archives : August 2008


The leader of the newly-formed National Front for the Defence of Democracy, Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Dahmane, told IRIN national police had dispersed demonstrators on Thursday who turned out in support of the detained president. - Tuesday 12 August 2008

Namibia - United Kingdom
Former coach of Chelsea FC of England, Avram Grant, his actress wife, Tzofit, and their two children escaped death by the whiskers when a light aircraft crashed in close proximity to them as they concluded their holiday in Namibia. - Tuesday 12 August 2008

Recent visits between coup leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and leaders from the African Union, League of Arab States, United Nations, and Mauritania’s major donors have prompted both protest and promises. - Tuesday 12 August 2008

Algeria - Egypt
Violence against women is poorly legislated against and rarely prosecuted the world over. North Africa is no exception. Although Tunisia provides for the death penalty in cases of rape of girls under 10 years old, rape in Morocco is regarded as indecent assault or public indecency. - Tuesday 12 August 2008

Panafrica - International
Only three African nations have registered their presence on the medals table as the 2008 Beijing Olympics enter the fifth day in China Tuesday. - Tuesday 12 August 2008

On 28 July 2008, reporter Osei Kwame, of "Kumasi Mail", an independent weekly newspaper based in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city, was detained and briefly held captive in the Chief’s Palace by Nana Osei Bonsu, chief of Abira, a town in the Kwabre District of the Ashanti Region. - Tuesday 12 August 2008

Almost a week after their captivity in the highly criticised coup d’etat, four of Mauritania’s high-ranking government officials have been released. - Monday 11 August 2008

Mozambique - Zimbabwe
Alfonso Dhlakama, head of the opposition Renamo party in Mozambique at the weekend branded Robert Mugabe a "political criminal". - Monday 11 August 2008

The number of people requiring emergency food aid is expected to increase as food security has not improved, according to the latest assessment of drought-affected areas, a senior government official said. - Monday 11 August 2008

Panafrica - United States
Isaac Hayes, was pronounced dead, Sunday, in Memphis, Tennessee, after paramedics tried to revive him to no avail. He had been found unconscious in his home by relatives. - Monday 11 August 2008

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