archives : December 2007

     

Kenya
Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga, shown to have taken an early lead in the race for power in the East African country, Friday demanded the full release of election results to reduce what he called "the level of political anxiety". - Friday 28 December 2007


Kenya

Kenyans turned up in large numbers Thursday to vote for a new president in this year’s general elections, billed as the greatest test of the country’s rapidly maturing democracy.

Long queues stretching hundreds of metres could be seen at designated polling stations in Nairobi and its environs.

- Thursday 27 December 2007


Sudan - Chad - France
A Chadian opposition leader has strongly denounced France for allegedly supplying missiles to the government of President Idriss Déby, warning Paris that this risked provoking a war between Chad and Sudan. - Thursday 27 December 2007


Chad - France - United Kingdom
Six French aid workers, whose attempt to fly out more than 100 children from Chad last October triggered a huge international outcry, were on Wednesday jailed for eight years each in hard labour. - Thursday 27 December 2007


Nigeria - Spain
There are fears that Malaga, Spain, the chosen site for the final preparations of Nigeria’s Super Eagles for the forthcoming Nations Cup, may be too cold for the players, going by weather forecasts for the city in January, when the players are expected to converge for camping. - Wednesday 26 December 2007


Nigeria - United Kingdom
Immediate past British High Commissioner to Nigeria Richard Gozney, has identified publicity as the strongest weapon in the fight agains t corruption in the country. - Sunday 23 December 2007


Niger
In the spirit of Christmas, the largest militant group in Nigeria’s oil producing Niger Delta region has declared a 24-hour ceasefire, during which all attacks and kidnappings will stop. - Sunday 23 December 2007


Libya - United States
Libya has benefited greatly from its decision in 2003 to destroy its arsenals of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), according to the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. - Saturday 22 December 2007


Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone government has called for an inquiry into unrest over diamond-mining operations in the east of the country after residents were killed in protests last week.

The government has ordered operations suspended at Koidu Holdings Mining Company’s site in the town of Koidu in Kono district, according to a 17 December statement. A 10pm to 6am curfew remains in effect in the area.

- Friday 21 December 2007


Niger

The Nigerien army and rebels in the country have yet to formally respond to charges by rights groups that both sides are committing abuses against civilians.

“To my knowledge, there have been no crimes,” said Oumarou Boubacar, an army commander in Agadez in northern Niger where the crimes are alleged to have taken place.

- Friday 21 December 2007

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