archives : October 2008


DR Congo - United States - United Kingdom
A study, recently published in the British science magazine, Nature, has developed a new hypothesis concerning the spread of the AIDS virus. Colonisation and development of towns in central Africa in the late 19th century is believed to have played a major role in the spread of the disease. - Monday 6 October 2008

Panafrica - International - European Union
The European Union has moved to reduce illegal migration of Africans to Europe in search of jobs. The EU hopes to create a job search centre in Bamako, Mali to help people find legal work in Europe and cut down on illegal migration. - Monday 6 October 2008

Kenya - United States
Kenya’s marathon star Martin Lel has pulled out of next month’s New York marathon due to injury. A statement from the race organisers said the reigning champion would not compete in the 2 November marathon, after fracturing his left foot during last weekend’s Lisbon half marathon. - Sunday 5 October 2008

The Ezza and Ezillo communities in Ebonyi State in eastern Nigeria have been experiencing bloody clashes over land rights since the past five months where at least 20 people have died. - Sunday 5 October 2008

In a bid to enable high-speed internet network with fiber-optic technology, Rwanda Information Technology Authority (RITA) has signed a $38million contract with Korea Telecom (KT). - Sunday 5 October 2008

Ethiopia - Somalia - International
Concerned about the long history of violence in t he Horn of Africa sub-region, The Ethiopian Herald this week prodded the UN Security Council to deploy a peacekeeping mission in lawless Somalia. - Sunday 5 October 2008

Panafrica - Cameroon - Zimbabwe
President Mugabe on Friday said took time to meet with the entire Dynamos FC team at state house and urged them to win on Sunday. Dynamos will host Cameroon’s Cotonsport Garoua in the semi-final, first leg match at Rufaro tomorrow. - Saturday 4 October 2008

As part of efforts to meet the prescribed standard for hosting the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, to be staged in Nigeria, work has started on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in the country’s South-eastern city of Enugu. - Saturday 4 October 2008

Nigeria has described its improvement in the latest annual rating by anti-corruption body Transparency International (TI) as an indication that its anti-graft battle is succeeding. - Saturday 4 October 2008

Air Zimbabwe pilots on Friday went on strike in a row over pay and conditions, marking the first walk-out by the airline’s pilots in almost ten years. - Saturday 4 October 2008

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