Rights groups troubled by Obama's Kenya, Ethiopia visit

Jul 24, 2015

Rights groups troubled by Obama's Kenya, Ethiopia visit

President Barack Obama’s trip to Kenya and Ethiopia is drawing fresh criticism that the two countries are heavy-handed on human rights and basic democratic freedoms. Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya, his ancestral homeland, when he arrives Friday to ...

Jul 7, 2015

MSDF anti-piracy mission off Somalia extended another year

The government on Tuesday added another year to the Maritime Self-Defense Force mission to protect commercial vessels from pirate attacks off Somalia. The sixth extension of the operation, which began in 2009, is to help ensure the security of the important sea lane off ...

Mogadishu intelligence base foils attack by Shebab trio

Jun 22, 2015

Mogadishu intelligence base foils attack by Shebab trio

Shebab militants launched a major suicide attack on Sunday against a military intelligence base in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, setting off a car bomb before storming inside, security officials said. The interior ministry said the three attackers, one of them a suicide bomber, were all ...

Jun 17, 2015

MSDF anti-piracy mission off Somalia to be extended by another year

Japan plans to extend by another year the deployment of Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel to combat piracy in waters off Somalia in East Africa, a Japanese government source said Tuesday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet is expected to approve the extension in early July ...