archives : August 2008


Somalia - International
The United Nations relief workers and other humanitarian agencies are struggling to maintain a presence in volatile Somalia, against worsening threats to aid workers and the lack of funding to scale up livelihood projects for the country, the UN said. - Friday 29 August 2008

After 10 competitive years on the tartan tracks, Kenyan Olympic king Wilfred Bungei says he has decided to hang his spike shoes as champion. - Friday 29 August 2008

Ethiopia - Somalia
Ethiopia would be prepared to withdraw its troops from Somalia even if the interim government they were sent in to install 20 months ago were still not stable or functioning, the country’s prime minister has said. - Friday 29 August 2008

Doctors at Zimbabwe’s impoverished government hospitals are on strike over pay and teachers have threatened to also begin a work stoppage. - Friday 29 August 2008

At least 10 people were killed and 18 seriously injured when a fuel tanker in northern Cameroon has overturned and exploded in Limani, a village located at the extreme north of Cameroon close to the Nigerian border, about 1500 kilimetres from the Capital Yaondé. - Friday 29 August 2008

Panafrica - United States
Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday night with a hard-hitting address at a 75,000-seat stadium that blended flashes of the Illinois Senator’s soaring rhetoric with a litany of policy proposals intended to ease the lives of a struggling middle class. - Friday 29 August 2008

Africa’s efforts to drastically reduce poverty paid off over the last one decade, as a result of consistent upwards economic growth, which exceeded the slow growth reported in the early 1980s to mid 1990s, a new World Bank study shows. - Thursday 28 August 2008

Nigeria - United Kingdom - Italy
It is widely reported in Italy that Everton football club of England have completed the loan signing of the Inter Milan, Nigerian sensation Victor Obinna from Chievo. The 21-year-old sensation who spent last season at Chievo and was a key player in the club’s return to Serie A, has now put pen to paper in a new three-year deal at Inter. - Thursday 28 August 2008

Nigeria - Israel
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said it is not behind Tuesday night’s abduction of an Israeli construction worker, Ehud Avni, in Nigeria’s oil city of Port Harcourt. - Thursday 28 August 2008

Panafrica - Egypt
London-based international human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) has accused Egyptian security forces of killing 19 sub-Saharan migrants in January 2008. - Thursday 28 August 2008

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