government of Equatorial Guinea says the African country's ruler of 30 years has been re-elected with 95.37 percent of votes, while opponents and international human rights groups denounced the electoral process in Africa's No. 3 oil producer as fraudulent.

PRESIDENTIAL PRESENTATION: President Obama presents the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award to Magodonga Mahlangu. Reuters

In honoring Zimbabwe’s tenacious women protesters at the White House on Monday, President Obama gave his sharpest critique yet of President Robert Mugabe, the octogenarian who has ruled the southern African country with repressive zeal since 1980. Mr. Obama bluntly referred to him as a dictator.

“In the end, history has a clear direction and it is not the way of those who arrest women and babies for singing in the streets,” he said. “It is not the way of those who starve and silence their own people, who cling to power by the threat of force.”

A United Nations report leaked to The Associated Press confirms that one of Africa's most brutal rebel movements relies on a vast, international network of supporters in at least 25 countries including in the United States and Europe who facilitate arms trafficking, money transfers and day-to-day operational support. The Security Council is due to discuss the report on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

One of Africa's most brutal rebel movements relies on a vast, international network of supporters in at least 25 countries, including the United States and some in Europe, a United Nations report said.

The U.N. findings show that the network of people help rebels in Congo buy arms and transfer money. The findings were slated to be discussed by the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday and are a scathing indictment of how little the international community has done to cut off logistical support to the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, known by its French acronym FDLR, an ethnic Hutu militia which has wreaked havoc in Congo.

For centuries, farmers like Berhanu Gudina have eked out a living in Ethiopia's central lowlands, tending tiny plots of maize, wheat or barley amid the vastness of the lush green plains.

Now, they find themselves working cheek by jowl with high-tech commercial farms stretching over thousands of hectares tilled by state-of-the-art tractors -- and owned and operated by foreigners.

A soldier from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) holds his weapon at a checkpoint north of Kibati village November 8, 2008. The United Nations will suspend operational support for certain Democratic Republic of Congo army units it believes have deliberately killed more than 60 civilians this year. REUTERS

A top human rights group is accusing the Congolese military of killing more than 500 civilians in eastern Congo and says the U.N. peacekeeping force in the area did nothing to stop the soldiers from decapitating men and raping young girls.

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak

Zimbabwe's foreign minister on Friday sharply criticized as "a provocation of the highest order" an attempt by the U.N. torture investigator to visit Zimbabwe and investigate alleged attacks by thugs linked to the ruling party on its opponents.

US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carson talks to the media at US ambassador's residence in Nairobi, Kenya, 26 Oct 2009

Ethiopia's election campaign will kick off on December 8, a government official said on Thursday, despite protests by an opposition umbrella group over a newly-agreed electoral code. "The elections will kick off on December 8. Voting day will be May 23 and the results will be finally declared on June 21," government spokesman Bereket Simon told journalists.

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