archives : August 2008


Editor and founder of Namibia’s Windhoek Observer, the country’s oldest and largest circulating weekly, Hannes Smith, died Tuesday morning of alzheimer, drawing mixed emotions from government and media practitioners. - Tuesday 5 August 2008

South africa - Malawi
Embarrassed by a massive examination paper leakage, the Malawian education ministry on Monday blamed a South African printer for “security laxity”. - Tuesday 5 August 2008

Ethiopia - Kenya - Tanzania
Kenya’s crack anti-terrorism unit has deployed 100 specialised agents to help trace fugitive Fazul Abdullah Mohamed, an Al-Qaeda mastermind believed to have coordinated the August 1998 bombing in Kenya and Tanzania. - Tuesday 5 August 2008

The United Nations top envoy to Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has deplored Monday’s bombing in Mogadishu, which killed 20 people, mostly women cleaners working to clean up streets in the war-scarred capital. - Tuesday 5 August 2008

Roadside bars, truckers and sex workers have long been seen as one of the most dangerous combinations for the transmission of HIV, with truckers often blamed for spreading the virus. - Tuesday 5 August 2008

Zimbabwe’s rival parties missed Monday’s deadline to conclude power-sharing talks. - Tuesday 5 August 2008

Nigeria - Israel - Lebanon
A plan by the Hezbollah terrorist group to attack Israeli interests in Nigeria has been uncovered, according to the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Moshi Ram. - Tuesday 5 August 2008

South africa
A calm and relaxed Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s ruling party chief Jacob Zuma sat in the accused’s dock in the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday, head bowed, taking notes, while Judge Chris Nicholson and his assessors heard legal argument around the merits of his application to have his prosecution declared unconstitutional and invalid, reports say. - Tuesday 5 August 2008

Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma has relieved Transport and Aviation Minister Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay of his duties with immediate effect. - Tuesday 5 August 2008

The Gambia
Gambia’s Health and Medical Services Director, Dr. Tamsir Mbowe, has said that President Yahya Jammeh’s infertility treatment programme was working and 96 patients have conceived and are expecting babies. - Tuesday 5 August 2008

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