An International Criminal Court warrant for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al Bashir for crimes in Darfur is "undermining African solidarity" and violates national sovereignty, the current African Union chief said at a summit on Sunday.
Ugandan forces stepped up security measures on Saturday in the capital Kampala as more than 30 African heads of state began arriving for the latest African Union summit just two weeks after deadly twin suicide bombings.
US President Barack Obama pledged to assist Uganda in any way possible in the wake of Sunday's twin al Shabaab bomb attack, telling President Yoweri Museveni by phone that the US would provide "any support and assistance" necessary.
Al-Shabaab, a militant Islamist Somali group linked to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility Monday for bombings in Uganda that killed 74 people, citing Ugandan troops’ participation in an African Union mission in Somalia as the reason behind the attacks.
At least 74 people were killed and dozens more were injured on Sunday after bombs ripped through two restaurants in the Ugandan capital of Kampala. Police said the bombs were targeting football fans who had gathered to watch the World Cup final.
Five East African nations want to allow foreigners to travel among them with a single visa. Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are negotiating the proposal, which is meant to stimulate the region’s economy.
Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi, a fugitive suspect in Rwanda's 1994 genocide with a five-million dollar reward on his head, has been arrested in Uganda, police said on Friday. Uwinkindi is accused of helping orchestrate the mass killings.
Sudan's president Omar Al Bashir has won another term in office after landmark elections which were marred by boycotts and allegations of fraud. According the national election commission, the incumbent got 68 percent of more than 10 million valid ballots. The victory is another thumb nose at International community. Omar Al Bashir is now the first head-of-state to be re-elected while facing an international arrest warrant for war crimes in Darfur.