archives : November 2009


Ivory Coast - Ghana

Cote d’Ivoire’s national team coach, Vahid Halilhodzic has rated the Black Stars of Ghana as the major threat to their ambition at the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Angola 2010.

The Elephants were drawn in Group C alongside the Black Stars, the Stallions of Burkina Faso and the Hawks of Togo for the draw of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Angola 2010 last Friday at the Talatona Convention Centre in Luanda.

Halilhodzic told GNA Sports moments after the draw in Launda that coach Milovan Rajevac’s boys will serve as his biggest headache at the January 10 to January 31, 2010 tournament.

"Ghana is a strong team and have in their squad some of the best African players around. They have also qualified to the World Cup and have a strong team.

"It’s a difficult group. The two of us are the favourites but we are the pre-tournament favourites."

- Monday 23 November 2009

Ethiopia - United States - United Kingdom

The US and Britain have expressed concern over the alleged politicisation of humanitarian aid in Ethiopia ahead of elections and called for immediate investigation.

A week ago, Ethiopia’s main opposition group, the Forum for Democratic Dialogue accused the government of using its access to foreign-funded, anti-poverty programmes to gain support for the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front.

- Monday 23 November 2009

The 27th edition of the African Cup of nations is scheduled to take place between the 10th and 30th of January 2010 in Angola. The final draws were conducted on Friday 20th November and sees hosts Angola joined by 15 nations who successfully advanced from the qualification process that began in october 2007 and involved 53 African national teams. - Monday 23 November 2009

Liberia - Sierra Leone - International
Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor, the former President of Liberia is the first Head of State currently on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Believed to be the initiator of a civil war that saw the killing tens of thousands of civilians, Mr Taylor is facing an 11 count indictment for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Currently at the cross-examination stage of his trial, Mr. Taylor continues to deny charges brought against him. - Monday 23 November 2009

Prison inmates revealed to the Gaborone Extension 2 Magistrate Court, this week, how the Gaborone Maximum Security Prison torture routines follow the notorious Guantanamo Bay Pattern of violent abuse and sexual humiliation. Testimonies also revealed the existence of the Slaughter Room, a cell used by prison authorities to beat up inmates. - Monday 23 November 2009

Sierra Leone
The government of Sierra Leone has moved to include youths in its law enforcement sector to boost the efforts of the police in their fight against growing bouts of crime. The move is said to be one of the country’s post-conflict initiatives to reintegrate its youths into civil society. However some Sierra Leoneans worry over the initiative. - Monday 23 November 2009

Kenya - Uganda - Sudan
About 4000 refugees from Sudan and Kenya are stranded at Kiryandongo refugee settlement camp located 250 kms north of Uganda’s capital Kampala. - Monday 23 November 2009

Peruvian authorities say they have arrested four members of a gang that specialized in selling to European labs fat obtained from dead humans.

Officials are investigating the disappearance of at last 60 people they believe were killed by gang members in two mountainous states in central Peru, lead prosecutor Jorge Sanz Quiroz said Friday.

The four suspects have been charged with murder in the September slaying of a Peruvian man, the prosecutor said.

"They killed to obtain human fat because there were European laboratories that would pay them," Sanz Quiroz said.

- Saturday 21 November 2009

Uganda - Sudan
The Sudanese embassy in Uganda has started registering Sudanese nationals living in Uganda ahead of their 2010 elections. The registration follows threats by the government of southern Sudan to boycott the next year elections if registration of its nationals did not take place in Uganda, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia. - Saturday 21 November 2009

The Ethiopian Federal High Court this week passed guilty verdicts against 27 defendants charged with plotting to kill senior officials and overthrow the government. Those found guilty belong to the Ginbot-7 group, founded and led by former Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD – a major opposition party) senior figure Berhanu Nega (PhD). - Saturday 21 November 2009

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