archives : February 2010

     

Panafrica
The best teams in Africa face each other in order to grab one of the 17 spots available for the group stage of the African Champions League. Primeiro de Agosto, Coton Sport, Haras El Hodoud, FC 105, ASFAR, Stade Malien, Enyimba, AS V Club, Simba, ES Sahel, CS Sfaxien and Zesco are already waiting. - Thursday 25 February 2010


South africa
On the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela Stefan Simanowitz reports on the opening of a new theatre rising from the ashes of apartheid. - Thursday 25 February 2010


Zimbabwe
A month long ultimatum has been issued to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai by Zanu PF youths today for him to call for the removal of the economic sanctions by March 24 or "risk action from the youths of Zimbabwe". - Thursday 25 February 2010


Ghana - Nigeria - United States
The United States Secretary of State has expressed concern over the return of Nigeria’s incapacitated president Mr. Umaru Yar’Adua whose arrival to the country was under intense secrecy. Mr. Yar’Adua’s condition remains unknown: He has not been seen in public, and it is unclear when he could resume office. - Thursday 25 February 2010


Ethiopia - Lebanon
Ethiopia accused the Lebanese government, saying it has been deterring the investigation process of the crashed B-737 aircraft by hiding essential information. - Wednesday 24 February 2010


South africa

South Africa is to investigate allegations that hotels have raised prices to unreasonable levels in a bid to exploit visiting fans during the 2010 World Cup.

The investigation comes a month after it was announced that domestic airlines will face similar scrutiny for alleged price-fixing.

Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the South African tourism minister, said: "In recent weeks we have noted allegations that accommodation establishments in the tourism industry are not responsible, and are inflating prices excessively.

"Until now, our impression has been that this is not the case, but we believe it should be investigated and the results of the investigation made public."

- Wednesday 24 February 2010


Panafrica - Gabon - Rwanda - France

French President Nicolas Sarkozy heads Wednesday to Gabon and Rwanda in an effort to boost the French presence on the African continent and to seal renewed diplomatic ties with Kigali.

President Sarkozy has different goals for his visits to Gabon and Rwanda, two countries in which France has had long-standing, but bumpy, ties. France’s relationship to Gabon and to its deceased leader, Omar Bongo, have probably been its closest in sub-Saharan Africa. But Paris was accused of meddling in disputed Gabonese elections last year that saw Mr. Bongo’s son Ali elected president.

- Wednesday 24 February 2010


Caribbean islands

Latin American and Caribbean leaders have agreed to create a new regional bloc that excludes the US and Canada.

The announcement came at the close of a two-day summit of 32 leaders in Cancun, Mexico on Tuesday.

The new bloc "must as a priority push for regional integration ... and promote the regional agenda in global meetings," Felipe Calderon, the Mexican president, said on Tuesday.

- Wednesday 24 February 2010


Yahoo on Wednesday announced it would be providing integrated Twitter results into its search engine, and that Yahoo users will start seeing this functionality immediately. The company also laid out a brief roadmap for further Twitter integration across the company’s network of Web sites.

The recent addition of Twitter is part of Yahoo’s open strategy, which the company announced in 2008. Yahoo hopes it will help make the new Yahoo homepage and Yahoo Mail an integral part of users’ daily Internet activity.

Here’s a quick breakdown of Yahoo’s plans for Twitter integration:

- Wednesday 24 February 2010


Nigeria’s political landscape was shrouded in mystery Thursday as its ailing President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, returned to the country after months abroad receiving medical treatment.

Earlier this month, Nigeria’s House and Senate approved a resolution to install the country’s vice president, Goodluck Jonathan, as head of state amid fears over Yar’Adua’s future.

With uncertainty over whether Yar’Adua will attempt to return to power, CNN looks at the implications for this oil-rich country.

- Wednesday 24 February 2010

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