archives : April 2009


The Nigerian Military Joint Task force (JTF) went amok on rebels in the Niger Delta, in a bid to clamp down the miscreants, recover arms and ammunition and impose the rule of law in the troubled region. Two militant camps in the region were attacked and destroyed, leaving several rebels dead. - Monday 27 April 2009

The president of Somalia’s transitional government, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, has said he is willing to talk to senior Islamist opposition leader Hassan Dahir Aweys and even accept him into the government if it would help stabilise Somalia. - Sunday 26 April 2009

International donors need to face up to the seriousness of Madagascar’s deepening humanitarian crisis and, perhaps more importantly, they need to pay up, said aid agencies on the Indian Ocean Island. - Saturday 25 April 2009

The World Digital Library (WDL) offers free online access to important, rare and interesting cultural treasures from around the planet. Starting April 21, a vast multilingual collection of manuscripts, maps, rare books, sound recordings, films, prints, photographs and other cultural and historical materials can be viewed with the click of a computer mouse — and this is only the beginning of an ambitious project to share the contents of the world’s libraries and cultural institutions. - Saturday 25 April 2009

Panafrica - International
The leaders of the African Union, Brazil, Japan, and India, amongst leaders of other developing states have called for a reform of the United Nations Security Council to address what they consider a gross imbalance of power in the world body. But will the UN be a functioning body if the current five permanent members of the Security Council are not assured their veto powers? - Saturday 25 April 2009

Egypt - United States
A veiled Muslim woman at the White House? As impossible as that may sound, Dalia Mogahed, a young Muslim of Egyptian origin, has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in President Barack Obama’s administration. - Saturday 25 April 2009

Somalia - International
The unprecedented show of support for the country’s fragile transitional government at an international donor conference in Brussels will go towards maintaining and enlarging an embattled 5,000-strong African Union peacekeeping force, made up of Burundian and Ugandan troops, and towards training Somali security forces. - Friday 24 April 2009

South africa
In coming South Africa president Jacob Zuma last night told hundreds of African National Congress supporters that the party is like a lion that can not be touched at free will. - Friday 24 April 2009

Mali - Canada
Malian President, Mr. Amadou Toumani Toure, has been hailed for his role in the release of kidnapped Canadian diplomats Robert Fowler and Louis Guay, Canadian diplomats on a United Nations mission in Niger, and two female tourists; a German and a Swiss. - Friday 24 April 2009

South africa - Zimbabwe
One of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) senior facilitators of the inclusive government negotiations between Zanu-PF and the two factions of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), director-general in the Presidency, Frank Chikane, is in Harare. - Thursday 23 April 2009

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