archives : December 2009


Uganda - International
Uganda has been voted to host the secretariat of Africa’s first HIV/AIDS vaccine research center at the ongoing 5th forum of the African AIDS Vaccine Programme (AAVP) in Kampala. - Monday 14 December 2009

Panafrica - South africa has published the salaries of coaches of all the national football teams who will be taking part in the South Africa 2010 World Cup. Proving that coaching in Africa can be quite attractive, Paul Le Guen, Cameroonian coach, takes number sixteen position among the 32 national team coaches. Following North Korea and surprisingly in last position is Nigeria. - Monday 14 December 2009

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, has strongly defended his government’s decision not to send an ambassador to the United States until after the east African country’s general elections in May, 2010. This comes after the US administration revealed its intention to appoint an ambassador to Ethiopia ahead of the upcoming Ethiopian polls. Critics say Mr. Zenawi’s decision questions the openness the pending elections. - Monday 14 December 2009

DR Congo - Rwanda - International
U.S based human rights group has urged the United Nations Peacekeeping mission to abstain from supporting the military campaigns launched by the government armies of DR Congo against Rwandan rebel factions. Most UN backed attacks on rebel groups has resulted in reprisal killing of civilians by rebels, reports claim. - Monday 14 December 2009

Zimbabwean leader President Mugabe has said fresh elections are imminent raising fears of a new campaign of terror and violence. The 85 year old Mugabe was confirmed leader for the next five years of his Zanu PF party at the just ended congress in Harare. - Monday 14 December 2009

Disney’s animated feature "The Princess and the Frog" hopped to an estimated $7.2 million in domestic grosses Friday — its first day of wide release — to top the day’s boxoffice rankings.

The auspicious start to the weekend means a three-day haul of more than $30 million could be in the offing for the well-reviewed family pic. "Frog" should mark a big day-over-day uptick Saturday as hefty matinee grosses kick in and sustain its weekend momentum through Sunday.

The G-rated film totes $10.2 million in cumulative boxoffice, including two weekends of bicoastal exclusive engagements.

- Sunday 13 December 2009

DR Congo - Uganda
Authorities from the Democratic Republic of Congo are investigating allegations made by a group of over 20 Ugandan mourners, from northern Uganda, that they were tortured by Congolese government soldiers while returning from a funeral. - Sunday 13 December 2009

Investigations carried out by an international committee throughout Uganda have revealed that there has not been a single reported case of guinea worm infection in six years. This has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare Uganda as a guinea worm free country. - Saturday 12 December 2009

The voters registration process was conducted in a peaceful and transparent manner, The Sudanese Network for Democratic Elections (SUNDE) has revealed. This comes after the South Sudan Judges Commission last week said that they were looking into complaints from a cross section of civilians and organizations indicating that the voters’ registration was not carried out in certain areas, among other issues. - Saturday 12 December 2009

South africa - International
A lot of ink has been spilled on the question of the teams that form the group of death, and all the football fraternity is pointing to none other than Group H, which comprises of the technical "Samba Boys" of Brazil, the speedy and agile side of Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, the determined Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire and the skillful side of Portugal. But football can be full of surprises. Is Group H the real the group of death? Why not Group E? And what about Group B? Or even Group D with Germany, Australia, Serbia and the Black stars of Ghana? - Saturday 12 December 2009

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