Daniel Howden

Daniel Howden was formerly Africa Correspondent for The Independent.

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The M23's Major John, left, and Colonel Vianney Kazarama

Pressure grows on UK to halt Rwanda aid after damning UN reports

Defence chief commands rebels guilty of huge human rights abuses, says dossier

Mo Ibrahim: The British billionaire has had to deny accusations that his wealth has dwindled

Africans fail leadership test yet again as $5m prize gathers dust

Judges of controversial Mo Ibrahim award can't find worthy winner for third time in six years

Jacob Zuma’s private homestead is being given a £14m renovation

Zuma turns his rural home into a $23m palace

President faces fresh controversy as public foots bill for a helipad, playground and bunker

Kenya's president vetoes attempt by MPs to award themselves huge pay-off

Kenya's president has vetoed an attempt by MPs in the country to award themselves a pay-off worth £16m after it prompted furious public protests.

President Mwai Kibaki (far right) vetoed an attempt to award MPs huge pay rises

Kenya’s president vetoes attempt by MPs to award themselves £16 million pay-off after furious public protests

There was widespread anger in the economically troubled East African nation after a secretive move to amend a finance bill to include a lucrative golden handshake of £69,000 each for MPs whose term ends in January.

Islamists accused of revenge attack

There was widespread anger and disbelief in the Kenyan capital yesterday after a grenade was thrown into a Sunday school, leaving one child dead and several injured.

Islamist group may lose its final Somalian stronghold

Militants with the Islamist group Al-Shabaab were fighting a losing battle yesterday to hold on to their last bastion in Somalia after Kenyan forces launched an amphibious assault on the port city.

Residents in Nairobi's rubbish-strewn Mukuru slum

Kenya's slum dwellers versus the elite

Sick of their living conditions, Nairobi's poorest are suing their plutocrat landlords for the right to their land

Ahmed Jama in his Village Café, which was blown up this week

Somali café owner defiant after latest brush with death

Four years ago Ahmed Jama returned to Mogadishu to follow his dream. Not even suicide attacks can deter him

Mosquitoes now wait for early risers to beat bed nets

Malarial mosquitoes may be able to adapt their behaviour in response to bed nets, according to a new study.

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Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
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