archives : August 2008


Women in the tiny mountainous kingdom of Swaziland have been demonstrating over the weekend in protest against a shopping tour undertaken by eight of the ruling monarch’s 13 wives after they chartered a flight to Europe and the Middle East. - Monday 25 August 2008

Nigeria - United States
Weighing in on the controversy over the fund raising in Nigeria for Barack Obama’s campaign organisation, the country’s main opposition Action Congress (AC) party Sunday asked the woman behind the fund raising to step down from her post as the Director-General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). - Monday 25 August 2008

By the time you read this opinion piece, the Chinese ’Bird’s Nest’ may long have been deserted; the guns of Olympians silent and she will be back to her more solid cradle. Perhaps, just perhaps, Robert Mugabe will have conferred swimming sensation Kirsty Coventry with yet another Honour of the Stone Temple award for in his own words, "keeping the Zimbabwean flag high in the face of rabid Western adversity." - Monday 25 August 2008

Ethiopia - International
Three rivers in the Gambella region of western Ethiopia have burst their banks following torrential rains that fell in the area for three consecutive days, government officials in the area said. - Sunday 24 August 2008

Panafrica - Kenya
Kenya, with 5 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals mostly from the long distance races, has emerged Africa’s best team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which rounded off with an impressive closing ceremony here Sunday. - Sunday 24 August 2008

Nigeria - International
Sergio Batista, the former Argentina World Cup winning player who coached his country to beat Nigeria 1-0 in the men’s soccer gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympics on Saturday has said he studied the Nigerian side very well. - Saturday 23 August 2008

Panafrica - United States - International
Barack Obama has chosen Joe Biden, the veteran senator and foreign policy expert, as his vice-presidential running mate in a bid to counter Republican charges that he lacks the experience to be commander-in-chief. - Saturday 23 August 2008

Nigeria - United Kingdom
Britain has offered to help Nigeria overhaul its energy sector as part of Gordon Brown’s attempts to encourage oil exporters to boost production to tame this year’s surge in oil prices. - Saturday 23 August 2008

The Republic of Congo’s government has launched a nationwide weeklong campaign of action aimed at tackling the country’s high rates of infant, juvenile and maternal mortality. - Saturday 23 August 2008

The Gambia - Ghana - International
A human rights group on Friday lauded the establishment of a joint United Nations-Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) team to investigate the murder of some 44 Ghanaians and West Africans in the Gambia in July 2005. - Saturday 23 August 2008

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