archives : January 2009


Panafrica - Ethiopia
Poverty poses a major obstacle for farmers in Ethiopia to adapt to climate change, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said. "The poor do not have the necessary technology and resources, in terms of money and so on, to be able to change and adapt," Meles told a national climate change conference in Addis Ababa. - Sunday 18 January 2009

DR Congo
Gen Nkunda who claims to have been fighting to protect his Tutsi community from attacks by Rwandan Hutu rebels based in DR Congo, has been left in the cold as a strong faction of his army have decided to abandon his mission and join the Congolese Army for the sake of peace. - Sunday 18 January 2009

Gabon - France
A military training session between Gabonese and French troops in Gabon struck disaster struck as a military helicopter carrying about eleven French soldiers crashed into a sea near Port-Gentil. - Sunday 18 January 2009

Ethiopia - Togo
West Africa’s newest airline, ASKY, registered in Togo, will make its maiden flight in April, a month after the arrival of a team of managers seconded by the Ethiopian Airlines, executives disclosed Friday. - Saturday 17 January 2009

Minyeshu’s second album, Dire Dawa, is an introduction into a colourful world. Rich with folkloric influences and modern tones, the album’s repertoire ensnares the listener with Minyeshu’s suave and warm voice. A fully accomplished artist in her own right, she captivates her audience with bewitching dance steps. In an interview with the young artist talks about her music, her culture and her beloved country, Ethiopia. - Saturday 17 January 2009

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has signed a Shs 27.3 billion (US$ 350 million) deal with Qatar’s Afro-Asia Investment Corporation (AAIC) for the development of a high class airport hotel and a conference centre. - Friday 16 January 2009

The Ethiopian Airlines has signed a five-year-long management contract with ASKY, Africa’s newest international airline, that is set to provide an air transport link between West and East Africa. - Friday 16 January 2009

South African and Iranian delegations have been meeting in Pretoria this week to review the implementation of the decisions taken during the 10th meeting of the South Africa-Iran Joint Bilateral Commission (JBC) held in Tehran, Iran in July 2008. - Friday 16 January 2009

Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL) has issued a report on what it calls “deplorable” conditions in Liberia’s prisons and detention centres and has called for reforms in how the institutions are managed. The findings were based on visits to prisons and detention centres across Liberia’s 15 political sub-divisions. - Friday 16 January 2009

Nigeria has turned to the United Arab Emirates for the construction of infrastructural facilities in the country. Reports from the city of Abuja suggest that a $16 billion bilateral agreement has been signed by the Federal government and the Arab nation. - Friday 16 January 2009

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