archives : October 2008


South africa
Former president Thabo Mbeki has declined overtures from the ANC and the breakaway group. Reports today say, instead, he will be forming his own civil pressure group to promote democracy. - Friday 31 October 2008

Ghana - Israel
Ghanaian security personnel have rescued an Israeli businessman who was kidnapped in Accra on 19 October, the state-owned Daily Graphic reported on Friday. It said officials of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) secured the release of Dror Weinstein, 62, on Wednesday night. - Friday 31 October 2008

Fake and possibly harmful cigarettes are set to be released into the Nigerian market unless relevant government regulatory and monitoring agencies swing into immediate action, Consumer Protection Council (CPC), has warned. - Friday 31 October 2008

Opposition Patriotic Front leader Michael Sata has taken an early lead in the first presidential election results announced early Friday by the chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), Justice Florence Mumba. - Friday 31 October 2008

Ivory Coast
In a unanimously adopted resolution, the ban on diamonds and an arms embargo against Côte d’Ivoire, as well as targeted sanctions restricting the travel of individuals has been extended by another year, the United Nations Security Council have voted. - Friday 31 October 2008

DR Congo
It is all tears and blood as the sounds of gun shots, wails and tears build up the tension in Goma, eastern DRC Congo. Tens of thousands of people are fleeing Goma for their lives amid chaotic scenes after the Tutsi rebel advancement into the city led by Laurent Nkunda and the overnight looting by government military forces. - Friday 31 October 2008

Four of Ghana’s eight presidential candidates held the first of their two debates Wednesday night with the campaign teams of each candidate claiming their candidate won. - Thursday 30 October 2008

DR Congo - International
Rebel Tutsis in Democratic Republic of Congo have continued their offensive on Goma, the capital of the North Kivu province in the east of the Democratic Republic of congo. In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda threatened to fight foreign troops if they sided with Hutu militias. He said that the Congolese government had “betrayed its people” by siding with “negative forces (hutus)”. The rebel leader maintained that the government would be made to leave, if they (the government) continue like this. - Thursday 30 October 2008

Panafrica - United States
Advisers to John McCain on Wednesday spelled out why they think he can still win Tuesday’s election, even as senior Republicans prepared for civil war within the party if Barack Obama becomes president. - Thursday 30 October 2008

Panafrica - International
Emmanuel Adebayor of Togo and Arsenal, Samuel Eto of Cameroon and Barcelona and Didier Drogba of Cote d’voire and Chelsea are the three Africans represented in the honors list of world football for 2007/2008 season. - Thursday 30 October 2008

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