archives : July 2009

     

Panafrica - United States
It is thought that the number of diabetics across the world will increase by no less than 130% in the next 25 years! This means that by 2025, diabetes is likely to affect 5.4% of the total adult population – which is more than one person in 20! This is a worrying situation, particularly as far as type 2 diabetes is concerned: previously known as non-insulin dependent diabetes, it now accounts for 90% of all cases. - Tuesday 21 July 2009


Egypt - France
Egyptian telecoms operator, Orascom, is on the lookout for opportunities that might enable him gain a foothold in France: acquisitions, partnerships, mergers or an alliance with a candidate for a fourth mobile phone license ... This is essentially what was indicated by Orascom Chairman and Egyptian billionaire, Naguib Sawiris, in an interview published Monday in Le Figaro. Orascom, involved in a fierce takeover battle with Orange (France Telecom) for the control of Mobinil in Egypt, has large investments in both Italy and Greece. - Tuesday 21 July 2009


United States
Twenty-three years to the day that he was savagely tortured during a three-day interrogation administered by underlings of indicted former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge, Michael Tillman will ask a Cook County Circuit Court to order a new trial in connection with his 1986 conviction for a murder he didn’t commit. Beginning with his arrest on July 21, 1986, Tillman was subjected to a crude form of waterboarding, suffocation with a plastic bag, physical abuse and a mock execution inflicted by the so-called Area 2 "Midnight Crew" working under Burge’s command. - Tuesday 21 July 2009


Panafrica - United States
The primary goal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) — which was signed into law as part of the larger Trade and Development Act in 2000 — was to help increase both the volume and diversity of U.S. trade with sub-Saharan Africa. - Tuesday 21 July 2009


Somalia
Somalia Islamist group al-Shabab have accused United Nations agencies in Somalia of being enemies of Islam and Somali Muslims. The al-Qaeda linked group have attacked the offices of the UN Political Office for Somalia, the Development Program and the Department of Safety and Security, in protest of the United Nations presence in the country. - Tuesday 21 July 2009


Panafrica - United Kingdom - Spain
Emmanuel Adebayor, 25, has left Arsenal to join Manchester City. The English club has spent a whopping 28 million euros to obtain the services of the Togolese international striker for five years. Meanwhile, in Barcelona, Samuel Eto’o situation is likely to be settled soon. The official announcement of the Cameroonian international’s contract with Inter Milan is expected soon. - Monday 20 July 2009


Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s leader, Robert Mugabe has been endorsed by his party Zanu PF as the Supreme leader in a move that has dashed hope of him retiring soon. The declaration puts him at par with Iranian’s Ayatollah Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Zanu-PF Midlands Province Coordinating Committee made the shocking resolution at the weekend. - Monday 20 July 2009


Panafrica - Yemen - European Union
The tragic crash of flight A310 Yemenia in June 2009, off the Comoros coast has revived debates over air transport safety. Tuesday, July 14, 2009, the European Union updated its "blacklisted" airlines: Yemenia was not on the list. A Zambian carrier made its debut on the European blacklist. Africa is particularly affected by these bans because of the age and lack of maintenance of its aircraft. - Monday 20 July 2009


Mauritania
Gen Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, who led a military coup in 2008 and ousted Mauritania’s only democratically elected leader, Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, has conducted and won Mauritania’s presidential elections, it has emerged. Despite cries of fraud by the opposition, Gen. Abdelaziz insist he won cleanly. - Monday 20 July 2009


South africa
South African anti-apartheid icon celebrated his 91st birthday on Saturday. The event was marked with festive activities in Johannesburg and New York. This year, the Mandela Foundation has decided to establish July 18 as Mandela Day; a day of benevolence for "a better world." - Sunday 19 July 2009

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