archives : January 2009


Panafrica - International
The nominations for the Glo-CAF African Footballer of the Year Award have come down to three names. Togo’s Adebayor Emmanuel, Egypt’s Aboutrika Mohammed, and Ghana’s Michael Essien. The women’s footballer of the year category features, Genevova Anonma of Equatorial Guinea, Alice Mattlou of South Africa and Ngo Ndoumbouk Marlyse of Cameroon. - Friday 16 January 2009

Ethiopia - International
Ethiopia will not slowdown its efforts to industrialise for fear of worsening the state of the environment and increasing carbon pollution, but steps are already underway to shift to a green campaign. - Thursday 15 January 2009

Morgan Tsvangirai will on Friday return to Zimbabwe for the first time in more than two months in a bid to resolve the political impasse surrounding the formation of a government of national unity. - Thursday 15 January 2009

Ethiopia - Somalia
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Thursday his troops were not hurrying to leave war-torn Somalia. "There is no rush to complete the withdrawal. Our troops would not withdraw in undue rush," the Prime Minister told a news conference in Addis Ababa. - Thursday 15 January 2009

Eritrea - Ethiopia
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Thursday he was to discuss a peaceful end to the cold war with the Eritrean government, if Asmara feels an urgent need to discuss a peace proposal. - Thursday 15 January 2009

The latest blow to hit Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir, yet has come from the Islamist leader and his one-time close ally, Hassan al-Turabi. A call by Hassan al-Turabi leading to his arrest, Wednesday, as well as a decision from the International Criminal Court, expected soon, could spell a murkier political future for the Sudanese government. - Thursday 15 January 2009

The seemingly war-cursed Horn of Africa is at it again as Eritrea desperately taunts Djibouti over border lines. But France and the United States have moved to settle the dispute, which led to a violent clash leaving several people dead in June last year. - Thursday 15 January 2009

United Kingdom
Reports emanating from the dressing rooms of Stamford Bridge claim that Didier Drogba may very well be on his way out of Chelsea. - Thursday 15 January 2009

United States
Land is not in short supply in south Sudan, where Philippe Heilberg, a US businessman, has laid claim to 4,000 sq km of fertile territory in a deal with the family of a notorious warlord. But then neither was it when Cecil Rhodes extracted mineral rights from King Lobengula of the Ndebele and used these to push the frontiers of the British empire beyond the Limpopo river. Some 120 years later, Zimbabwe is still struggling to overcome a legacy of unequal land distribution. - Thursday 15 January 2009

A war of words and a contest of reason have ensued between the Militants in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta and the Nigerian Army over the death of a notorious militant leader in Rivers state. - Wednesday 14 January 2009

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