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The entry process for this year’s African Banker Awards is now open. Please click here or on the categories below to download the entry form for the categories you want to apply for. Please send back the completed document to no later than August 31st 2009. - Wednesday 29 July 2009

Zimbabweans are now free to protest and police have been instructed not to interfere. Home Affairs minister Giles Mutsekwa on Tuesday told journalists that his ministry does not deny anyone from taking part in peaceful demonstrations. His declaration, however, does not come without conditions. - Wednesday 29 July 2009

Panafrica - Kenya
The U.S Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has been scheduled to visit Kenya and speak at the African Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum as part of president Obama’s engagement in Africa; Clinton says the US wants African nation’s to reach their full potential. - Wednesday 29 July 2009

South africa
Strikes and demonstrations are on the increase in South Africa. After violent demonstrations from township populations, civil servants Tuesday continued demonstrations for a second consecutive day, to express their discontent. Several incident were recorded Mondau, during demonstrations in some of the main South African cities. - Tuesday 28 July 2009

Abdelkader Belliraj was Tuesday convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Moroccan anti-terrorism court. Accused of murdering six people in the early 90s, Abdelkader Belliraj was sentenced alongside 34 members of the terrorist network he ran. His co-defendants were sentenced to prison terms ranging from one year suspended sentences to thirty years in prison. - Tuesday 28 July 2009

Zimbabwe Finance minister Tendai Biti on Monday morning received a live bullet and a written note enclosed in an envelope addressed to him at his Harare home. - Tuesday 28 July 2009

Panafrica - Uganda
The Grameen Foundation (a micro-credit bank) and Google have launched AppLab, a range of applications available via SMS (Short Message Service), in Uganda. This initiative allows those without Internet to access information quickly and cheaply. This service will soon be introduced to other African countries. - Tuesday 28 July 2009

The Nigerian government and six international oil-firms operating in Nigeria will defend themselves against charges of oil-related pollution and environmental damages, human rights violation and hardship brought upon the people and communities of the Niger Delta. The defendants will be heard in the ECOWAS Community Court sitting in Abuja. - Tuesday 28 July 2009

The second round of presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau, Sunday, saw two political elephants standing against each other: Malam Bacai Sanha (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, ruling party) and Koumba Yalla (Social Renovation Party, opposition). The two made development and the fight against violence a number one concern in their manifestos. The country’s history is deeply rooted in instability and drug trafficking. - Monday 27 July 2009

Zimbabwean President’s nephew who is accused of leading party militants and war veterans to disrupt a crucial constitutional conference in Harare would soon be prosecuted. Patrick Zhuwawo together with Youth Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere where captured on camera insiting delegates to disrupt proceedings. - Monday 27 July 2009

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